Title

ISANTH 111

Authors

Document Type

Course Change

Publication Date

Spring 2008

Abstract

KEENE STATE COLLEGE 2007-2008 COURSE PROPOSAL FORM DATE: Feb. 17, 2008 SPONSORING PROGRAM AND CHAIR: Identify the department and chair. Include phone number and email address. Brian Green, Sociology/Anthropology, 8-2519, bgreen@keene.edu PROPOSAL SPONSOR: Identify the person(s) who should be contacted regarding the proposal. Include phone number and email address. This person is expected to attend Divisional and/or Senate Curriculum meetings to discuss the proposal. James Stemp, 8-2902, jstemp@keene.edu TITLE SUMMARY: ISANTH 111: Archeology and Physical Anthropology (abbreviated transcript title – ISANTH 111: Archaeology & Physical Anth) PROPOSED ACTION: Underline proposed changes. Course Addition Number Change Title Change Credit Change Description Change Prerequisite Change Course Deletion Course Replacement Other: EXISTING (OLD) DATA: Insert the course information as it exists in the current KSC Catalog. You may copy the information electronically from the KSC Web page: http://www.keene.edu/catalog/mdc.cfm ANTH 111: Archeology and Physical Anthropology Formatted: No underline An introduction to the biological and cultural evolution of human beings. In addition to the prehistoric record, the course will cover primatology, human variation, and problems of theory and practice in archeology. Fall, Spring. N/A PROPOSED (NEW) COURSE TITLE: Limit the course title to 30 characters, including spaces. If more characters are absolutely necessary for clarity, the sponsor should submit an abbreviated title to assure an intelligible abbreviated title of choice (for use in student information system, on transcripts, etc.). ISANTH 111: Archeology and Physical Anthropology (abbreviated transcript title – ISANTH 111: Archaeology & Physical Anth) PROPOSED (NEW) COURSE DESCRIPTION: Limit the Course Description to 50 words, not including prerequisites. Prerequisites should be clear and specific, e.g., as courses (e.g., ENG 101) or number of credits required. Finally, specify semester(s) the course will be offered. Same as old oneAn introduction to the biological and cultural evolution of human beings. In addition to the prehistoric record, the course will cover primatology, human variation, and problems of theory and practice in archeology. Fall, Spring LEARNING OUTCOMES: State knowledge and/or skills students will be expected to demonstrate upon completion of this course. For more information, see Guidelines for Developing Program Objectives, Course Objectives, and Learning Outcomes: http://www.keene.edu/senate/proposals/help/Writing4.cfm . For the Integrative Studies Program: Students will be able to: [PERSPECTIVES – SCIENCE OUTCOME] Understand how the scientific method and other forms of inquiry are used in archaeology and physical anthropology to reconstruct the evolution of modern humans, as well as their past cultures and societies. Formatted: Font: Italic [INTEGRATIVE OUTCOMES: DIVERSITY] Recognize how different human societies and cultures developed over time. [INTEGRATIVE OUTCOMES: ETHICS] Think critically and comparatively about other cultures (past and present) and the socio-political and socio-cultural roles that archeology and physical anthropology play in today’s world. [INTEGRATIVE OUTCOMES: SOCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL ENGAGEMENT] Discuss the interrelations of natural and social-cultural systems, and the processes of human and cultural adaptation (evolution). SKILLS OUTCOMES: Writing: in class quizzes and exams, a paper that requires the application and use of archeological and anthropological concepts to collected data • Write with purpose • Organize, state and develop ideas clearly • Understand and value academic honesty • Write with an organizational schema • Ask questions that lead to a richer product • Incorporate research appropriately Critical Thinking: through participation in class discussions that focus upon cultural and biological change over time and discussions that analyze and compare past societies and cultures. • Demonstrate the ability and willingness to approach a particular idea, problem, task, or goal from multiple perspectives • Analyze and interpret evidence, conjectures, and alternative strategies related to a given idea, problem, task, or goal • Gather evidence, formulate conjectures, and implement alternative strategies related to a given idea, problem, task, or goal • Synthesize information, arguments, and perspectives in order to create new meaning, insight, and understanding • Apply critical thinking to important ethical and societal issues and problems RATIONALE: Explain why this change is being made. Address the connection with institutional mission, and/or department, program, and course objectives. The change from ANTH 111 to ISANTH 111 provides the opportunity for more students to take this course as an ISP Perspectives option in Social Science. With additions in the areas of ethics and diversity (as outlined below), this course better fits into the ISP program. We anticipate both the course’s designation as an ISP Perspectives option and the updated/revised content will make this a more valuable and attractive choice for students. Important components have been added to ISANTH 111, including discussion of ethical issues for archaeologists and physical anthropologists (such as repatriation and indigenous peoples), a specific section on social justice (particularly the role of physical anthropologists and archaeologists in recognizing and proving genocide through exhumation of mass graves) and more focus on the question of race (can it be seen as something biological in the process of human evolution?). RESOURCES: For course proposals, include the name of the faculty member(s) who will be teaching this course, whether tenure-track, full-time, or adjunct. Indicate whether additional staffing, facilities, and/or equipment will be required. Also, consider the long-term impact of adding a course or altering a program. When a proposal has staffing, space or monetary implications, the VPAA must be consulted and his or her comments should be included in this section. James Stemp will teach this course. What additional library resources will be required? Has the library been consulted to determine the adequacy of library holdings or to estimate the cost to improve these sufficiently? None ADVISORY OPINIONS: List the names of affected departments and include department responses. Advisory opinions are required whenever a proposal affects the curricula of other programs. A proposal must list all affected departments. An Advisory Opinion must be solicited at least two weeks prior to delivery of the proposal to the DCC. Affected departments have two weeks to respond to the request for an Advisory Opinion. Responses should be attached to the proposal. In the event that affected departments do not respond, evidence of the request for an Advisory Opinion from non-respondents must be provided. If a proposal affects a curriculum in a division other than that of the sponsor, each relevant department and the DCC in that division must review and approve the proposal as well. (The electronic curriculum review process tracks votes, advisory opinions and comments as required at each stage of the review.) This deletion and then addition of ISANTH 111 may affect Sociology and Social Science programs. Advisory Opinions are included below: James, You can use this message as a letter of support from the department. The members of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology voted unanimously in support of converting Anth 111 to ISAnth 111 on Feb 5, 2008. We feel that this course meets the objectives of the Integrative Studies Program perspectives course model, and recommend that the proposal be approved by all curriculum review committees. Brian Green Chair, Sociology and Anthropology Social Science is good with the change.... Pete Stevenson Updated 14 May 2004.

Source

Senate Curriculum Committee

Language

English

Publisher

Keene State College

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