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Revised General Education Program Guidelines
VI. Social Sciences

General Education Office
c/o Dr. Lisa Hunter
Associate Provost
Curriculum, Assessment, and Academic Support

809-810 Maytum Hall
State University of New York at Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063

(716) 673-3717

For approval of a course in the Social Science section, the instructor will provide a comprehensive description of the course, addressing its aims and general requirements, including:

  1. evidence that the course presents general ideas and principles basic to the field of study including:
    1. an introduction to the major concepts, theories, models and issues;
    2. an introduction to the major research methods, including
      1. an examination of what constitutes evidence;
      2. an examination of cause-effect relationships;
      3. the importance of formulating, measuring, and manipulating variables;
      4. the importance of formulating, operationalizing, and testing hypotheses;
    3. an overview of the history of the development of the field;
    4. awareness of contemporary thinking in the field;
    5. awareness of connections to related disciplines;
    6. consideration of the way in which culture has influenced the development of the field;
  2. evidence that the course requires discussions, written assignments, and/or oral presentations that facilitate improvement of student skills, including critical thinking and critical literacy, in the following areas:
    1. interpretation of findings;
    2. differentiation between empirical fact and opinion;
    3. the relationship between hypothesis and theory;
    4. evaluation of logic and parsimony of arguments;
    5. alternate interpretations of findings;
    6. questioning of assumptions and exploration of new areas of inquiry;
  3. a brief description of the methods to be used to assess student understanding of the course's subject matter and student attainment of the abilities and understandings listed above, as well as a method for providing for course improvement.

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