What happens when you bring together some of the campus’s best
professors — from completely different disciplines — one “big idea” and a
room full of bright Berkeley undergraduates?
those who will be teaching a Big Ideas Course this spring is Saul
Perlmutter, winner of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics.
That’s just what the College of Letters and Science plans to find out this spring, when it will launch five innovative new “Big Ideas Courses” on topics spanning the breadth of the liberal arts.
According to Executive Dean Mark Richards, the concept for the
program grew out of long-range plans in L&S to enhance the
undergraduate curriculum. Big Ideas Courses allow undergraduates not
only to delve into important issues from multiple viewpoints, but also
to fulfill their requirements in new and interesting ways.
“We want our students to take on fundamental, even risky,
intellectual challenges as part of their core experience here,” says
Richards, “and that’s something that Berkeley does best.”
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