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Curriculum Action Notice


From:

Academic Affairs Committee

Date:

October 23, 2003

This is a bulletin from the Academic Affairs Committee concerning proposed curricular actions. Please forward any comments or concerns in the next 10 days to the AAC chair, Flor Blanco, Belknap Hall 110A, Ext. 4604, fblanco@mnsfld.edu.

The department of History and Political Science has requested the following curricular changes:

# 1 Action:
Course Change: HST 1111 World Civilization I
Purpose and nature of change:
Change chronological end date for course to be consistent with textbooks
New title:
World Civilization to 1350
New description:
A survey of significant ideas, events, and cultural developments from the emergence of ancient Civilizations to 1350.

# 2 Action:
Course Change: HST 1112 World Civilization II
Purpose and nature of change:
Change chronological end date for course to be consistent with textbooks
New title:
World Civilization 1350-1900
New description:
A continuation of HST 1111, beginning with the Renaissance to the close of the nineteenth century, including the political, economic, and social developments that affected the world.

# 3 Action:
Course Change: HST 1113 World in the Twentieth Century
Cross-listed with PSC 1113
Purpose and nature of change:
Change course description to modify chronological period under examination.
New title:
World History since 1900
New description:
A survey of the cultural, political, economic, and social forces that have shaped world history since 1900, with particular emphasis on global historical trends.

# 4 Action:
Course Change: HST 2201 American History Through the Civil War
Purpose and nature of change:
To make course chronological division consistent with textbooks
New title:
United States History to 1877
New description:
A survey of American history covering pre-European contact through colonization, independence, and the formation of the new republic; nationalism, sectionalism, and the growth of democracy in the 19th century; and the Civil War and Reconstruction.

# 5 Action:
Course Change: HST 2202 American History-Reconstruction to the Present
Purpose and nature of change:
To make course chronological division consistent with textbooks
New title:
United States History since 1877
New description:
A continuation of HST 2201, covering significant trends and events in the rise of modern industrial America, its emergence as a world power and events into the 21st century.

# 6 Action:
Course Change: HST 2210 Herstory: The American Side of Women's Past
Purpose and nature of change:
Change title and description to match current terminology.
New title:
American Women's History
New description:
Explores the cultural, social, racial, and political forces that have shaped the experiences of women throughout American history.

# 7 Action:
Course Change: HST 3307 Contemporary America
Purpose and nature of change:
Course description change to match the course content.
New description:
Explores the social, cultural, and economic changes of America since World War II. Examines the rise of suburbia, civil rights, counterculture, and development of the post-industrial economy. Prerequisite: One history course of permission of instructor.

# 8 Action:
Course Change: HST 3313 Women in Europe
Purpose and nature of change:
Change title and description to match course content.
New title:
Women in European History
New description:
Explores the experiences of women in Europe from the fall of Rome to the present. Particular emphasis is placed on the changing legal and social status of women throughout the period.

# 9 Action:
Course Change: PSC 2201 American Politics
Purpose and nature of change:
Revise course description
New description:
An introductory course on the major institutions and processes of the U.S. political system. Topics discussed include the principles of governance, separation of powers, checks and balances, federalism, civil rights and liberties, and policymaking.

# 10 Action:
Course Change: PSC 2204 State and Local Politics
Purpose and nature of change:
Revise course description
New description:
Examines the institutions and process of state and local governments. Emphasizes the challenges facing subnational governments and the process and implementation of policymaking. Pennsylvania state government is a particular (but not exclusive) focus.

# 11 Action:
Course Change: PSC 2210 World Politics
Purpose and nature of change:
Revise course description and course title
New title:
Introduction to International Relations
New description:
Focuses on the relationships among nation-states in terms of goals and policies. Takes both a global and a regional perspective of the modern world. Topics discussed include the roles of international organizations, the causes and consequences of conflict, and the proliferation of nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons. Particular attention is given to current foreign policy issues facing the U.S.

# 12 Action:
Course Change: PSC 2212 Comparative Politics
Purpose and nature of change:
Revise course description and course title
New title:
Introduction to Comparative Politics
New description:
An introduction to the comparative study of political systems. Basic themes include the structure, processes, cultures, and policies of representative nations drawn from Europe, the former Soviet Union, and the developing world.

