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FYE: Foundations of Research (What is Art For? Wilson)

Assignments


Exploring the Issues

Read or watch one of the selections from under 'Learn More'. Write up the answers to the following questions and submit them via onCourse. 

  • What selection did you choose? 
  • What was the gist or main point of the video or reading? 
  • Did you learn anything new? 
  • How will you use the information from the video or reading in your research? 

Confronting Confirmation Bias

Select a controversial issue (e.g. gun control, global climate change, privacy rights, cancel culture, etc.) and determine which side of the controversy you agree with. Find at least three articles or readings that support the other side of the argument and answer the following questions and submit them via onCourse. 

  • What is your controversial issue, which side do you agree with and why? 
  • What reasons do the authors give for taking this side in the argument? 
  • Did you learn anything new about the issue? 
  • Did the authors offer any ideas you had not heard before? 
  • Did you learn anything about the people who support the other side of the argument? 
  • Did you change your mind or soften your personal position as the result of reading the three articles? 
  • Did you discover any holes in your own side of the argument? 
  • Did you discover any confirmation bias in yourself?