IS4420 Policies & Info

Course Description
Gives senior-level Interdisciplinary students the opportunity to reflect on what they have accomplished through their program of study. Students examine current theories and debates in Interdisciplinary Studies, as well as consider the ways their coursework can be integrated with questions related to key categories of inquiry that shaped their programs. As part of this seminar, each student will undertake a thesis project that will bring her/his education to a culmination, thus providing a capstone experience. This thesis may take many forms (a long paper, a presentation, a multimedia project, a film, a web site, etc.), will incorporate both quantitative and qualitative thinking and the use of technology-related tools, and will be accompanied by a written piece that functions as a process paper, summarizing the project’s integrative construction and conclusions. Prerequisite(s): Interdisciplinary Studies majors only.

Course Objectives
By the end of this course, each student will:

  • have reflected upon, and be able to articulate, how the integration of multidisciplinary approaches to knowledge and critical thinking within the focus of their major:
    • impacted their understanding of what it means to have an interdisciplinary studies degree,
    • contributed meaningfully to their particular interdisciplinary studies degree;
  • know the issues that currently shape the field of Interdisciplinary Studies, and be able to offer their own critical opinions on the theories and debates which shape their contours;
  • be able to reflect on how their interdisciplinary course of study can and/or will impact their post-Plymouth life as well as society;
  • be able to articulate how their own program of study contributes to their understanding of what it means to be “educated”;
  • be able to craft a well-written and well-designed multimedia article that works to engage their academic knowledge with a public audience of readers, and will have a functional ePort (or equivalent) for use in future educational and career endeavors;
  • be actively engaged with building your Personal Learning Network (PLN);
  • have created a comprehensive thesis project that integrates their coursework, synthesizes the major themes and issues raised through the various courses they have taken, and draws conclusions related to their focus.

Course Requirements and Grading Procedures:

  • Research Article (40%)
    • Prospectus (10%)
    • Lit Survey (20%)
    • Article (70%)
  • Applied Project (20%)
    • Prospectus (10%)
    • Project Report (90%)
  • Summary Synthesis (10%)
  • Assignments (10%)
  • PLN (10%)
  • (5%)
  • Final Presentation (5%)

Required Text
None: this course will make use of Open Educational Resources, free online materials, and student-generated texts.

Academic Integrity
You must adhere to the Academic Integrity policy as outlined in the PSU Academic Catalog.

Plymouth State University is committed to providing students with documented disabilities equal access to all university programs and facilities. If you think you have a disability requiring accommodations, you should immediately contact the Disability Services Office (DSO) in Plymouth Academic Support Services located in the Lamson Learning Commons (535-2270) to determine whether you are eligible for such accommodations. Academic accommodations will only be considered for students who have registered with DSO. If you have a Letter of Accommodation for this course from DSO, please provide the instructor with that information privately so that you and the instructor can review those accommodations.


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