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Office of Undergraduate Studies

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

Subarea: D3 American Institutions

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

1) the means and methods for evaluating the extent to which the objectives of Area D3, the cultural diversity requirements, and the 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 criteria in A or B and C through E for Category D3. Relate the statement to the course syllabus and outline. Be as succinct as possible.

A. Any course or examination which addresses the historical development of American Institutions and ideals must include all of the subject matter elements identified in the following subparagraphs. Nothing contained herein is intended to prescribe the total content or structure of any course. 1) Significant events covering a minimum time span of approximately one hundred years occurring in the entire area now included in the U.S.A., including the relationships of regions within that area and with external regions and powers as appropriate to the understanding of those events within the U.S.A. during the period under study.

2) The role of major ethnic and social groups in such events and the contexts in which the events have occurred.

3) The events presented within a framework which illustrates the continuity of the American experience and its derivation from other cultures including consideration of three or more of the following: politics, economics, social movements, and geography.

B. Any course or examination which addresses the Constitution of the United States, the operation of representative democratic government under that Constitution, and the process of California state and local government must addressall of the subject matter elements identified in the following subparagraphs. Nothing contained herein is intended to prescribe the total content or structure of any course.

1) The political philosophies of the framers of the Constitution and the nature and operation of United States political institutions and processes under that Constitution as amended and interpreted.

2) The rights and obligations of citizens in the political system established under the Constitution.

3) The Constitution of the State of California within the framework of evolution of Federal/State relations and the nature and the processes of State and local government under that Constitution.

4) Contemporary relationships of State and local government with the Federal government the resolution of conflicts and the establishment of cooperative processes under the constitutions of both the State and nation, and the political processes involved.

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

D. 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

E. 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. 10/17/03