Cluster Four Packages

Cluster Four Learning Objectives


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Cluster Four Interim Coordinator
Dr. Raymond M. Hyser

Cluster Four: Social and Cultural Processes

Rapid changes are taking place in today's world that are transforming our lives. To make informed judgments about the causes of these changes, their underlying dynamics and the implications they hold for the future, students must become critical thinkers about their own societies and the larger global community. Students must learn how to frame questions, develop strategies of inquiry, build upon past scholarship and make connections between distinct disciplines of study. Cluster Four courses help students develop these capabilities through an examination of the key social and cultural processes and structures that shape the human experience. Students will take one course that focuses on the American experience and one course that examines the global experience.

Cluster Four Packages
The Cluster Four courses that students must take are not sequenced so that either part of the cluster may be taken first or they may be taken concurrently. Students may not take GPOSC 200 or
GPOSC 225 to complete the Cluster Four requirement.

Cluster Four Structure
The American Experience
Each of the American Experience courses provides students with an understanding of the major themes and concepts that structure American life today. GHIST 225 does so through a contextual and document-based study of the American historical experience that emphasizes the interaction of people, ideas and social movements.

GJUST 225 frames questions regarding historic and contemporary events in terms of issues of justice, highlighting how societal structures interact with individual lives and vice versa.

GPOSC 225 focuses on the evolution and contemporary operation of the American political system by examining its fundamental principles and current dynamics.

Choose one of the following:
     GHIST 225. U.S. History
     GJUST 225. Justice and American Society
     GPOSC 225. U.S. Government

The Global Experience
Each of the courses in the Global Experience is an investigation into a series of global issues that are of great importance to the human community. Topics discussed will vary from course to course. Issues are examined in a systemic context that allows students to see connections between disciplines. The unifying theme is an analysis of overarching structures at the global level that condition people's behavior and which are shaped by that behavior. From this perspective the study of global issues requires more than studying current events; it involves placing these global issues in a systemic context.

Choose one of the following:
     GAFST 200. Introduction to Africana Studies
     GANTH 195. Cultural Anthropology
     GECON 200. Introduction to Macroeconomics
     GGEOG 200. Geography: The Global Dimension
     GPOSC 200. Global Politics
     GSOCI 110. Social Issues in a Global Context

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Cluster Four Learning Objectives

American Experience
Students completing this part of Cluster Four will be able to identify, conceptualize and evaluate:

Global Experience
Students completing this part of Cluster Four will be able to identify, conceptualize and evaluate:

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