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Choose 2 artifacts from the 8-work archive that provide evidence or development of “Critical thinking”, “Diversity and equity”, “Interdisciplinary research and inquiry”, and “Writing and communication”
Write each of 400-word framing essay that defines the learning objective, introduces the reader to the 2 artifacts, and explains how the artifacts are related to different skills (“Critical thinking”, “Diversity and equity”, “Interdisciplinary research and inquiry”, and “Writing and communication”).
Models of Learning Objective Mini-Essays
Collaboration & Shared Leadership
Collaboration and Shared leadership is the ability to work with a diverse range of people on an
equally diverse range of projects. The ability to communicate well, positively deal with conflict,
adapt to different roles, and reflect critically will help create a successful execution of
collaborative pieces. Shared leadership can be best achieved through integrating those with
different leadership qualities. Self-evaluations and inventories, such as the Myers-Briggs test,
can help determine individual characteristics and leadership qualities that will assist
in collaborative projects and shared leadership as well. My time at the University of
Washington has allowed me to learn how to collaborate better as much of the course work
done in the Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences program is focused around the goal of
collaboration. Also I have had the chance to not only become an even better leader but to
understand how to share that leadership as well.
TO WALK A MIRROR
“To walk a mirror” was an assignment that I did with Ted
Hiebert in the class Image and Imagination. The project
guidelines were to take pictures that included at least one
person and a reflective surface. This assignment forced me
to be creative as the assignment description was very
vague. I started out taking pictures of people in a mirror
and this slowly expanded my creativity and in the end I was
shooting pictures that had entire stories within them as
well as pictures that had props that helped create a visual
experience that could be examined and viewed by others
interpretations. In one of the images I did I used the side
mirror on a truck as my reflective source, I then staged a
masked male on a motorcycle with a gun as the reflection. I
created this in order to show the literal interpretation
which is of a man on a motorcycle with a gun behind a
truck, but also to create a piece that had many underlying
possibilities for interpretation. One of the students in class
said that this image was powerful in the way that it creates
a feeling of vulnerability for the viewer. The collaboration
aspect of this assignment allowed me to conceptualize
different ways to execute this project. This class is focused
on “imagination” and I feel that there is not better way to
excite the imagination than to brainstorm with other imaginations. These pieces are being
displayed on a public picasa web album that can be viewed
I had taken the Myers-Briggs personality test while in a class on Team Building by Mike Dimeo.
In this class I learned that I am an ESTJ. While reading the explanation of what it means to be an
ESTJ personality type I was amazed by the amount of similarities I personally do share with this
explanation. Also it has helped me to better understand the types of people that I can
collaborate with to have the strongest outcome. Below is a partial description of a ESTJ
personality type along with links to full descriptions:
ESTJs are take-charge people. They have such a clear vision of the way that things should be,
that they naturally step into leadership roles. They are self-confident and aggressive. They are
extremely talented at devising systems and plans for action, and at being able to see what steps
need to be taken to complete a specific task. They can sometimes be very demanding and
critical, because they have such strongly held beliefs, and are likely to express themselves
without reserve if they feel someone isn’t meeting their standards. But at least their
expressions can be taken at face-value, because the ESTJ is extremely straight-forward and
Gaining a better understanding of my personality type helped me to share leadership more
effectively. It taught me that although I lead in an assertive fast-paced way that not everyone
leads like this and in order to share leadership I sometimes have to take a step back and allow
others to cultivate their direction before they lead. This has been a helpful tool in my
collaborative efforts as well as I have learned that by having a group that is composed of many
different personalities it allows for one personâ€™s strengths to support anotherâ€™s weakness and
vice versa. I explain more on this in my “Personal Reflection Paper”.
Learning about Collaboration and Shared Leadership taught me a lot about myself and the way
that I interact with others. These two assignments taught me the importance of working as a
team and provided me with an understanding of ways to effectively collaborate.
Critical & Creative Thinking
Critical and Creative thinking requires one to look beyond the surface of material encountered
and focus on ways to interpret multiple perspectives while also understanding how and why
they differ. Learning how to shape these interpretations so that they support or are supported
by results is also an important aspect of critical thinking. When beginning in the IAS program my
critical and creative thinking was minimal. I did not know how to dissect material in order to
gain a fuller understanding of the information. Throughout my time here I have learned to be a
more creative thinker through my explorations stimulated often by vague assignment
descriptions and through examination of new material with a focus on multiple perspectives.
Finally, I have a better understanding of how to critically assess different readings, which are
often very dense, by focusing on the main points and then making connections between
implicitly related and seemingly non-related materials. Below are a few examples of the ways in
which I have learned to be a more critical and creative thinker.
With this assignment I was to create a business card that visually communicated something to
the viewer. In my business card I want to invoke the feeling of timeless elegance and possibility.
