Sociological perspectives related to various aspects of family behaviors, roles, and values.
This change reflects current sociological thinking about families in which there is not a historically/culturally stable or consistent notion of "the" family, which is implied by the use of that article. It is also in line with other institutional indicators of how sociologists define and study families; for example, the change in the title of a leading journal on family studies from "Journal of Marriage and the Family" to "Journal of Marriage and Family."
Copy of comments sent to proponent by e-mail: (DBM, 8 Oct 2016)
Is SOCY 101 still a prerequisite for the course? I don't see that you've removed it, but I also did not see any reference to this in the syllabus.
The current Bulletin description says SOCY 305 is cross-listed with WGST 305. You did not enter this in the proposal. See the Cross-Listing tab. I would encourage you to remove the explicit reference to the cross-listing from the Description. Because it is entered separately, it does not need to be duplicated elsewhere.
You need a parallel proposal for WGST, making the same changes and using the same syllabus. You can create this proposal in APPS, listing the appropriate person in WGST as the proponent. The letter of concurrence can be an e-mail copied into the APPS proposal.
Given your justification, I was surprised to see so many references of "the family" in the syllabus, including in the Learning Outcomes. These should be updated. While the Learning Outcomes are basically acceptable, the first one could be reworded using verbs that indicate how this represents measurable student outcomes in the course. (How would you measure that students "learned key contemporary trends" - other than the tests. I'm also a little concerned that C&C might not like "apply theories" and "engage in debates". I'm still developing a more comprehensive understanding of precisely what C&C will accept and what they will reject. If you've used this language previously, please let me know and I'll not be concerned about this again.
The weekly schedule includes 2 "week 11"'s. This should be updated to reflect 14 weeks of classes (28 TuTh sessions) and a final exam. I do count 28 TuTh sessions, but the weeks need to be updated. (It might be easier to label each Tues or Thurs as "Lecture 1", ..., "Lecture 28" - even if some of the "lectures" are review sessions or the exams. You have two "Thanksgiving Holidays" - one in Week 9 (before the election) and one in week 14. I'm guessing the one in Week 9 should be "Fall Break".
I'm returning the proposal to you. Address each of the points I've raised, and any others that you want to make, then resubmit. (I'll copy this message into APPS, so we both have it for future reference.)
Please address each point and resubmit. Please let me know if you have any questions.
Removed cross-listing information from official Bulletin description. This information will be included in the Bulletin, but does NOT belong in the "description" (as confirmed at C&C meeting in October 2016).
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