310-316: Interdisciplinary Context

Interdisciplinary Studies Core Courses

IDS 310 Integration: Cultural Contexts

IDS 310 Integration: Cultural Contexts

(Summer 2020)

Integrative Performance
Instructor: Layne Gneiting

This course explores how the practice of integrating knowledge, skills and perspectives from multiple sources can be used to better understand cultural diversity in contemporary U.S. society. Here we probe the cultural stories we tell through art, music, story, and more, including those we write upon our skin (tattoos), our tongues (narratives, language), and our walls. One foundational performance we’ll analyze is Hamilton (the national sensation). Through Hamilton and other performances we will assess the integrative (and segregative) power of artistry to disrupt, heal, divide, and bridge different socio-cultural segments of the United States.

(Fall 2020)

Integrative Performance
Instructor: Layne Gneiting

This course explores how the practice of integrating knowledge, skills and perspectives from multiple sources can be used to better understand cultural diversity in contemporary U.S. society. Here we probe the cultural stories we tell through art, music, story, and more, including those we write upon our skin (tattoos), our tongues (narratives, language), and our walls. One foundational performance we’ll analyze is Hamilton (the national sensation). Through Hamilton and other performances we will assess the integrative (and segregative) power of artistry to disrupt, heal, divide, and bridge different socio-cultural segments of the United States.

(Spring 2020)

Integrative Performance
Instructor: Layne Gneiting

This course explores how the practice of integrating knowledge, skills and perspectives from multiple sources can be used to better understand cultural diversity in contemporary U.S. society. Here we probe the cultural stories we tell through art, music, story, and more, including those we write upon our skin (tattoos), our tongues (narratives, language), and our walls. One foundational performance we’ll analyze is Hamilton (the national sensation). Through Hamilton and other performances we will assess the integrative (and segregative) power of artistry to disrupt, heal, divide, and bridge different socio-cultural segments of the United States.

 

 

IDS 311 European Jewish Life Today

IDS 311 European Jewish Life Today

(Spring 2020)

European Jewish Life Today
Instructor: Michael Rubinoff

This course surveys European Jewish communities in the 21st century. The emphasis will be on challenges created by changing demographics, political issues in various countries, the State of Israel, aftermath of the Cold War, what the European Union means for Jewish communities, rising anti-Semitism, and multifaceted religious/cultural renewal.

IDS 312 Integrative Perspectives on Change

IDS 312 Integrative Perspectives on Change

(Fall 2020)

Death and Dying: An Interdisciplinary Approach
Instructor: Judy Grace

This course asks you to read and reflect on death and dying from several perspectives: psychological (death work internally): cultural/anthropologically (customs of a group of people); economically (the costs of end-of-life care and burial); religious (how the world religions view death and the afterlife); sociologically (your family and friends).

You will be able to pursue your own interests in addition to doing various assignments such as writing your own obituary.

 

Predators, Pets, and Pests
Instructor: Jada Ach

This course examines the topic of animals—both wild and domestic, human and nonhuman – from a range of disciplinary and cultural perspectives. Organized around three subtopics – predators, pets, and pests – this section of IDS 316 calls on students to consider the complicated and often intimate ways that human and animal lives intersect with one another. Throughout the semester, students will analyze human-animal relations in a variety of texts, including documentaries, scientific log books, natural histories, memoirs, novels, poetry, photography, regional park interpretive materials, journalistic narratives, and federal animal law. This course will introduce students to emerging theories and methodologies in the environmental humanities, animal studies, environmental justice studies, and desert humanities so that they may gain a more holistic, interdisciplinary view of the other than-human world. In their final “animal narrative” project, students will integrate knowledge and insights from some of these interdisciplinary (sub)fields in order to tell the story of a single animal or species.

 

 

(Spring2020)

Death and Dying: An Interdisciplinary Approach
Instructor: Judy Grace

This course asks you to read and reflect on death and dying from several perspectives: psychological (death work internally): cultural/anthropologically (customs of a group of people); economically (the costs of end-of-life care and burial); religious (how the world religions view death and the afterlife); sociologically (your family and friends).

You will be able to pursue your own interests in addition to doing various assignments such as writing your own obituary.

