The Higher Education Department's Core Competencies for Area IV: Behavioral Sciences are:

  • Identify, describe, and explain how human behaviors are influenced by social structures, institutions, and processes within the contexts of complex and diverse communities

  • Articulate how beliefs, assumptions, and values are influenced by factors such as politics, geography, economics, culture, biology, history, and social institutions

  • Describe ongoing reciprocal interactions among self, society, and the environment

  • Apply the knowledge base of the social and behavioral sciences to identify, describe, explain, and critically evaluate relevant issues, ethnical dilemmas, and arguments

The following SLO's for DACC students, which connect with the HED's core competencies, are listed below.

Students will be able to:

  • demonstrate an understanding of basic historical events across a range of historical periods, social structures, and cultures.

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the chronological flow of history by placing in order a series of significant events.

  • Demonstrate critical thinking by interpreting events, issues, developments, relationships, and perspectives.

  • Locate historically significant places and geographic features on a map.

  • evaluate how practices and beliefs changed over time.

  • Identify major themes of change (e.g., political, diplomatic, religious, cultural, social, and economic).

  • Recognize and evaluate historical processes.

  • Analyze and evaluate primary and secondary sources.

  • Discern relevant information from research to distinguish between fact and fiction, and effectively communicate (oral and written) the importance of selected works to course studies.

  • identify and relate to one another the people and ideas which have contributed significantly across a range of historical periods, social structures, and cultures.

  • Demonstrate an understanding of multicultural contributions.

  • Demonstrate critical thinking skills by writing integrated and coherent essays dealing with peoples and cultural contributions, including differing perspectives of history.

  • demonstrate an understanding of the past and how it has shaped the present and will shape the future.

  • Discuss the relationship of the study of history to the development of an understanding of present-day society and current issues.

  • Explain how and why historical interpretations differ and how they are affected by time.

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2011/2012   Report
2009/2010 Plan Report
2008/2009   Report
2007/2008   Report
2006/2007   Report
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