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UNDERGRADUATE & GRADUATE
COURSE CHANGE PROPOSALS

LIST #9 - 2003/2004

If there are no objections reported to Academic Affairs by March 9, 2004, the course change proposals listed below are approved as submitted.

 List #9 Program Change Proposals are located at http://www.csus.edu/acaf/policies/prgmlst.stm for your review.

Course Change Proposals:
Past Course Change Proposal Lists:

College of Arts and Letters
College of Education

College of Natural Sciences & Mathematics

College of Social Sciences & Interdisciplinary Studies





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COLLEGE OF ARTS AND LETTERS

Department of Art

COURSE CHANGE

ART 7 Art Appreciation. No change in course description. Deleting the "Note" that appears at the end of the description.
Justification: For years, ART 7 has had a "note" that is very difficult to enforce and which does not serve CSUS students well. In the Catalog, it is stated that the course is "not open to majors in Art and students who have received credit for ART 001A or ART 001B." The three courses are very different. There is no reason for preventing a student from taking ART 7 as well as 1A and/or 1B. Students majoring or minoring in Art also may take ART 7, however, this course can ONLY be used to fulfill part of the requirements in the minor in Art Studio, as already stated in the Catalog (we are not changing this policy).

 

Department of Communication Studies

NEW COURSE

COMS 196A Religious Communication. Examines the history, development and present state of religious communication. Discussion of the limits and challenges communication theories face when confronted with situations requiring them to describe the indescribable. Emphasis upon the communication strategies, limits, and possibilities that are revealed in what is arguably the most extreme of communication situations: the intersection of religion and words.
Prerequisite: COMS 100B
Justification: This course offers Communication Studies majors and minors a significant new area in which to sharpen and develop their skills in critical thought and message analysis. Religious expression, reflection, and experience play a dramatic role in the lives and politics of our region and nation. By offering this course, we provide students the tools to approach public discourse on religion - and by religious believers - with both a critical understanding of that discourse, and a respect for diverse outlooks. No other course in the university curriculum explores this intersection of religion and discourse.

 

Department of Design

NEW COURSE

PHOT 164 Photography, A Social History. Examines photographic vision and the impact of the medium on society. This will be accomplished through readings by both photographers and photographic critics. Establishes the importance of photography as a contemporary medium, explores the development of photographic vision and the relationship between photographs and cultural events. Lecture, discussion.
Prerequisite: Does not require prior knowledge of the subject.
Justification: The Department of Design is requesting the reinstatement of this course. Offering PHOT 164 will help to assure NASAD accreditation for the Photography major. It was taught from 1974 through 1992 and was discontinued primarily due to a lack of available faculty to cover courses in the Photography Program. With two new full-time hires we have sufficient faculty to cover all of our offerings. In addition to lab and studio courses, photography majors need additional background in the history of photography. Understanding the impact of images in the context of culture broadens student's understanding of major photographic themes and movements.

 

Department of English

COURSE CHANGE

ENGL 210G Second Language Acquisition. This course examines the factors affecting the acquisition of a second language, focusing on research in this area since 1970. Topics covered are: transfer and the role of the first language; developmental sequences; the role of input, interaction and output; cognitive and personality variables, including age; and the role of formal instruction and error correction.
Prerequisite: ENGL 200D: Materials and Methods of TESOL Research.
Justification: We would like to make ENGL 200D (Materials and Methods of TESOL Research) a prerequisite for ENGL 210G (Second Language Acquisition). Both courses are required for the MA-TESOL, and serve the same group of students. ENGL 200D is an introduction to the field, with a focus on how to read and interpret empirical research. ENGL 210G has an extensive reading list of research in Second Language Acquisition, and requires that students already be familiar with what to look for in evaluating research articles. This change would formalize what has been advising practice for at least six years.

 

Department of Foreign Languages

NEW COURSES

FREN 21 Freshman Seminar: Becoming an Educated Person. FREN 21 is freshman seminar intended to provide students with an introduction to the nature and possible meanings of higher education, and the functions and resources of the University. The course is designed to help students develop academic success strategies and to improve learning skills. Students will interact with fellow students to build a community of academic and personal support. This section will introduce foreign languages as an academic discipline by requiring students to develop the habits of thinking and learning necessary in a complex, multicultural world.
Justification:
FREN 21 will permit prospective foreign language students to participate in the Freshman Seminar Program and in an Area E General Education course. Students will be introduced to the university study of foreign languages within the context of a small class to assist them in succeeding during their first year. Students will learn the skills required to succeed in the university and the study of foreign languages. Prospective majors will have an introduction to the study of foreign languages as an academic discipline and as part of the process developing into an educated person.

ITAL 104A Introduction to Italian Cinema I. An introduction to Italian Cinema from the 1940's to its Golden Period in the 1960's through the 1970's. Films will be viewed in their cultural, aesthetic and/or historical context. Readings and guiding questionnaires will help students develop appropriate viewing skills. Films will be shown in Italian with English subtitles.
Justification: There is considerable student interest in Italian cinema. An Italian cinema course is a natural part of any serious Italian program, since Italy is one of the leaders in world cinema. Italian directors have been the most innovative, creative and popular over the past fifty years with the recent success of Roberto Benigni's La vita e bella (Life Is Beautiful) being one example. Italian cinema is a key element in Italian culture and it has a long visual tradition, which connects it to other disciplines, especially art history and theatre. An Italian cinema course would strengthen the Italian program and enhance other programs on campus, such as the Film Studies program.

