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Revision Date: 21-Apr-20

HUM-2010-VR01 - Seminar in Educational Inquiry


Synonym: 185005

Location: Rutland - Meets Online

Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Meets online
Semester Dates: 05-26-2020 to 08-17-2020
Last day to drop without a grade: 06-11-2020 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 07-14-2020 - Refund Policy
Faculty: Fern Fryer | View Faculty Credentials
Materials/Lab Fees: $75.00
This course has started, please contact the offering academic center about registration
This section meets the following General Education Requirement(s):
Seminar in Educational Inquiry
    Note
  1. Many degree programs have specific general education recommendations. In order to avoid taking unnecessary classes, please consult with additional resources like your program evaluation, your academic program page, and your academic advisor.
  2. Courses may only be used to meet one General Education Requirement.

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Course Description:

Inquiry is the foundation for this interdisciplinary capstone course. It provides a forum for critical thinking about substantive issues, problems, and themes that affect the world, our society, our communities, and our selves. Throughout the semester, students will be challenged to ask critical questions, evaluate evidence, create connections, and present ideas in discussions and writing. This process prepares students for developing and presenting a culminating portfolio through which they demonstrate proficiency in the graduation standards of writing and information literacy, as well as make connections to prior learning. Because the final portfolio is essential in demonstrating these proficiencies, students must complete the portfolio with a grade of C- or better in order to pass the course. This course is required for students planning to graduate and should be taken within the year prior to graduation once all competency area requirements have been satisfied. Prerequisite: English Composition and a Research & Writing Intensive course or equivalent skills.

Essential Objectives:

1. Explain how questions are framed and knowledge is gained in various disciplines, such as the sciences, humanities, and social sciences.
2. Investigate the philosophical and ethical questions arising from issues pertaining to identity, community, knowledge, truth, change and responsibility.
3. Demonstrate advanced skills of reading, writing and critical thinking in both group and individual work.
4. Locate, evaluate, and incorporate appropriate scholarly and professional sources, including primary and secondary evidence as needed, to address an academic research question.
5. Complete a culminating portfolio that includes:
a. A research paper with an arguable thesis that integrates five or more scholarly and professional sources to address an academic research question and demonstrates proficiency in the graduation standards of writing and information literacy according to the SEI research paper rubric.
b. A reflective essay that articulates how the student’s CCV experience has influenced their understanding of themselves and the world.
c. An oral presentation related to the content of the paper.

Methods:

No textbook required; we will use a variety of online resources. It is essential you have access to a computer.

METHODOLOGY:

Our course will focus on both group interaction and individual writing projects. We will use a variety of readings, short videos, and forum discussions to improve critical thinking and communication skills.

EVALUATION & GRADING CRITERIA

Discussion Forums 35%

Essay on fake news 10%

Rough draft 5%

Final portfolio 50%:

  • Reflection on educational experience 50 pts
  • Research Paper 100 pts
  • Presentation of research 25 pts

Rhythm for the week:

Readings:

  • The semester syllabus is posted in the Course Resources module to allow you to see the reading assignments for all 12 weeks and to plan accordingly based on your schedule. Thus, you may read ahead; however, the discussion forum for each set of readings will not become available until Tuesday at midnight.
  • Video clips may also be assigned. Let me know if you do not have a reliable high-speed internet connection.

Discussion:

  • Weekly Discussion forum will open Tuesday at midnight. Post your initial response and pose a question by Saturday at 9 am. Respond to at least two other people by Monday at 11:59 pm. A grading rubric is in the Course Resources module.

Research Paper:

  • Research Corner readings and instructions pertain to the research paper and will become available each Tuesday at midnight. It is essential that you read them. In addition, the due dates for the stages of the research paper are posted in the syllabus.

