ERIC Number: ED415750
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Aug-31
Designing Three Core Courses for an Ethically Oriented MALS Program.
Johann, Robert O.
This report describes a three-year project at Fordham University (New York) to develop three core courses for a new Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) program for students seeking an advanced, critical, and multidisciplinary approach to contemporary social and ethical issues. During the first year a multidisciplinary planning committee developed syllabi for the first two courses: "The Nature of Responsibility" and "Human Responsibility in Action." The third course is an integrative seminar taken at the conclusion of the program and after completion of seven electives relevant to a major issue selected by the student. During the second year, the program was implemented with 17 students. Emphasis during the third year was on program institutionalization and internal and external evaluations. The program has become well accepted and a favorite of the New York City "Mayor's Fellowships" for exceptional city employees. However, internal evaluation comparing critical skills of students beginning the program and after their first year did not find a significant improvement. After an executive summary and project overview, individual sections describe the project's purpose, background and origins, components, and results. Appended are the course syllabi, evaluation reports, symposia flyers and program brochure. (DB)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Fordham Univ., Bronx, NY.