Course Submission Guidelines

Next Due Date: Spring 2015

These guidelines were carefully developed by the Diversity Curriculum Requirement (DCR) committee to ensure quality and consistency in the applications for DCR course status. If your course prospectus and syllabus do not meet these guidelines, they will be returned to you for revisions. The intent is not only to enable the committee to assess the course's appropriateness for the DCR, but also to provide the opportunity for faculty to think very deliberately about their course and the DCR in a way that can strengthen the requirement.

Coversheet

The cover sheet contains basic information about the course being submitted, including:

  • Course title, catalogue number, brief catalogue description, prerequisites, co-requisites and number of credit hours.
  • Indication of whether the course changes between offerings (e.g., due to different instructors) or between sections. Normally a course is approved independently of the instructor; however in cases where the course number/title is not a good indication of course content a course may be approved in conjunction with a particular instructor.
  • Required signature of the departmental chair.

The same coversheet may be used to apply for either or both DCR and GDST approval. Be sure to check the appropriate box(es) on the first page.

Prospectus

A brief description of the course including its content, goals and objectives. This description should indicate how the course fulfills the course criteria for DCR status, addressing these criteria fully. The criteria are as follows:

While maintaining the intellectual standards and methods of the discipline(s) from which it comes, the course integrates in a substantive way analysis of the social, economic, political, psychological, and cultural experiences and positions of individuals and groups defined by gender, race, sexual orientation, ethnicity, socioeconomic class, age, religion, and physical/mental abilities.

Course Objective: Courses that count toward the Diversity Curriculum Requirement should address the intersecting elements and multiple perspectives of diversity.

Substantive integration means that the incorporation of diversity is neither peripheral nor incidental, but rather is central and intentional. Simply devoting one or two classes in the semester to discrete categories of diversity is inadequate.

Substantive integration of diversity is to be demonstrated explicitly in the course?s objectives, required texts, and assignments.

The course clearly identifies how academic disciplines contribute to understanding diversity through their methodological approaches and acquaints students with terms and concepts related to diversity appropriate to the discipline(s) in which the course is offered.

The course is clearly identified as a DCR course.

Minimally, this means that the course syllabus clearly states the course?s status as a DCR course.

Ideally, this means that, in addition to C-i, the professor of the course regularly draws students' attention explicitly to the diversity objectives of the course.

The course provides regular and substantive opportunities for critical discussion.

The professor(s) encourage students to reflect on how diversity intersects with the discipline in general and the course topic in particular.

By encouraging free discussion, the professor(s) help students to consider different points of view and to appreciate the complexity of issues.

Diverse teaching methodologies are encouraged.

 

Syllabus

The syllabus should include the following components:

  • Clear indication of the course's status as a DCR course.
  • The major requirements of the course: proposed texts, papers, reports, laboratory assignments, book reports or other methods of evaluation.
  • Explanation of how the student's performance will be assessed and what the grading system will be.
  • The syllabus should be in substantial agreement with the course prospectus. In other words it should be clear from the syllabus how the course will fulfill the criteria outlined above.

Some points the DCR Committee will consider in evaluating courses

  • Is the content of the course within the academic domain of the DCR?
  • Is the title clear?
  • Is it an undergraduate level course?
  • Have the proposal and syllabus explicitly addressed all the required criteria as outlined above?

General guidelines for submitting materials to the DCR Committee

As you prepare materials for consideration by the DCR committee, please keep the following points in mind:

  • All materials should be submitted electronically as one or more attachments in a single e-mail to: DCR@xavier.edu
  • The DCR committee must receive the cover sheet, prospectus and syllabus of courses by the application deadline to be considered for the current round of applications.
  • Late applications will be considered in the next round of applications (generally the following semester)