Identity, Institutions, and Societies

Identity, Institutions, and Societies (3 hours required)

These courses expose students to the institutional structure of human society and the fluid role of the individual human within that society. Students will analyze concepts, patterns, and issues that affect the organization of societies, shape individual thought and social mores, and mold the relationship between individuals and society at large.

Learning Objectives

(Courses in this area should incorporate three of the following learner objectives - #1 is required.)

1.  Identify concepts, patterns, and issues that affect the organization of societies, shape individual thought, or shape social mores

2.  Compare and contrast the effects of these concepts, patterns and issues on individuals, cultural institutions, or societies

3.  Identify an institutional or societal structure (or structures) and its (or their) influence on individuals

4.  Explain the fluid role of the individual within society (reflecting the multiple and sometimes contradictory roles of individuals within society)

5.  Recognize the influence of societal or cultural context on self and others as individuals

6.  Objectively and critically evaluate concepts of self and individuality

New Learning Objective (Fall 2014)

Students will demonstrate knowledge of the reciprocal relationships between individual identity and at least one societal institution or structure. Examples of institutions and structures include government, religion, education, family, media, and culture.

Accomplishing the Objectives

Instructors should clearly identify how the course will accomplish the above objectives.  Possibilities include:

  • Participating in class discussion and debate
  • Engaging in teamwork and other collaborative exercises
  • Writing analytical or evaluative papers, perhaps incorporating original research
  • Making oral presentations
  • Creating an artistic product or a performance
  • Participating in fieldwork