Example Learning Goals

ECON-243 International Trade Course Objective

The purpose of the course is to equip you with the ability to objectively analyze issues in the international economy. Therefore, the first part of the course consists of training in the tool of analysis and economic theory. Theory allows you to identify how different factors are related. Theory enables you to see mechanisms and effects that you have ignored, and put weights on the gains and losses of different groups. Theory is then applied to specific policy problems, and how you can objectively argue is demonstrated. The latter part of the course will involve class discussions, looking into trade issues for developing countries and for developed countries.

GOVT-520 Topics/Approaches in American Politics Course Goals & Description

This course introduces students to some of the major research, topics, theories, and methodologies in the study of American politics. The reading list reflects these important differences within the literature. One of the goals of this course is to demonstrate to students that our understanding of American Government is best enhanced by a variety of approaches. Regardless of whether students intend to go into public service or pursue an academic career, certain skills are necessary for both. Students need to know how to read for content, how to synthesize and integrate literatures, how to write summaries with both a critical and analytical eye, how to collaborate with others, how to express opinions and lead discussions, and how to give formal presentations. The second goal of this course is to develop skills in all these areas.

GOVT-121 Comparative Political Systems What Students Should Know

This course is about how to analyze political change: we focus on developing your capacity to think deductively, to apply theoretical models and approaches to different kind of political systems.

GOVT-242 Presidential Electoral Politics

Objectives: One objective for this course is to understand the theory and practice of presidential elections in the United States. Another is to evaluate the extent to which these elections meet the criteria of a democratic electoral process. A third goal is to provide students with sufficient information to evaluate various campaign strategies and tactics, to discern what works and what doesn’t, under what circumstances, and why. Fourth and finally, the course seeks to assess the relative impact of the environment and the campaign on election outcomes. Each student will be expected to do research on a particular presidential election with the goals of explaining the most important factors in the election environment and campaign that contributed to the outcome of the election.

HIST 007: Europe I: Family and Culture

Engaged students who come to class regularly, participate actively in discussions, and complete all readings and written assignments will improve their ability to:

  1. appreciate places, peoples and cultures of various eras and world regions as different from themselves, and to understand perspectives different from their own;
  2. think critically about history, not as a collection of self-evident facts, but as the interpretation, based on evidence, of human experiences, interactions, and relationships as they change over time;
  3. identify and evaluate primary sources, and use them critically as evidence to build historical interpretations;
  4. articulate ideas

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