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UB Undergraduate Academic Schedule: Spring 2022

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SSC 199SEM - Ub Seminar-Crtcl Thnkng, Indvdlty, & Pwr
Ub Seminar-Crtcl Thnkng, Indvdlty, & Pwr BOW2 Enrollment Information (not real time - data refreshed nightly)
Class #:   23767   Enrollment Capacity:   28
Section:   BOW2   Enrollment Total:   29
Credits:   3.00 credits   Seats Available:   0
Dates:   01/31/2022 - 05/13/2022   Status:   CLOSED
Days, Time:   T R , 5:00 PM - 6:20 PM
Room:   Park 143 view map
Location:   North Campus      
This course is an introductory seminar in critical thinking, the cornerstone of college-level academic work. But it is not a skill-based course alone. The idea is not just to teach you how to think critically. That would be rather ironic. Instead, the idea is to think about critical thinking, to study it, and to see what it might mean. The readings in this course explore timeless and weighty questions, questions about how we influence each other, what we think, and what we can know and judge. Of course, since we cannot resolve these questions in a single course, maybe not in 100 courses, our goal is not to fix upon definitive answers, but to enrich our understanding of the questions, to add complexity into the mix, and to practice communicating about that complexity. To make the course more enjoyable, and to reflect the diversity of our interests and experiences, we will use diverse texts, materials, and exercises in this course. Among other things, we read a philosophical handbook written about 2,000 years ago, some bizarre 19th century Austrian short stories, selections of contemporary psychiatric non-fiction, and a very famous 20th century Algerian-French novel.
Enrollment Requirements
Prerequisites: Students who have already successfully completed the first year seminar course may not repeat this course. If you have any questions regarding enrollment for this course, please contact your academic advisor.
  Course Description
The three credit UB Seminar is focused on a big idea or challenging issue to engage students with questions of significance in a field of study and, ultimately, to connect their studies with issues of consequence in the wider world. Essential to the UB Curriculum, the Seminar helps students with common learning outcomes focused on fundamental expectations for critical thinking, ethical reasoning, and oral communication, and learning at a university, all within topic focused subject matter. The Seminars provide students with an early connection to UB faculty and the undergraduate experience at a comprehensive, research university. This course is equivalent to any 199 offered in any subject. This course is a controlled enrollment (impacted) course. Students who have previously attempted the course and received a grade of F or R may not be able to repeat the course during the fall or spring semester.
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  • SSC 199SEM  Ub Seminar-Crtcl Thnkng, Indvdlty, & Pwr