G.E. Course Proposal for AREA D: The Individual and Society

Subarea: D1a Foundations in Social and Behavioral Sciences

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 Dla, the cultural diversity requirements, and writing requirements are met for all course sections, and

2) what steps the department plans to take to ensure that instructors comply with the category criteria (and who is responsible). Before a course can be offered in multiple sections, a designated person in the department must provide a description of what would be common to all sections and what might typically vary between sections.

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

A. Constitutes an introduction to a social or behavioral science. [The term "introduction" does not categorically exclude upper-division courses; however if upper division courses are accepted in this category, they may not require prerequisites nor consent of the instructor for enrollment, and shall be explicitly introductory in their course and catalog description.

B. Communicates the unique perspective of one or more social or behavioral science disciplines in furthering our understanding of a broad range of human behavior.

C. Develops an understanding of at least one of the methodologies of the social or behavioral sciences. [Students should become aware of the ways in which source materials are used in the behavioral or social sciences and the sense in which objective knowledge may or may not be attained in these disciplines.]

D. Broadly focuses on the larger context of society and/or human behavior rather than on an individual institution, social process, or segment of the population.

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

F. In presenting the contribution and perspectives of people, the coursework addresses at least two of the following:

  • Women
  • Ethnicity
  • Socio-economic status
  • Religious affiliation
  • Disabilities
  • Gays & lesbians

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 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].


rev. 5/9/03