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Special Topics in Integrative Sciences
CIS 321
Fall 2020
Section: 01  
This course may be repeated for credit.

This course is open to all Wesleyan students interested in learning about equity and inclusion in STEM. The first half of the semester will focus on providing an overview of topics related to STEM equity, including the demographics of STEM fields, relevant sociology/psychology research (implicit bias, stereotype threat, impostor syndrome, mindset, etc.), ethics, social justice, and best practices for inclusive departments and programs. Students will be required to develop and evaluate proposals for activities to increase STEM equity and inclusion at Wesleyan, using the information provided during the seminar component of the course. In the second half of the course, we will discuss science topics with the goal of developing an integrative perspective of each topic. Initial discussions will focus on the Drake equation, an equation developed to understand the probability of finding intelligent life on another planet, and will move on to discuss other topics of interest. Classes will include guest lectures from faculty members who will discuss aspects of the Drake equation from the point of view of their own expertise. Students will also work on their presentation skills, oral and written, as this is a primary means for scientists to communicate with their peers and the public.
Credit: .5 Gen Ed Area Dept: NSM CIS
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Credit/Unsatisfactory
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CIS)
Past Enrollment Probability: 90% or above

Last Updated on JUN-18-2024
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