Title

HNRS 401

Authors

Document Type

Course Change

Publication Date

Fall 2009

Abstract

KEENE STATE COLLEGE 2008-2009 COURSE PROPOSAL HNRSI 401 Interdisciplinary Senior Seminar DATE OF SUBMISSION: March 2009 SPONSORING PROGRAM AND CHAIR: Helen Frink, Honors Program Director; hfrink@keene.edu; 8-2956 PROPOSAL SPONSOR: Helen Frink, Honors Program Director; hfrink@keene.edu; 8-2956 PROPOSED ACTION: Course Addition PROPOSED COURSE NUMBER and/or TITLE: HNRSI 401 Interdisciplinary Senior Seminar PROPOSED COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course selects a specific cultural, aesthetic, scientific, historic, social, or political problem, issue or question. Students bring together the resources of multiple disciplines, augmented by appropriate materials, methods, or theories, to address the course topic. Discussion-based seminar or small-group format; requires significant scholarly research project or other appropriate artifact. Prerequisites: 24 credits in ISP, including ITW or HNRSTW 101 and IQL 101 and Admission to College Honors Program. Fall. Content Through a documented scholarly research project and/or a presentation to general audience, students will demonstrate the ability to: apply the theories or methods of more than one discipline to a specific problem, issue, or question. use various disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches to address a problem, issue, or question. assess the suitability of differing methodological approaches to a problem, issue, or question. ISP LEARNING OUTCOMES: faculty will identify from among the following the outcomes appropriate to the course topic: Interdisciplinary Outcomes: Students will be able to: • Analyze the assumptions and actions of society from multiple perspectives. • Examine national and international issues through artistic, philosophical, cultural, scientific, technological, economic, social and political lenses. Integrative Outcomes: Diversity Students will be able to: • recognize how differences shape approaches to identity, knowledge, and power. • apply diverse perspectives and experiences to develop disciplinary arguments. Global Issues Students will be able to: • critique a discipline through the lens of other cultural values Social and Environmental Engagement Students will be able to: • analyze a complex current issue Skills Outcomes: Critical Thinking: Students will be able to: Analyze and interpret evidence, conjectures, and alternative strategies related to a given idea, problem, task, or goal Synthesize information, arguments, and perspectives in order to create new meaning, insight, and understanding Creative Thinking: Students will be able to: Engage a problem, task, or goal with sustained effort over a period of time Confront questions with multiple answers Form new combinations of ideas RATIONALE: The capstone course is a culminating experience of the Honors program. In it, students will draw on the work in the Integrative Studies Program and in their majors to explore a significant theme or issue in the arts and sciences. The diversity of student majors and the chosen course topics will promote the interdisciplinary orientation of the course. The course will encourage creative thinking, reflective analysis, and careful reading and writing, and will contribute to building a foundation for future learning. Examples of Topics The following three examples represent complex topics consistent with the values of a liberal arts education that lend themselves to a multi- or interdisciplinary approach, and designed to generate student projects both specific to their majors and crossing disciplinary boundaries. "Genetics and Morality." Course readings may include works from such fields as evolutionary biology, history, literature, philosophy, psychology. "How Do We Know What We Know?" Readings in natural sciences, history of science, literature, philosophy, sociology. "Do Arts Make Us More Compassionate?" Readings in philosophy, art theory, literature, psychology, sociology. RESOURCES: Course will be taught by various faculty, and may equate to existing interdisciplinary courses. In order to ensure that the course is taught from an interdisciplinary perspective, the course description and syllabus will be submitted to the Interdisciplinary Committee of the ISP for their review each time the course is taught. SIGNATURE PAGE 2008-2009 HNRSI 401 Interdisciplinary Senior Seminar 1. Sponsoring Program: ___Honors Program Advisory Council__ Chair Signature: _Helen Frink_ For __7_ Against __0_ Abstain_0 Absent 4_ Date _March 13, 2009____________ 2. Advisory Opinions: List the names of the affected departments and include department responses. Communication, Journalism, and Philosophy For: 10 Against: 1 Abstain: 1 Absent: 0 Chair: Ann Atkinson Date: March 3, 2009 3. Dean: Comment: Approved____ Not Approved____ Signature: ________ Date ________ 4. Interdisciplinary ISP Subcommittee: Comment: Ideally the course should be team taught to ensure an interdisciplinary approach. For _6__ Against _0_ Abstain _0_ Absent _1_ Chair: __Sara Hottinger__Date _March 23, 2009__ The interdisciplinary ISP subcommittee strongly recommends that resources be made available for this course to be team taught, ideally by faculty representing two different schools. 5. Senate Curriculum Committee: Comment: For ___ Against___ Abstain ___ Absent ___ Chair: __________________________Date _________ 6. Keene State College Senate: Passed ___ Failed ___ Information___ Signature: ____________________________ Date ________ 7. Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs: Approved___ Not Approved____ Information___ Signature: _____________________Date ________ 8. President: Approved___ Not Approved___ Information___ Signature: ______________________Date ________ 4. Interdisciplinary ISP Subcommittee: Comment: Ideally the course should be team taught to ensure an interdisciplinary approach. For _6__ Against _0_ Abstain _0_ Absent _1_ Chair: __Sara Hottinger__Date _March 23, 2009__ 5. Senate Curriculum Committee: Comment: For ___ Against___ Abstain ___ Absent ___ Chair: __________________________Date _________ 6. Keene State College Senate: Passed ___ Failed ___ Information___ Signature: ____________________________ Date ________ 7. Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs: Approved___ Not Approved____ Information___ Signature: _____________________Date ________ 8. President: Approved___ Not Approved___ Information___ Signature: ______________________Date ________

Source

Senate Curriculum Committee

Language

English

Publisher

Keene State College

HNRS 401

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