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Document Type

Course Change

Publication Date

Fall 2008


KEENE STATE COLLEGE 2008-2009 COURSE PROPOSAL FORM DATE: September 2008 SPONSORING PROGRAM AND CHAIR: EDUCATION DEPARTMENT Dottie Bauer, Chair 603-358-2864 dbauer@keene.edu PROPOSAL SPONSOR: Dr. Judith Reed 358-2821 jureed@keene.edu Dr. Janaki N. Tschannerl 358-2509 jtschann@keene.edu TITLE SUMMARY: II 330 Toward a Just/Equitable World [29 characters] PROPOSED ACTION: Course Addition EXISTING (OLD) DATA: N/A PROPOSED (NEW) COURSE TITLE: II 330 Toward a Just and Equitable World PROPOSED (NEW) COURSE DESCRIPTION: We live in an unjust world. What can citizens do? What is the role of the media and formal/non-formal education? Is change possible? This interdisciplinary course uses tools from sociology and education in analyzing the systemic nature of social justice and equity issues. Includes involvement in a social change project. [50 words] Prereq: 24 credits in ISP including ITW 101 and IQL 101. LEARNING OUTCOMES: COURSE OUTCOMES Students will gain knowledge of: 1. The forces creating and maintaining current inequities in the U.S. and globally. 2. Strategies that promote social transformation, such as non-formal education, movement building, collective action, democratic procedures. Students will be able to: 1. Apply skills and tools of critical analysis (framing, articulation, question construction, problem solving) to current issues of equity and social justice. 2. Analyze current societal issues from the perspective of sociology and education. 3. Analyze the role played by the media in reflecting and shaping social inequities. 4. Analyze the role of formal and non-formal education, both in effecting change and in maintaining the status quo. INTERDISCIPLINARY OUTCOMES Students will be able to: • Assess their own roles and responsibilities as members of diverse communities. INTEGRATIVE OUTCOME: Diversity Students will be able to: • Recognize how differences shape approaches to identity, knowledge, and power. SKILLS OUTCOMES Students will practice and develop increased proficiency in the following skill areas. Information Literacy through researching and engaging in a social change project. Evaluate sophistication of sources for potential information appropriate to task. Critical Thinking applied to analysis of material, understanding of complex cultural-social- economic-political issues, and development of collaborative strategies to address those issues. Apply critical thinking to important ethical and societal issues and problems. RATIONALE: The course makes strong connections with the college mission to prepare students “to think critically and creatively [and] to engage in active citizenship” as well as the stated value of “social justice and equity in our community and in our curriculum.” It also reflects the parallel vision expressed in the Education Department’s Conceptual Framework, which states that our graduates will “demonstrate professional and ethical behaviors that meet high expectations and standards; understand the world from multiple perspectives; and contribute to a just and equitable world.” Therefore the Education and Sociology faculty are well positioned to offer this course. Students will interact with course content primarily through the fields of education and sociology. It further draws upon the field of communications and mass media, as well as history and several of the social sciences: economics, human geography, anthropology, political science, government, and civics. This course is intended for a broad range of students from all disciplines. It is anticipated that students at the 300 level will contribute not only their personal experiences of the material, but also their varied expertise gained previously in the Integrative Studies program, building on that work and gaining new perspectives. It is expected that students will employ and refine basic skills introduced through earlier coursework (e.g. reading, writing, research, discourse), while gaining analytical tools leading to new depths of understanding concerning the systemic nature of the issues facing society. The social change project is intended as a laboratory for gaining new skills and knowledge concerning social movements and change efforts. This course is an offering in the Integrative Studies Program, under which students are required to take one 4-credit interdisciplinary course. As a 300-level course, it fills an area of need in the IS Program. RESOURCES: This course will be taught initially by Dr. Judith Reed (Education) and Dr. Janaki N. Tschannerl (Education and Sociology). A feature of the course is the involvement of students in a social change project. These projects will be carried out in community settings and coordinated with the office of Academic Service Learning and the Center for Engagement, Learning and Teaching. No additional library resources are anticipated. ADVISORY OPINIONS: Sociology From: Walsh, Peggy [mailto:mwalsh@keene.edu] Sent: Monday, November 10, 2008 11:04 AM To: janakisn@yahoo.com Cc: jreed@keene.edu Subject: RE: II 330 Sociology/Anthropology unanimously approved this course in our advisory review via email. I received 5 Yes/ 0 No responses. -Margaret Walsh, Acting Chair SIGNATURE PAGE 2008-2009 1. Sponsoring Program: _________________________ Chair Signature: _______________________ For ___ Against ___ Abstain___ Absent ___ Date _____________ 2. Advisory Opinions: List the names of the affected departments and include department responses. 3. Dean: Comment: Approved____ Not Approved____ Signature: _________ Date ________ 4. School Curriculum Committee or the Interdisciplinary ISP Subcommittee: Comment: For . 4 Against . 0 Abstain . 0 Absent . 3 Chair: Sara Hottinger Date . 10/7/08 . 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: Approved___ Not Approved____ Information___ Signature: _____________________Date ________ 8. President: Approved___ Not Approved___ Information___ Signature: ______________________Date ________


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