GENED 390: World of Ideas (3 units)

Course Description

An examination of themes and issues that have had a significant impact upon the world's civilizations. Readings will focus on primary texts representing major historical periods, world cultures, and diverse perspectives. This course will stress critical and analytical thought, drawing upon knowledge obtained in this and earlier core courses. World of Ideas is the capstone in the core courses of the UWW General Education Program.
Prerequisites: English 101 and English 102, junior standing, and completion of all other required core courses. May not be taken on a satisfactory/no credit grade basis.

 

Course Notes

This section of GENED 390 will focus on the focal issue of "The Human Condition".

This focal issue of this course will also be brought into conversation with these four themes: 1) humans in the natural world, 2) humans and religion, 3) the individual’s relationship to others and the relationship among societies and cultures, and 4) the individual woman or man. This course will also include diverse content, meaning that texts will be included from western and non-western traditions, ancient, medieval and contemporary time periods, and from female authors. This course will also include texts from four disciplines, including Philosophy, Religious Studies, Literature, and one other discipline.

-taken from the WOI Guidelines Packet, approved by WOI Advisory Council in January 2016

Students should know that this course is Writing Intensive. This means that: 1) writing is integral to this course, 2) students can expect to receive some writing instruction, 3) writing requirements will be substantial (3500-4000 words throughout the course), 4) scaffolding or revision assignments are required, and 5) that low stakes writing will also be required.

-taken from L&S Curriculum Committee Guidelines for Writing Intensive Courses

 

General Education Essential Learning Outcomes (GELOs)

This course functions as the capstone to the core (GENED) requirements at UWW. Bolded outcomes are covered by this course.

  •  Knowledge of Human Cultures and the Natural World - Covered in this course with readings and films. Successful acquisition assessed via quizzes.
  •  Critical and Creative Thinking - Covered in this course through discussions. Successful acquisition assessed via final essay.
  •  Communication Skills - Covered in this course through discussions. Successful acquisition assessed via discussions and final essay presentation.
  •  Information Literacy - Covered in this course through use of technology and discussions. Successful acquisition assessed via discussions.
  •  Quantitative Reasoning
  •  Personal and Civic Responsibility - Covered in this course through discussions. Successful acquisition assessed via discussions and final essay.
  •  Foundations for Life-Long Learning - Covered in this course through readings, films, and discussions. Successful acquisition assessed via discussions and final essay.

-adopted by UWW in Spring 2016

 

GENED 390 Course Specific Student Learning Outcomes (Course SLOs)

Bolded outcomes are covered by this course.

  • To examine critically selected texts drawn from four disciplines represented in this course: philosophy, religion, literature, and one other. - Covered in this course through readings, films, and discussions. Successful acquisition assessed via quizzes, discussions, and final essay.
  • To recognize the way enduring ideas and values were formed historically, and to understand how these ideas and values still shape our world. - Covered in this course through readings, films, and discussions. Successful acquisition assessed via quizzes, discussions, and final essay.
  • To summarize and explain central issues, questions, and problems that have been subject to continued human reflection. - Covered in this course through readings, films, and discussions. Successful acquisition assessed via quizzes, discussions, and final essay.
  • To discern, analyze and assess important ideas embedded in diverse traditions, cultures. - Covered in this course through readings, films, and discussions. Successful acquisition assessed via quizzes, discussions, and final essay.
  • To describe, analyze, and assess ethical ideas and values systems.
  • To demonstrate critical and analytic ability in oral and written forms. - Covered in this course through discussions. Successful acquisition assessed via discussions and final essay.
  • To appreciate the value of the humanities in a university education. - Covered in this course through discussions. Successful acquisition assessed via discussions and final essay.
  • To develop a meaningful philosophy of life.
  • To become more self-reflective and be able to examine critically one’s own values and the values of one’s own society in a world content. - Covered in this course through discussions. Successful acquisition assessed via discussions and final essay.
  • To become more thoughtful and responsible world citizens. - Covered in this course through discussions. Successful acquisition assessed via discussions and final essay.

-adopted by WOI Advisory Council circa 2010

Required Texts

  1. All course readings will be available on D2L.

 

Important Information

 

Course Assignments

 

Course Schedule

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