Harkins 2010 Syllabus -...

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UGS 303 – THINKING ABOUT THINKING IN THE DISCIPLINES  TIP SIGNATURE COURSE FALL 2010  Class Meets: Mondays, 3:00-3:50 pm, BUR 106 WF 9:00-10:00 (64680) OR TTH 9:30-10:30 (64685) PAI 4.28 Instructor: Susan C. Harkins, EdD Office: 234 GRG Email: sharkins@austin.utexas.edu Office Phone: 512-232-1058 Office Hours: Mondays 10:00-12:00 Or by appointment if you have a scheduling conflict with the above hours. Required Text You will need to purchase Mistakes Were Made by Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson ISBN: 978-0-15-603390-9. You may purchase this from Amazon or other source of your choosing. You should purchase this by September 20. This course is primarily about process, not content, and I will ask you to practice the process in many different ways. For the purposes of our class, we will not be using one comprehensive text. Instead, we will use the media world to help us learn about our thinking. As this is YOUR thinking, the resources will come from YOU and supplemented by me. Any assigned reading will be made available on BlackBoard, so check your announcements often. There are, however, common terms and concepts that we will use in this class that will help us communicate the development of the process more effectively. A glossary of terms (Lexicon of Concepts) is available on BlackBoard. You will be responsible for understanding these terms and concepts and will be asked to apply them to various situations inside and outside of class. If the glossary description of the concept or term is not sufficient to increase your understanding, recommended readings will also be available on BlackBoard to supplement your learning. You will have an opportunity to share your understanding in class. This is your first exercise in autonomous learning and critical thinking. Will you strive to “get by” or will you strive for understanding? Web Site Class materials, supplemental readings, grading, and announcements will be posted on the course BlackBoard site: http://courses.utexas.edu. Please check this site regularly! You will be responsible for any information posted on this site. Academic Course Goals After completing this course, you should be able to: Reflect on current issues using a critical interdisciplinary approach. Recognize and use quality sources of information in evaluating and developing arguments and ideas. Effectively communicate your ideas and arguments in written and oral format. 1
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Become familiar with the development of academic research in different disciplines. Recognize the interconnectedness of discipline interests and questions. Identify and discuss components of fair-minded thinking in yourself and others. Begin to practice autonomous learning.
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