This course is the "capstone" course in your College Studies program;
it is expected that for your to be eligible to take this course, you should
be within the final 30 credits of fulfilling your graduation requirements.
In addition, you should have completed at least one of the L66-, 670, or 68-
College Studies Courses as well as your Writing Seminar II (i.e. L611, 612,
613, or 614). The course is intended to help you understand some of the major
economic, cultural, and political issues you are likely to encounter in the
world beyond college. Using the time period since World War II, we shall try
to analyze not only general patterns of change in the global environment in
addition to helping you gain a critical perspective on the profession you
will enter. We seek to help you make connections between your focused career
with wider "liberal" or "general education" issues, to
enhance your understanding both of your profession as well as your society.
a) First, we will explore international issues and trends at the "macro" level in order to gain some understanding of what forces and factors globally are likely to affect our perspectives. We will examine the phenomenon of globalization. Assignment #1 will allow you to explore these issues.
b) Secondly, the course will focus our attention more closely on how these global trends and issues affect a particular region of the world or a country in a region, so that you will have experience in researching and analyzing these kinds of issues in the future. Assignment #3 will focus on changes in this region and its place in international affairs.
c) The third perspective of the course is at the “micro” level of analysis, the level of individuals and groups. Assignment #2 will be based on local and cultural issues raised by the book chosen by your instructor.
d) The fourth perspective of the course is the liberal/professional connection.
The final seminar paper allows you to combine all of the perspectives integral
to the course with significant issues in your profession.
This is a Writing-Intensive Course, designated as part of the College’s effort to ensure that you graduate with good oral and writing communications skills. This is also a four-credit course that meets four hours per week.
Therefore, you should expect to do at least 9 hours a week in preparation for the course. You will need to budget your time carefully taking into account your assignments in other courses as well. Work must be submitted on time or a penalty is attached. Very important: All work must be cited correctly. Every paper should include a list of Works Cited. Improper documentation constitutes plagiarism which results in a failing grade for the assignment as well as possible other penalties.
All assignments must be completed for you to pass the course. You cannot choose to omit any one assignment. In addition, the process for the final project is an important aspect for its evaluation; failure to adhere to this process will be reflected in the evaluation of the project.
Your regular attendance in class is an important responsibility that affects your performance in this course. If any changes are made in the schedule or assignments, it is your responsibility to find out and to meet appropriate deadlines.
Research Assignment #1 (World issues) 15%
Research Assignment #2 (Regional topic) 15%
Research Assignment #3 (Instructor’s choice) 15%
Final Seminar Paper: 30%
(May be divided into distinct components by the Professor)
Class Participation, short assignments, in-class work (Weight of each individual assignment to be determined at Professor’s discretion):
Includes analysis of news reports, country reports, movie reviews, research materials for Final Seminar Paper, short assignments using data bases, intercultural assignments. 25%
Total = 100%
Contributions to class meetings will be evaluated according to the following criteria:
your critical evaluation and responses to the readings and comments of other students and the instructor
your demonstrated knowledge of the material by active participation.
In class discussions, papers, and any exams you should:
demonstrate knowledge of the subject;
relate your knowledge to relevant frameworks, interpretations, and theories;
discuss the subject critically and reflectively;
present your ideas coherently and in a well-organized way.
If you have not yet learned to use the various data bases provided by Gutman
Library, or to read newspapers and other sources, you will do so in this course.
In addition, you should become familiar with potentially useful web sites
to pursue your research. Whatever your sources, you will need to evaluate
carefully the source of the information to be aware of the particular bias
of the information. You will be responsible for keeping up with contemporary
issues, particularly as they relate to your chosen professions, and to develop
an appreciation of differences in interpretations regarding issues depending
upon the sources and the authors’ perspectives.