 

Predators, Pets, and Pests
Instructor: Jada Ach

This course examines the topic of animals—both wild and domestic, human and nonhuman – from a range of disciplinary and cultural perspectives. Organized around three subtopics – predators, pets, and pests – this section of IDS 316 calls on students to consider the complicated and often intimate ways that human and animal lives intersect with one another. Throughout the semester, students will analyze human-animal relations in a variety of texts, including documentaries, scientific log books, natural histories, memoirs, novels, poetry, photography, regional park interpretive materials, journalistic narratives, and federal animal law. This course will introduce students to emerging theories and methodologies in the environmental humanities, animal studies, environmental justice studies, and desert humanities so that they may gain a more holistic, interdisciplinary view of the other than-human world. In their final “animal narrative” project, students will integrate knowledge and insights from some of these interdisciplinary (sub)fields in order to tell the story of a single animal or species.

IDS 313 Integrative Perspectives on a Changing World

IDS 313 Integrative Perspectives on a Changing World

(Fall 2020) 

The Cultural and Chemical History of Beer
Instructor: Stephen Davis

This interdisciplinary online course examines beer in a “big history” framework and traces its development from ancient cultures to the multinational mega-corporations and craft homebrewers of today. We will examine the social, cultural, legal, biochemical, physiological, and business dimensions of beer throughout history.

 

Global Governance: International Organizations
Instructor: Andi Hess

The course focuses on international organizations with emphasis on global governance. The course helps students to obtain a basic knowledge of global governance organizations and their political and structural role in world politics. We will survey the types and activities of international organizations, as well as key issue areas from international and human security to trade and the environment.

  

History/Cultural Impacts of Gaming in Global Context 
Instructor: Kimlisa Duchicela

Online gaming transcends traditional barriers like politics. While many argue over borders, language, laws, and access to information, gamers have moved on. Those who play online are routinely interacting with people from all over the globe. They can and do learn a new language as part of the gaming community. They have developed their own culture, heroes, and language to communicate and interact with ease despite other barriers. In fact, there are interesting arguments to be made about what culture really is in the digital age. This class will explore the history of online/digital gaming and the development of multidimensional and nuanced culture that surrounds it. It will start at the very origin of games and end with the global cultural phenomenon and very real business of gaming on an international level.

  

Identity and Conflict in Europe
Instructor: TBD

This course will explore the concepts of identity, ethnicity and nationalism in relation to the conflicts of the 20th century and subsequent integration efforts in Europe. Using examples from many of Europe’s ethnic and national communities, we will examine how identities in this region were formed and have evolved. We will learn what role these national and regional identities play in today’s European nations as they face the increasingly complex economic and political realities of the European integration project.

  

Sex and Sexualities Across Time and Place
Instructor: Marie Wallace

This course provides a survey of sexual desire, behavior, and the body through different times and cultures. It connects different sexual and gender ideologies and explores how they relate to a variety of topics, including perceptions of the body, marriage, reproduction, prostitution, same sex relations and identity, pornography, disease, and religious, and medical intervention.

 

(Spring 2020) 

The Cultural and Chemical History of Beer
Instructor: Stephen Davis

This interdisciplinary online course examines beer in a “big history” framework and traces its development from ancient cultures to the multinational mega-corporations and craft homebrewers of today. We will examine the social, cultural, legal, biochemical, physiological, and business dimensions of beer throughout history.

 

History/Cultural Impacts of Gaming in Global Context 
Instructor: Kimlisa Duchicela

Online gaming transcends traditional barriers like politics. While many argue over borders, language, laws, and access to information, gamers have moved on. Those who play online are routinely interacting with people from all over the globe. They can and do learn a new language as part of the gaming community. They have developed their own culture, heroes, and language to communicate and interact with ease despite other barriers. In fact, there are interesting arguments to be made about what culture really is in the digital age. This class will explore the history of online/digital gaming and the development of multidimensional and nuanced culture that surrounds it. It will start at the very origin of games and end with the global cultural phenomenon and very real business of gaming on an international level.

 

Sex and Sexualities Across Time and Place
Instructor: Marie Wallace

This course provides a survey of sexual desire, behavior, and the body through different times and cultures. It connects different sexual and gender ideologies and explores how they relate to a variety of topics, including perceptions of the body, marriage, reproduction, prostitution, same sex relations and identity, pornography, disease, and religious, and medical intervention.

