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Research Methods with Global Perspective Focus (INFS 2008)

Total Credits: 3
Lecture Credits: 3

Description: This course introduces information literacy and research skills with a focus on global issues. You will learn how to organize a strategy for finding information, how to use digital and print resources to locate information, and how to analyze and evaluate information found. Your research will focus on increasing your understanding of the growing interdependence of nations and peoples, as well as developing your ability to apply a comparative perspective to cross-cultural social, economic and/or political experiences.

Topical Outline:
1. Introduction to issues and theories concerning the production, organization and dissemination of information in a diverse democratic society
2. Introduction to issues and theories in global studies and global studies research
3. Introduction to discipline based academic research and approaches with a focus on research in global studies
4. Develop students' ability to employ appropriate search syntax to construct database searches to locate information related to global studies research topics
5. Develop students' ability to critically evaluate and analyze information to support academic research needs
6. Explore the ethical uses of information, including: academic honesty, intellectual freedom, copyright and plagiarism

Learning Outcomes:
1. Identify and articulate how knowledge is produced, organized and distributed in a democratic society.
2. Identify and articulate how information and knowledge is affected by cultural, political and economic factors, including intellectual property rights and intellectual freedom.
3. Analyze the growing interdependence of nations and peoples and develop an ability to apply a comparative perspective to cross-cultural social, economic and political experiences
4. Determine the proper tool needed to locate desired information and use an appropriate search strategy to locate the information.
5. Apply appropriate library-based research tools and classification systems.
6. Critically examine information and determine its authenticity, credibility, intellectual content, bias, and explain how the information supports one’s research topic.

Prerequisites:  Placement into ENGL 1110 or completion of ENGL 0900 or ENGA 0900 or ESOL 0051

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