"Elements of Culture"

Tests & Team Activities

Practice Research

Consultant Reports

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Learning Objectives & Assessments

The following chart outlines the learning objectives for the course--the first three of which are directly linked to the American Academy of Colleges & Universities' learning outcomes for critical thinking--and that form of assessments that will be used to measure the student outcomes in relation to these objectives.

After attentively engaging with course materials, a student should be able to:
This will be assessed by:

(1a) clearly describe the three elements of practice, its social web and the reflection of individuals who practice, and the way that these three interact in all forms of human culture.

a Team Readiness Assessment (TRA) at the start of each unit & framing of details in three Consultant Reports
(1b) effectively answer basic questions, posed by a peer unfamiliar with Asian culture, regarding key terms, images and primary sources related to the art, literature, religion & philosophy of late medieval & modern Asia, as reflected in assigned readings, images and videos.
multiple choice questions in the Unit Test at the end of each unit, and in the Final Exam at the end of the course.
(1c) locate reliable scholarly sources that address aspects of Asian culture that you don't understand, and formulate questions to guide your reading of those sources.
questions about terms from online Encyclopedia Britannica for Unit Tests and Consultant Reports
(2) select relevant information from primary sources written by Asians themselves, again for a peer unfamiliar with Asian culture, in order to present evidence of the way different aspects of Asian culture interact.
Application Exercises in each unit and presentation of details in three Consultant Reports
(3a) use this evidence to take a position about which of several cultural practices have the best potential to strengthen practice, its social web, and the reflection of individuals who practice in a given cultural context.
the team exercsise portion of the Unit Test
at the end of each unit and the three Consultant Reports
(3b) articulate the rationale for your evaluation and choice of different practices, which places evidence and perspectives in order of priority.
the team exercsise portion of the Unit Test
at the end of each unit.
(4) effectively communicate with others while refining the skills listed in #1-2.
a Peer Evaluation rating each student's contribution to their team.
(5a) appreciate the emotional impact and intellectual fascination of Asian culture.
observing student participation throughout the course.
(5b) continue to investigate, as modeled throughout the course, the culture of the people encountered throughout life.
the team exercise portion of the Final Exam.

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