Inquiry 101 is the first half of a year long course of study designed to confront and engage students with questions that have traditionally been at the center of a liberal arts education. In the first semester the questions are:
(a) How do we know?
(b) What is the nature of human kind?
In Inquiry 101, we will address these two questions from the vantage points of a) Learning and the purpose of education; b) knowledge and authority; and c) ways of knowing.
Inquiry I is designed to:
By the end of Inquiry I, students should be able to:
Co-curricular Activities - Students are required to attend a minimum of three co-curricular activities (from an approved list for Inquiry 101). Credit for attendance is earned through a 250 word summary written report of the activity that directly connects it to the content of our class readings and activities.
Virtual Discussions- On all Fridays, including the first one, discussion of the readings will occur in the virtual classroom. Each student is required to post a minimum of two meaningful contributions to the discussion. Unless otherwise notified the discussions should occur in real-time during the scheduled class hours of 8:10 - 9:10.
Team Projects- For each course section students will be assigned to teams. The teams will produce and present to their classmates various projects that meet the course goals. The team members will be changed for each section.
Term Project- Each student will select a topic from a list provided by the instructor. The student will research the project using library resources. The research will provide the basis for a 7-10 page written report.
Final - A comprehensive final exam will be given during the final exam period. It will assess how well the students can use the course content (readings, projects, co-curricular activities) to address the central questions of the course: How do we know? and What is the nature of human kind? The essay format will require students to demonstrate the skills of summary, analysis, and evaluation.
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