A capstone seminar, ordinarily taken in the final year, emphasizing engaged global citizenship from an interdisciplinary perspective. Sources in ethics, economics, politics and environmental science offer diverse cultural perspectives on a sustainable future. Assignments integrate knowledge acquired through the major with the wider perspectives from liberal arts core courses, and include a self-directed project on ethics and policy recommendations. Must be fulfilled in residence.
No credit given if credit received for HUM 414. Fall and Spring.
Prerequisites: 75 credit hours and HUM 324; LANG 120
Senior Capstone Courses
UNC Asheville offers two options for the Senior Capstone course: HUM 414 “Critical Perspectives on Contemporaneity” and LA 478: “Cultivating Citizenship in a Global World.” Please visit the Senior Capstone Course Comparison page to help you select a course that best harmonizes with your major and intellectual interests.
Course Objectives & Student Learning Outcomes
- An ethical sensibility in personal decision-making.
- Appreciation of ethical differences and the ability to engage in constructive dialogue with others.
- Understanding of global economic and political institutions.
- Awareness of personal and collective responsibilities.
- A sense of individual empowerment to be an ethical agent.
Student Learning Outcomes
- Students analyze and interpret primary texts in Eastern and Western ethics in terms of the structure of arguments, the historical context of the works, and the students’ own values.
- Students can explain the concept of sustainability-including its economic, social and environmental aspects and can evaluate sustainability initiatives using contemporary ethical theory and ideas.
- Students can explain, in scholarly written form, how cultural contexts have produced humanity’s most significant global challenges, and how these contexts must also inform ethically motivated responses.
- Students produce a project on engaged global citizenship that links to their accumulated undergraduate learning and demonstrates understanding of diverse, contemporary ‘knowledges’ and cultures.