Dec 08, 2022  
2014-2015 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
    
2014-2015 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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SS 457 - Current Affairs

3 lecture hours 0 lab hours 3 credits
Course Description
This course is designed to encourage students to keep themselves informed about problems at the local, national, and international levels and to develop a critical attitude toward those problems. Discussions of stories in the news, both in magazines and newspapers and on radio and television, will help to complement material in the text. Students are expected to express their ideas orally (through both individual classroom contributions and through formal panels), and in writing.
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
• Understand the causes and contexts of local, national and international events
• Develop critical thinking regarding current affairs
• Develop informed opinions concerning current events and express them in verbal and written form
• Become a well-informed and alert citizen and professional
• Apply knowledge of technical matters into local, national and world communication systems
• Strive constantly to broaden knowledge in many fields with respect to the past, present and future
• Have the cognitive skills to understand the forces that drive events in the international arena
Prerequisites by Topic
• None
Course Topics
• Europe (3 classes)
• Commonwealth of Independent States (3 classes)
• The Middle East (3 classes)
• Asia (5 classes)
• Africa (2 classes)
• South America (2 classes)
• Mexico and Central America (1 class)
• Canada (1 class)
• United States (1 class)
• Panel Discussions (7 classes)
• Midterm Exam (1 class)
Coordinator
R. David Kent



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