{ALEC 450 Global Social Justice Issues in Agriculture}

College: Agriculture and Life Sciences
Department: Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications
Type: W
Status: Approved

Proposer: Gary Wigenbach
Number: 2-1507
Email: wingenbach@tamu.edu


We recommend that ALEC 450 Social Justice Issues in Agriculture be certified as a writing (W) course for four academic years (1/16 to 1/20). We have reviewed a representative syllabus and have determined that the course meets or exceeds the following criteria:
  1. Percentage of final grade based on writing quality: 71%
  2. Course content appropriate to the major
  3. Total number of words: 3750+
  4. Instructor to student ratio for one section: 1:20
In this sophomore level seminar, students complete five critical thinking assignments and write two papers, one a position paper and the other an analysis. Students also lead a discussion, taking a pro or con stance on an issue, for which they must prepare written materials submitted a week prior. Formative feedback consists of instructor comment on drafts of all papers and in-class tutorials that feature peer review, writing, and editing. Instruction includes weekly focus on an online resource, reading and discussing journal articles in the field, completion of data-mining exercises, and examination of samples.