Beyond IQ

Special Topics: Current Issues

  • 13 Feb 2020
  • 30 Apr 2020
  • 12 sessions
  • 13 Feb 2020, 12:00 PM 1:00 PM (EST)
  • 20 Feb 2020, 12:00 PM 1:00 PM (EST)
  • 27 Feb 2020, 12:00 PM 1:00 PM (EST)
  • 05 Mar 2020, 12:00 PM 1:00 PM (EST)
  • 12 Mar 2020, 12:00 PM 1:00 PM (EDT)
  • 19 Mar 2020, 12:00 PM 1:00 PM (EDT)
  • 26 Mar 2020, 12:00 PM 1:00 PM (EDT)
  • 02 Apr 2020, 12:00 PM 1:00 PM (EDT)
  • 09 Apr 2020, 12:00 PM 1:00 PM (EDT)
  • 16 Apr 2020, 12:00 PM 1:00 PM (EDT)
  • 23 Apr 2020, 12:00 PM 1:00 PM (EDT)
  • 30 Apr 2020, 12:00 PM 1:00 PM (EDT)
  • online
  • 15

Registration

  • Taking the first part. Family is a member of GHF, SENG, MAGE, or NHAGE. This can include the parent of a student taking the course, whether the student is in the whole course or just this part.

    No class on April 8th.
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  • Taking all three parts - This can include a parent who is taking this with their offspring.

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  • Taking all three parts. Family is a member of GHF, SENG, MAGE, or NHAGE. - This can include a parent who is taking this with their offspring.

    No class on April 8th.
  • Taking the first part of the course.
  • Taking the first part. Family is a member of GHF, SENG, MAGE, or NHAGE.
  • Taking the second part of the course.
  • Taking the second part. Family is a member of GHF, SENG, MAGE, or NHAGE.
  • Taking the third part of the course.

    No class on April 8th.
  • Taking the third part. Family is a member of GHF, SENG, MAGE, or NHAGE.

    No class on April 8th.
  • Taking all three parts.

    No class on April 8th.
  • Taking all three parts. Family is a member of GHF, SENG, MAGE, or NHAGE.

    No class on April 8th.

Register

Instructor: Sabrina Weiss

Thursdays, 12pm, 12 weeks, starting February 13

Students may register for individual parts or the entire class.

Course Description

These mini-courses offer a quick overview of three current topics connected to science, technology, and values that are relevant to us today. 

Part 1:  Should Cars Drive Themselves? - Starts February 13

Should we give control of our cars to computers?  What are the pros and cons of this?

With the status quo showing that humans are bad at driving cars because we easily get distracted and don’t make rational judgements under pressure, are we fooling ourselves into thinking that humans are safer than we actually are? 

This course will be a short, intensive exploration of self-driving cars and the issues surrounding them today.  We will practice critical thinking, question framing, and analysis based on research. Students will be expected to do independent research to prepare for class discussions.   

Texts

“All Hail the Driverless Car!” - IQ2 US Debate

Outline

Introduction to topic

Watch and discuss “All Hail the Driverless Car!” (2 weeks)

Background research: status quo driving statistics

Background research: history of self-driving cars and algorithms

Analysis and Discussion: putting these together


Part 2: Who Killed the Climate?: Investigation and Inquiry - Starts March 12

This topic-specific course will do a deep dive on the topic of climate change.  We will frame this like a murder mystery “whodunnit”: starting with current projections about climate change and the disasters that we see, we will work backwards using living history methods to reconstruct the series of events and decisions that led us to where we are now. This will be an immersive and engaging method for learning the history and politics of climate science, climate policy, and environmental regulations. 

Students will be expected to prepare for each class meeting by independently investigating a focus question using resources freely available, like internet archives and searches, as well as library resources.  This will be a discussion heavy course, and students will be expected to contribute through voice or text communications during class in an interactive way with the instructor and classmates.  

Students will choose a subtopic related to the course topic to focus on to prepare a 3 minute briefing for the final class meeting. 


Part 3: We are All Digital Citizens - Starts April 9 

This course is an introduction to the concept of digital citizenship, an awareness that when we interact with people in online and other digital spaces our conduct matters. While there are risks that we should be aware of, there are choices we can make to be safer and to make a positive climate for everyone. We will look at different types of digital spaces like games, social media, and discussion forums and will discuss risks and responsibilities for each. 

Topics: 

What is Digital Citizenship, and how are we all citizens of the online space? 

Citizenship in games: playing well with others

Conflict in Social Media: how to discuss issues respectfully

Managing privacy

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