St. Cloud State University General Education Goal Area 5

St. Cloud State University
General Education Goal Area 5 Designation
History and the Social & Behavioral Sciences
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Response Date: ______________________
Effective Date: ______________________
Prepared by:
John Philip Ness
Phone: 8-4833
Proposal Number: _________________
Email: [email protected]
Requesting Unit: COSS
Department, Course Number, Title: EAST 250
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.
Goal 8 GE Global Perspectives
Course bulletin description, including credits and semesters to be offered:
The East Asian human experience considered through the social sciences and the humanities. 3 cr. 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 a general education course in areas 5 and 8 who want an introduction to East
Asia. Students in a variety of programs such as global studies, study abroad, international business, international
relations and international communications who desire, require, or benefit from an international and/or area
studies experience may choose this course. The course also helps satisy the requirements for a minor in East
Asian studies.
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 5: History and the Social & Behavioral Sciences
Develop understanding of human societies and behaviors, and of the concepts, theories, and methods of
history and the social sciences.
Through the examination of topics in “historical and social and behavioral studies” from East Asia
students will acquire a familiarity with major events and figures as studied via different East Asian societies and
behaviors. The student will also develop skills in critical reading of both primary and secondary sources, in
research, in the comprehension of textual and lecture material, in class discussion, and in the composition of
13. In order for a course to be designated as fulfilling Goal Area 5, 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. Describe or use the methods and data by which historians, social scientists, or behavioral scientists investigate
human conditions.
2. Analyze human behavior, cultures, and social institutions and processes from the perspectives of history or the
social and behavioral sciences.
3. Develop explanations for and explore solutions to historical or contemporary social problems.
4. Reflect upon themselves in relation to family, communities, society, culture, and/or their histories.
5. Apply and critique alternative explanatory systems or theories about human societies and behaviors.
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.)
Students are required through written and oral course work, i.e., instructor generated examination
questions, student generated theses (papers), and student oral presentations to:
1) find and identify primary and secondary source materials and use them as illustrations or demonstrable
proofs in formulating a historical argument. At this introductory level, students are provided with “readers” of
such works in English translation.
compare and contrast historical processes as introduced in the course and illustrate them with specific
historical patterns (case studies) as discussed in the course. For example, students will by comparing and
contrasting gender roles, artistic and literary developments, differences in cuisine, and religious differences etc.,
in different East Asian cultural areas become able to analyze and understand differences and change over time.
explore solutions for historical problems many of which still have resonance in the present. For example,
students will analyze ideological, religious and cultural differences and the solutions developed between different
people such as Japanese-Chinese interactions, Chinese-Turkic Muslim interactions, Korean-Japanese relations,
etc., or discussion of disputed geographic territories such as between North and South Korea, China and Taiwan,
China and Vietnam.
4) cause both international and U.S. students to reflect upon themselves in relations to another culture
substantially different from their own.
apply and critique different theories about human societies and behaviors. For example, students will
demonstrate the ability to discuss Marxist-Leninist theories of economic and social development as well as market
driven concepts, and Marxist-Leninist theories of political organization with that of liberal-democratic models.
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.
5% Introduction
set the course requirements and format, and delineate the physical area to be studied
15% Land forms, climate and resources of East Asia
establish the physical features, climate, and resource base of the area
20% The heritage and background of East Asia
examine the temporal processes of change in East Asia and consequent important events, persons, and concept
20% The humanities and patterns of communication in East Asia
develop an appreciation for the aesthetic and creative aspects of East Asian life in language, literature, art, music,
20% Social institutions in East Asia
understand the characteristics of social institutions (such as education, religion, family, etc.) in East Asia, the
relationships among the social institutions, and the ways they shape individuals' lives.
15% East Asia in the contemporary era
explore a variety of contemporary issues/challenges in East Asia; social transformations of East Asian cultures,
peoples, and societies; and social forces that promote those changes.
5% Conclusion
assess and reflect on the learning accomplished in the course. Discuss further learning and growth.