Student Learning Outcomes and Course Criteria

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PILLARS

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The UC Pillars component is a constellation of five two-course sequences that introduce students to the primary ways in which intellectual traditions have organized and constructed knowledge.

Courses may satisfy requirements of more than one Pillar, and courses taken to satisfy Pillar requirements may also count toward the student’s ma­jor. Any Pillars course may also be designated as satisfying one of more of the re­quired UC Proficiencies and Experiences.

Creativity and Aesthetics (CA)

Student Learning Outcomes

Level 1

  1. Students will be able to identify methods, techniques, or languages of a particular art form, creative endeavor or craft(s) and explain how those inform the creation, performance or analysis of creative work.
  2. Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of concepts fundamental to the creative impulse through analysis, performance, or creation.

Level 2

  1. Pick one from below that best fits the context of the class:
    1. Students will be able to evaluate sources and analyze the role and value of creative works to the cultures (context) that create and adopt them.
    2. Students will be able to articulate and discuss the ways in which creative works reflect values and modes of thought (or ways of knowing) of individuals and cultures.
    3. Students will be able to articulate and discuss the ways in which creative works provide opportunities to transform cultures and individuals, including themselves."

Historical Contexts (HC)

Student Learning Outcomes

Level 1

  1. Students will be able to identify the main events, actors, and evidence involved in a defined historical period.
  2. Students will be able to summarize in their own prose the major changes that took place over time in a defined historical period.

Level 2

  1. Students will be able to analyze both secondary and primary historical evidence.
  2. Students will be able to develop and support extended historical discussions in their own prose, based both on critical understanding of specific historical problems and on evaluation of secondary and primary evidence.

Individuals, Institutions, and Cultures (IIC)

Student Learning Outcomes

Level 1

  1. Students will be able to identify the types of interactions and influences that arise between or among individual, social, cultural, political, or economic experiences.
  2. Students will be able to summarize basic empirical phenomena in the study of individual, social, cultural, political, or economic experiences.

Level 2

  1. Students will be able to analyze different theoretical or interpretive perspectives in the study of individual, social, cultural, political, or economic experiences.
  2. Students will be able to evaluate critically the research outcomes and theoretical applications in the study of individual, social, cultural, political, or economic experiences.

Philosophical and Religious Inquiry and Ethics (PRIE)

Student Learning Outcomes

Level 1

  1. Students will be able to describe and explain some of the general features and principal theoretical methods of one of the fields of philosophy, religious studies, or ethics.

Level 2

  1. Students will be able to demonstrate the ability to critically reflect on or apply the theoretical methods of, one of the fields of philosophy, religious studies, or ethics via a focus on a specific area or set of issues.

Pure and Applied Sciences (PAS)

Student Learning Outcomes

Level 1

  1. Students will be able to demonstrate basic facility with the methods and approaches of scientific inquiry and problem solving.
  2. Students will be able to explain how the concepts and findings of science or technology in general, or of particular sciences or technologies, shape our world. (Level 1 and 2)

Level 2

  1. Students will be able to explain how the concepts and findings of science or technology in general, or of particular sciences or technologies, shape our world. (Level 1 and 2)
  2. Students will be able to select and apply appropriate techniques, skills, and modern tools to science or technology activities.