HON 101 - Honors Colloquium 3 Credits, 3 Contact Hours
3 lecture periods 0 lab periods
An interdisciplinary course introducing honors students to scholarly research, writing, and conversation. Includes defining and debating contemporary issues in the arts, humanities, sciences, social sciences, business, technology, and/or math. Also includes opportunities for students to develop their critical thinking and creativity; to enhance their practices of research, critical reflection, argumentation, and collaboration; to identify and clarify “real world” issues; to improve their problem-solving capabilities using appropriate group interaction; and to explore their understandings of cultural diversity in local and global contexts.
Information: Honors Content: Intensive research that uses the highest standards and best practices for the discipline, and a significant number/variety of readings of both primary and secondary sources; a peer-reviewed paper or project in a format appropriate for the discipline; presentation of research, in class or to a wider audience. Interdisciplinary connection fosters and provides enhanced engagement with peers and the community.
Course Learning Outcomes
- Engage in critical, constructive reflection and debate on issues in the arts, humanities, sciences, social sciences, business, technology, and/or math.
- Locate, analyze, evaluate, and document information from a variety of credible sources.
- Create scholarly essays and presentations, both individually and collaboratively, revising arguments to address a new perspectives and questions that emerge in the colloquium.
- Reflect critically on how evidence is recognized and knowledge is generated in scholarly communities.
- Discussion of Issues
- Instructor and students discuss and debate a range of topics, practicing critical thinking and utilizing best practices in argumentation.
- Instructor and students explore issues related to credibility, evidence, and the production of knowledge.
- Research Practices
- Introduction to scholarly research methods, documentation, argumentation, writing, and oral presentation as an integral part of student reflection and discussion.
- Students collaborate, in consultation with instructor(s), to select, research, and argue questions in the arts, humanities, sciences, social sciences, business, technology, and/or math.
- Students refine their practice of scholarly research methods, documentation, argumentation, writing, and presentations, including their ability to analyze, evaluate, and present evidence in relation to a variety of academic audiences.
- Problem-Solving Oriented Research Projects
- Student create high-quality, problem-solving oriented research projects, working with class colleagues in a creative, open-ended processes of production and revision. Topics may be from the arts, humanities, sciences, social sciences, business, technology, and/or math. Projects should include some form of presentation.
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