IS4444 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, such as diversity, global awareness, and what it means to be an educated person. 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:

  • be able to articulate how issues of diversity and global awareness shaped, and were shaped by, their major’s focus/theme/chosen course of study;
  • 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 her/his own critical opinions on the theories and debates which shape their contours;
  • be able to reflect on how her/his interdisciplinary course of study can and/or will impact their post-Plymouth life as well as society;
  • be able to articulate how her/his own program of study contributes to her/his understanding of what it means to be “educated”;
  • be able to craft a well-written and well-designed blog post that works to engage her/his academic knowledge with a public audience of readers;
  • create a comprehensive thesis project that integrates her/his coursework, synthesizes the major themes and issues raised through the various courses s/he has taken, and draws conclusions related to their focus.

Course Requirements and Grading Procedures:

  • Blog Posts: Your Blog posts are worth 15% of your grade.  An A-level blogger will follow all the guidelines on the blog tip sheet, will not miss any required posts, and will comment regularly and in a timely fashion on the posts of her/his classmates. A B-level blogger will follow all the guidelines on the blog tip sheet, and will not miss any required posts, and will comment on the posts of her classmates on occasion.  A C-level blogger will follow most of the guidelines on the blog tip sheet, and will not miss more than 1 required post. A D-level blogger will post to the blog, but may not not follow the tips on the tip sheet, and may miss a number of required posts.  You will receive an F for the blog if you post infrequently, and your posts do not follow the tips.  You will receive a 0 for blogging if you do not post to the blog.  Blog tips are here:
  • Study Guides: Your Study Guides are worth 5% of your grade.  For each guide that is due, you will get a 0 for failing to create a guide, a 1 for average work, and a 1.5 for truly outstanding work (complete, well-organized, neat and clear).
  • Tests: Your tests are worth 15% of your grade.
  • Project Prospectus: Your Prospectus is worth 5% of your grade.
  • Literature Search: Your lit search is worth 10% of your grade.
  • Project in Action: Your project in action is worth 10% of your grade.
  • Project Paper: Your project paper is worth 10% of your grade.
  • Project PPT Screencast: Your project screencast is worth 10% of your grade.
  • Project PPT Exam: Your final PPT is worth 5% of your grade.
  • Forum Postings (10%): To do well on your postings you need to not miss any required posts, your posts need to be well-developed and detailed (including the incorporation of textual evidence and quotes where appropriate, all properly cited), and they need to be grammatically correct.  Solid performance on postings will generate a B grade.  An A can be achieved by having outstanding posts and additionally commenting regularly on your classmates’ posts.
  • Class Participation (5%): This grade is comprised of two separate grades. The first is Attendance, which measures how often you come to class (which is imperative to your ability to participate, I think you will agree!). At the end of the semester, one of your absences will be automatically EXCUSED. Any absence over one will negatively affect your attendance grade (you will receive full attendance credit for 0-1 absence, half credit for 2 absences, and no credit for 3 or more absences). Strive for perfect attendance.The second is Engagement, which measures how you involve yourself in the discussions (being careful not to participate too much if you are talkative; encouraging yourself to speak up daily if you are shy; making eye contact with the professor and your classmates; refraining from distracting or distracted behavior such as sleeping, texting, chatting, packing up early, etc.); demonstrating enthusiasm for learning.

Required Text
Repko, Allen. Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies. LA: Sage Publications, 2013.

Academic Integrity
You must adhere to the Academic Integrity policy as outlined in the PSU Academic Catalog. Anyone violating this policy will be reported to the English Department chair, and then sent before the Academic Integrity panel for a hearing. Here are the basics of what I expect, in addition to full compliance with this policy:

  • all work is your own;
  • if you get information or ideas from books, articles, the internet, or interviews with live people, you need to cite that information or those ideas using MLA or APA  style;
  • you may not purchase papers and turn them in as your own work;
  • you may not turn in a paper that you yourself wrote for an assignment for a different class;
  • all presentations and Powerpoints must also include citations.

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 PASS Office in Lamson Library (535-2270) to determine whether you are eligible for such accommodations. Academic accommodations will only be considered for students who have registered with the PASS Office. If you have a Letter of Accommodation for this course from the PASS Office, please provide the instructor with that information privately so that you and the instructor can review those accommodations.


Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s