IMPORTANT COURSE POLICIES FOR ALL STUDENTS

1. All students must complete the final research paper and document all sources used- whether directly quoted or paraphrased. Any information that is not common knowledge must be cited in the body and on the reference or works cited page. Plagiarism will result in a failing grade for the final project and course. It is assumed all students have adequate familiarity with the CCV Hartness system, standard college research methods and the MLA/APA documentation process.

2. All students need to submit the steps for the final project as outlined on the handout.

3. This course is one that can attest to a student’s skill as an exiting sophomore- a student who has shown the academic skills required at this level. Your performance in this class will demonstrate your ability to comprehend and critically review and discuss various types of writing across the curriculum. It is assumed that all students have adequate college-level reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. That means being able to handle 60-100 pages of reading a week; to write original essays, summaries, and responses that are organized, grammatically correct, and thoughtful; to participate in open discussions and express ideas in a clear and considerate manner; to listen to others’ ideas and opinions with an open mind and respectful attitude.

Contact Faculty:

Email: Evelyn Fryer

Textbooks:

Summer 2020 textbook data will be available on April 6. On that date a link will be available below that will take you to eCampus, CCV's bookstore. The information provided there will be for this course only. Please see this page for more information regarding the purchase of textbooks.

HUM-2010-VR01 Textbooks.

The last day to use a Financial Aid advance to purchase textbooks is the 3rd Tuesday of the semester. See your financial aid counselor at your academic center if you have any questions.

Contact Faculty:

Email: Evelyn Fryer
Hiring Coordinator for this course: Virginia Gellman

Syllabus:


SEMINAR IN EDUCATIONAL INQUIRY - Summer 2020

(Subject to change based on needs of class)

Topic One: Personal Identity- Who are you and how did you become that person?

Week 1 EDUCATION AND IDENTITY

Robinson, Rose, Menand

Week 2 GENDER AND IDENTITY

Zenger, Jervis, Bell

Week 3 – IMPULSE SOCIETY: TECHNOLOGY AND THE SELF

Saving the self, Self and Society, Instant Gratification

****Final topic and research question due

*** Send our embedded librarian a query about your topic

Topic Two: Knowledge and Truth- How do we get and use information to build our knowledge?

Week 4 – BELIEF AND REASON

Age of Disbelief, Reason and Reality, NPR interview, Death of Expertise

Week 5 – CREATIVITY

Surprising Habits of Original Thinkers; Playful Wonderland behind Great Inventions; Hackschooling

****Essay due

Week 6 – SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY: GMOs & GENE EDITING

Regalado, Not your father’s GMOs, Pollan

***Working Thesis and Bibliography due

Topic Three: What is the relationship between the self and society?

Week 7 – INFLUENCES FROM THE PAST

Sanders, Eikenberry

Week 8- ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP

“Use It and Lose It:” ;“Our Wonderful Age of Abundance” and Destruction of Nature is as Big a Threat to Humanity as Global Warming

Reflection essay due

Week 9 – VALUES & ETHICS

Moral Facts, Science Can Answer Moral Questions, Singer

Week 10 –CIVIC LITERACY, AMERICAN VALUES & THE RIGHT OF CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE?

Jefferson, Lincoln, Stanton, Truth, King

****Rough draft due

Week 11-

CONFLICT & RESOLUTION

Biology of Our Best & Worst Selves, War- What’s It Good For

Week 12 Presentations of Research; Final Reflection

ALL RESEARCH PAPERS ARE DUE ELECTRONICALLY

Accessibility Services for Students with Disabilities: CCV strives to mitigate barriers to course access for students with documented disabilities. To request accommodations, please

  1. Provide disability documentation to the Accessibility Coordinator at your academic center. https://ccv.edu/discover-resources/students-with-disabilities/
  2. Request an appointment to meet with accessibility coordinator to discuss your request and create an accommodation plan.
  3. Once created, students will share the accommodation plan with faculty. Please note, faculty cannot make disability accommodations outside of this process.

Academic Honesty: CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.

Course description details subject to change. Please refer to this document frequently.

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