101 syllabus F09

101 syllabus F09 - INDV 101 Mind Self and Language Section...

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1 INDV 101: Mind, Self, and Language Section 57 Syllabus for Fall 2009 Course time: MWF 2:00–2:50 pm Course location: Chavez 400 Instructor: David Medeiros Office: Communications 110 Office hrs: MWF 3:00–4: 00 pm, and by appointment Email: [email protected] Course website: This course has a D2L website. Various elements of this course will require you to access this website throughout the semester. Go to http://d2l.arizona.edu/ and login using the UA NetID Login button in the upper left-hand side of the screen; once you login via WebAuth, you will find this course listed among your courses for the current semester. Textbook : There is no required textbook for this course. Various readings will be made available electronically via the D2L website. Course Description: INDVI01 courses explore the central questions about the nature of human beings, focusing on the individual experience. This course focuses on language, providing a survey of linguistic concepts and methods: communication among animals, physiology of human speech, elementary phonetics, syntax, language and thought, language change, language and the brain. Course Objectives: Successful students will by the end of the semester be able to: • Describe the ways in which humans produce the sounds of spoken language. • Read and write using the International Phonetic Alphabet. • Describe the connections between spoken or signed languages and the writing systems used to transcribe them. • Identify basic grammatical structures by which we build words and sentences in human languages. • Appreciate the diversity in human languages, as well as the similarities that exist among languages. • Identify ways in which human language is biological and innate, as well as ways in which it is culturally shaped and learned via experience. • Cogently argue for or against the claim that non-human animals are capable of using language. • Understand some of the basic mechanisms by which language is acquired by human infants, and how it is learned by adults. • Identify the major language families in use today, and intelligently discuss issues related to language endangerment, language status, and linguistic diversity.
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2 Grading: 10% Attendance and participation 30% D2L pre- and post-quizzes 30% Homework 30% Exams Attendance and participation : You will be awarded points for showing up when I check attendance (frequently, but not every class) and for substantive contributions to in- class discussions. You will earn full points by being present at every attendance check even if you do not contribute to in-class discussions. However, contributing to discussions can earn you points lost by being absent. I strongly encourage you to show up to every class that you reasonably can, and to speak up with intelligent questions or
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101 syllabus F09 - INDV 101 Mind Self and Language Section...

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