HONORS 250 - Sophomore Seminar
Section: 005 The Nature of Intelligence and Stupidity
Term: FA 2007
Subject: Honors Program (HONORS)
Department: LSA Honors
Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
SS
Other:
Honors
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Open to Honors students with sophomore standing.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

All animals display intelligent behavior. However, it can be argued that no other animal possesses the intellectual might of humans. This all depends, though, on what we mean by 'intelligence.' Definitions of intelligence vary widely, for example, depending on the conceptions held by laypeople or experts, the theories used to describe the structure or function of intelligence, or the manner in which intelligence allows people to adapt to their environments. In this course we will survey the major approaches to defining intelligence in an attempt to come to grips with its nature. A second goal of the course is to qualify if not dispense with narrow and often culturally biased definitions of intelligence that assume intelligence is reflected only in academic performance and what 'Intelligence' tests measure.

Students who sign up for this course are expected to have no special background in psychology but are expected to be inquisitive and willing to actively discuss the concept of intelligence. The readings for the course will be a combination of scientific articles, book chapters, and popular readings on the subject matter. The course is seminar format with the expectation that students will participate actively and on occasion help to lead discussion. At times, part of each class session will be devoted to performing class activities to reinforce concepts from class.

Student evaluation will be based on mini exams, execution of discussion topic, and general participation.

HONORS 250 - Sophomore Seminar
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