I got an email from a colleague the other day, asking about a student who needs an upper division course, but also needs Shakespeare (which I'm teaching at the lower division next semester, as is usual). The colleague wants to know if I couldn't just add a project or longer paper and make it so the lower division Shakespeare course can count as an upper division course.
1. Guess what field this colleague is in.
2. Guess how insulted this colleague would feel if I asked the same question about one of their courses.
How do your departments or fields think about the differences in lower and upper division courses?
Do you think of the differences as being primarily in one or another assignments?
Do you think of the differences as being more foundational and intellectual?