HONORS 240 - Honors Core Writing in Social Science
Section: 001 The Games We Play
Term: FA 2017
Subject: Honors Program (HONORS)
Department: LSA Honors
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
SS, FYWR
Other:
Honors
Repeatability:
May be elected twice for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

Games — real and metaphorical, formal and informal — are everywhere where humans are: Games are a metaphor for politics, romance, and much in between. There are children's games, war games, and the Olympic Games. In the world of fiction, there are games of thrones and hunger games. People watch and play football; others play it on their XBox and Playstation consoles. Some games seem to have a gender, while some gamers want to exclude one gender from their world. Language is a game. There’s the game of life, and college is an important part of it.

This Honors Core course introduces students to the social sciences through the concept of games. In the course we will study:

  • the problems of social cooperation, conflict, and competition;
  • human motivation as well as social action and roles;
  • the institutions and rules that affect motivation, action, and roles, both formal institutions such as governments, universities, or sports leagues, and informal ones, such as gender roles, old boys’ networks, or the unwritten rules in sports.

    In this course, students will learn social science by doing social science. They will observe, interpret, and analyze behavior, texts, even their own lives and experiences. The course does not presuppose any prior training or inclination in any particular methods of inquiry, but students will get an exposure to some of the qualitative, quantitative and formal methods in social science (such as game theory!).

    Readings will include academic work in the social sciences, primarily political science, as well as popular non-fiction and fiction.

    Course Requirements:

    Final course grade is based on the competence level achieved by the end of the term. Students level up by earning points for:

    • Active participation in lecture and discussion.
    • The completion of some assignments from four categories:
      • Writing about, visualizing, and manipulating quantitative data
      • Observing and writing about human behavior
      • Analyzing and interpreting concepts and texts
      • Creating a collaborative or solo-authored report, website, or a podcast

    Because the course itself will be a game that emphasizes risk-taking and choice, failures on some assignments are expected, but risk-free, and students get to choose their own paths to achievement as they level up.

    Intended Audience:

    First- and second-year students in LSA Honors Program

    Class Format:

    The course uses a variety of formats and strategies: lectures, flipped classes, discussions.

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