That is why I chose the background picture that is of a Gala prepared for an event. However I
Business Card Here
add some artistic effects like crisscross etching to create a more artistic feel that may allow the
viewer to feel like this could be their event location. The typeface that I chose was Lucida
Calligraphy. When reading a piece by Van Leeuwen he suggests that due to its slope,
roundness, and connectivity it may signify personal, smooth, organic, or even timelessness. I
made the name of my business the largest font, capitalized, and placed a glow text effect on it
so that it would stand out the most. I also capitalized the word DREAM to appeal to ones desire
to have their dreams come true. I would have the text uplifted so that it stood apart from the
card and so that the viewer would want to touch the card. I figure if they take the time to feel
the card then they would remember it more (due to time in their hand and further
examination). I chose the color pink as the primary color in the business card because it is
closely related to women and statistically women throw more events than men.
While in Crispin Thurlowâ€™s class Visual Communication we were looking at aestheticization
which is the act of making something visually pleasing. Our assignment was to go to the grocery
store, take pictures of items, and then unpacking the visual communication that the packaging
company used. This particular assignment forced me to think critically as well as creatively
because it forced me to look beyond the box and start imagining what was being said. This
communication could speak through many different communication modes and resources.
Some of these included color, typeface, images, and layout. By studying some of these different
modes I unpacked my interpretation of what the package was saying. One example of this can
be seen below;
This sweet potato box is very bright in color which I feel grabs the shopperâ€™s attention. There is
also a farm which suggests to the shopper that the potatoes are grown on a beautiful farm with
a crystal blue lake nearby. The typography is very bold with the brand name beveled and larger
than the rest of the text which forces the viewer to see this first. In the upper corners there are
brandings of the producer of the product and due to the position, it creates a feeling of
importance to the viewer. The overall feeling of the product indicates a home grown organic
product, a my “Little House on the Prairie” feeling.
Learning how to think critically and creatively in the IAS program has allowed me to gain a
better understanding of material that was presented to me. These two assignments forced me
to look beyond the surface layer and taught me to look for a deeper meaning. These skills will
help me in my professional endeavors as I enter the work force.
Interdisciplinary research and inquiry
Interdisciplinary research and inquiry is the ability to conduct research, across many fields of
study, which will engage multiple audiences and result in a gained comprehension of how
different disciplines often overlap in areas of research and method. Such a perspective enables
a stronger understanding of how to creatively think and collaborate across fields of study. Being
a Media and Communications major I would not have expected that I would learn how to
conduct an experiment using the scientific method. However, in the IAS program
interdisciplinary research and inquiry is a learning goal which allowed me the freedom to
explore this. Moreover, I did not think that I would study globalization while pursuing this
major. Yet, I found that I have a passion for global studies. The IAS program supports
interdisciplinary diversity which allows students the ability to experiment, expand, and connect
their understanding in multiple areas of knowledge.
Urban Bee Behavior
In Urban Bee Behavior I conducted an experiment on “The abundance, diversity, and behavior
of Apis mellifera and Bombus sp. on the onion flower”. This taught me the importance of
conducting an experiment using the scientific method. I proposed an idea for my research,
conducted the study, and then presented the results. I was able to work in the classroom,
generating a hypothesis, as well as out in the field conducting the research. This helped me to
understand the process that is conducted in scientific studies. In order to conduct this research,
I also had to gain some knowledge on the behavior and life cycle of different bee species. This
class allowed me to gain a better understanding of how to conduct research and apply scientific
method. I have also found that this same process can be used across disciplines when
conducting any type of research.
Media and Female Body Image
Throughout my exploration in the IAS program I have learned how to engage with multiple
disciplines. In Interdisciplinary Inquiry I combined knowledge from gender studies, psychology,
media exploration, and my personal experiences in order to create a research proposal. In
“Media and its Impact on Females Body Image and its relation to Self-esteem” I explore the
ways that intergrading these disciplines can generate a fuller understanding of the ways that
the media impacts femaleâ€™s body image. This paper starts out with personal experiences that
impacted my life and then progresses by showing information that relates to my personal
experiences on a larger scale. This is done through studies, research, and statistics. Having an
understanding of interdisciplinary research guided this process, due to my added ability to see
connections between different disciplines, and this in the end enriched the final proposal.
Globalization was a subject that I had no prior knowledge on however through my exploration
in the IAS program I gained knowledge on what globalization is, from a historical perspective to
a more modern perspective. In my paper titled “Post-Fordism” I explain how the American
economy has changed from a Fordism society which is based primarily on industrialism to what
has been called post- Fordism, which is a primarily market run economy. Globalization by Dr.
Leissle combines economic studies, research methods, and history in order to teach how
globalization has changed our global economy.
I chose these three assignments to show my ability to engage across multiple disciplines due to
their diversity. Interdisciplinary research and inquiry aided in my ability to captivate diverse
audiences while presenting material that encompasses an array of disciplines.
