DPD Course Criteria and Student Learning Outcomes
Difference, Power, and Discrimination courses shall:
- Be at least three credits;
- Emphasize elements of critical thinking;
- Have as their central focus the study of the unequal distribution of power within the framework of particular disciplines and course content;
- Focus primarily on the United States, although global contexts are encouraged;
- Provide illustrations of ways in which structural, institutional, and ideological discrimination arise from socially defined meanings attributed to difference;
- Provide historical and contemporary examples of difference, power, and discrimination across cultural, economic, social, and political institutions in the United States;
- Provide illustrations of ways in which the interactions of social categories, such as race, ethnicity, social class, gender, religion, sexual orientation, disability, and age, are related to difference, power, and discrimination in the United States;
- Provide a multidisciplinary perspective on issues of difference, power, and discrimination;
- Incorporate interactive learning activities (e.g., ungraded, in-class writing exercise; classroom discussion; peer-review of written material; web-based discussion group); and
- Be regularly numbered departmental offerings rather than x99 or blanket number courses.
Bacc Core Statement
As of Fall 2004, all syllabi for courses in the Baccalaureate Core must indicate which Core requirement each course fulfills. Please use the statement below for courses that meet the Difference, Power, and Discrimination requirement.
As part of the 2004-2005 Baccalaureate Core Committee review of DPD courses, all course syllabi approved after September 1999 will require Learning Outcomes.
The document below provides some suggestions for developing Learning Outcomes for DPD courses.
Model DPD Course Syllabi