HGS 289


Document Type

Course Change

Publication Date

Fall 2008


KEENE STATE COLLEGE 2008-2009 COURSE PROPOSAL FORM NOTE: Please review the Senate Curriculum Committee Guidelines for instructions on completing proposal form. (refer to pages 4 - 5 for proposal details) DATE OF SUBMISSION: 30 September 2008 SPONSORING PROGRAM AND CHAIR: Holocaust Studies, Paul Vincent PROPOSAL SPONSOR: Thomas White, 8-2746, twhite@keene.edu PROPOSED ACTION: Underline or boldface proposed changes. Course Addition Number Change Title Change Credit Change Description Change Prerequisite Change Course Deletion Course Replacement Other: CURRENT COURSE NUMBER, TITLE and DESCRIPTION: PROPOSED COURSE NUMBER and/or TITLE: Abbreviated Course Title, if necessary: HGS 289 Teaching the Holocaust and Genocide Short title: Teaching Holocaust & Genocide PROPOSED COURSE DESCRIPTION: Examines the challenges of teaching the Holocaust and genocide in multiple settings, such as schools, homes, places of worship, community centers, or other public and private settings. Examines pedagogy, teaching methods, use of materials, curricula, as well as sensitivity to particular audience needs and questions, while exploring what's at stake. Prerequisite: IHHGS 252/IHHIST 252 or IIHGS 255, or permission of instructor. Spring. LEARNING OUTCOMES: Students will demonstrate: • Enhanced ability to explore and analyze the Holocaust through multiple disciplines. • Ability to evaluate, select, and utilize a variety of age-appropriate materials, methods, approaches, and resources to engage students. • Ability to examine and assess a variety of classroom practices to create a classroom environment conducive to learning. HGS 289 Updated 18 April 2008 2 • Ability to assess appropriate learning activities. • Ability to foster a knowledge and understanding of the Holocaust and/or genocide, and recognize the relevance of the same to contemporary American society. RATIONALE: The world must continue to wrestle with the legacy of the Holocaust. Many of the factors that contributed to it remain part of the human condition. We are obligated to remember and to teach what happened. Studying and teaching the Holocaust and genocide reinforce civic responsibility in a democracy. Genocide is an ongoing concern for humanity. This course will enable and empower individuals to teach in a variety of settings and to a variety of audiences. It should serve as an excellent supplement to those preparing to earn teacher certification. RESOURCES: The instructor for this new course will be the Educational Outreach Coordinator in the Cohen Center. In addition to the extensive resources of the Cohen Center for Holocaust Studies, the instructor will have access to the Cohen Center Fellows—experienced classroom teachers who have graduated from the Center’s residential summer institute on the Holocaust and genocide. DEPARTMENTAL VOTE: Holocaust Studies: Date 12 September 08 For:_____8_______ Against:____0______ Abstain:____0____ Absent:______0____


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HGS 289