IDS200W-1: Interdisciplinary Foundations

August 23, 2017 - December 5, 2017
DaysTimeLocationInstructorGERCreditOPUS #
TuTh
8:30am - 9:45am
Callaway Center S423
Wakefield, Peter W.
HAPW45731

IDS 200 examines the origins and development of distinct disciplines in contemporary universities through the lens of what counts as evidence in different fields of human knowledge.

IDS 200W Interdisciplinary Foundations (co-requisite: ENG 223)

Content: Highly recommended for students interested in health sciences, law, business, or future studies at the graduate level. Intellectual foundations provided in IDS 200 introduce students to the Liberal Arts and support students’ studies in a wide range of majors. Especially recommended for freshmen, sophomores, and juniors. Systematic focus on writing; co-requisite ENG 223 Rhetorical Grammar advances writing skills essential in any career. (Students can enroll in ENG 223, one credit, SU, in the same semester as IDS 200; if you took ENG 223 previously, the co-requisite is fulfilled.)

 

IDS 200 examines the origins and development of distinct disciplines in contemporary universities through the lens of what counts as evidence in different fields of human knowledge. Regular visits and lectures by guest faculty.

 

In the ancient tragedy Antigone, for example, a young woman defies the law for love of her brother. But could the young woman’s love, her thinking, speech patterns, and motivations be due to genetic dispositions, neural mechanisms, religious extremism, or mental disease? Such questions highlight the problematic nature of evidence and explanation that we will examine.

Texts include: Dickens, Hard Times; Sophocles, Antigone; Plato, Apology; Boethius, Consolation of Philosophy; Chaucer, Wife of Bath; F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby; Rushdie, Midnight’s Children. Other class sessions will be devoted to critical analysis of visiting speakers’ interventions.

Writing and other graded requirements: short writing assignments; midterm proposal/essay; final research paper; participation in class discussion and co-requisite ENG 223 Rhtorical Grammar.

 

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