To:      Members of the Social Science Division

            Members of Curriculum and Teaching Committee

From:  Margarita M. Rose, Ph.D., Professor of Economics

Date:   September 14, 2007

Re:      Revised proposal for achieving Core Social Science objectives

Below please find a suggestion for an alternative approach to including the social sciences in the revision of the Core Curriculum. This approach is based on the assumption that the Social Science section of the Core is designed to achieve at least five objectives, which might resemble what I have articulated here.

Core Objectives:

  1. Develop student understanding of historical foundations on which society rests.
  2. Enable students to recognize the connections among the social sciences and to utilize an interdisciplinary methodology in addressing critical societal issues.
  3. Enhance student understanding of the distinctive features of American society so that they may be informed and engaged participants in it.
  4. Advance student understanding of the global context of contemporary realities in order to prepare them to be better global citizens.
  5. Introduce students to the content and methodologies of social science disciplines.

 

Core Structure that will enable students to achieve Objective 1:

Students take Western Civilization or World Civilizations. 

 

Core Structure that will enable students to achieve Objectives 2, 3, and 4: 

Students choose one of the following routes:

            1. Students take a course from the Contemporary Global Studies category and a section of Core 150 that develops its examination of the social sciences around a common theme about American society.  Those sections of Core 150 may carry titles such as:

Women in American Society, Poverty in America, Power in America

Aging and American Society, The Immigrant Nation, Justice in America

 

            2. Students take a course from the American Studies category and a section of Core 150 that develops its examination of the social sciences around a common theme about contemporary global issues.  Those sections of Core 150 may carry titles such as:

Women and Development; Global Health Challenges

Terrorism and Security; Globalization and Cultural Integrity

Material Wealth and Social Poverty           

 

Core Structure that will enable students to achieve Objective 5: 

Students take a course from the “Social Science” category, which would include introductions to Economics, Gerontology, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, and Women’s Studies (and Anthropology if we had someone to teach it).


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