Zachary Seguin

INTEG Courses

INTEG 10 – Knowledge Integration Seminar

General seminar on inter-disciplinary topics and integrative practices of special interest to INTEG students, faculty, and alumni. INTEG students must register every term.

INTEG 120 – The Art and Science of Learning

This course introduces students to state-of-the-art scientific research on learning and cognitive adaptability. There are two learning objectives in this course. First, you will learn about how the mind processes information, and will begin developing new habits to facilitate clear and critical thinking in complex, messy, and stressful circumstances. Second, you will learn how to see the social networks you are embedded in, and how they shape what you think, know, and do. You will use this knowledge to identify opportunities and develop strategies for learning, and for the integration and synthesis of different types of knowledge.

INTEG 121 – Collaboration, Design Thinking, and Problem Solving

A project course in design and problem-solving across various disciplines. Topics include problem-solving methods and issues in design, including ethics, sustainability, and communication in small groups. Applied design projects require group work and draw on the skills of creative and critical thinking.

INTEG 210 – Making Collaboration Work

Collaboration and teamwork are essential for solving complex, real-world problems and are therefore in high demand by employers. Yet students rarely have the opportunity to study and apply the theory and best practices for making collaboration work. In this course, you will learn how to leverage this research to acquire a variety of important skills. These include: effective communication in groups, proactively managing group conflict, identifying biases that hinder creativity, and leveraging diversity to improve outcomes. You will also put those skills into practice throughout the course and reflect on how you can apply them in other situations.

INTEG 220 – Nature of Scientific Knowledge

This course examines how knowledge is produced in scientific disciplines, including the nature of inquiry, as well as types of evidence and expertise across different fields. The course features significant input from scientific practitioners in the form of guest lectures.

INTEG 221 – The Social Nature of Knowledge

This course examines social aspects of knowledge, including ways that characteristics of individual knowers and their communities affect the acquisition, interpretation, production, and transfer of knowledge. In addition, we analyze the consequences this has for the objectivity of knowledge. The course features significant input from researchers in the humanities and social sciences in the form of guest lectures.

INTEG 230 – The Museum Course: Preparation and Field Trip

Introduction to the issues and intent of the Museum Course. Planning and research for the destination. Field trip to study museums, exhibits, audiences, and curatorial practices on-site in a major museum city. For additional information on itinerary and travel costs, contact the Department.

INTEG 231 – The Museum Course: Field Trip Project

Seminar and projects based on field trip study of museums, exhibits, audiences, and curatorial practices.

INTEG 251 – Creative Thinking

An introductory, integrative course in the history, psychology, value and practice of creativity across a variety of domains, from scientific research to the fine and performing arts. Students will learn to identify and explain key ideas and historical figures in the study and practice of creative thinking. They'll also learn to reliably generate novel ideas of value, both solo and collaboratively.

INTEG 275 – Special Topics in Knowledge Integration

From time to time courses of special study may be added to the program at the second-year level. Students wishing to take such courses should consult the Department's Undergraduate Officer.

INTEG 320 – The Museum Course: Research and Design

An introduction to the museum, broadly interpreted as the public face of scholarship. Students work in small groups to research an inter-disciplinary topic of personal interest, in-depth, and design a museum exhibit suitable for a particular audience.

INTEG 321 – The Museum Course: Practicum and Presentation

An introduction to the museum, broadly interpreted as the public face of scholarship. Students construct and exhibit their designs from INTEG 320, and present public talks on the scholarship and curatorial decisions behind their work.

INTEG 340 – Thinking Through Research Methods

This course provides an introduction to empirical research design and methods with a focus on applications in the social and information sciences and related fields. You will learn about core issues in research design (e.g., sampling) that transcend specific approaches, and about a variety of techniques for collecting and analyzing quantitative and qualitative data. The course will cover both abstract and practical issues related to methodology and decision making in empirical research. You will have the opportunity to develop and workshop proposals that you may wish to pursue in your senior honours thesis. By the end of the course you will be a more informed consumer and have a basic set of skills for designing and implementing your own empirical research projects. Most importantly, you will have a foundation for future learning about research design and methods.

INTEG 375 – Special Topics in Knowledge Integration

From time to time courses of special study may be added to the program at the third-year level. Students wishing to take such courses should consult the Department's Undergraduate Officer.

INTEG 420 – Senior Research Project A

Each student will work on a short research project under the dual direction of a member of the Knowledge Integration Department and an advisor from a discipline related to the topic. The results of this project will be presented in thesis form, and will be critically examined by members of this and, where pertinent, other departments.

INTEG 420A – Senior Research Project A

Each student will work on a short research project under the dual direction of a member of the Knowledge Integration Department and an advisor from a discipline related to the topic. The results of this project will be presented in thesis form, and will be critically examined by members of this and, where pertinent, other departments.

INTEG 420B – Senior Research Project B

A continuation of INTEG 420A.

INTEG 421 – Senior Research Project B

A continuation of INTEG 420.

INTEG 440 – Computational Social Science

The explosion of digital data is revolutionizing the way we learn about the world. This course focuses on the knowledge and skills necessary for doing high-quality social scientific research with digital data. Students will be introduced to the programming language Python, and will learn to collect and analyze digital data using computational methods.

INTEG 441 – Hard Decisions and Wicked Problems

Every day, nuanced decisions are made at a personal level (what job offer to accept), an organizational level (whether to recall a faulty product), and in the form of public policy (when and where to develop renewable energy). This course introduces decision analytic tools for systematically structuring messy problems to identify trade-offs among different decisions and to explore them intelligibly. For public policy problems, the challenges of values conflicts and "truth decay" (i.e., the political polarization or outright rejection of facts) will be considered. Additional decision contexts that push the limits of traditional analytic approaches will also be addressed (e.g. wicked problems, deep uncertainty).

INTEG 452A – Real World Problem Solving A

The first part of a two-term senior project course. Students will work as a design group to address a real world problem over the course of the two-term sequence. With the instructor in an advisory role, students will meet with a real world client, typically from outside the university, to understand the client's problem and needs. The focus of the first term will be a comprehensive design brief, background research and the presentation of one or more proposed solutions for the client's approval.

INTEG 452B – Real world Problem Solving B

The culmination of the two-term senior project sequence. Students will continue to develop solutions to meet the client's needs as identified in the first term. The focus of the second term is to continue to prototype, refine, and ultimately implement the solution for the client. In addition to the completed solution, students will present a final complete project brief including an evaluation of the solution together with recommendations for further development.

INTEG 475 – Special Topics in Knowledge Integration

From time to time, courses of special study may be added to the program at the fourth-year level. Students wishing to take such courses should consult the Department's Undergraduate Officer.

INTEG 475A – Special Topics in Knowledge Integration

From time to time, a special study course may be added to the program at the fourth-year level. Students wishing to take this course will need to enroll in INTEG 475B in the following term. Consultation with the instructor is advised prior to enrollment.

INTEG 475B – Special Topics in Knowledge Integration

A continuation of INTEG 475A.