# 13 Action:
Course Change: PSC 3301 Participation and Elections
Purpose and nature of change:
New course description to indicate emphasis on how to promote civic engagement
New title:
Civic Engagement and Participation
New description:
Examines the roles of social and political institutions in shaping political participation and voting behavior as well as how individuals acquire and express political knowledge, attitudes and opinions. Also addresses ways to promote civic engagement.

# 14 Action:
Course Change: PSC 3312: Canada, Mexico and the U.S.
Purpose and nature of change:
Revise course description
New description:
Explores the political systems of these three North American countries in a comparative perspective. Specific focus on political institutions, cultures, processes, policies in each country. Special attention to NAFTA.

# 15 Action:
Course Change: PSC 3328 Political Economy
Purpose and nature of change:
New course description to reflect a global approach to the topic.
New title:
International Political Economy
New description:
Examines the relationships between politics and economics in the world. Emphasizes the growth and impact of globalization and interdependence. Special attention to the politics of economic development.

# 16 Action:
New Course: PSC 3308 Social Science Research Methods
Purpose and Nature of Course:
Research methods in the social sciences
Cross-listed with SOC 3308
Description for the catalog:
Techniques and procedures for processing social science data. Ability to develop and evaluate research reports and to judge how findings may be applied to improve political science practices are the primary goals of the course. Previous training in statistics strongly recommended.

# 17 Action:
New Course: PSC 3310 Social and Political Philosophy
Purpose and Nature of Course:
Cross-listing for PHL 3310 to increase PSC offerings
Description for the catalog:
The analysis of philosophical and ethical arguments presupposed in social and political discourse. Topics include liberty and its limits, human rights, economic and social justice, the nature of political obligation and disobedience. Emphasis is on evaluating philosophical theories from both contemporary and historical sources
Prerequisites: PHL 2201, 2202, or permission of instructor

# 18 Action:
New Course: PSC 3320 Philosophy of Law
Purpose and Nature of Course:
Cross-list PHL 3320 to increase offerings for PSC majors.
Description for the catalog:
An analysis of philosophical concepts and arguments presupposed in legal discourse and reasoning. Topics will include the nature of law and legal decision making, theories of justice, privacy, responsibility and punishment. Emphasis is on examining specific legal cases from both contemporary and historical sources.
Prerequisites: PHL 2201, 2202 or permission of instructor.

# 19 Action:
New Course: PSC 3325 Advanced Leadership
Purpose and Nature of Course:
Cross-list PSY 3325 to increase PSC offerings for majors
Description for the catalog:
Provides students with an in-depth understanding of leadership issues and examines the applications of leadership principles to the college environment as well as other settings in the community. Students participate in a campus or community setting where they can study and apply these principles.
Prerequisites: 49 credit hours or permission of instructor

# 20 Action:
New Course: PSC 3345 North American Philosophies
Purpose and Nature of Course:
Cross-list PHL 3345 to increase offerings for PSC majors.
Course Description for Catalog:
Examines some of the major trends in philosophy in the U.S. and Canada, especially pragmatism and idealism. The course will focus on the relation of philosophy to other aspects of the North American experience, e.g., religion, education, economics, politics, and culture. Attention will be paid to the differences between Native America, European American, and African American traditions.
Prerequisites: PHL 2201, 2202 or permission of instructor.

# 21 Action:
New Course: PSC 3357 Sociology of Education
Purpose and Nature of Course:
Cross-list SOC 3357 to increase course offerings for PSC majors.
Course Description for Catalog:
Introduces students to the major sociological and political theories and research in the area of education. Students will examine the history and structure of education in the U.S. and how the U.S. compares with other countries. The major focus of the course is to understand why students do and do not succeed in the U.S. educational system.

# 22 Action:
New Course: PSC 3366 Twentieth Century Europe
Purpose and Nature of Course:
Cross-list HST 3366 to enhance PSC offerings to majors
Course Description for Catalog:
A study of the political, economic, cultural, and international developments in Europe during the twentieth century. Particular attention is given to the two World Wars and their causes, the rise of mass culture, the Cold War, and the revolutions of 1989.
Prerequisites: One history course or permission of instructor.

