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2022-2023 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
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GS 1020H - Honors Seminar II

4 lecture hours 0 lab hours 4 credits
Course Description
Students study the way a city functions and how people live and work together within a city. Students will research current issues in the city and select a topical area to study for the quarter. They will study raw data regarding what makes a city healthy (environmental data, safety data, etc.) related to the issues they have selected. Working in teams, they will organize public events/public hearings on selected issues, invite speakers, schedule a location, notify the media, etc. Students will write short reports related to their project topics and will write a formal proposal that a certain action be taken to solve a problem related to the selected issue. (prereq: enrollment in the honors program, and GS 1010H )
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Write a variety of short reports, with an emphasis on conciseness, correctness, coherence, and contextual relevance
  • Understand and apply principles of document design
  • Develop appropriate visual representation of data
  • Analyze raw data, identify significant data points and patterns among the data, and draw conclusions regarding what the data means
  • Work with primary research sources in addition to secondary research sources
  • Write a formal proposal, including all apparatus associated with formal reports
  • Work as a member of a team to organize and manage an event
  • Demonstrate an awareness of social issues and interact with members of the local community who are involved in the process of making public policy
  • Make connections between professional training and social/civic contexts
  • Demonstrate the capacity for independent thought through self-selection of public policy issue and by proposing a solution to a problem related to that issue
  • Create a succinct slide show with well-designed slides
  • Deliver a team presentation

Prerequisites by Topic
  • None

Course Topics
  • Exposure to materials related to the social sciences
  • Research skills
  • Principles and techniques of various forms of written communication (including essay and memorandum)
  • Principles and techniques of various forms of oral communication (including public presentations and formal speeches)
  • Community engagement
  • Group work
  • Urban design

Dr. Michael Carriere

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