One meeting per week, two weekend field trips.
In the first two semesters of the ELT colloquium, you were introduced to fundamental concepts in the natural sciences and exposed to a wide range of current research. Semester 3 has two main foci: understanding the critical issues of natural science in society today and preparation for your fourth semester practicum.
There are several components, each of which contributes to your grade: Attendance (10%), Group Project (30%), Practicum proposal (30%), Quizzes (10%), Participation (10%), and Proof of Concept Assignment (10%).
Each student in ELT will be a member of a group project. Below are summarizes of the different projects; more detailed requirements and helpful information will be handed out to each group early in the semester.
PANEL DISCUSSIONS: This semester we will have three big in-class discussions on topics relating to the interaction of natural sciences and society. In each case the panel organizers are responsible for investigating the key information and (taking on the roles of different advocacy groups) presenting the information to the class as whole (who will represent some particular community). The panelists will be required to present their topics fairly and accurately. Discussions about the topics (with a focus on factors involved in our decision making) will follow the presentations. The three panels are:
MEDIA-WATCH PROJECTS: LOGICAL FALLACIES IN THE MEDIA: The remaining eight groups will examine the use of logical fallacies in various media. Each group will investigate a particular fallacy, and keep an eye and ear out for its use in public. Yes, this means that (ultimately) you will be getting a grade for reading newspapers, surfing the web (judiciously), watching advertisements, and so forth: but all with a critical mind!
The results of each of the eight groups will be reported as class presentations at the end of the semester, and on a web page. Each web page (one per fallacy) must include at least five different particular uses of that fallacy, with a quotation and reference for that fallacious statement; recognition of why the statement is an example of the fallacy in question; question whether the argument could have been made in a non-fallacious way (and if so, how); and a warning of how the reader can screen for other uses of this fallacy.
Groups may investigate ANY material in any medium that claims to be true (thus conscious fiction is off limits, but the news (print or electronic), advertisement, non-fiction print, documentaries, etc. are all fair game). NOTE: although the World Weekly News and related tabloids maintain the premise that they are news magazines, we all recognize that their text is fiction, so they are off-limits for this purpose! Except for web material published by news services or web versions of newspapers and magazines, each group may cite ONLY one web site as the source of a fallacy.