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Winter Academic Term 2002 Course Guide

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Winter Academic Term, 2002 (January 7 April 26)

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RCIDIV 216. Gödel, Escher, Bach.

Section 001 Goedel, Escher, Bach. Prerequisite: High School Algebra and Geometry.

Instructor(s): John M Lawler (jlawler@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: High school algebra. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~jlawler/geb.html

Douglas Hofstadter's 1980 book Gödel, Escher, Bach is one of the most popular unread books in history. Subtitled "A Metaphoric Fugue on Men, Machine, and Minds in the style of Lewis Carroll". it won the Pulitzer Prize and enjoys continuing sales, but far more people have bought it than have actually read it, not to speak of understanding it.

This course will discuss many of the themes that run through the book: mathematics, computing, artificial intelligence, metaphor, creativity, pattern and structure, logic and meaning, art, music, history, and consciousness. The goal will be to improve our critical understanding of these and other topics by providing the mathematical, historical, logical, and scientific background for evaluating Hofstadter's oeuvre. We will attempt to actually finish the book, and will read a number of collateral works on the foundations and history of logic and mathematics.

Active participation in class, and in a computer conference, are course requirements, in addition to other assignments.

Required textbooks:

  • Hofstadter, Gödel, Escher, Bach
  • Barrow, Pi in the Sky
  • Bateson, Mind and Nature: A Necessary Unity
  • Dunham, Journey Through Genius
  • Lakoff & Johnson, Metaphors We Live By

Plus course pack.

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RCIDIV 222. Quantitatively Speaking.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): David T Burkam (dtburkam@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (Excl). (QR/1).

Full QR

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

What is "quantitative reasoning" and how does such reasoning differ in form and content from other types of reasoning? This course is neither a traditional math course nor the usual statistics course, but deals with both areas. This course, intended for first- and second-year students, will include a rigorous and critical introduction to various modes of quantitative reasoning, all the while maintaining an accessibility for students in all fields. The majority of topics, however, will be drawn from the Social Sciences. There are no formal prerequisites for this course, but students should have completed at least three years of high school mathematics.

We will begin with a discussion of what is typically meant by "quantitative reasoning," and then focus on how such reasoning is implemented (sometimes appropriately, sometimes not). One of the main goals of the course is to learn "basic survival skills" for today's number-intensive world: how to critique conclusions drawn from a survey, a graph, a table of numbers, etc., using Huff's How to Lie with Statistics. We will learn about the nature and meaning of opinion polls, and explore some of the vast literature on gender and ethnic differences. We will read Gould's The Mismeasure of Man, and Bowen & Bok's recently debated book on affirmative action, The Shape of the River.

Requirements will include regular, extensive reading assignments from texts and course pack. In addition, students will be expected to: (1) Participate fully in class discussions; (2) Maintain an annotated journal of articles, graphs, etc., collected from newspapers, magazines, and other sources that present responsible and irresponsible uses of quantitative information; (3) Write occasional, brief papers; (4) Complete a midterm exam; and (5) Complete two research projects. As a class, we will conduct and analyze a brief survey. Each student will be required to produce a formal write-up of the entire procedure. For an individual project, students will select a topic of interest to them for further reading and discussion.

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RCIDIV 351. Special Topics.

Section 003 Meets March 5-April 16.

Instructor(s): Mireille Belloni (belloni@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (2). (Excl). Offered mandatory credit/no credit. May be repeated for a total of eight credits.

Credits: (2).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

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RCIDIV 370. Western and Non-Western Medicine.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Max A Heirich, Barbara M Sloat

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor. (4). (Excl).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course will explore basic concepts of health and disease and methods of health care found in Chinese, Hindu, Tibetan, and western scientific medical traditions. It will compare how four major cultural traditions have understood the relations of health to physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual processes, the kinds of interventions that are appropriate, and the social arrangements that are needed for health care. These will be viewed within the context of challenges currently being made to contemporary western medicine, to the areas in which practices are beginning to come together, and to the implications to health care. Note: occasional extra meetings may be scheduled on Fridays 3-5pm to accommodate special events.

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