Sample Brandeis Syllabi
With Insertion of Learning Goals
- BUS10a, Functions of the Capitalist Enterprise; BUS235f, Real Estate Fundamentals
- CHIN 10a, Beinese (Yu Fenginning Chg), spring 2010
- CHIN 20b, Continuing Chinese (Yu Feng), spring 2010
- CLAS/FA 133A, The Art and Archaeology of Ancient Greece (Ann Olga Koloski-Ostrow), fall 2009
- COSI Course Learning Objectives for, Spring 2010
- HIST 145a, War in European History (Paul Jankowski), spring 2010
- RUSS 20b, Beginning Russian (Irina Dubinina), spring 2010
Just-in-Time Teaching or Questions and Thoughts (QTs)
Overview: Expanding Conversation - and Learning - in Our Classrooms (Includes detailed description of QTs)
Instructions for creating a Google Form for Just-in-Time Teaching/QTs (requires Adobe 9.0 or later and the ability to play audio)
Guidelines for Creating Learning Goals in Majors
Click here for the guidelines.
Click here for the memorandum to department chairs in Arts and Sciences from former Provost Marty Krauss regarding context, timeline and resources for implementing learning goals in courses and majors at Brandeis University.
Examples of Learning Goals in General Education
Language plays a unique role in capturing the breadth of human experience. The study of language allows us to understand the variety of thought in human cultures and societies, it unlocks cultural identity, and it shapes the literary and philosophical heritage at the heart of advanced learning in the humanities. Intrinsic to a sound education, the ability to communicate in another language challenges unexamined habits of mind, enriches the imagination, and grants access to the world through sources in languages other than English.
Brandeis requires its undergraduates to demonstrate proficiency in the use of one foreign language, either ancient or modern. The language sequence is comprised of three courses: 10, 20 and 30-level. The requirement is satisfied when the student has passed a 30-level (or higher) course with a letter grade (not Pass/Fail).
Objectives of the Foreign Language Requirement
At the end of the three-semester sequence, students will:
- function in a foreign language in culturally appropriate ways in all four language skills (speaking, listening, writing and reading) at least in the Intermediate range of proficiency as defined by the ACTFL guidelines
- explore cultural perspectives expressed in the studied language
- analyze and interpret linguistic, communicative, and cultural differences, and apply this knowledge in disciplines beyond language study
Students also will understand:
- cultural phenomena represented in the language studied
- differences in world views as expressed in the language studied
- mechanisms of second-language acquisition that will contribute to life-long learning