Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 55.74
Liaison Kristyn Achilich
Submission Date May 11, 2021

STARS v2.2

Saint Michael's College
AC-2: Learning Outcomes

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.68 / 8.00 Karen Talentino
Professor of Biology
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Has the institution adopted one or more sustainability learning outcomes that apply to the entire student body or, at minimum, to the institution's predominant student body?:

Which of the following best describes the sustainability learning outcomes?:

A list of the institution level sustainability learning outcomes:

Total number of graduates from degree programs:

Number of graduates from degree programs that require an understanding of the concept of sustainability:

A brief description of how the figure above was determined:

We included graduates who majored in one of the departments that has a sustainability learning outcome, either at the program level or in a sustainability-focused required course.

A list of degree programs that require an understanding of the concept of sustainability:

A grasp of the economies of other countries and regions, including an understanding of global trends in long-term economic growth, sustainable development, poverty, and inequality. This understanding should be grounded in their unique historical and institutional settings.

1) The identification, characterization, and analysis of key environmental topics and issues, with particular attention to contemporary environmental problems and their solutions. All ES majors will be taught essential critical thinking and interpretive skills to develop a basic working understanding of such topics as: the science, economics, and cultural challenges of climate change; water and energy; sustainable agriculture and food systems; environmental justice; environmental policy; and population growth and demographic patterns. Students will also be introduced to a range of environmental ethics, spiritual practices, cultural values, and models of engaged citizenship that contributes to our understanding of and response to environmental issues.

2) All ES majors are expected to demonstrate professional preparedness. Although these skills may be developed individually (through, for example, an internship, practicum, GIS course, independent study, student-faculty research, and so on), all students will be trained in oral communication and public presentation; environmental communication; technical and scholarly writing; research methods; and résumé-building.

3) Reflection, contextualization, and connection. All ES majors are asked to engage in the “deep thinking” that is aligned with competencies and skills and that is necessary for the cultural and global movement toward more sustainable living practices.

When you major in Sociology and Anthropology at Saint Michael's, you gain an understanding of the complexities of social life through reading, discussion, and research. Sociology and Anthropology work is conducted in the real world of ghettos, workplaces, soup kitchens, hospitals, corporations, stadiums and homes - as well as in the classrooms, library and computer labs on campus. Such study is how the wisdom of these extraordinary fields is brought to bear on understanding ourselves and our relationship to society.

Learning Outcomes/Key Concepts Covered in Major:
• The distribution of power and wealth - social classes, from the homeless to the extreme rich, from Guatemala to the Bronx
• Gender and social relations - social construction of masculinity and femininity, gender specialization, inequalities
• The basis of social cohesion - social integration, shared values, agreements
• The dynamics of global population change - fertility, mortality, population growth
• Modern-day cultures of the world, including Nepal, Africa, India, Australia, Europe, Japan
• Cross-cultural thinking - conceptions of the self, mind, body, emotions and what is considered "normal"
• Cross-cultural conceptions of religion, God, the divine, spirituality.
• The role of symbols in our social lives, including in non-verbal communication
• The sub-cultures of gangs and other marginalized groups - why do some groups get labeled as deviant? Why are some emulated and others scorned?
• Forces of social and cultural change - the role of industrialization, democracy, human rights. Courses cover environmental issues as a force.
• Global forces - what is the nature of the emerging world order?
• The emergence of social problems - how are some things made into major public issues while others are ignored? Courses cover issues stemming from environmental issues.

Our graduates are change agents committed to social justice and sustainability.

Documentation supporting the figure reported above (upload):

Do the figures reported above cover one, two, or three academic years?:

Percentage of students who graduate from programs that require an understanding of the concept of sustainability:

Website URL where information about the sustainability learning outcomes is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

We used 2018-19 data, as our performance year.

We used 2018-19 data, as our performance year.

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