Teaching a Special Topic Course
The list of special course topics is limited only by our imagination as a profession.
How is a special topic course different from regular course offerings in a department? What makes the special course topic special? The purpose of this chapter is to provide an introduction to several of the considerations that must be made when contemplating offering a special topic course. Four questions guide our survey: What sources are there for special topic courses? What makes a particular special topic worthy to teach? What are the requirements of a syllabus for a special topic course? What potential problems is an instructor likely to encounter teaching a special topic course?