Curricular Items

Advanced to the Curriculum Committee
The following have been received in the College Senate Office and forwarded to the Senate Curriculum Committee for review and approval:

New Courses:
ECO 604 Development Economics. Prerequisites: ECO 507 and ECO 508 or instructor permission. Examination of issues related to economic development; theories of development with regard to historical experiences of advanced economies, developing economies, and less-developed countries. Economic growth, poverty, unequal development, development policy, international aid, the role of international organizations.

GEG 383 Severe and Unusual Weather. Prerequisite: GEG 101, GEG/GES 241, or equivalent. In-depth look at meteorological phenomena related to severe and unusual weather-related events and patterns, weather-analysis tools, climate-change outlooks, and social implications; planning and management strategies to prepare and respond to severe and unusual weather.

GEG 419 Globalization, Technology, Competition, and Service Economies. Examination of globalization, technological advancements in recent years, and their effects on the service industry and competitiveness of firms and nations. In-depth studies of the U.S. service sector, competitive strategies, globalization, and new technologies.

GEG 478 Global Change. Prerequisite: GEG 101 or equivalent. Interdisciplinary study of the principles needed to understand human impacts on the natural environment. Climate variability and global warming; nutrient cycling; land-use issues; connections and feedbacks among climate, ecosystems, and biogeochemistry; impacts of global change on society; policy measures; potential solutions.

GEG 485 Interactive and Web-Based Mapping. Prerequisite: GEG 425. Different approaches to communicating with maps on the Internet. How to create Web-based mapping applications.

PSC 337 The Politics of Globalization. Prerequisite: PSC 101. Interdependent global political economy; complex process by which governments, corporations, individuals, and information technology are integrated and interconnected on a global scale; costs vs. benefits of globalization.

PSC 341 Government, Politics, and Policies of the European Union. Prerequisite: PSC 101 or PSC 102 or PSC 240. Government, politics, and policies of the European Union. Origins and development of European integration, European identity, theories of economic and political integration, treaties and law-making, institutions and decision-making, internal and external policies and policy-making.

SCI 502 Initial Science Teaching Experience. Prerequisites: Acceptance to the graduate science education program; SCI 501. Full-time science teaching at the middle and high school level with college supervision and school supervision: lesson and unit design, assessment, classroom management, designing and implementing student assessment, and participation in school community.

SCI 550 Professional Development in Science Education. Prerequisite: Undergraduate degree. Designed to mentor new and practicing teachers as they work to increase their science content and pedagogy skills. In-depth discussions around new and developing teacher issues. Topics include goal setting, best-practices, standards, testing, mentoring. May be taken multiple semesters.

SOC 250 Sociology of Buffalo, New York. Prerequisite: SOC 100. The city of Buffalo from the perspectives of socio-historical development, socioeconomic conditions, environmental conditions, and neighborhood development. Use of secondary data and field experiences to better understand the condition of the city and its neighborhoods. Includes a field component as part of regular class time and outside assignments. Students complete term papers based on readings, research, and field work.

New Course and Intellectual Foundation Designation:
ORAL COMMUNICATION
CRJ/PSC/SOC 485 Moot Court. Prerequisite: Junior or senior level or instructor permission. Simulation of a trial court or appellate court proceeding involving teams of students acting as prosecutor/plaintiffs’ attorneys, defense attorneys, and witnesses. Students develop case strategy, analyze evidence, integrate legal precedent, prepare a written brief, question witnesses, and present oral arguments to the court in opening and closing statements. Final project is a mock trial presentation held in a formal courtroom setting.

Course Revisions and Intellectual Foundations Designations:
DIVERSITY
ENG 353 Native American Literature (formerly submitted as Intellectual Foundations Designation only). Prerequisite: Three hours of literature or permission of the instructor. Selected aspects of traditional and contemporary Native American literature in its cultural, historical, and aesthetic contexts.

PSC 225 Women in American Politics. Influences of female participation in the American political system; the political behavior of American women; the implications of these influences and behaviors.

ORAL COMMUNICATION
SSE 409 Student Teaching of the Social Studies in the Middle School. Prerequisites: Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 (overall and in major coursework), grade of C or higher in SSE 303 and SSE 309, successful completion of English composition/basic communication and mathematics competency requirements. Supervised teaching experience five full days a week for approximately seven consecutive weeks. Effective demonstration of content knowledge, pedagogical preparation, instructional delivery, classroom management, knowledge of student development, collaboration with school professionals, and reflectivity of practice required.

SSE 410 Student Teaching of Social Studies in the High School. Prerequisites: Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 (overall and in major coursework), grade of C or higher in SSE 303 and SSE 309, successful completion of English composition/basic communication and mathematics competency requirements. Supervised teaching experience five full days a week for approximately seven consecutive weeks. Effective demonstration of content knowledge, pedagogical preparation, instructional delivery, classroom management, knowledge of student development, collaboration with school professionals, and reflectivity of practice required.

SOCIAL SCIENCE
PSC 103 Great Political Issues. Examines great political issues such as civic engagement, civil disobedience, democracy, freedom, equality, ideology, identity, law, morality, and political obligation and discusses them in light of their various historical contexts and political implications.

SOCIAL SCIENCE and ORAL COMMUNICATION
IST 200 Introduction to International Studies (formerly IST 100 Introduction to International Studies). Introduction to key concepts, issues, and approaches used in international studies, including political, economic, geographic, and cultural perspectives. Analysis of historical and contemporary globalization, migrations, and cultural hybridization.

TECHNOLOGY AND SOCIETY
BIO 104 Environmental Biology. Non-majors only. Biological aspects of global environmental problems. Principles of ecology.

WESTERN CIVILIZATION
PSC 330 American Foreign Policy. Prerequisite: PSC 102. Basic ideas that shape American foreign policy; isolationism, domestic and international pressures, cold war, peaceful coexistence and détente, major problems.

PSC 351 History of Political Thought I (formerly PSC 351 History of Political Theory I). Prerequisite: PSC 101 or PSC 103. Main problems of political theory examined through the writings of major political thinkers from Plato to Aquinas.

PSC 352 History of Political Thought II (formerly PSC 352 History of Political Theory II). Prerequisite: PSC 101 or PSC 103.
Main problems of political theory examined through the writings of major political thinkers from Machiavelli to Rawls.