LE300 Integrative & Interdisciplinary Learning Capstone

for S1Z 2013

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Mission Statement: Park University provides access to a quality higher education experience that prepares a diverse community of learners to think critically, communicate effectively, demonstrate a global perspective and engage in lifelong learning and service to others.

Vision Statement: Park University, a pioneering institution of higher learning since 1875, will provide leadership in quality, innovative education for a diversity of learners who will excel in their professional and personal service to the global community.


LE 300 Integrative & Interdisciplinary Learning Capstone: War and Culture


S1Z 2013 ML


Hanson, Donald


Adjunct Faculty


MA history
Master of Information Systems

Office Location

MAFB Education Center

Office Hours

By appointment

Daytime Phone





Semester Dates

January 13 - March 10, 2013

Class Days


Class Time

5:00 - 7:30 PM

Credit Hours


Lee, Wayne E. ed., Warfare and Culture in World History, New York University Press, New York, 2011. 

 ISBN: 978-0-8147-5278-4 

Faust, Drew Gilpen, This Republic of Suffering, Vintage Books, New York, 2008.
ISBN: 978-0-375-70383-6 

Eksteins, Modris, Rites of Spring, Houghton Mifflin Company, New York, 1989.
ISBN: 978-0-395-93758-7 

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:
Essays and reading materials provided by instructor.

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Course Description:
LE300 Integrative and Interdisciplinary Learning Capstone: A seminar for the Liberal Education program, LE300 requires students to integrate the Park University Literacies, synthesizing diverse perspectives to achieve interdisciplinary understanding and exploring the relationships among academic knowledge, professional pursuits, and the responsibilities of local and global citizenship. 3:0:3
War and Culture topic: This course examines the historical and sociological relationship of war and culture.

Educational Philosophy:

This course will be conducted using lecture and a modified seminar format using class collective knowledge, experience, and research. Required readings and assignments are to be completed before coming to class. All students will participate in the class discussions.  Lively discussions take place when ideas and contradictions are brought forth in an open forum atmosphere.  Readings will be from the required textbooks, additional essays and articles provided by the instructor, and an additional book selected from the instructor's list of books. 

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Analyze the disciplinary content in its own context and in relationship to the issues, questions, and positions of other disciplines.
  2. Compare and contrast differences and similarities among the disciplines in terms of central concerns, values, methodologies, and relationships to public life.
  3. Synthesize diverse perspectives to achieve an interdisciplinary understanding.
  4. Analyze the relationships among academic knowledge, professional work, and the responsibilities of local and global citizenship.
  5. Evaluate multiple perspectives, modes of inquiry and expression, and processes for decision-making in the disciplines.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. Be familiar with the culture of war and the waging of war by the Hyksos.
  2. Compare and contrast the cultures of war and the waging of war by the ancient Greek city-states of Athens and Sparta.
  3. Compare and contrast the cultures of war and the military conflicts of the U.S. Army and the Indians in the northwest United States.
Core Assessment:

Description of the Core Assessment Instrument This Core Assessment will be a paper that covers 100% of the Core Learning Outcomes. The Core Assessment in this course will be a major critical paper of no fewer than 5 pages, which will include research and appropriate documentation. The project will be completed in the final quarter of the term. The paper must address a significant contemporary issue of a global nature relevant to the course, the student’s major, and the Liberal Education program.  The paper should synthesize multiple disciplinary perspectives and propose critical and creative responses.  Individual instructors will specify assignment details.

This assessment is designed to assess primarily Core Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and will make up 20% of the course grade.

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:

The class assessment will consist of a final exam, a midterm exam, assigned short papers and discussions, a research paper, an oral presentation, an oral book review selected from the instructor's book list, and open forum discussions. 


Midterm Exam                                   10 points

Final Exam                                         10 points

Research Paper (Core Assement)       30 points

Oral Presentation                               20 points

Oral Book Review                             15 points

Assigned Short Papers/Discussions    12 points

Discussions                                        03 points

  Total Points = 100

 A = 90-100 

B = 80-89

C = 70-79

D = 60-69

F = 59 or below

Late Submission of Course Materials:

1. All Assignments must be completed before coming to class. 

      a. Assigned chapters for each class

2. All assignments must be completed when scheduled.

3. All examinations must be completed when scheduled.

4. Late work will only be accepted for excused absences, and will be penalized as follows: 1 class = 10%, 2 classes = 20%, over 2 classes = not acceptable. 

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Cell-phones should be turned off unless you are military or first response personnel subject to recall.

Individual conversations should pertain to the class.  Personal conversations are a distraction to other students.

This is not a library, so don't be afraid to speak up.

There will be many differing views, opinions, and ideas in the classroom.  No one will be chastised or ridiculed for their contribution to the class.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Park University

LE-300 War and Culture:  Spring 1-2013

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

This Schedule is tentative

Class Activities



[Week 1]

Jan 15 / 17 [Tue/Thur]

1) Introduction

1a) History Never Ending Lie
2) Syllabus
3) Discuss research paper
4) Discuss book report & list
5) Discuss research oral presentation
6) Discuss midterm and final

7) Discuss short papers

8) Discuss schedule
9) Handouts

10) E-mail Phone Numbers!

