G.E. Course Proposal for AREA A: Basic Subjects

Subarea: A3 Critical Thinking

Department__________________________________________ Course Number ________

Course Title_______________________________________________ Units__________

Contact Person_____________________________________________ Phone__________

I. Submissions shall include the following:

A. A proposed course syllabus which must include: catalog description of the course; prerequisites, if any; student learning objectives; assignments; texts; reading lists; materials; grading system; exams and other methods of evaluation.If more than one section is offered, provide a description of what would be considered common to all sections and what might typically vary between sections.

B. Detailed course outline with topics and subtopics to be covered on a weekly basis.

C. A statement indicating

l) the means and methods for evaluating the extent to which the objectives of Area A3 and the writing requirements are met for all course sections, and

2) what steps does the department plan to take to ensure that instructors comply with the category criteria and who is responsible?

II. Indicate in a written statement how the course meets the following criteria for Category A3. Relate the statement to the course syllabus and outline. Be as succinct as possible.

A. Students study about and consciously develop skills in critical thinking.

B. Knowledge through logical analysis and argument construction is pursued throughout the course.

C. Instruction develops understanding of logical relationships between premises and conclusions.

D. Instruction develops ability to recognize more common formal and informal fallacies.

E. Grading reflects emphasis on logical processes.

F. Develops basic skills, applicable to a variety of academic subjects and to the fulfillment of such roles as citizen, consumer, leader and moral agent.

1) Skill in evaluating the validity, strength and relevance of arguments.

2) A sense of logical structure of both inductive and deductive forms.

3) Awareness of uses and abuses of argument language, including connotation, ambiguity and definition.

4) Skill in handling a variety of arguments in variety of contexts.

5) Ability to argue fairly and to handle bias, emotion, and propaganda.

G. Includes a writing component described on course syllabus.

l) If course is lower division, formal and/or informal writing assignments encouraging students to think through course concepts using at least one of the following: periodic lab reports, exams which include essay questions, periodic formal writing assignments, periodic journals, reading logs, other. Writing in lower division courses need not be graded, but must, at a minimum, be evaluated for clarity and proper handling of terms, phrases, and concepts related to the course.

2) If course is upper division, a minimum of 1500 words of formal, graded writing. [Preferably there should be more than one formal writing assignment and each writing assignment (e.g. periodic lab reports, exams which include essay questions, a research/term paper etc.) should be due in stages throughout the semester to allow the writer to revise after receiving feedback from the instructor. Include an indication of how writing is to be evaluated and entered into course grade determination.]

III. If you would like, you may provide further information that might help the G.E. Course Review Committee understand how this course meets these criteria and/or the G.E. Program Objectives found on PP. 2-3 of the "Statement of Policies Pertaining to the G.E. Program" of August, 1991.

Submit proposals to the General Education Office in Sacramento Hall 234 [6016].


revised 5/9/03