Core objective #5: History and culture

Objective: Primary areas of focused inquiry

Brief description of learning objective: Students will be able to describe the processes by which past and present societies have been created and perpetuated through their history, ideas and cultural products. Students will engage both historical and contemporary cultural texts through critical reading, analysis, and interpretation in the context of culture, society and individual identity.

Standards or requirements for verification

Only Core Humanities courses may be verified for CO5. These should be lower-division (100-200 level) general education courses, for three or more units each.

This objective is satisfied by two Core Humanities courses meeting 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.

Courses satisfying CO5 will be offered through the Core Humanities program (prefix CH). These courses will be interdisciplinary examinations of the history, cultures, and ideas that created the modern world. In addition, they will develop students' communication and critical thinking skills through extensive reading and analysis of primary source texts, oral discussion, and writing assignments.

Courses satisfying this Core Objective will meet the expectations for the Core Humanities requirement and should:

  1. include the Core Objective, together with its brief description, on the course syllabus in its original form
  2. Include one or more student learning outcomes addressing this Core Objective on the course syllabus, along with other student learning outcomes appropriate to the course.
  3. identify in the course syllabus the teaching techniques and student experiences that will help students acquire the competencies described in the Core Objective
  4. assess whether students have acquired the competency described in the student learning outcomes and use methods for collecting and analyzing data that can be reported to the Core Curriculum Board

Suggested student learning outcomes and assessment methods

Faculty may incorporate one or more of the examples from this list or propose their own student learning outcomes and methods of assessing the objective.