A Guide for Faculty Submitting Courses for CGA Credit draft by guy21

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									A Guide for Faculty Submitting Courses for CGA Credit
(draft of May 5, 2006)




Core Courses: Empirical Studies (4 courses)
The following questionnaire is based on the description of this requirement approved by
the faculty; it aims to help the Academic Policies Committee evaluate courses proposed
for fulfilling this requirement.

Two courses in the empirical study of the natural world, at least one of which
includes a lab.

What scientific theories concerning the empirical study of the natural world will be
covered? Approximately how many class hours will be dedicated to each of these
scientific theories?

Please describe, and give at least one example of, how you will demonstrate to students
on what foundations theories are constructed, how they are applied, and how data is
interpreted.

Please describe, and give at least one example of, how students will be led to an
appreciation of the tentative, progressive, and cumulative nature of scientific knowledge.

Two Courses that emphasize the acquisition, evaluation, and interpretation of
qualitative or quantitative data as they relate to our understanding of human
behavior and social relations.

Which empirical methodologies will be employed in the class to describe, understand,
and predict the behavior of individuals and/or groups? In approximately how many class
hours will each methodology be used?

Please list class topics that emphasize the acquisition, evaluation, and interpretation of
qualitative or quantitative data to further our understanding of human behavior and social
relations. Approximately how many class hours will be devoted to each topic?
Core Courses: Human Cultures (3 or more courses)

The following questionnaire is based on the description of this requirement approved by
the faculty; it aims to help the Academic Policies Committee evaluate courses proposed
for fulfilling this requirement.

Human Cultures: (a) A course that uses systematic methods of historical analysis to
study past human interactions.

Which human populations, institutions, or activities will be the focus of systematic,
descriptive coverage in this course?

On what period(s) of time will this course focus?
What will be the main sources for this course’s treatment of its topic(s)?

Please list and describe briefly what methods of research, practices of analysis, and
historiographical theories this course will cover.

Please describe, and give an example of, how this class will encourage students to
integrate the historical and theoretical/analytical content throughout this course.

Human Cultures: (b) A course in the critical, analytical interpretation of texts

If not clear from the Course Description, please list the texts that will be the focus of this
course.

Please describe, and provide an example of, how the course will address problems,
complexities, and theories of interpretation.

Please describe, and provide an example of, how the studies will involve close analytical
reading with attention to matters of: style, structure, rhetoric, persuasive or narrative
strategies, or other strategies by which the author has attempted to create meaning.

Does the focus of the course involve both textual and non-textual elements (such as
plays, films, or works of oratory)? If so, why would it more suitably meet this
requirement than the Visual and Performing Arts requirement?

Human Cultures: (c) 4 credits in the visual and performing arts.

Option A: Analysis and Appreciation of Existing Works.

Please explain, and give an example of, how the course will help students accomplish the
following:
*      place the development of the art form into a broad historical context;
*      provide a sensitivity to stylistic features through listening or viewing;
*      analyze critically the creation of works of art;
*      draw connections between the arts and other disciplines;
*      write critically about works of art.

Option B: Performance of Existing Works.

Please explain, and give an example of, how the course will help students accomplish the
following:

*      develop a technical and/or mechanical understanding of the performance;
*      explore creative/expressive capabilities of the performed work;
*      examine the complexities in interpretation of the work;
*      cultivate a professional performance demeanor and deportment.

Option C: Creation of New Works.

Explain, and give an example of, how the course will accomplish the following:

*      provide a thorough analysis and practicum in compositional fundamentals;
*      provide an applied, hands-on exploration of the creative process.
Core Courses: Mathematical and Formal Reasoning (1 course)
The following questionnaire is based on the description of this requirement approved by
the faculty; it aims to help the Academic Policies Committee evaluate courses proposed
for fulfilling this requirement.

Please explain, and give an example of, how the course requires students to master
rigorous techniques of formal reasoning:

Please explain, and give an example of, how the course applies these formal
reasoning/creative intuition techniques to one (or more) of the following areas:

*      the mathematical interpretation of ideas and phenomena;
*      the creation and analysis of algorithms;
*      the symbolic representation of quantification, validity, proof, completeness, and
       consistency.

Please describe, giving examples as appropriate, how the following are emphasized in the
course:

*      breadth of ideas;
*      abstraction;
*      multiple approaches to problem solving;
*      inductive and deductive reasoning;
*      rigor;
*      precision.
Core Courses: Foreign Language (1–3 courses)
The following questionnaire is based on the description of this requirement approved by
the faculty; it aims to help the Academic Policies Committee evaluate courses proposed
for fulfilling this requirement.

If the proposed course consists of instruction in a foreign language, what is the language,
and at what level is the course (11, 12, 15, 21, 22+, 30)*

* These course-designations will change as courses are re-numbered.

If the course is not language instruction, but focused on other content, please describe
how, and to what extent, students will use a language other than English in this course.
What percentage of the assigned texts will be in a language other than English?
Core Courses: Ultimate Questions (1 course)
The following questionnaire is based on the description of this requirement approved by
the faculty; it aims to help the Academic Policies Committee evaluate courses proposed
for fulfilling this requirement.

What written texts, oral traditions, and/or practices studied in this course will raise
questions about the meaning and purpose of human life—about what is ultimately real
and good?

What specific questions are likely to arise in the course that can be designated
appropriately as “ultimate questions”? Please indicate what portion of the course will be
devoted to these questions.

Please describe, and give an example of, how students will analytically examine and
empathetically respond to these questions in a manner that may challenge them to rethink
or reconsider their own convictions.
Core Courses: Body and Mind (1 course)

The following questionnaire is based on the description of this requirement approved by
the faculty; it aims to help the Academic Policies Committee evaluate courses proposed
for fulfilling this requirement.

Please describe the experiential fitness and activity components that will assist students in
developing “the whole person,” including the dimension of corporeality, and give the
frequency of these activities. Please cite the guidelines or practices, noting the
organizations or institutions that recognize them, used to define “fitness” for the purposes
of this course.

Please describe what topics will provide opportunities for informed, intellectual
exploration of, and reflection on, the physical, social, emotional, and/or ethical
dimensions of human existence and the problems and possibilities they present for human
lives. Approximately how many class hours will be dedicated to these topics?

For interdisciplinary courses, please describe the role of each participating discipline.
Global Awareness: Humans and their Natural Environment (1 course)

The following questionnaire is based on the description of this requirement approved by
the faculty; it aims to help the Academic Policies Committee evaluate courses proposed
for fulfilling this requirement.

Please describe which aspects of the interactive relationship between humans and the
natural environment will be covered in class, and what course materials will be used.
How will these topics be addressed throughout the entire course?

Please give an example of how this course may foster an appreciation for the interactive
relationship between humans and the natural environment.
Global Awareness: World Cultures (1 course)
The following questionnaire is based on the description of this requirement approved by
the faculty; it aims to help the Academic Policies Committee evaluate courses proposed
for fulfilling this requirement.

Please describe how this course will address the traditions, beliefs, experiences, and
expressions of peoples of, or originating from, Asia, Africa, Latin America, or the pre-
colonial Americas, and what course materials will be used. How will these topics be
addressed throughout the entire course?

Please give an example of how this course may help students achieve a heightened
awareness of the diverse cultures and traditions that have formed our world, and to reflect
on the relationships between their own and other cultures.

								
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