Social Issues Template

Template for
Complex Systems Affecting Individuals In Society
Tag Course
Learning Outcome 4: Responsible Citizenship in an Interconnected World
Students will demonstrate foundational competency in knowledge and skills that promote personal, social, and environmental
responsibility. This foundational competency shall include knowledge of diversity, systemic relationships, and collateral effects and
consequences within and across systems.
Learning Outcome 4c: Complex Systems Affecting Individuals in Society. Students apply an interdisciplinary perspective to the study
of a particular social issue (e.g., climate change, relation of personal and societal health, alternative energy strategies, health
disparity and healthcare reform, globalization, international trade liberalization, conflict/war, poverty, wealth and economic
disparities), and demonstrate that they are able to:
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Course Number
Course Name
A. If the course has a coordinator, please identify the person and provide appropriate contact information.
B. What is the social issue that this course focuses on? Or, if the issue varies from year to year, how is the issue decided on?.
C. Describe specifically how at least 15% of the course work involves disciplinary writing.
D. Describe how the course requires critical thinking applied to the issue. (Interpretation, analysis, evaluation, inference,
communication, and/or metacognition).
D. Complete the table of how the course will address the specifics of each learning outcome in an interdisciplinary manner:
Learning Outcome Description Describe how the Course addresses each outcome
Recognize that complex systemic
relationships impact social issues
in general, and explain the
importance of these systems to
resolving the particular social
Describe the individual and
systemic (i.e., organizational and
governmental) contributors to the
particular social issue, and explain
the short and long term impact of
Identify and articulate the social,
technical, economic and scientific
foundations of the social issue.
Distinguish the costs and benefits
of solutions to the social issue.
E. Learning Artifact(s). These student-produced artifacts will be used for formative assessment of the effectiveness of the General
Education program. Therefore, you should select a primary artifact that meets as many of the learning outcomes identified on the
template as possible, including critical thinking and discipline-appropriate communication. You may identify secondary artifacts if
necessary. Examples of learning artifacts include: course portfolio, comprehensive exam, lab report, project, etc.
Describe the artifact and identify which learning outcomes it addresses
Secondary (if
F. How will the artifacts be collected and archived? (Springboard submission, hard copies scanned, etc.)
G. Attach a syllabus that identifies the student artifact(s) to be collected and a schedule/outline of the course reflecting instruction
in all the required learning outcomes.
H. Attach material given to students for learning artifact(s); for example, assignment or a blank copy of exam.