St. Cloud State University General Education Goal Area 6

St. Cloud State University
General Education Goal Area 6
Humanities & Fine Arts
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Prepared by: Shawn Jarvis
Phone: 8-4490
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Requesting Unit: Foreign Languages and Literature
Department, Course Number, Title: GER101. Elementary German I
New Course
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Already Designated as Diversity
Will this course also satisfy another General Education Goal Area?
If “Yes” specify which goal area.
Area 8
Course bulletin description, including credits and semesters to be offered:
GER 101. Elementary German I
Existing Course
Diversity Proposal Accompanying This Form
Basic vocabulary and structures to prepare students for developing
proficiency in the language. Listening, speaking, reading, writing, and
cultural skills building emphasized. Increase understanding and appreciation
of culture of countries where language is spoken. Must be taken in sequence.
Intended for students with little or no previous study of German. A
recommended companion course for students considering a major or minor in
German is GER 110. 4 Cr. F, S.
Indicate the clientele for whom this course is designed. Is the course for general education only, or
does it fulfill general education and other program needs for this or another department? Obtain
signatures from any affected departments.
Gen Ed and students with less than two years of high school German wishing to expand on high school
language learning. It is also often used by students in degree programs under 45 credits, where students can use
one year of a foreign language in place of a minor. Students in certain degree programs (e.g., international
relations or Honors) use the course to fulfill their one-year language requirement. It is also designed for students
planning study abroad in German-speaking countries.
Indicate any changes that must be made in offerings or resources in your department or other
departments by offering this course.
For new courses or courses not yet approved for General Education, indicate any other SCSU departments
or units offering instruction that relates to the content of the proposed course.
Courses designated as General Education are included in the assessment plan for the Goal Area(s)
for which they are approved. Courses for which assessment is not included in the annual GE
assessment report for two years will be removed from the General Education Program.
The Requesting Unit understands and recognizes the above conditions.
Provide a concise explanation of how the following goal is a “significant focus” of the proposed course.
Goal Area 6: Humanities & Fine Arts
Expand appreciation and critical understanding of changing modes of human expression and systems of
thought in the arts and humanities, and develop abilities in the creation and performance of meaning.
Our courses teach students how to communicate and create meaning in a new language. German 101/102
are taught as communicative language learning, where the goal is to learn the language to negotiate/create/express
meaning. On the basis of that premise, our class time and outside-class activites promote an understanding of
what it means to express oneself in another language, how language is a means to communicate personal and
creative ideas. Students will be exposed to diverse fields in the humanities, such as music, religion, philosophy,
literature, architecture, and the visual arts in German-speaking countries.
13. In order for a course to be designated as fulfilling Goal Area 6, it must address at least 5 of the 7 student learning
outcomes (SLOs) below. Check the SLOs below that are focused on in the proposed general education course.
1. Demonstrate awareness of the scope and variety of works in the arts and humanities.
2. Describe and appreciate works in the arts and humanities as expressions of individual and collective values
within an intellectual, cultural, historical and social context.
3. Interpret and respond critically to works from various cultures in the arts and humanities.
4. Explore intellectually the ideas expressed in works in the arts and humanities.
5. Engage in creative processes or interpretive performance.
6. Articulate an informed personal response to works in the arts and humanities.
7. Analyze the diverse means of communication in the arts and humanities.
Discuss how each Student Learning Outcome checked above is achieved in this course. (Note: Although
descriptions of typical assignments or types of assignments may be part of this discussion, it is not
appropriate to submit copies of actual assignments.)
SLO1. Students will view and analyze contemporary reporting on cultural and
artistic achievement in German-speaking areas, using on-line resources
Youtube segments and Deutsche Welle (the German equivalent of the BBC), with
programs "Pop Xport", "Arts.21", "Discover Germany", "Kino", "Made in
SLO2. Students will identify, describe and analyze works of art,
architecture and cultural achievement as they consider Germany's
contributions to world culture and thought, using the UNESCO World Cultural
Heritage list: Germany has 33 world cultural heritage sites, Austria 8 and
Switzerland 10). Students will analyze cultural artifacts as they express
important trends in German-speaking countries.
SLO3. Students will describe and compare works of art, architecture,
literature and music from culturally distinct regions throughout the Germanspeaking world (Austria, Switzerland and German) and ethnic group (such as
German-Turkish, Austrian, Swiss, German-Jewish, and East German artists).
SLO5. Based on topics in the course (personal identity, family
relationships, daily activities, popular culture) and exposure to
contemporary artistic expressions in German-speaking countries, students
will write creative compositions and engage in group situational
performances.Students may also write original short plays or create a work
of art based on an interpretation of an existing one. (dioramas, music,
SLO7. Students will explore diverse means of communication by using four
modalities (listening, writing, speaking and reading) and by viewing visual
and performance art (film, theater, music, etc.) and print texts as
available on-line and in textbook materials.
