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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - AFA6700

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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2007-02-14
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  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    2104 2006-11-07
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Africana Studies AS 120200
    Contact Person Phone Email
    H. Roy Kaplan 9744105

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    AFA 6700 The Global Challenge of Diversity

    Is the course title variable? N
    Is a permit required for registration? N
    Are the credit hours variable? N
    Is this course repeatable?
    If repeatable, how many times? 0

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    3 C - Class Lecture (Primarily) R - Regular
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Global Chal. of Diversity
    Course Online? Percentage Online





    Course Description

    This course focuses on human differences arising from social, cultural, and genetic origins and how they lead to social inequality. Genocide and the depletion of natural resources, are used as models for ethical decision making.

  3. Justification

    A. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course.

    This course provides essential knowledge about human diversity so students will learn to understand and value differences on campus and in society. It integrates material from the biological and social sciences and complements the University's developing

    B. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service?

    This course will form one of the core requirements for the new Graduate Certificate in Diasporas and Health Security offered by the Department of Africana Studies. Enrollment of 15-25 students is expected. It will be offered once a year. The course could be used as an elective in sociology and anthropology.

    C. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times?

    An undergraduate version of this course was offered in the spring of 2006. Thirty-five students enrolled. The course was favorably evaluated by students with the instructor receiving a 4.79 rating and "stimulation of interest in the course" rated at 4.9

    D. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.)

    The instructor should have a doctoral degree in the social sciences (sociology, anthropology)and be knowledgeable in current research in human genetic variation and evolution. The instructor must be able to integrate biological, social, psychological, environmental, economic and ethical principles for students so they comprehend the interrelatedness of human biological and social variation toward the end of understanding the causes of cataclysmic upheavals in human societies.

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    1 This course will help students from diverse backgrounds interact with one another civilly on campus and in the community.

    2. Students will keep journals reflecting their growing awareness about and application of the concepts, illustrations and experiences.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    1. This course will help students value and respect their differences so they can be prepared to function in an increasingly diverse human society.

    2. Students will learn how to make ethical decisions about society and their role in it.

    C. Major Topics

    I. Origins: Demonstrates the origin of Homo sapiens and global connections among all humans. Topics: Evolution of humans, human variation and stereotypes.

    II. Individual Differences: Focuses on groups marginalized in society and around the world because of individual and particularistic characteristics, e.g. homophobia, gender, ethnicity, age.

    III. Conflict and Change: Explores issues of diversity on a global and national level, e.g. religion, racism, genocide, scarcity, materialism and ethical decision making.

    D. Textbooks

    1. Jared Diamond, Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fate of Human Societies. N.Y.: W.W. Norton and Co., 1999.

    2. Paula Rothenberg, Race, Class and Gender in the United States: An Integrated Reader. 6th edition. N.Y.: St. Martin's Press, 2004.

    3. Elie Wiesel, Night. N.Y.: Hill and Wang, 2006.

    4. Jonathan Sacks. The Dignity of Difference. London: Continuum, 2003.

    5. Allan Johnson. Privilege, Power and Difference. Mountain View, California: Mayfield Press, 2001.

    6. Herbert Marcuse. One Dimensional Man. Boston, Beacon Press, 1964.

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    H. Attendance Policy

    I. Policy on Make-up Work

    J. Program This Course Supports

  5. Course Concurrence Information

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