Assignment Library Tag: Broad and Integrative Knowledge

The Eloquent Letter

Description Inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's "Letter from a Birmingham Jail," The Eloquent Letter is an authentic, adaptable assignment for  acquiring critical skills: identifying and researching social problems, examining value systems and diverse perspectives, communicating effectively, and proposing solutions based on common ground. Moving beyond traditional argumentation essays and debates, this project situates... Read more »

Assessment of Essential Studies Quantitative Reasoning Skills

Description This task is used for the assessment of Quantitative Reasoning (which the DQP refers to as Quantitative Fluency).  It has been used to assess quantitative reasoning skills of students in our campus-wide general education Essential Studies (ES) program.  This assignment is not specific to any course.  Rather, it can be used broadly for undergraduate… Read more »

Liberal Arts Skills in Action

Description The project asks students to choose a social problem or issue they’ll face as a global citizen (either currently or in the near future) and actively seek to contribute to its amelioration in some substantive way.  The final “product” is entirely self-designed—it might be a traditional academic paper, a documentary or a video, an… Read more »

Life Story Interview

Description This project teaches psychology students to apply academic theories to the “life story” of someone they interview.  Each student interviews an older relative or friend, and writes an 8-10 page paper.  The paper starts with a biography of the interviewee, divided into several “chapters” (“Leaving home,” “Starting a family”). Next, students analyze the life… Read more »

Identifying Universal Themes in Film: Christian Allegory in Martin McDonagh’s in Bruges

Description This assignment asks students to deal with the main ideas of Christian allegory by writing a short paper exploring the characters and plot of renowned Irish/Anglo playwright and Oscar winner Martin McDonagh’s first full length film, In Bruges as a contemporary Christian allegory.  Lecture, discussion and handouts provide support for this assignment, which is… Read more »