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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Response Date: ______________________
Effective Date: ______________________
Prepared by: John Philip Ness
Phone: 8-4833
Proposal Number: _________________
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Requesting Unit: COSS
Department, Course Number, Title: EAST 250 Introduction to East Asia
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 5 GE History and Social & Behavioral Sciences
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 8: Global Perspectives
Develop a comparative perspective and understanding of one’s place in a global context.
Through the examination of East Asian topics that have a global component, students will acquire a
familiarity with major events and figures as studied via different human 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 essays.
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.)
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) explain how they are connected to people in East Asia and how this interconnects with the world, through
analysis of trade, art, literature and scientific exchange.
2) describe the differences and similarities of the demographic and geographic profiles of East Asia and how this
knowledge enhances understanding of global issues. Students will demonstrate this ability by charting maps and
graphs as well as utilizing data as evidence to corroborate their findings.
3) analyze how political, economic or cultural elements in East Asia influence relations among the world’s
states, peoples, or societies. Students will demonstrate this ability by addressing issues such as religious
differences, disputes over land and water rights, trade disagreements, and linguistic and racial differences.
4) analyze how seemingly specific East Asian issues influence global affairs and propose and evaluate responses.
Students will demonstrate this by analyzing such issues as nuclear proliferation in NE Asia, Han-Minority
relations in China (Tibet, Xinjiang) and Japanese relations with other East Asian peoples in the aftermath of
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.