Learning goal, outcomes, rationale and implementation of the common good.
Learning Goal: The core curriculum is one of the key vehicles for living out the College's Catholic and Lasallian traditions, which ask students to explore the meaning of the common good. This goal encourages vigorous academic debate about different ideas of what the common good is and how it might be pursued.
Learning Outcomes: Students will complete two of the following outcomes:
- Reflect and write substantively on ways in which human beings find fulfillment in community; or
- Articulate, in prose or through another communicative medium, a critical account of just social order; or
- Demonstrate a capacity for coherent, principled analysis of concrete social problems.
Rationale (i.e., the intention of the proposed outcomes): When we speak about the common good, we often mean the set of goods or conditions in a political community that best supports the flourishing of each person in the community (Robert G. Kennedy, 2010).
Since liberal education is directed above all to developing students capacities for judgment in theoretical and practical contexts, it is fitting, first, that the outcomes for learning in the light of common good (or, perhaps better, common goods ) stress reflection and judgment on the ends of human action in principle (learning outcomes #1 and #2) and in the concrete (learning outcomes #2 and #3). It is fitting; second, that students be invited (as they are in learning outcome #2) to offer reflection and judgment in variety of mediums that manifest the different ways we pursue the goods achievable by human endeavor. The requirement that students must complete only two of these outcomes enables the goal to be met in a variety of ways, including purely theoretical courses (fulfilling outcomes #1 and #2) and courses about concrete social problems (fulfilling outcomes #2 and #3). In any situation, students will have to critically analyze questions of social justice, which are raised from differing angles by both outcomes #2 and #3. Finally, these outcomes require students to explore one or more notions of the common good (in outcomes #1 and #2), which may include, but will not necessarily include, Catholic Social Teaching.
Implementation: All of the goals within Engaging the World respond to broad areas of concern that flow out of the Saint Mary s mission. Thus, students and faculty should have a wide degree of freedom (under the oversight of the Core Curriculum Committee) in seeking ways to explore these areas in the SMC curriculum. In particular, courses that fulfill the Common Good goals will often fulfill other goals, i.e., double-dipping is encouraged.
Proposal Evaluation and Recommendation Form: Used in determining 2013-14 Core. The Common Good
Courses and Experiences designated as fulfilling The Common Good:
- Anthropology 1: Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology Proposal Syllabus
- Bonner Leaders Proposal
- Communication 118: Media Law Proposal Syllabus
- Communication 161: Communication and Social Issues Proposal Syllabus
- Environmental Science and Studies 92/93: Introduction to Environmental Science Proposal Syllabus
- Ethnic Studies 1: Introduction to Ethnic Studies Proposal Syllabus
- Ethnic Studies 50: Creating Community Proposal Syllabus
- Ethnic Studies 150: Creating Community Proposal
- History 5: History of Western Civilization since 1500 Proposal Syllabus
- History 151: Women in Latin American History Proposal/Syllabus
- History 152: Revolution in Latin American Proposal/Syllabus
- Jumpstart (CILSA) Proposal
- Kinesiology 106: Women in Sports Proposal Syllabus
- Liberal and Civic Studies 121: Culture and Civic Responsibility Proposal Syllabus
- Liberal and Civic Studies 122: Environmental Responsibility in a Global Community Proposal Syllabus
- Liberal and Civic Studies 123: Modern Global Issues Proposal Syllabus
- Modern Languages 186: Culture and Civilization of Italy Proposal Syllabus1 Syllabus2
- Performing Arts 50: Interactive Theatre Proposal Syllabus
- Philosophy 10: Plato and Philosophical Inquiry Proposal Syllabus
- Philosphy 11: Aristotle and the Philosophical Method Proposal Syllabus
- Philosophy 130: Ethics Proposal Syllabus
- Politics 1: Introduction to Comparative Politics Proposal Syllabus
- Politics 110: Politics and Race Politics Syllabus Proposal
- Politics 115: Theories of Justice Proposal Syllabus
- Politics 126: Food Politics Proposal Syllabus
- Psychology 115: Health Psychology Proposal Syllabus
- Sociology 4: Social Problems Proposal Syllabus Syllabus
- Theology & Religious Studies 117: Wealth and Poverty in the Bible Proposal Syllabus
- Theology & Religious Studies 143: Catholic Social Teaching Proposal/Syllabus
- Women's and Gender Studies 1: Introduction to Women's Studies Proposal Syllabus
- Women and Gender Studies 126: Engaging Communities Proposal Syllabus
Questions? Contact the CCC