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Course Change

Publication Date

Fall 2008

Abstract

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: Sociology and Anthropology, Margaret Walsh, 8-2905, mwalsh@keene.edu Holocaust Studies, Paul Vincent, 8-2722, pvincent@keene.edu PROPOSAL SPONSOR: M. Therese Seibert, Sociology, MS 3400, 8-2520, tseibert@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 427/SOC 427 Sociological Topics in Genocide Short title: Sociological Topics/Genocide PROPOSED COURSE DESCRIPTION: HGS 427 This course involves intensive, sociological study of a particular genocide. The genocide to be studied can change in any given semester. Topics include application of the term genocide, historical, social, and cultural background, theoretical explanations for the genocide, and the extent of intervention to stop it. Prerequisite: IIHGS 255 or SOC 305, or permission of instructor. Cross-listed as SOC 427. Occasionally. SOC 427 This course involves intensive, sociological study of a particular genocide. The genocide to be studied can change in any given semester. Topics include application of the term genocide, historical, social, and cultural background, theoretical explanations for the genocide, and the extent of intervention to stop it. Prerequisite: IIHGS 255 or SOC 305, or permission of instructor. Cross-listed as HGS 427. Occasionally. HGS 427/SOC 427 Updated 18 April 2008 2 LEARNING OUTCOMES: Students completing this course will be able to: • Think sociologically. • Read and understand literature on complex social issues. • Analyze sociological data using appropriate research methods. • Write a substantial research paper analyzing an important sociological issue. • Critically assess, discuss, and write essays drawing on theoretical perspectives. • Use sociological knowledge and abilities to contribute to their community and society. • Understand the concept of genocide, as distinct from mass murder, and the circumstances under which it can occur, its precipitating factors, and its legacy. • Understand relevant ethical issues such as prejudice, discrimination, and racism. • Think critically, and write and speak effectively, about issues related to genocide. RATIONALE: Teaching SOC 327, Sociology of Genocide, has demonstrated that a number of different genocides can only be studied at a basic level. Students do not come into the course with enough historical and geographic background to permit in-depth study of a specific genocide. In this 400- level course, students will delve deeply into the study of a single genocide. The course also enables them to more thoroughly evaluate theoretical debates surrounding the genocide. In addition, this new course supports the proposed Holocaust and Genocide Major. Note that the experimental course SOC 490, Rwandan Society and Genocide, has been taught successfully several times. RESOURCES: This new course will be taught by Therese Seibert, Professor of Sociology; no additional staffing is necessary. Sufficient resources are available in both the Mason Library and the Cohen Center for Holocaust Studies. Students will make use of the Cohen Center for Holocaust Studies for their research. COSPONSORSHIP VOTES: Holocaust Studies: Date 12 September 08 For:_____8_______ Against:____0______ Abstain:____0____ Absent:______0____ Sociology: Date ___23 September 2008_ For:_____ 6______ Against:____ 0_____ Abstain:__0 ____ Absent:______0____

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Senate Curriculum Committee

Language

English

Publisher

Keene State College

HGS 427 and SOC 427

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