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Area D:The Individual and Society

Area D - 2 Major Social Issues of the Contemporary Era

1. Examines domestic issues confronting/dividing Americans today* within one or more of the following topic areas:

Biomedical&health issues
Class
Crime
Discrimination
Education

Energy
Environment
Gender
Global economy
Immigration

Military intervention abroad
Poverty
Race
Technology

*The selected topics will be reviewed every two years by the General Education Committee to determine their continued relevance to national concerns and priorities. Topics will be added or deleted (as appropriate) to maintain a list that reflects the major issues being debated in American society.

2. Specifically identifies issues within the above topic areas which will be covered in the course.

3. Focuses on social issues.

4. Examines various sides of each issue and critically evaluates strengths/weaknesses of supporting/refuting arguments and presents scholarly analysis of possible alternative solutions.

5. Imparts knowledge of current information/materials.

6. Includes social science research methods, theories, and concepts appropriate to analysis of each issue.

7. Develops an understanding of and appreciation for the diversity of the human community.

8. Presents the contributions and perspectives of women; persons from various ethnic, socio-economic, and religious groups, gays and lesbians; and persons with disabilities. [At least two of these groups should be included in the course.]

Students will:

1. Demonstrates an understanding of the issues involved and arguments made in at least one of the following contemporary issue areas confronting U.S. society: (Note these topics are revised every two years)

Biomedical&health issues
Class
Crime
Discrimination
Education

Energy
Environment
Gender
Global economy
Immigration

Military intervention abroad
Poverty
Race
Technology

2. Demonstrates an understanding of the contributions to human society of at least two of the following groups: women, ethnic religious, socio-economic, gays and lesbians, and persons with disabilities

3. Demonstrates an understanding of the diversity that exists in human societies.

 

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