ITAL 104B Introduction to Italian Cinema II. This course will focus on Italian Cinema from the 1980's and the 1990's. The "New Generation" of Italian Directors will be considered (Nanni Moretti, Gabriele Salvatores, Maurizio Nichetti, Giuseppe Tornatore, Roberto Benigni, Liliani Cavani, Fiorenza Infascelli, Francesca Archibugi, etc.) as well as current productions. Films will be shown in Italian with English subtitles.
Justification: There is considerable student interest in Italian cinema. An Italian cinema course is a natural part of any serious Italian program, since Italy is one of the leaders in world cinema. Italian directors have been the most innovative, creative and popular over the past fifty years with the recent success of Roberto Benigni's La vita e bella (Life Is Beautiful) being one example. Italian cinema is a key element in Italian culture and it has a long visual tradition, which connects it to other disciplines, especially art history and theatre. An Italian cinema course would strengthen the Italian program and enhance other programs on campus, such as the Film Studies program.


Department of History

NEW COURSE

HIST 142 History of Women in Africa. Examines the role of African women in politics, religion, the economy, the family and the arts from ancient times to the present. Considers the varying status of women in different regions of the continent. Also looks at the impact of kinship structures on women, development issues, and African responses to feminist discourse.
Justification:
This upper division offering in History will be a valuable addition to the History Department's offerings in women's history. This course will complement the department's current offerings in U.S. women (HIST 167 and HIST 174) and in women in Western Civilization (HIST 122A, 122B). The course will give university students at large additional choices in the study of African history. The Women's Studies Program has expressed interest in the course since it will complement their offerings in Third World Women.



Department of Theatre and Dance

NEW COURSES

THEA 149L Playwright as Artist Series - Churchill. This course will begin with a specific description of contemporary British theatre against the wider background of international staging practices. In-depth study of Churchill's early plays to those most recent will constitute the central study. Readings in Feminist Theory will provide background to these playscripts as will the new and constantly expanding secondary criticism of Diamond, Case, Reinelt, Cimma and others. Students will be expected to develop a perspective on Churchill's texts and on the conditions of their productions. There will be short papers, a long paper or project, midterm, and a final.
Justification:
The course was in the inventory of Theatre and Dance, and was inactivated, because it had not been offered in two years. The Department wishes to reinstate the course to the inventory in order to offer it in Spring 2005. The next artist in the series is Playwright Caryl Churchill, and should be 149L - Churchill.

THEA 185 Seminar in Theatre Sound. Preparation of sound effects media and rigging and operation of playback systems for the theatre.
Justification: The course was in the inventory of Theatre and Dance, and was inactivated, because it had not been offered in two years. The Department wishes to reinstate the course to the inventory in order to offer it in Spring 2005.

 

COLLEGE OF EDUCATION

Department of Teacher Education

NEW COURSE

EDTE 21 Freshman Seminar: Becoming an Educated Person. Freshman seminar intended to provide students with an introduction to the nature and possible meanings of higher education, and the functions and resources of the University. The course is designed to help students develop and exercise fundamental academic success strategies and to improve their basic learning skills. The seminar will also provide students with the opportunity to interact with fellow students and the seminar leader and to build a community of academic and personal
support.
Justification: EDTE 21 will permit prospective teacher education students to participate in the Freshman Seminar Program and in an Area E General Education course. Students will be introduced to the university study of teacher education within the context of a small class to assist them in succeeding during their first year. Students will learn the skills required to succeed in the university and the study of teacher education principles. Prospective majors will have an introduction to the study of teacher education as a potential career path and as part of the process of developing into an educated person.

 

COLLEGE OF NATURAL SCIENCES & MATHEMATICS

NEW COURSE

NSM 21 Freshman Seminar: Becoming an Educated Person. NSM 21 is a freshman seminar intended to provide students with an introduction to the nature and possible meanings of higher education and the functions and resources of the university. The course is designed to help students develop academic success strategies and improve academic skills. Students will interact with fellow students to build a community of academic and personal support. The course will introduce science and math as academic disciplines by requiring students to interpret scientific literature.
Justification: NSM 21 will permit prospective science majors to participate in the Freshman Seminar Program and in an Area E General Education course. Students will be introduced to the study of the natural sciences within the context of a small class to assist them in succeeding during their first year. Students will learn the skills required to succeed in the university and in the study of science and math.

 

Department of Geology

COURSE DELETIONS

GEOL 1 General Geology.
Justification: GEOL 1 will no longer be offered. It has been replaced by GEOL 7.

GEOL 1L General Geology Lab.
Justification: GEOL 1L will no longer be offered. It is being replaced by the proposed course GEOL 7L.


 

COLLEGE OF SOCIAL SCIENCES & INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES

Department of Environmental Studies

COURSE CHANGE

ENVS 121 Field Methods for Environmental Science. No change to course description.
Justification: Delete the following prerequisites from this course: GEOL 10 and ENVS 128. The Geology Department has been contacted regarding this change.