Document Type

Course Change

Alternate Date

2007 - 2008


KEENE STATE COLLEGE 2007-2008 COURSE PROPOSAL FORM DATE: 14 September 2007 SPONSORING PROGRAM AND CHAIR: American Studies, Sally Joyce, Coordinator 8-2691 (sjoyce@keene.edu) PROPOSAL SPONSOR: American Studies, Sally Joyce, Coordinator 8-2691 (sjoyce@keene.edu) TITLE SUMMARY: II AMST 250 INTERPRETING AMERICAN CULTURES 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: PROPOSED (NEW) COURSE TITLE: II AMST 250 INTERPRETING AMERICAN CULTURES PROPOSED (NEW) COURSE DESCRIPTION: II AMST 250 INTERPRETING AMERICAN CULTURES 4 credits Interdisciplinary examination of American cultures expressed in a variety of contexts, such as aesthetic, social, historical, philosophical, political, linguistic, religious. May be repeated once for credit as topics change. Prerequisite: ITW 101: Thinking and Writing or its equivalent. Annually Course Learning Outcomes • Students will demonstrate their ability to analyze cultural texts in a challenging intellectual environment • Students will demonstrate their ability to integrate forms of scholarship from more than one discipline to understand and interpret American culture • Students will demonstrate their ability to write a clear, complex, and engaging documented essay in standard MLA or other discipline-specific format Integrative Studies Outcomes Interdisciplinary: Students will be able to: • cross disciplinary boundaries to reveal new patterns and connections that reframe knowledge. • analyze the assumptions and actions of society from multiple perspectives. Skills Outcomes: • Read with an awareness of purpose Reading: • Ask questions that that to greater understanding of material • Demonstrate the ability to summarize and identify key points • Demonstrate an understanding and ability to relate discipline or interdiscipline specific information to theories presented in a course Writing • Write with purpose : • Organize, state and develop ideas clearly • Write with syntactical and grammatical competence • Understand and value academic honesty • Cultivate disciplinary and interdisciplinary expertise necessary to question sources, develop ideas, and offer interpretations Critical Thinking • Demonstrate the ability and willingness to approach a particular idea, problem, task, or goal from multiple perspectives : • Develop analytical arguments • Apply critical thinking to important ethical and societal issues and problems Integrative Outcomes in Diversity Students will be able to: • apply diverse perspectives and experiences to develop disciplinary arguments. RATIONALE: AMST 250: Interpreting American Cultures is course ideally suited to the interdisciplinary IS course requirement. We are therefore offering AMST 250 as an IS course. We have changed the description to encompass the ways this topics course is taught by core faculty. RESOURCES Additional library resources will not be needed. SIGNATURE PAGE 2007-2008 1. Sponsoring Program: _________________________ Chair: _______________________ For ___ Against ___ Abstain___ Absent ___ Date _____________ 2. Advisory Opinions: List the names of the affected departments and include department responses. 3. School Curriculum Committee (or the ISPC ONLY for Course Proposals designated II): Comment: For ___ Against ___ Abstain ___ Absent ___ Chair: ________________________Date ________ 4. Dean: Comment: As a course that builds on the writing skills introduced in the Foundation course, this course will be capped at 28. Approved____ Not Approved____ Signature: _________ Date ________ 5. Senate Curriculum Committee: Comment: For ___ Against___ Abstain ___ Absent ___ Chair: __________________________Date _________ 6. Keene State College Senate: Passed ___ Failed ___ Information___ Signature: ____________________________ Date ________ 7. Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs: Passed ___ Failed ___ Information___ Signature: _____________________________Date ________ 8. President: Passed ___ Failed ___ Information___ Signature: ____________________________ Date ________


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