LBS 100: Exploration of the Arts and Sciences (Summer Session 2012)

Course Description: The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the major discipline groups that traditionally comprise the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), as well as the methods of inquiry employed within the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. There will be general overviews provided by the instructor of record as well as discipline-specific sessions provided by faculty colleagues from the three areas. Class format will be lecture and discussion. Students will be able to see how diverse disciplines can relate to an overarching interdisciplinary topic.

Course Theme: The course is organized around the interdisciplinary theme of “Creativity Across the Disciplines.” The theme is used to demonstrate how a complex topic is addressed from various disciplinary perspectives and how an interdisciplinary approach compliments the disciplinary perspectives in furthering our understanding of the topic.

Lecture Handouts

Follow the link to access lecture handouts. These are handouts are copies of the powerpoint slides supplementing the lecture. Consequently, they do not contain all the information presented during the lecture which means they should not be relied upon exclusively as a study guide. Note taking during lecture is still important.


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The homework assignments will give you opportunities to apply the knowledge you will be learning in the course to address issues of an interdisciplinary nature. This could include comparing and contrasting a social science perspective to a humanities perspective of a topic discussed in your readings. It could include discussing how cultural values affect a societies’ tolerance for creativity. It could also involve demonstrating how to combine two of the disciplines discussed in the course to address a topic of interest to you. In this way, you will gain a deeper understanding the methods of inquiry employed within the humanities, social sciences, arts and natural sciences and how to apply an interdisciplinary perspective to generate creative insights about real world issues and problems.