Core 400 Information
Please fill out and submit the proposal, which includes the cover sheet and tracking form, and also the application.
- Criteria for fulfilling CORE 400 Requirement
- CORE 400 student learning outcomes
- CORE 400 Curriculum Purposes
- CORE 400 example
- CORE 400 Proposal and Submission Process
- Application for a new General Education course
- Application to change an existing General Education course
The course must:
- Address a problem or issue that has both global and local significance;
- Approach the problem or issue from multiple disciplines or perspectives;
- Utilize and integrate various modes of inquiry;
- Emphasize civic engagement through collaborative and active learning.*
- Demonstrate advanced skills in oral and written communication; analytic and critical thinking,
- Apply a variety of perspectives and methods to a global problem or issue,
- Demonstrate civic engagement and collaborative problem solving through a culminating project that addresses a social or environmental concern.*
The purpose of CORE 400 is to examine a contemporary issue of global importance in the context of the question “How might we – as individuals and as societies – relate to each other and to the earth on which we live?” The course extends the discussion begun in CORE 100 and CORE 200 and broadens it to include “the world,” both as a construct and as a physical entity.
* Note: Service learning or community service projects are not required in CORE 400. Students may “address a social and environmental concern” in the local context through a variety of methods.
CORE 401: Global Questions: Technology and Social Change
Though technology in various forms pervades and sometimes greatly enhances our lives, individuals in modern societies often have little say in choosing the technologies they will adopt. Using a case study approach, this course examines the social impact of technological innovation from antiquity to the present and in diverse world cultures of our time. Readings and discussions lead toward team projects where students identify a problem or opportunity using technology and social change, research the issue, prepare a proposal for a foundation grant, and present the proposal to the class. Students are particularly encouraged to make personal contact with human resources. Students are also invited to publish proposals and presentation at the undergraduate research conference or on a public CORE 401 Web site, or both. This course fills the CORE 400 general education requirement. Prerequisites: Must have 75 credit hours completed before course begins.
CORE 403: Global Questions: Intercultural Communication
This course examines global questions about intercultural communication from perspectives grounded in four premises: that culture happens through communication; that by understanding culture and how it shapes communication, we come to understand communication better; that intercultural communication can happen visibly as well as invisibly; and that knowing about communication and about culture can (sometimes) make intercultural communication go more smoothly. Students will engage in action research or cooperative problem-solving to address one of the global issues they have studies. The project they develop from their study must have impact beyond the Meredith community. Also offered as COM 390. This course fulfills the CORE 400 general education requirement. Prerequisites: Prerequisites: Must have 75 credit hours completed before course begins.
CORE 412 Global Questions: The problem of homelessness
Taught by Dr. Barbara True-Weber of History and Politics. This course will address issues of housing, homelessness, the idea of place at local, national, and global levels. The course will examine how policy about these issues is made. Students will examine shelter as a necessary essential for human community, human development, and as a problem for the natural environment. Students will examine problems of overpopulation, over concentration of population, the use of resources, the lack of affordable and livable housing. We will also examine policy options and take direct action to address the problems.