Here we explain the main parts of the curriculum as an overview and then expand on each to give detailed explanations of the revolutionary ISGE curriculum and educational delivery system.
Why do we call it a “revolution.” Is that justifiable? Conventional Science GE is dominated by the standard disciplines of astronomy, physics, chemistry, geology, biology, mathematics, and computer science and their departments. The result is that General Education curricular courses are isolated from each other. ISGE turns this arrangement completely “on its head” or reverses it. Instead of emphasizing the knowledge base of each separate discipline in a basic course, ISGE emphasizes ONLY WHAT IS COMMON ACROSS ALL OF THEM.
In ISGE, the Integrative Themes are isomorphic systems processes (ISPs) that are found present in ALL the major phenomena. So the ISGE year-long course turns the conventional format completely around. Upside down. We focus, not on the particular phenomena of the standard disciplines but on only the patterns that have been empirically proven to be true of ALL the disciplines.
This section also introduces an overview of the suggested ISGE curriculum. It covers the organization of the suggested year of courseware (15 quarter units or 20 semester units), the organization of each module, describes some of the completed versus in-progress modules, how to use the library of modules to customize your own course, special modules on the scientific method and skill-training, and the different strategies of in-person portions versus online portions of the courseware. Each of these electable variants on the curriculum has its own page of explanation.