St. Thomas University
Academic Planning Committee
Report to Senate, January 12, 2005.
I. Calendar Descriptions
a. Group C Steering Committee submitted the following description for Science and Technology Studies, to be included in the St. Thomas University Calendar, Section Four, under Science and Technology Studies:
Science and Technology Studies
Science and technology play such a major role in our society and throughout the world that a person cannot be considered well-educated without possessing substantial knowledge about these subjects and the roles they play in such areas as the environment, medicine, disease, agriculture, cities, transportation and many others. Science and technology develop in a societal context. They both shape society and are shaped by that society. Whenever new scientific theories or new kinds of technology emerge, ethical issues inevitably arise. In addition, different cultures and different religious traditions have wide-ranging attitudes toward science and technology. This means there exists a role for students in the social sciences and humanities to play in debates over the value of new technology or new scientific theories.
Motion: That the description for Science and Technology Studies be adopted for inclusion in the St. Thomas University Calendar, Section Four, under the heading "Science and Technology Studies."
b. Group D Steering Committee submitted the following description for Fine Arts, to be included in the St. Thomas University Calendar, Section Four, under the heading Fine Arts.
In keeping with the goals of a liberal education, Fine Arts aims to develop aesthetic literacy, to cultivate a critical awareness of the aesthetic dimensions of everyday life and culture, and to encourage an exploration of individual creative expression. Because students arrive at St. Thomas with different degrees of experience of the Fine Arts, the courses eligible for the Fine Arts requirement have been selected for their accessibility to people with a wide variety of experience in the particular disciplines.
Motion: That the description for Fine Arts be adopted for inclusion in the St. Thomas University Calendar, Section Four, under the heading "Fine Arts."
Last semester, the Great Ideas programme submitted a proposal to add an Honours programme to its offerings, that would begin in the Fall 2005 semester. After extensive consultation with the Academic Planning Committee, that led to a number of revisions or clarifications of the proposal, the Great Ideas Honours programme proposal is now consistent with other Honours programmes at St. Thomas University.
In the attached Great Ideas Honours proposal (and supplement), APC would like to draw attention to these highlights:
Recommendation: The Academic Planning Committee recommends the adoption of the Great Ideas Honours Programme for adoption, but notes that the proposed courses (GRID 4006,GRID 4003, GRID 3403) will require Curriculum Committee approval.
Motion: Senate adopt the proposed Great Ideas Honours Programme for inclusion at St. Thomas University beginning in the Fall Semester of 2005.