Intellectual Foundations Program (IFP) Assessment - Foundations of Society and Human Behavior
 


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Foundations of Society and Human Behavior description: The social sciences examine the forms of social activity.  They study the social behavior of individuals and organizations, the structure of organizations and institutions, and the organization of society.  Social science deals with such things as the formation of attitudes; how institutions develop, function, and change; how technology transforms society and social institutions; how societies change the environment and respond to environmental change; the relationships between individuals and society; and matters of race, gender, and class.


Courses that meet this requirement teach students to understand the complexities of human and societal behavior, to predict future behavior, and to understand the consequences of behavior.


Learning objectives are associated with each category of the Intellectual Foundations Program.  For each learning objective listed below, please describe how and where the course will meet each learning objective.  In other words, provide the assessment committee a “road map” of where each objective can be found in the course.  Some objectives might be readily seen in student papers or exams.  Other objectives, however, might be far less “visible.”  They might come through course lectures or class discussions, for example.  Your responses below need not be lengthy, but you should be as explicit as possible.


Learning objective #1:  Students will be able to identify patterns of human behavior .


How and where will the course meet this objective?

 


Learning objective #2:  Students will demonstrate an understanding of how political, social, cultural, or economic institutions influence human behavior.


How and where will the course meet this objective?

 


Learning objective #3:  Students will understand key social science methods and the theoretical foundations behind these methods.

 

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Learning objective #4:  Students will b e able to apply social science methods to the analysis of social, cultural, psychological, ethical, political, technological, or economic issues or problems.

How and where will the course meet this objective?

 

 

In addition to the learning objectives associated with each category, the General Education Curriculum has specific overall objectives:

 

The FAU general education curriculum is a carefully devised program that draws on many subject areas to provide and reinforce essential skills and values from different points of view.  It equips students with the academic tools they will need to succeed, not only as undergraduates in their degree programs but also as responsible citizens in a complex world.  The courses that comprise the FAU general education curriculum combine to develop:

  
1. Knowledge in several different disciplines;
2. The ability to think critically;
3. The ability to communicate effectively;
4. An appreciation for how knowledge is discovered, challenged, and transformed as it advances; and
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An understanding of ethics and ethical behavior.

We do not expect every course to meet all of these objectives. We do hope, however, that in the future you will explore ways to better integrate the learning objectives into your course.


Please describe below how the course will meet these objectives.

 


General Education objective #1:
Knowledge in several different disciplines.


The course approaches the subject from the standpoint of the following discipline, disciplines, or sub-disciplines:


General Education objective #2:  The ability to think critically.


How and where will the course meet this objective?

 

 

 

General Education objective #3:  The ability to communicate effectively.

 

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General Education objective #4:  An appreciation for how knowledge is discovered, challenged, and transformed as it advances.

 

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General Education objective #5:  An understanding of ethics and ethical behavior.  


How and where will the course meet this objective?

 

 

  

 Last Modified 3/6/14