The Silver Core Curriculum does not take effect until Fall 2016
This objective may be satisfied by courses offered in various departments and programs (e.g., Core Humanities, Criminal Justice, History, Political Science, Philosophy) provided they meet the standards below. Where appropriate, majors are encouraged to develop this objective within their courses, and if possible to integrate this objective into the Core Capstone course.
This objective aims to ensure that students learn about the core principles embodied in the United States and Nevada Constitutions along with the central ideas, debates, policies, and structures that have shaped the United States. Courses satisfying this outcome may examine various aspects of American history, politics, society, and culture, provided they include some meaningful study of the Constitutions.
Courses satisfying this Core Objective will meet the expectations for the Core Constitution requirement and should:
Some examples of approved student learning outcomes and assessment methods are listed later in this document. Faculty may incorporate 1 or more of the examples from this list or propose their own student learning outcomes and methods of assessing the objective.
Students will demonstrate familiarity with the origins, history, and essential elements of the Constitutions of the United States and Nevada, as well as the evolution of American institutions and ideals.
Courses satisfying CO8 might feature student learning outcomes like the ones listed below. Faculty may use outcomes from this list or propose their own outcomes addressing the objective. Learning outcomes must be observable and measurable so that they can be properly assessed.
Students will be able to:
All courses that are verified as satisfying a Core Objective will be assessed on a regular basis to determine how well students are learning the knowledge and skills described in the objective. Instructors are expected to develop ways of directly measuring student learning (through evaluating the work students produce in the course) and to report these measurements to the Core Board upon request.
The following are some examples of direct assessment methods that might be used in courses satisfying CO8. Examples of student work should be evaluated according to a clear, consistent rubric or set of criteria. Faculty may choose methods from this list or propose alternative assessment methods: