St. Cloud State University General Education Goal Area 8

St. Cloud State University
General Education Goal Area 8 Designation
Global Perspectives
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Prepared by: Marie Seong-Hak Kim
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Email: mskim
Requesting Unit: History
Department, Course Number, Title: HIST 210 Western Civilization I: Antiquity to 1500
New Course
Will this course be flagged as a diversity course?
Already Designated as Diversity
Will this course also satisfy another General Education Goal Area?
If “Yes” specify which goal area.
GE Goal Area 5 History and the Social & Behavioral Sciences
Course bulletin description, including credits and semesters to be offered:
Evolution of Western civilization from the ancient Mediterranean world to the 1500s. 3 Cr. F, S.
Existing Course
Diversity Proposal Accompanying This Form
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.
All undergraduates seeking general education course in area 5. Course fulfills requirements for History
Major and Minors, as well as History emphasis Social Studies Teaching Majors.
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 8: Global Perspectives
Develop a comparative perspective and understanding of one’s place in a global context.
Students acquire knowledge in the origins of human civilizations in Mesopotamia and Egypt and their
evolutions to Western civilization. Throughout the course, students learn about contacts, comparisons, and
contrasts between the Western world and the non-Western world, in the areas of religious traditions, political
systems and theories, economic and social structures, and cultural heritage.
13. In order for a course to be designated as fulfilling Goal Area 8, it must address at least 4 of the 5 student learning
outcomes (SLOs) below. Check the SLOs below that are focused on in the proposed general education course.
1. Explain how they are connected and related to people elsewhere in the world.
2. Describe similarities and differences among global places and populations.
3. Analyze how political, economic or cultural elements influence relations among the world’s states, peoples, or
4. Analyze specific international issues and propose and evaluate responses.
5. Articulate a vision of their individual roles and responsibilities in a common global future.
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.)
1. Students obtain core knowledge in historical developments of the Western world and its interactions
with the outside world. The achievement of knowledge is evaluated through frequent exams, document analyses,
writing assignments, oral presentations, and discussions.
2. Students learn about Western civilization (events, places, culture, and society) in the context of global history.
Students' knowledge is obtained through reading and analyzing primary and secondary sources.
3. Students learn about the origins of world civilization and understand interactions between political, cultural,
religious and social developments in the Western world and those in the outside world. The achievement of these
learning objectives is evaluated through their ability in making coherent and reasoned arguments in both writing
and oral presentations.
4. Students learn how historical forces have shaped analytical categories for investigating developments in the
contemporary world and learn how to apply their historical knowledge in a contemporary setting. The
achievement of these learning objectives is evaluated through their ability in making coherent and reasoned
arguments in both writing and oral presentations.
5. Individuals, communities, societies and their histories have never occurred in a vacuum. Students learn the
importance of understanding themselves and their responsibilities in terms of communities and societies in the
Western world and a broader global context.
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.
The Student Learning Outcomes are met throughout the curriculum described in the course outline below:
The first civilizations (Mesopotamia, Egypt and the Ancient Near East)
The development of Greek polis and the rise of democracy
The Roman republic and empire
The rise of Christianity
The rise and spread of Islam
The medieval states and society
The rise of national monarchies
The medieval intellectual world and the revival of Roman law
The late medieval Europe and the Christian church
Italian city states and the Renaissance