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2018-2019 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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GS 1010H - Honors Seminar I

4 lecture hours 0 lab hours 4 credits
Course Description
Students will explore the “city as text,” learning to “read” the city. Readings from humanities disciplines about the concept of “the city” are included, and film will be used as a supplement to students’ reading. Students will write papers in response to their reading and service-learning experience; the final paper will be persuasive and include research from primary and secondary sources. (prereq: enrollment in the honors program)
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Write unified, coherent, emphatic, and well-organized essays that include a clear thesis and, in some form, an introduction, a body, and a conclusion
  • Understand basic rhetorical concepts, including ethos, pathos, and logos
  • Work with sources at the college level. This includes discerning quality of sources, identifying which sources are more authoritative within a given rhetorical context, avoiding plagiarism and copyright infringement through awareness of ethical and legal constraints, and incorporating sources appropriately and effectively in students’ own writing
  • Understand the concept of a “city” and become aware of issues specific to that concept
  • Develop awareness of social responsibility and interpret personal experience through a service-learning project
  • Become aware of ethical issues specific to human interactions within the framework of a city
  • Develop the capacity for independent thought through self-selection of paper topics, service-learning experience, and selected readings

Prerequisites by Topic
  • None 

Course Topics
  • Rhetorical concepts and writing instruction (8 classes)
  • Research methods (1 class)
  • Evaluation, documentation, and incorporation of sources (1 class)
  • Research/writing workshops (5 classes)
  • Lectures, classroom activities/discussions, and field trips exploring the concept of “The City” (10 classes)
  • Class discussion of assigned readings from course texts (5 classes)
  • Service learning (2 classes)
  • Lecture on art terms, class discussion/analysis of art in class (2 classes)
  • Museum tour, student analysis and presentations on art works (2 classes)
  • Student presentations of research projects (4 classes)

Katherine Wikoff

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