General Education Curriculum
As approved by the General Education Committee on 10/27/04
A three credit course in global awareness, from the approved list.
Courses in this category will examine one or both of the following: (a) one (or more) culture(s) of the contemporary world outside the United States of America, exploring history, social practices, art, literature, economics, politics, sciences, religions, professional practices, and/or other aspects of cultural experience; and/or (b) the natural and/or socioeconomic causes and consequences of issues and phenomena that impact human society on a global scale. The Global Awareness requirement is designed to help students better understand the world beyond the United States, and to improve students' knowledge of the global issues that link different peoples and places.
Depending upon the focus of the course, students will learn about:
- One (or more) specific cultures and places outside the United States; the terms and practices by which that culture identifies itself; how American experience and practice compares with or relates to that of the focus culture; and what human experiences connect and/or divide American experience and the experience of the focus culture; and/or
- The transnational socioeconomic, ideological, political, and/or physical underpinnings of problems that impact human society on a global scale, and the range of possible social, economic, political, scientific, and technological solutions to them.
Depending upon the focus of the course, students will be able to:
- identify the geographies of place associated with the focus culture;
- describe the ways in which the focus culture identifies itself through practices and experiences distinct from those of other cultures and/or times;
- compare the focus culture with American culture, both practically and conceptually;
- understand some of the global concerns that connect world communities, and the nature and causes of different responses to them; and/or
- understand the physical, social, economic, and political causes and consequences of transnational problems, and critically assess political, economic, social, scientific, and technological solutions to these problems.