Document Type

Course Change

Publication Date

Fall 2008


KEENE STATE COLLEGE 2009-2010 COURSE PROPOSAL FORM DATE: January 24, 2009 SPONSORING PROGRAM AND CHAIR: Department of History, Dr. Gregory Knouff, chair (gknouff@keene.edu) 358-2961 PROPOSAL SPONSOR: Dr. Susan Wade, (swade@keene.edu) 358-2951. PROPOSED ACTION: (Underline proposed changes.) Course Addition Number Change Title Change Credit Change Description Change Prerequisite Change Course Deletion Course Replacement Other: Add course to Integrative Studies Program (Integrative Studies Humanities Perspectives Course) EXISTING (OLD) DATA: PROPOSED (NEW) COURSE TITLE: IH-HIST 220: The Crusades: Identity and Religious War in the Middle Ages Short title: The Crusades PROPOSED (NEW) COURSE DESCRIPTION: Course examines the Crusades with the aim of understanding how markers of identity and religious differentiation were used to support and perpetuate the ideology of crusade and holy war, and how cross-cultural contact eventually altered the European Christian constructs of identity that had motivated the initial eleventh-century call for Crusade. Fall. LEARNING OUTCOMES: The major goals of this course are to improve the students’ reading and writing skills. Students will improve their reading through learning the techniques of close reading and critical analysis of historical texts. In order to improve writing skills students in this class will also focus on composing well-reasoned and well-argued essays by writing and critiquing the first and second drafts of two major essays on the Crusades. To that end, this is a reading and writing intensive course. A special emphasis is placed on the analysis and interpretation of primary sources (real evidence). Students will employ the primary source material to formulate their own interpretation of the past. Students will present their interpretations by writing closely reasoned essays. Each student essay will present a clear and plausible thesis based on the evidence; essays will be graded on the basis of the student’s ability to formulate an argument and use of logic to convincingly prove the thesis. For IS Program: PERSPECTIVES OUTCOMES: Students will be able to: Evaluate diverse approaches to the study of history and their relationship to power, privilege and difference: Students will specifically examine how, and by whom, history is written, and why this matters. Students will study the Crusades from a variety of perspectives, using primary sources from the Church, the crusading warriors, the Jews, the Muslims and the eastern Christians (Byzantines). Additionally, students will examine the environment out of which the Holy War ideology grew and in which it flourished, and will see how various people at different times (including our own) used the crusading ideal to further a specific agenda. Understand and interpret diverse evidence about past societies and cultures: Focus on different and conflicting interpretations of the Crusades. INTEGRATIVE OUTCOMES: Recognition of cultural diversity in human history: Focus on the formation of religious identity and religious conflict, and religious/colonial expansion. SKILLS OUTCOMES: 1. Reading: · Identify contextual issues (author, date of publication, etc.) 2. Writing · Write with purpose · Organize, state, and develop ideas clearly 3. Critical Thinking • Use credible evidence to support or refute an idea RATIONALE: This is a new course specifically developed for the IS program. Building upon the format of the foundational “Thinking and Writing” Course, this class will reinforce and develop students’ critical thinking, reading, and writing skills by closely focusing on one topic. It will allow students to work on several writing projects (essays) throughout the semester. Thus, it is a writing intensive course. Additionally, it will offer students an in-depth historical understanding of the conflict between the cultures of Islam and Western Europe. RESOURCES: No additional resources are required. However, as indicated above, the course is both very reading and writing intensive. The format will be discussion seminar of texts and students’ written work. Students will articulate their essay theses and selection of evidence in preparation for each essay project. Given the need for the professor to work closely with students in developing their analytical reading and writing skills by providing feedback on written work, this course needs to be capped at 20 students. ADVISORY OPINIONS: SIGNATURE PAGE 1. Sponsoring Department: _____________________ Chair: _________________ For ___ Against ___ Abstain___ Absent ___ Date ________ 2. Associate Vice-President for Academic Affairs: Review & Comment: Signature: Date: ________ 3. Editor of the Catalog: Review & Comment: Signature: __________________________ Date: ________ 4. Advisory Opinions: List the names of the affected departments and include department responses. 5. Division Curriculum Committee: Comment: For ___ Against ___ Abstain ___ Absent ____ Chair: ____________________ Date ________ 6. Dean: Comment: Approved____Not Approved____ Signature: Date ________ 7. Senate Curriculum Committee: Comment: For ___ Against___ Abstain ___ Absent ____ Chair: _____________________ Date _________ 8. Keene State College Senate: Passed ___ Failed ___ Information___ Signature: _________________________ Date ________ Other action:


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