HGS 499


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: Paul Vincent, 8-2722, pvincent@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 499 Senior Project PROPOSED COURSE DESCRIPTION: May be substituted for HGS 495 as culminating course aimed at an original research or creative project in Holocaust and/or genocide studies. Under the guidance of a faculty sponsor, student will develop, research, and publicly present an individualized project on a topic jointly selected with the sponsor. Prerequisites: Senior standing; IHHGS 252/IHHIST 252 and IIHGS 255; an overall 3.50 GPA, and approval of the Holocaust and Genocide Studies Council. LEARNING OUTCOMES: • Knowledge of the Holocaust, its historical and precipitating factors, and its legacy. • Understanding of the concept of genocide, as distinct from mass murder, and the circumstances under which it can occur, its precipitating factors, and its legacy. HGS 499 Updated 18 April 2008 2 • An ability to explore and analyze the Holocaust through multiple disciplines and perspectives. • An understanding of relevant ethical issues such as prejudice, discrimination, and racism. • The ability to think critically, and write and speak effectively, about issues related to genocide and the Holocaust. RATIONALE: The aim of this course is to provide a distinctive opportunity for unusually gifted seniors, as demonstrated by prior work throughout their undergraduate career, to substitute an individualized research project for their seminar. This should in no way demean the seminar, the discipline's traditional capstone course, but rather offer a separate avenue for intense work for bright and self-disciplined seniors. RESOURCES: The faculty resources outlined in the overall Holocaust and Genocide Studies Program proposal are sufficient to meet the sponsorship needs associated with any Senior Project. The 4,500 volumes and ca. 300 videos currently in the Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies are adequate to meet many of the needs for a typical Senior Project. Nevertheless, it is assumed that a student opting for the HGS 499 experience will have identified resources beyond those of both the Cohen Center and the Mason Library and will be prepared to do research external to Keene State College. DEPARTMENTAL VOTE: Holocaust Studies: Date 12 September 08 For:_____8_______ Against:____0______ Abstain:____0____ Absent:______0____


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HGS 499