HASS Inquiry courses are designed to give you the opportunity for meaningful interaction with your instructors through seminar-style discussion sections, Community Read discussions, and forums for dialogue and debate. Many HASS Inquiry courses act as introductory courses to the Integrative Pathways.
Central to our curriculum is a teaching philosophy that utilizes engaged learning strategies to add depth to a student’s awareness about themselves and the world. Our primary areas of pedagogic focus include the following:
- Critical Thinking and Critical Wisdom
- Writing and Communications
- Personal Instructional Attention
- Teamwork and Group Work
- Community Building and Awareness
- A Focus on Diversity
- Effective Use of Instructional Technology
Here's just a sample of the types of questions you'll explore through HASS Inquiry:
- Can we create Artificial Intelligence with human-level intelligence?
- Are some ways of acting and living more ethically justifiable than others?
- How much human enhancement is compatible will still being human?
- What are the politics of display, technology, design, architecture, and performance?
- Are humans vastly intellectually superior to nonhuman animals?
- Why do seemingly good people do bad things?
- What is “bad” science?
- What is a post-factual reality?
- Where do my ideas come from and who owns them?
- How does the practice and appreciation of music affect you?
- What are the origins of human rights in the U.S. and the world?