List or attach the Course Outline (adequately described and including percentage of time to be allocated
to each topic). Curriculum Committees may request additional information. Topics larger than 20% need
to be broken down further. Indicate in your course outline where the Student Learning Outcomes
checked above are being met.
50% I. Development of Linguistic System
∞ Understanding and developing a new linguistic system as a means of communication and vehicle to create and
negotiate meaning (grammar, vocabulary acquisition) Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7)
• verb system (subject/verb agreement, present tense, irregular verb conjugations 10%
• case system (nominative, dative, accusative) 10%
• grammatical gender 10%
• pronouns 5%
• word order 10%
• prepositions 5%
25% II. (Area 6) Humanities and Fine Arts assignments
∞Unesco World Cultural Heritage Sites (SLO 1 , 2, 3, 5, 7) 10%
∞ Reading and listening to appropriate culturally authentic material news reporting, advertising, cultural reviews,
etc.) Topics on Deutsche Welle include Culture and Lifestyle, Visit Germany, and other daily updates. Bi-weekly
cultural perspectives report/ current German news programming on Deutsche Welle (SLO 1, 2, 3, 4, and 7) 15%
25% III. (Area 8) Global Perspectives
∞Analysis of current German news programming (1/2 hour programs) (SLO 1, 2, 3) 5%
∞Weekly readings from the Deutsche Welle news home page ((topics include "World," "Germany", "Europe",
"Business", "Science and Technology", "Environment and Development" "Culture and Lifestyle" and "Sports")
and report (SLO 1, 2, 3). 15%
∞ Reflection on the students' vision of their individual roles and responsibilities in a common global future (SLO
1, 5). 5%
St. Cloud State University
General Education Transmittal Form
Academic Affairs Use Only:
Response Date:
Effective Date:
Proposal Number
Department: Foreign Languages and Literature
Course or Course(s): GER 101. Elementary German I
Mike Hasbrouck
Department or Unit Chair Signature
Department forward to Academic Affairs for publication and electronically to Chair of General Education Committee, Chair
of College Curriculum Committee, College Dean
Recommendation of General Education Committee:
Recommendation of University Curriculum Committee:
Recommendation of Faculty Association:
FA Senate
Action of Academic Vice President:
Entered in Curriculum Data File
Aachener Dom (K/1978)
Speyerer Dom (K/1981)
Würzburger Residenz und Hofgarten (K/1981)
Wallfahrtskirche "Die Wies" (K/1983)
Schlösser Augustusburg und Falkenlust in Brühl (K/1984)
Dom und Michaeliskirche in Hildesheim (K/1985)
Römische Baudenkmäler, Dom und Liebfrauenkirche in Trier (K/1986)
Hansestadt Lübeck (K/1987)
Schlösser und Parks von Potsdam und Berlin (K/1990; 1992 und 1999 erweitert)
Kloster Lorsch (K/1991)
Bergwerk Rammelsberg und Altstadt von Goslar (K/1992)
Altstadt von Bamberg (K/1993)
Klosteranlage Maulbronn (K/1993)
Stiftskirche, Schloss und Altstadt von Quedlinburg (K/1994)
Völklinger Hütte (K/1994)
Grube Messel (N/1995)
Das Bauhaus und seine Stätten in Weimar und Dessau (K/1996)
Kölner Dom (K/1996)
Luthergedenkstätten in Eisleben und Wittenberg (K/1996)
Klassisches Weimar (K/1998)
Wartburg (K/1999)
Museumsinsel Berlin (K/1999)
Gartenreich Dessau-Wörlitz (K/2000)
Klosterinsel Reichenau (K/2000)
Industriekomplex Zeche Zollverein in Essen (K/2001)
Altstädte von Stralsund und Wismar (K/2002)
Oberes Mittelrheintal (K/2002)
Rathaus und Roland in Bremen (K/2004)
Muskauer Park (Park Muzakowski) (K/GÜ/2004)
Obergermanisch-raetischer Limes - deutscher Teil der grenzüberschreitenden Welterbestätte "Grenzen des
Römischen Reiches" (Erweiterung des seit 1987 in der Liste verzeichneten Hadrianswalls, Großbritannien; 2008 um den
Antoninuswall in Schottland erweitert) (K/GÜ/2005)
Altstadt von Regensburg mit Stadtamhof (K/2006)
Siedlungen der Berliner Moderne (K/2008)
Wattenmeer (N/GÜ/2009)