Learning Objectives

Expectations for Student Learning

Assessment of your learning will be based specifically on demonstrated proficiency in:

  • the primary theories and methods of theoretical linguistics and social evolution, and examples of the empirical work that is relevant to those theories;
  • a working understanding of principles of evolutionary biology covered in class and linguistic concepts of phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics;
  • scientific methods for creative problem solving;
  • critical thinking;
  • articulating fruitful questions for discussion; listening to and demonstrating an understanding of perspectives offered by others;
  • effective time management in order to submit work on time;
  • collaborative work: demonstrating willingness to engage in collaboration and developing the skills necessary for it, organizing materials and ideas, delegating work,
  • articulating goals, dealing with problems that arise, learning from others, and formulating rules for working together. Other necessary skills are an openness to other ways of thinking and good listening skills;
  • articulating ideas clearly in expository essays based on interdisciplinary learning.