Writing and Communication
Writing and Communication are important as they help with gaining a better understanding of
how to target work toward a particular audience. The ability to communicate through writing as
well as verbal interactions guides one through the process needed to effectively research,
dissect data, and present it to a wide range of people. By reflecting on the works done past it
enables those to enrich their writing and communication skills for the future.
HUMAN RIGHTS ARE WOMEN’S RIGHTS TOO
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the United Nations in 1948 after the
Second World War. This Declaration was the first global expression of inherent rights that every
person was entitled to. Although these rights are inherent they still must be fought for in all
societies but even more so in countries in South Asia that are governed by Islamic Law such as
Afghanistan or are considered secular but have large religious diversity such as India.
Secularism is a term used to explain governmental indifference toward religion. In secularist
countries in South Asia often womenâ€™s rights are stolen from them in the name of religion. This
piece further discusses the trials and tribulations that women face in South Asia and ways
women at progressing toward obtaining their Human Rights. This is a research paper that I
included as it displays my research skills as well as my strong writing skills. I was challenged to
use material from two films and four articles to formulate my argument. I feel that this paper is
one of my strongest writing samples.
Human trafficking is defined as:
as the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of persons, by means
of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of
deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or
receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over
another person, for the purpose of exploitation. Exploitation shall include, at a
minimum, the exploitation of the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual
exploitation, forced labor or services, slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude or
the removal of organs (As defined by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime).
This piece Iâ€™ve included was part of a verbal presentation that I did in Human Rights in
America by Stewart Streichler. This presentation was created to fit with the curriculum of the
class during a specific period and needed to speak to a particular audience. I feel that this
presentation highlighted some of my communication skills.
THE ECSTASY OF COMMUNICATION
To say that a majority of the population in the world could consciously or even subconsciously
be persuaded to think or act in a way that the media determines, does not seem that far off to
me. In The Ecstasy of Communication, Jean Baudrillard discusses the value that we put into
objects, the ability to link desire to the use of an object rather than the object itself, in turn
creating a more intense and justified reason to consume the object. Itâ€™s the ability to turn an
object into a lifestyle. This piece was a direct link from writing to communication. After reading
The Ecstasy of Communication I was to creatively think about what was written, then interpret
it, and finally create some discussion questions for the class to use as communication starters. I
added this piece to show my ability to effectively collect and reflect on writings and then be
able to engage the entire class in communication centered on my writing.
Being able to effectively communicate verbally and through writing is a skill that will be useful
in every area of study. While working on these assignments they all taught me how to channel
this talent in different ways. In order to efficiently communicate you must take the time to
listen and learn from those whom you wish to communicate with. This aspect of writing and
communication I feel will be the most applicable in my professional life.
Diversity and Equity
Define the learning objectives in your own words: IAS students develop their ability to live and work
within and across diverse communities composed of multiple intersecting identities. Learning from the
lived experiences, creative expressions and intellectual perspectives of historically-marginalized groups,
students recognize and name historical and cultural relationships between power, knowledge, and
difference. They develop the confidence and skills needed to transform unequal relations of power
ethically and self-reflexively in order to foster greater equity.
Discuss your work related to the learning objective. Include an example.
Discuss your work related to the learning objective. Include an example.
Critical and creative thinking
IAS students develop their critical and creative thinking abilities by learning how to identify
assumptions, and to work out how those assumptions inform results. They assess multiple
perspectives, with an eye to understanding why and how they differ, and developing the
capacity to engage in controversy productively. Students learn to identify central questions or
concerns informing other work, and to develop their own work with an awareness of their own
social positions and clear animating questions. Students develop a range of skills in
interpretation, analysis, argumentation, application, synthesis, evaluation, and reflection.
Diversity and equity
IAS students develop their ability to live and work within and across diverse communities
composed of multiple intersecting identities. Learning from the lived experiences, creative
expressions and intellectual perspectives of historically-marginalized groups, students recognize
and name historical and cultural relationships between power, knowledge, and difference. They
develop the confidence and skills needed to transform unequal relations of power ethically and
self-reflexively in order to foster greater equity.
Interdisciplinary research and inquiry
IAS students develop their ability to assess and conduct interdisciplinary research by engaging
with and across multiple areas of knowledge and kinds of inquiry. They learn to think critically
and creatively as they develop research questions, pursue them with appropriate sources and
methods, and present results in a form suited to their purpose and intended audience. In this
process, they learn to position their own work in relation to other research literatures and
methods of inquiry, and in relation to relevant debates and diverse social contexts.
Writing and communication
IAS students develop their writing and communication abilities by advancing an awareness of
the interconnected relationships between purpose, audience, author and context. They learn to
communicate their purposes effectively to diverse audiences through writing, presentations, and
other media, and to use a range of evidence, both qualitative and quantitative, to develop ideas
and support claims in ways that best serve their needs. As part of this process, they develop the
ability to indicate clearly and self-reflexively the ways their specific acts of communication relate
to the work of others.
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