This Spring of 2011 students' issues include:
My students and I have selected current issues in Science and Technology, and will show you the results of our efforts on these pages. Students worked individually or in groups to examine these important current issues using critical thinking skills. The students in the class are demonstrating their ability to model those skills and show evidence of improving their ability to use the University Student Learning Outcomes.
We hope you enjoy the material, and please let us know what you think!
Here is a 10 minute You tube video called
Skewed views of science that summarizes what science is and why I so enjoy this class- I hope you do too!
Did you know? A five minute video about how fast information is growing.
Some current issues that you may want to consider exploring:
Should the EPA be exempting 'green power' facilities from legal requirements for Agency review?
Here are some more recent Science and Technology 'issues':
Documentaries of interest regaring this year's issues:
Nora E. Demers, Ph.D.,
Just send a
note, stop by or give me a call to make an appointment.
A great deal of work outside of class time is expected.
I encourage you to work with others on similar topics. Take advantage of this opportunity to work as a member of a highly functional group of your design and control.
WARNING: This class is not for the light-hearted- those wanting an "easy A" are strongly encouraged to look elsewhere! You will be challenged at least as much as your most rigorous disciplinary course. I believe that IDS courses are where you should synthesize and apply your disciplinary experience to interdisciplinary issues that our community faces. If you do not desire this sort of rigorous and challenging exercise, then please do us both a favor and enroll in a different section of IDS 3303.
I look forward to meeting an enthusiastic group of undergraduates at every class session.
Cheating, dishonesty, and plagiarism will not be tolerated and may result in failure of the assignment and/or course.
If you are at all unclear on the conventions or expectations on academy regarding providing proper citation to your research sources, then please take a moment to review these articles on plagiarism: "What is Plagiarism at Indiana University"; "How to Avoid Plagiarism"; "Avoiding Plagiarism"
Disability Accommodations Services
Florida Gulf Coast University, in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and the university’s guiding principles, will provide classroom and academic accommodations to students with documented disabilities. If you need to request an accommodation in this class due to a disability, or you suspect that your academic performance is affected by a disability, please contact the Office of Adaptive Services. The Office of Adaptive Services is located in Howard Hall 137. The phone number is 239-590-7956 or TTY 239-590-7930
2011: IDS 3143
Tuesdays and Thursdays 12:30-1:45
This course is part of the Collegium of Integrated Learning and is required for the B.A. in Liberal Studies. Students and faculty will work together to investigate selected contemporary science/technology issues and problems and how they have developed across time.
Individually and in teams, students will develop "intellectual histories" of an issue or problem and take a stance on an issue. These "histories" will require building an integrated context by examining issues through the perspectives and methods of knowing in the social sciences, natural sciences, and humanities. Organized in interdisciplinary ways and problem-based, the course will stress engaged learning.
Students will be expected to formulate their own interpretations and responses to the issues. Consequently, success in the course will rely heavily on critical, creative, systematic, and collaborative thinking and the sophisticated use of communication, information, and technological skills.
Required text: Science, Nonscience and Nonsense (1995) by Michael Zimmerman Amazon for less than $5
Publisher:Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore and London
Learning to think things through: A guide to critical thinking across the curriculum (2nd Edition). Gerald M. Nosich (2004).
Brave new Worlds by Aldous Huxley (1932)
1984 by George Orwell (1949)
Students will also be expected to identify and use a wide variety of resources available through the library and world wide web.
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Click here to see the IDS 3143 Portal- see past issues students examined in previous semesters.