11) 300-level College expectations

12) Topic (short paper #1) Thur


Book Selection  Thur





[Week 2]

Jan 22 / 24 [Tue/Thur]


1) Discuss short paper #1

2) Warfare and Culture

3) Assyrian Way of War

4) Roman Military Culture

5) Confucianism & Ming Dynasty

6) Battle Culture of Forbearance

3) Topic (short paper #2) Thur


Ch 1-5


 Short Paper #1 due





[Week 3]

Jan 29 / 31 [Tue/Thur]


1) Discuss short paper #2

2) American Civil War

3) German Military Culture, Colonial Wars

4) Connecting Culture & Battlefield

5) American Culture in Artificial Limited War

6) Topic (short paper #3) Thur


Ch 6-9


Short Paper #2 due

Book Orals Begin





[Week 4] 

Feb 5 / 7 [Tue/Thur]


1) Discuss short paper #3

2) Dying

3) Killing

4) Burying

5) Naming

6) Topic (short paper #4) Thur


Preface thru Ch 4


Short Paper #3 due

Book Orals

Midterm Out






[Week 5] 

Feb 12 / 14 [Tue/Thur]


1) Discuss short paper #4

2) Realizing

3) Believing & Doubting

4) Accounting

5) Numbering

6) Topic (short paper #5)  Thur


Ch 5 thru Epilogue


Short Paper #4 due

Midterm Due

Book Orals





[Week 6] 

Feb 19 / 21 [Tue/Thur]


1) Discuss short paper #5

2) Paris

3) Berlin

4) In Flanders’ Fields

5) Rites of War

6) Reason in Madness

7) Topic (short paper #6)  Thur


Select Readings

Ch 1-5

Short Paper#5 due

Research due

Research Orals Begin

Book Orals





[Week 7] 

Feb 26 / Mar 28 [Tue/Thur]


1) Discuss short paper #6)

2) Sacred Dance

3) Journey to the Interior

4) Night Dancer

5) Memory

6) Spring Without End


Select Readings

Ch 6-10

Both Orals

Final Out






[Week 8] 

Mar 5 [Tue]

1) Open forum discussion


Both Orals Last Day


Mar 7 [Thur]

Last Day of Class


Final Due

Wrap Up


Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life. Park University students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 98
7. EXCUSED ABSENCE:  For an absence to be excused, the student must contact the instructor by e-mail with the reason for missing class not later than Sunday, noon of the week the absence occurred.  Telephone calls will not be accepted.  Lectures will not be repeated - get the information from classmates.

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .

Additional Information:



CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Core Learning Outcome #1                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
(part of Core Assessment)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
Demonstrates a detailed and sophisticated understanding of the disciplinary content in relationship to its contexts. Demonstrates an accurate understanding of the disciplinary content in its own context. Disciplinary knowledge represented is incomplete or contains errors and/or omission of contextual factors; or CA guidelines are not followed.  
Core Learning Outcome #2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
(part of Core Assessment)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
Reflects more than a simple description of similarities and differences between disciplines to illustrate the interaction of the discipline's concerns, values, methodologies, and relationships to public life. Accurately identifies similarities and differences between the relevant disciplines' central concerns, values, methodologies, and relationships to public life. Fails to address either central concerns, values, methodologies, or relationships to public life for both disciplines; offers only a superficial discussion of all; addresses these issues for a single discipline; or addresses only similarities or differences; or CA guidelines are not followed.  
Core Learning Outcome #3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
(part of Core Assessment)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
Moves beyond simple interdisciplinary perspectives to achieve a sophisticated synthesis of perspectives that offers unique insights to the problem/issue. Generates valid interdisciplinary perspectives relevant to the problem/issue. Illustrates a single disciplinary perspective or offers a simplistic view of the problem/issue; or CA guidelines are not followed.  
Core Learning Outcome #4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
(part of Core Assessment)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
Applies a sophisticated and creative interdisciplinary understanding to various academic, professional, and civic concerns, uncovering the interconnectedness of those concerns. Applies an interdisciplinary understanding of academic professional and civic concerns. Fails to tie the interdisciplinary understanding to one or more of the following: academic, professional, or civic concerns; or CA guidelines are not followed.  
Core Learning Outcome #5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
(part of Core Assessment)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
Goes beyond simple understanding to achieve a detailed, in-depth analysis and evaluation, highlighting strengths and weaknesses of the disciplinary modes. Evaluates various disciplinary modes of thinking in pursuit of holistic understanding. Exhibits only superficial evaluation or evaluates a single mode of disciplinary thinking; or CA guidelines are not followed.  
Overall project effectiveness                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Outcomes 6.1-6.5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
Project goes beyond meeting expectations to represent a creative/innovative and persuasive perspective. Project meets audience and genre expectations for coherence, organization, and mechanics/documentation. Project fails to illustrate effective audience analysis or fails to meet genre expectations in one or more areas: coherence, organization, and mechanics/documentation; or CA guidelines are not followed.  
Technical Skill in Communicating                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Outcome: University Mission Statement                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Employs conventions of Standard Written English with grace and style in a well-organized, fully developed essay. Employs conventions of Standard Written English in a well-organized, adequately developed essay. Illogical statements, lack of development and organization, and persistent problems with use of Standard Written English interferes with reader's ability to understand the point of the paper.  


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