Learning goal, outcomes, rationale and implementation of American Diversity.
Learning Goal: The dignity of the human person is a foundational belief of the Catholic faith. We live, study, and work in an increasingly diverse American society. Therefore, in the core curriculum students will be asked to intellectually engage with social, cultural, economic, and political diversity in the United States. They will understand what it means to be civically engaged in diverse communities and to work cooperatively in diverse workplaces.
Learning Outcomes: Students will
- Analyze aspects of social diversity (e.g., ethnicity, race, socio-economic status, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, ability, and political identity) and how they affect society in the United States of America; and
- Explain how social categories and structures of power may affect the human person.
Rationale (i.e., the intention of the proposed outcomes): By diversity we mean any of the myriad of ways that people within the United States differ, with the most important examples listed. We intend the wording to be interpreted inclusively, to include sociological, political, historical or anthropological approaches to diversity. All courses on diversity should have a comparative element, e.g., studying gender categories of women in comparison to those of men, racial categories of African-Americans in comparison to those of whites, Latinos, etc., economic categories of the working poor in comparison to the upper-middle class.
Diversity is not a neutral phenomenon. Social categories and differentiation have both positive and negative consequences. The positives can include the formation of one s identity, group solidarity, and a greater richness to the human experience. Negatives may include exclusion, unearned privilege, inequities, and injustice. The language of the goal recognizes this value element of diversity by rooting it in the Catholic understanding of human dignity. Outcome #2 requires that every course or experience fulfilling American Diversity must address the value element of diversity as it affects the human person. The language is intentionally broad, allowing for study that focuses on the positives, negatives, or both.
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 American Diversity goals will often fulfill other goals, i.e., double-dipping is encouraged.
Proposal Evaluation and Recommendation Form: Used in determining 2013-14 Core. American Diversity
Courses designated as fulfilling this goal:
- English 23: American Voices Application Syllabus Syllabus
- English 153: American Ethnic Writers and Oral Traditions Application-pt1 Application-pt2 Syllabus
- English 154: Studies in African-American Literature Application Syllabus
- Ethnic Studies 1: Introduction to Ethnic Studies Application Syllabus
- Ethnic Studies 50: Creating Community Application Syllabus
- History 17: American History to 1877 Application Syllabus
- History 18: History of the United States since 1877 Application Syllabus
- History 136: Immigration and Ethnic Relations in American History Application Syllabus
- History 138: The Development of Modern American Culture Application Syllabus
- History 141: African-American History: 1865 to the Present Application Syllabus
- History 142: History of California Application/Syllabus
- Liberal and Civic Studies 121: Culture and Civic Responsibilities Application/Syllabus
- Psychology 8: African American Psychology Application Syllabus
- Psychology 165: Cross-Cultural Psychology Application Syllabus
- Sociology 2: Introduction to Sociology Application Syllabus
- Sociology 4: Social Problems Application Syllabus Syllabus
- Studies for Multilingual Students 15: American Culture and Civilization Application Syllabus
- Theology and Religious Studies 117: Wealth and Poverty in the Bible Application Syllabus
- Theology and Religious Studies 166: Sprituality in Practice: Catholics in America Application Syllabus
- Theology and Religious Studies 171: Gender and Religion in American Culture Application Syllabus
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