II SOC 360


Document Type

Course Change

Alternate Date

2007 - 2008


KEENE STATE COLLEGE COURSE PROPOSAL FORM DATE: 9/21/07 Becky Brown, Health Science, 8-2817 Brian Green, Sociology, 8-2519 PROPOSAL SPONSOR: Dr. Margaret Walsh Sociology/Women's Studies mwalsh@keene.edu 8-2905 Dr. Karrie Kalich Health Sciences kkalich@keene.edu 8-2885 TITLE SUMMARY: II SOC 360 Nicaragua in Change 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 NOT APPLICABLE 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.). II SOC 360 Nicaragua in Change (4 credits) PROPOSED (NEW) COURSE: 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. Experiential service-learning course examines the effects of revolution and social change in Nicaraguan society. Faculty and students travel during spring break to the city of Managua and a rural farming cooperative in Nicaragua. Students conduct interdisciplinary research on public health and social conditions and share results in a public forum. Prerequisite: 24 credits in ISP including ITW 101 & IQL 101. Spring COURSE OBJECTIVES: Identify the knowledge and/or skills the student will have an opportunity to gain as a result of completing 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 Students will: • Describe social change and its consequences after a revolution and counter-revolution in Nicaragua • Explain the impact of race, gender, and inequality and post-colonialism in a non-Anglo setting • Assess absolute and relative poverty using social indicators, service learning, and participant observation • Evaluate community efforts designed to improve conditions in Nicaragua through direct experience LEARNING OUTCOMES: State knowledge and/or skills students will be expected to demonstrate by 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 Interdisciplinary Outcomes: Students will: • Examine national and international issues through many lenses. • Assess their own roles and responsibilities as members of diverse communities Skills Outcomes: Students will: • Reading: ask questions that lead to greater understanding of material • Critical thinking: Demonstrate the ability and willingness to approach a particular idea, problem, task, or goal from multiple perspectives • Critical dialogue: Speak with purpose when conveying thought/ideas • Writing: Develop complex positions or arguments through writing • Information literacy: Develop research using information appropriately Integrative Outcomes Global Issues -- Students will: • Demonstrate a commitment to analyzing and/or solving global issues. • Demonstrate an understanding of non-western cultures from the context of those cultures. RATIONALE: Explain why this change is being made. Address the connection with institutional mission, and/or department, program, and course objectives. This course integrates learning, service and diversity aspects of the College's mission and brings interdisciplinary approaches to understanding important global issues. Students will build their knowledge using social and health science perspectives, will gain first-hand experience through guided travel, and they will apply theory to practice through service learning. This course complements the integrative studies program very well since it combines multiple disciplinary perspectives, creates new questions and topics for investigation, and brings new opportunities for students to learn and travel in a single Keene State College course. 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. Faculty willing to teach the course in Spring 2008: Karrie Kalich, Peggy Walsh, Eleanor Vander Haegen, Beatriz Torres. Due to the travel (and the supervision of students required) it will remain a team-taught course. We hope to involve additional faculty in the future in order to rotate instructors, and to expand the interdisciplinary perspectives over time. There are many fruitful possibilities - Spanish, Communications, Economics, etc. We will need support from the International Exchange Office, Financial Aid and the Business Office to facilitate travel guidelines, budget/costs, and make arrangements for students. A version of this course was offered by Peggy Walsh (Sociology) and Eleanor Vander Haegen (Professor Emeritus, Sociology) in 2004 using a special topics sociology course number. We are now prepared to offer it as a regular course through the IS program. We need a cap of 12 students due to the field required field experience. 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.) Sociology Health Science Updated 14 May 2004.


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II SOC 360