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CATEGORY 9: ETHICAL AND CIVIC RESPONSIBILITY

Requirements Goals

To develop students' capacity to identify, discuss, and reflect upon the ethical dimensions of political, social, and personal life and to understand the ways in which they can exercise responsible and productive citizenship. While there are diverse views of social justice or the common good in a pluralistic society, students should learn that responsible citizenship requires them to develop skills to understand their own and others' positions, be part of the free exchange of ideas, and function as public-minded citizens.

Critical Thinking

The practice of critical thinking skills typical of those who exhibit ethical and civic responsibility, including analysis of the connections between facts and assumptions, consciousness of bias in factual information, recognition and articulation of the value assumptions made by ourselves and others.

Student Competencies

Students will be able to:

  1. examine, articulate, and apply their own ethical views.
  2. understand and apply core concepts (e.g., politics, rights and obligations, justice, liberty) to specific issues.
  3. analyze and reflect on the ethical dimensions of legal, social, and scientific issues.
  4. recognize the diversity of political motivations and interests of others.
  5. identify ways to exercise the rights and responsibilities of citizenship.


Courses that satisfy this category include

ACCT 1100: Financial Information for Life (3 credits)
CRJS 1000: The American Legal System (3 credits)
CS 1107: Introduction to Computers (3 credits)
ECON 2000: Markets and Resource Allocation (3 credits)
ED 2007: Anatomy of Hate (3 credits)
ENVR 2150: Wilderness Ethics: Projects for Environmental Field Programs (1-3 credits)
GEOG 2400: Introduction to Planning (3 credits)
HST 2200: Reacting to the Past (3 credits)
HST 2630: Religion in America (3 credits)
HUM 2140: The African-American Experience: 1492 to the Present (3 credits)
IT 2100: Impact of Technology (2 credits)
MASC 1100: Mass Media and Society (3 credits)
MASC 2100: Minorities in the Media (3 credits)
NRSG 3457*: Sexual Abuse (2 credits)
PHED 2200: A Lifestyle for Wellness (2 credits)
PHIL 2220: Ethics (3 credits)
PHIL 2330: Philosophy of Non-Violence (3 credits)
POL 1100: Understanding Politics (3 credits)
POL 1200: Introduction to American Politics (3 credits)
POL 1300: Introduction to International Relations (3 credits)
SOC 1105: Contemporary Social Problems (3 credits)
SOC 2210: American Culture: A Sociological Interpretation (3 credits)
SOC 2230: Ethnic and Minority Group Relations (3 credits)
THSP 1090: Interpersonal Communication (2 credits)
OTHERS:
All-University course numbers 1957 and 2957 are available to any department for use as study-travel courses and will satisfy this category.

*This course will satisfy Liberal Education at BSU, but does not qualify for inclusion in the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum as currently interpreted by MnSCU, and may not be accepted as a Liberal Education course at other MnSCU institutions or the University of Minnesota.


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