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Honors Colloquy

ENG 201HW

Honors Colloquy

ENG 201HW

Course Description

Prerequisite: READING LEVEL 4 and WRITING LEVEL 4 or permission of the Honors Office. Required of all Honors students. Explores the elements of critical and creative thinking. Emphasizes relationships among thinking, writing, and productive interaction with others, as well as the interdisciplinary nature of truth and knowledge. Includes project and/or research writing at instructor's discretion. Provides opportunities to engage in independent intellectual inquiry to foster deeper learning. Credit may be earned in only one of: ENG 201HW, ENG 201H, or IHU 201H. (45-0)

Outcomes and Objectives

Explain and apply the elements of creative and critical thinking.

Objectives:

  • Read materials related to the theory and practice of thinking, e.g. evaluating an argument, distinguishing fact from opinion, the stages of creative thinking.
  • Apply the elements of thinking through writing and discussion of relevant issues, e.g. questions regarding truth, knowledge, fact, opinion, etc.
  • Read and interpret assigned readings for the purpose of applying creative and critical thinking.

Apply creative and critical thinking in varied situations

Objectives:

  • Read material about thinking and other high level subject matter that requires range and depth of thought.
  • Apply creative/critical thinking in writing, e.g. analyze an argument, narrate an incident related to elements of thinking.
  • Use thinking skills in verbal discussions about reading, life situations, academic material and discourse.

Interact productively with peers and instructor for the purpose of improving thinking skills.

Objectives:

  • Write clearly about the elements of listening and speaking as these reflect creative and critical thinking.
  • Listen effectively in varied situations.
  • Articulate various points of view about particular subjects.
  • Explain verbally and in writing how thinking is both an individual and collaborative activity.

Participate in "writing to learn" activities.

Objectives:

  • Perform writing tasks to promote learning.
  • Write effectively for a specific audience and purpose.
  • Demonstrate the learning of concepts through writing.

Practice intellectual curiosity and apply it in independent ways to deepen their understanding of the course material.

Objectives:

  • Complete at least one significant project, either individually or as a group depending on the instructor's discretion, and work with the instructor to assure that the project demonstrates intellectual curiosity and academic rigor.