INTG290 Intelligence

Department of Integration of Knowledge: INTG Archive

I. Course Number and Title
INTG290 Intelligence Course No Longer Offered
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
Completion of 24 credits and Completion of College Writing Level I (\"C\" or better)
V. Other Pertinent Information
As with all Integration of Knowledge courses, this course will have the following characteristics:
  1. It is theme-based (A theme provides an organizing framework for the readings of the course).
  2. It includes, but is not limited to, cultural, societal, and scientific perspectives.
  3. It is writing intensive.
  4. It encourages students to work together and study in groups.
  5. Students examine the implications of the theme by analyzing the past, assessing the present, and planning for the future.
VI. Catalog Course Description
This course explores what it means to be intelligent from a variety of disciplinary perspectives: philosophy, history, psychology, biology, and computer and information science among others. The social, political, and ethical implications (present and future) of these various disciplinary perspectives will be considered.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    The student will be expected to critically examine a variety of viewpoints on the issue of intelligence and to articulate and defend a personal viewpoint. The student will value the interdisciplinary approach to the issue of intelligence, and demonstrate it via discussion, expository writing, and collaborative research projects. The course will illustrate the value of working in groups. The students will understand how to deal with the conflicts that often arise in group work.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    1. The student will learn and practice bibliographic research skills in the preparation of a research paper on one topic related to the course theme.
    2. The student will learn and practice interpersonal skills required to collaborate effectively with others in a small group research project.
    3. The students will be taught skills for identifying and dealing with interpersonal and cultural conflict as it occurs in group processes, so that all participants can receive maximum benefit. A preliminary activity will address how to work effectively in a group. As part of their work, students will then evaluate the interactions in their own group.
    4. The student will practice interdisciplinary thinking by writing a final exam essay that integrates at least two disciplinary perspectives on the course theme.
    5. Through the following required topics the student will explore the course theme from the following temporal perspectives:
      1. PAST- The history of attempts to measure intelligence; "classic" theories of intelligence; intelligence as a tool of social policy (e.g., eugenics)
      2. PRESENT- Contemporary theories of intelligence (Howard Gardner, Robert Sternberg); artificial intelligence research and theory
      3. FUTURE- The promise of artificial intelligence; promoting the expression of intelligence in self and others.
    6. At the discretion of the instructors, additional topics may be included. These topics may include, but are not limited to:
      1. Cultural expressions of intelligence
      2. The search for animal intelligence
      3. Educational implications of intelligence theories
      4. Gender differences in expression of intelligence
      5. The search for extraterrestrial intelligence
      6. The nature/nurture controversy and intelligence
      7. Social policy implications of intelligence ("The Bell Curve"controversy)
      8. The extremes of intelligence: creativity and genius, retardation, savants
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    May include, but are not limited to, texts, trade books, periodicals, electronic resources, and other materials as determined by the instructors.

Review/Approval Date -2/98