interdisciplinary reflection essay on the germ theory of disease..
College of Liberal Studies
University of Oklahoma
LSTD 3003 – Interdisciplinary Inquiry
Unit 5.2 Natural Sciences (NS) Reflection Essay
WRITING ASSIGNMENT TOPIC: Natural Sciences discipline: BIOLOGY
Write a 500-word interdisciplinary reflection essay on the germ theory of disease. For centuries
humankind did not know how diseases were spread. In the mid-1800’s, it was discovered that
germs caused disease. The germ theory of disease is interesting to reflect on because it was a
shift in the natural sciences that had far-reaching impacts on many other disciplines as well. This
reflection essay is NOT a research paper. You do not need to go online or to the library to find
information about this topic. You will not need to cite references at the end of your paper or
make in-text citations. A reflection essay deals with information from your personal experience,
observations of the world around you, your workplace, and your community. We want to hear
your voice and your words on this topic. For the essay to be interdisciplinary, it must include
more than one discipline. Those disciplines are specified in the instructions below.
THE FIVE-PARAGRAPH ESSAY (INSTRUCTIONS)
When writing this essay, please use the five-paragraph approach. In this case, each paragraph
should be approximately 100 words long. This is by no means the only formula for writing such
essays, but for this assignment, it serves our purposes well. This method consists of:
1. Add a title page as is specified on page 258 of your textbook for a CSE formatted paper:
Title, Student Name, Course Information, Instructor Name, and Date. Do NOT include an
“abstract” as is shown on page 259. An abstract it not necessary for the purposes of this
2. PARAGRAPH 1 (100 words) – An introductory paragraph
Clearly and concisely states the paper’s purpose, which is engaging, and thought
a. Set the context –provide general information about the main idea, explaining the
situation so the reader can make sense of the topic and the claims you make and
b. State why the main idea is important –tell the reader why he or she should care
and keep reading. Your goal is to create a compelling, clear, and convincing essay
people will want to read and act upon
c. State your thesis/claim –compose a sentence or two stating the position you will
3. Three evidentiary body paragraphs (paragraphs 2-4)
a. PARAGRAPH 2 (100 words) – Reflect on the natural science discipline of
biology and how the germ theory of disease affected the health sciences and how
we approach and research medicine.
b. PARAGRAPH 3 (100 words) – Reflect on the social sciences discipline of
psychology and how we think differently about our lives knowing that many
diseases that used to kill people can be cured.
c. PARAGRAPH 4 (100 words) – Reflect on how the germ theory of disease
affected natural sciences discipline of botany. (i.e. Many plant extracts are used in
4. PARAGRAPH 5 (100 words) – A conclusion paragraph
In your conclusion, reflect on what you see as the positives and negatives for both the
individual and society since the discovery of the germ theory of disease. Reflect on what
you have learned that you did not know before and perhaps what you can use in your
personal and professional life based on your reflections.
5. No citations page is needed. Citations pages are required when you are acquiring
information from outside resources. In a reflection essay, the information is coming from
within. It is information from your personal experience, observations of the world around
you, your workplace, and your community.
FORMATTING: Double spaced, Times New Roman font, 12 point text, one-inch page margins. Collegelevel
writing is expected. The paper will be graded, in part, for content, grammar, spelling, punctuation,
and sentence structure.
Below is a listing of disciplines mentioned in the text book Research and Documentation in the
Digital Age. This list is provided as a reminder of the wide variety of knowledge areas needed so
understand and solve problems. This is by no means a complete listing of all disciplines.
Art, architecture, classics, literature, music, philosophy, religion, theater, dance, film, world languages
SOCIAL SCIENCES DISCIPLINES
Anthropology, business, economics, communication studies, criminal justice, education, ethnic and area
studies, gender and women’s studies, geography, health sciences and nursing, law, political science,
psychology, and sociology.
NATURAL SCIENCES DISCIPLINES
Biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, environmental sciences, geology, mathematics,
physics, and astronomy.