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Course Syllabus Higher Education and American Life: Mirror to a Nation Educational Administration 0855, Sections 005 & 006 Temple University, Spring 2015 Course Title : Higher Education and American Life: Mirror to a Nation (Course Reference No.: 25425) Class Meetings : Section 005 meets Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:30 p.m. to 1:50 p.m. (3 semester credit hours) on the Main Campus in Ritter Hall, Room 201A. Section 006 meets Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. (3 semester credit hours) on the Main Campus in Ritter Hall, Room 201A. Instructor : Lea Jacobson, EdD Course Description : You have decided to go to college. But why? What role will college and in particular Temple University play in your life? Reflect on this important question by looking at the relationship between higher education and American society. What do colleges and universities contribute to our lives? They are, of course, places for teaching and learning. They are also research centers, sports and entertainment venues, sources of community pride and profit, major employers, settings for coming-of-age rituals (parties, courtships, etc.), and institutions that create lifetime identities and loyalties. Using sociological and historical texts and artifacts, students will learn how higher education is shaped by the larger society and how, in turn, it has shaped that society. Become better prepared for the world in which you have chosen to live for the next few years. Student Competencies and Course Philosophy This course meets the requirements of the U.S. Society area of the General Education (GenEd) program. As stated in the Undergraduate Bulletin, U.S. Society courses strengthen students' understanding of the history, society, culture and political systems of the United States. They are intended to teach students how to: Interpret historical, analytical and cultural materials, and articulate their own point of view about those materials; Develop observations and conclusions about selected themes in U.S. society and culture; and Analyze the ways difference and heterogeneity have shaped the culture and society of the U.S.
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As stated in the Undergraduate Bulletin, the General Education Program stresses the development of eight competencies, as described on the following website link: . This course specifically focuses on the following student competencies: Understanding colleges and universities as examples of American institutions Analyzing events in the context of two historical periods (i.e., the “Gilded Age” and modern America) Interpreting different types of texts, including a Supreme Court opinion, a research article, institutional documents (such as, a mission statement, policy statements and internal planning documents), articles in mass media and research reports by think tank/professional organizations.
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