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Knowledge Integration
Frances Chapman

INTEG 220, Fall 2012 INTEG 220 T HE N ATURE OF S CIENTIFIC K NOWLEDGE T,TH10:00-11:20AM ; EV2 2069 Professor: Ted Richards Office: EV1, 212 Phone:(519) 888-4567 ext. Email: [email protected] Office hours: T& Th 11:30-12:30, and by appointment (Note: You MUSTinclude ‘INTEG 220’ in the subject line of any emails to me!) ____________________________________________________________________________________________________ Course Description Calendar Description: “This course examines how knowledge is produced in scientific disciplines, including the nature of inquiry, as well as types of evidence and expertise across different fields. The course features significant input from scientific practitioners in the form of guest lectures.” Epistemology is the branch of philosophy that examines the nature of knowledge. While most epistemology courses focus on ordinary, everyday knowledge (is this a dagger I see before me?), this course will examine the production and products of disciplinaryknowledge (scientific questions like, from what is this dagger made?). INTEG 220 focuses on epistemological questions about the natural and physical sciences, while INTEG 221 will emphasize the humanities and social sciences (and, in particular, the social nature of knowledge). The course includes multiple cycles of (1) readingand discussing philosophical theories of scientific knowledge, (2) listening toand interviewing a guest lecturer about the nature of knowledge in his or her discipline, (3) reflecting on the nature of knowledge in that discipline through discussion and writing. Following the final guest lecturer, you will work in small groups to synthesize what you have learned by comparing the nature of knowledge in each discipline. Towards the end of the course, we will discuss two topics –interdisciplinarity and scientific expertise – and how they relate to the goals of Knowledge Integration. Course Objectives By the end of this course you should be able to do the following: Knowledge/ • Explain what epistemology is and identify epistemological issues comprehension: • Describe philosophical views of the nature of scientific knowledge Applying/analyzing: • Thoughtfully apply an epistemological issue to a scientific discipline • Compare/contrast the nature of knowledge in different disciplines Evaluating/creating:• Critically evaluate an epistemological issue through reflective writing Transferrable skills• Improve ability to carefully read and comprehend difficult material • Practice and improve writing skills for different types of assignments • Assess the work of your peers in a constructively critical way INTEG 220, Fall 2012 Expectations for this Course This course is intended to be reading-, writing-, and participation-intensive. We are all expected to: • Attend every class & be on time • Be prepared for lecture & participate NOTE: All emails must include ‘220’ in the • Listen attentively when others speak subject line! You are also expected to: You can also expect me to: • Submit assignments on time, using the • Provide directions for each assignment appropriatedrop-box onD2L and having at least10 days in advance and allow appropriately anonymized your work time for students’ questions in class • Carefully consider instructor feedback on • Provide timely and helpful feedback on written and oral work participation and course assignments • Use scheduled office hours for • Be available during office hours and via consultation (or make an appointment); email; respond to emails within 48 use email for less substantive questions hours Required Reading Material and Submitting Assignments: D2L There are no required textbooks for this course; instead, all readings will be posted on D2L. Please download, print, and bring the readings with you to class. On rare occasions, changes may be made to the schedule of topics or readings; any changes will be announced in class and on D2L . Grading/Evaluation Graded work will be evaluated eitherout of 100 points in 5-point increments (e.g., 75, 80, 85) or by a √-/√/√+. Each assignment carries a different weight in your course grade. Note: there is no final exam for this course. Participation 15% Attendance, in-class discussion, Throughout the course D2L discussion, in-class activities Assignments 45% Short Essay #1 (√) Due Tuesday, October 9 Short Essay #2 (√) Due Thursday, October 25 Peer Reviews (√) Due Thursday, November 1 Short Essay #3 (G) Due Thursday, November 8 Compare & contrast (group) 15% Due Thursday, November 15 Final Paper 25% Topic & outline Due Thursday, November 29 Final paper Due Tuesday, December 11 INTEG 220, Fall 2012 Participation (15%) Participation is based on the following components. (Grades will be determined at the end of the course, but I will provide mid-term evaluations to give you an idea as to how you’re doing.) • Attendance: I will take attendance by passing around a sign-in sheet – you are responsible for signing your name. If you know in advance that you must miss a class, please email mevia D2L. You are allowed 2 unexcused absences – additional absences will result in a 5-point deduction from your participation grade for each absence. Frequent late arrivals will also lower your grade. Students with outstanding attendance records will receive bonus marks for participation. • In-class discussion & D2L posts: A significant portion of your participation grade will be based on thoughtful, relevant, and respectful contributions to class discussions. Everyone is expected to participate in small groups; however, if you are not comfortable sharing in whole-class discussions, you may do more of your participating on D2L. • In-class assignments/activities: Throughout the semester, there will be a few small activities or assignments, most of which will take place in class. These will be assessed on a check/check-plus/check-minus basis, and will go towards your participation grade, unless otherwise noted. Assignments (45%) Below are brief descriptions of each of the assignments (detailed instructions will be provided at least ten days in advance of the due date). Unless noted otherwise, written assignments are due by the start of class on the due date and must be submitted in the appropriate drop-box on D2L. Before submitting a paper, you must remove your name, student number, and any other identifying marks, and include your randomly assigned number instead. • Short essays: After each series of guest lecture visits, you will need to submit a short essay (no more tahn 750 words), reflecting on an epistemological issue of your choosing and how you think it relates to the nature of knowledge in the guest lecturer’s discipline. • Peer reviews: After the 2nd essay has been submitted, each student will receive TWO essays written by other studentsto read and assess.
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