BIS 394 Descriptions

Fall 2017

1950s American Culture

Instructor: Michael Rubinoff

This course examines American life and culture in the 1950s from various disciplinary perspectives – accenting the cultural trends of the decade. Rather than a purely chronological survey, the course will focus on major themes of the decade: Cold War concerns, popular fads, iconographic figures, generational/family relations, societal issues, and other challenges posed by the new “Affluent Society.”

Baseball: Business and Culture

Instructor: Michael Rubinoff

This course surveys baseball and its convergence between business and popular culture. Taken topically, the emphasis will be on baseball’s varied economics and the sport’s reflecting major social needs. At the end of this course, the student will be able to: 1) critically see baseball beyond a single disciplinary perspective; 2) analyze how the sport has been shaped and influenced by both business and a changing society; 3) reflect on some of the methods and contexts different scholarly communities have employed in their study of baseball; and 4) articulate an understanding of the sport as the “national pastime” by strengthening your reading, writing skills, and critical thinking skills.

Prohibition and the Jazz Age

Instructor: Michael Rubinoff

This course surveys prohibition and the intersection of social control, crime, and popular culture during the 1920s. At the end of this course, the student will be able to: 1) critically see prohibition and 1920s life beyond a single disciplinary perspective; 2) analyze how prohibition shaped and influenced American society then and now; and 3) articulate an understanding of the Jazz Era by strengthening your reading and writing skills.

Spring 2018

Taste of the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic

Instructor: Jessica Hirshorn

This course is designed to offer students a “taste of Peace Corps.” Students will work side-by-side with currently serving Peace Corps Volunteers to implement high-impact Peace Corps-style projects in Dominican communities.

This topic is offered as part of the Interdisciplinary Studies Dominican Republic Global Intensive Experience program.