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

Subarea: D2 Major Social Issues of the Contemporary Era

Department__________________________________________ Course Number ________

Course Title_______________________________________________ Units__________

Contact Person_____________________________________________ Phone__________

I. Submissions shall include the following:

A. A 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 D2, the cultural diversity requirements, and the writing requirements are met for all course sections, and

2) the 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 D2. Relate the statement directly to the course syllabus and outline. Be as succinct as possible.

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


Globalization and International Relations Institutions and Infrastructure Justice/Injustice/Law

Science and Technology
Health and Wellness
Education and Employment

Power, Identity, Equality

*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.

B. Specifically identified topics within no more than two of the above topic areas which will be considered in the course

C. Focuses on social issues.

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

E. Imparts knowledge of current information/materials.

F. Incorporates the results of social science research, theories and concepts appropriate to the analysis of each issue.

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

H. 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

I. 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].


rev. 12/28/07