graduate seminar

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A class offered for small groups of graduate students. Instead of conducting a lecture, the instructor facilitates an in-depth discussion that focuses on assigned readings or focused research topics. Because of the small number and advanced level of students involved, individual participation is an expectiation, both to demonstrate mastery of the subject at hand but also to hone critical thinking skills in an environment that encourages open discussion and debate.

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"Lewis Binford conducting a graduate seminar at the Maxwell Museum on the Univesrity of New Mexico campus, 1991," photograph by Eduardo Fuss.

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