# 23 Action:
New Course: PSC 3377 Latin American Politics
Purpose and Nature of Course:
Cross-list of HST 3377 to enhance course offerings for PSC majors.
Course Description for Catalog:
Examines the political systems of the Latin American region in terms of historical, political, economic, and social aspects. Special attention to the idea of political development and change.

# 24 Action:
New Course: PSC 4401 Topics in American Politics
Purpose and Nature of Course:
To provide an opportunity to explore contemporary topics in American politics
Course Description for Catalog:
Examines in depth a specific aspect of the American political system, such as interest groups, political parties, the media, political campaigns and elections, or the judicial system.

# 25 Action:
New Course: PSC 4430 Global Democraticization
Purpose and Nature of Course:
To provide a global perspective to the process of democraticization
Course Description for Catalog:
Examines the concepts related to democratic theory, early forms of democratic practices, the development of democracy in Europe and the U.S., and the spread of democracy worldwide. Special attention given to why and how countries become˜or fail to become˜democratic.

# 26 Action:
Course Deletion: HST 3333 History of Ethnic and Religious Diversity in America
Rationale for deletion:
Current faculty complement not able to teach course.

# 27 Action:
Course Deletion: HST/PSC 3389 Vietnam War
Rationale for deletion:
Current faculty complement not willing to offer course.

# 28 Action:
Course Deletion: PSC 1100 Introduction to Politics
Rationale for deletion:
Course does not reflect current curriculum in PSC discipline.

# 29 Action:
Course Deletion: PSC 2235 Research Methods
Rationale for deletion:
Inadequate department staffing to offer course

# 30 Action:
Course Deletion: PSC 3333 Modern Ideologies
Rationale for deletion:
Current faculty complement does not consider this course to be integral to the mission of the PSC program.

# 31 Action:
Program Change: Political Science B.A.
Rationale for change:
Revise program to reflect current staffing situation and changes in discipline.
List changes:
Delete PSC 1100, PSC 2235. Add PSC 2212, PSC 3308/SOC 3308
Program Description for Catalog:
The political science program provides a broad and balanced introduction to the study of government and politics in both the U.S. and abroad. The goal is to provide both breadth and depth of knowledge and proficiency in the concepts, theories, and ideas about politics. This program takes an explicitly interdisciplinary approach to educate students about the study of politics. All students in these courses are encouraged to become articulate, active, and informed citizens. The knowledge and skills nurtured in this program are widely applicable to further study in graduate school or law school and for the pursuit of careers in business, law, public administration, politics, teaching, journalism, communications, and research.

# 32 Action:
New Course: HST 3316 Teaching Citizenship Education
Purpose and Nature of Course:
Provide background on methods and materials for teaching secondary citizenship education.
Course Description for Catalog:
This course provides a thorough background in the methods and materials for the teaching of citizenship education. Emphasis is placed on self-directed inquiry that focuses on identifying issues, problems, and contexts and on methods to incorporate this knowledge and these skills into classroom instruction. Students will have an opportunity to plan and implement practice strategies in the classroom.
Prerequisites: ED 1102
Co-requisites: ED 3310, ED 3320
Cross-listed with: ED 3316

# 33 Action:
Program Change: B.S.E. Social Studies/History
Rationale for change:
Meet 120 credit hours requirement for B.S.E. programs; make major requirements comply with NCSS accreditation requirements.
List all changes:
Delete requirement for PSC 2210.
Require ED/HST 3316 in the United States History block of major requirements


The department of Education and Special Education has requested the following curricular change:

Action:
Course Change: ED 3315 Teaching Secondary Social Studies
Purpose and nature of change: Change course number to coordinate with cross listing of course with History
New Prefix: ED/HST
New Number: ED/HST 3316
Course Description for Catalog:
This course provides a background in the methods and materials for the teaching of social studies. Emphasis is placed on self-directed inquiry that focuses on identifying issues, problems, and contexts, and on methods to incorporate this knowledge and these skills into classroom instruction. Students will have an opportunity to plan and implement strategies in the classroom, including the use of technology.
Prerequisites: ED 1102 and have completed requirements to be admitted as a Teacher Education Certification Candidate (Gate One)
Co-requisites: It is recommended that this course be taken concurrently with ED 3310,Content Area Reading and Writing, ED 3320 Observation and Participation-Secondary, and one specifically designated HST course (to be determined each year).

 

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