Document Type

Course Change

Publication Date

Fall 2008


KEENE STATE COLLEGE 2008-2009 COURSE PROPOSAL FORM DATE: 1/30/09 SPONSORING PROGRAM AND CHAIR: Department of History, Dr. Gregory Knouff, chair (gknouff@keene.edu) 358-2961 PROPOSAL SPONSOR: Dr. Nicholas Germana – Assistant Professor, History (ngermana@keene.edu) 358-2362. TITLE SUMMARY: IHHIST 221 – THE AXIAL AGE PROPOSED ACTION: (Underline proposed changes.) Number Change Title Change Credit Change Description Change Prerequisite Change Course Deletion Course Replacement Other: Course Addition EXISTING (OLD) DATA: None PROPOSED (NEW) COURSE TITLE: IHHIST 221 – The Axial Age PROPOSED (NEW) COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course will follow the emergence of world historical philosophical and religious systems in India, China, Greece, and the Near East between 800-300 BCE. Through primary and secondary sources students will explore the origins and development of classical Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Platonic thought, and messianic Judaism. Occasionally. LEARNING OUTCOMES: PERSPECTIVES OUTCOMES Students will be able to: - Articulate the ways that the arts and humanities shape, change, provoke, and represent our world and our perception of the world. - Understand and interpret diverse evidence about past societies and cultures. - Analyze a creative text within its cultural, aesthetic, historical, and intellectual contexts. - Identify the values and concerns expressed in creative works. SKILLS OUTCOMES Reading - Identify contextual issues - Read with an awareness of purpose - Ask questions that lead to greater understanding of material - Demonstrate the ability to identify and summarize key points Critical Thinking - Ask sophisticated questions when engaging and 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 or societal issues and problems as they are considered within diverse cultural contexts Integrative outcomes - Recognition of cultural diversity in human history - Identification of ethical issues that persist across time and cultures RATIONALE: To provide students with a historical introduction to the great philosophical and religious traditions that came into existence during the Axial Age (so-called by the German philosopher Karl Jaspers). Students will be challenged to develop a historical understanding of how such profoundly similar ideas about “the human condition” emerged in diverse cultural contexts within a period of approximately five centuries, but also to identify and understand the ways in which these cultural contexts shaped Axial Age thought into unique philosophical and religious traditions. RESOURCES: No additional resources are required. ADVISORY OPINIONS: SIGNATURE PAGE 1. Sponsoring Department: ____History_________________ Chair: ____Gregory Knouff_____________ For _4__ Against _0__ Abstain___ Absent _2__ Date ___1/30/09_____ 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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