IDS 314 Integrative Perspectives on Cultural Dynamics

IDS 314 Integrative Perspectives on Cultural Dynamics

(Fall 2020)

Analyzing War-ganizations
Instructor: David Corlett

Using a diplomatic historical approach drawing from primary sources students analyze decision-making processes within a systems theory approach to organizations. Putting themselves in the place of decision makers, students analyze the actions of organizations and their leaders that resulted in past wars. Students also examine current global relations.

IDS 315 Integration: Social Contexts

IDS 315 Integration: Social Contexts

(Fall 2020)

The Global Workplace
Instructor: Jessica Hirshorn

This course will examine the global workplace from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. An emphasis will be placed on examining and developing intercultural competencies that are essential in today’s diverse work environment. Whether one is working for a business, health-care provider, educational institution, or not-for-profit agency, intercultural skills are a necessity in today’s world. Through the use of experiential exercises, research and film students will gain valuable cultural, geographic, political, environmental, economic, and religious insights that will help provide them with the competencies needed to be successful in today’s global world.

 

The Political Economy of Work and Organizations
Instructor: Kimlisa Duchicela

Work and labor in its present and past form; Work as a cultural and political institution; Technological change and shifting economic sectors and modes of production; Credentialism, professionalism, occupational prestige and social inequalities in the US labor market (race, ethnicity, gender, sexualities, and class); Precarious work (include temporary and contract work as well as the jobs in the “gig” or sharing economy); Care-work, global care chain and emotional labor; Decline in unionism; Alienation and work; Structure and function of complex organizations/bureaucracies related to work; Fordism and Tayorism.

 

Sports Fans
Instructor: Kelly Nelson

This course takes an integrative approach to understanding sports fans. In particular, this course explores the behaviors, beliefs and practices of sports fans using cultural, psychological, social, and geographic perspectives. Students will expand their understandings of human interactions through the familiar and accessible practice of sports fandom.

 

(Spring 2020) 

The Political Economy of Work and Organizations
Instructor: Kimlisa Duchicela

Work and labor in its present and past form; Work as a cultural and political institution; Technological change and shifting economic sectors and modes of production; Credentialism, professionalism, occupational prestige and social inequalities in the US labor market (race, ethnicity, gender, sexualities, and class); Precarious work (include temporary and contract work as well as the jobs in the “gig” or sharing economy); Care-work, global care chain and emotional labor; Decline in unionism; Alienation and work; Structure and function of complex organizations/bureaucracies related to work; Fordism and Tayorism.

 

Sports Fans
Instructor: Kelly Nelson

This course takes an integrative approach to understanding sports fans. In particular, this course explores the behaviors, beliefs and practices of sports fans using cultural, psychological, social, and geographic perspectives. Students will expand their understandings of human interactions through the familiar and accessible practice of sports fandom.

 

 

IDS 316 Integration: Humanities Contexts

IDS 316 Integration: Humanities Contexts

(Fall 2020)

The Nature of Consciousness
Instructor: Michael Pryzdia

This course explores the nature of consciousness.  We will examine the multiple dimensions of this topic by viewing the topic through various disciplinary perspectives with the goal of integrating these perspectives.  Our work will encompass three general areas: “soul,” “spirit,” and “thought.”  The course will begin with an overview of some of the classic texts included in the contemporary scholarly research done on the topic, and it will end with an examination of a few of the complex global problems facing human beings in the twenty-first century and how those problems can be approached with an integrated “conscious” perspective.  We can then examine how such a perspective can take us from a fragmented world to one grounded in wholeness.  We will explore the differences of living in a “mechanical” world-view to that of a “holographic” world-view.  

 Our journey will allow us to explore: 1) the nature of the human psyche; 2) yoga and meditation; 3) psychedelics, shamanism, and mysticism; 4) the extent to which the mythic imagination and scientific narratives are isomorphic; 5) the extent to which thought operates as a system; 6) creativity; 7) the “hard problem of consciousness”; and 8) how dialogue can be used as an effective communication tool.  Disciplines examined in the class can include (but are not limited to): business, communication and media studies, religious studies, mythology, philosophy (East and West), psychology, sociology, anthropology, archeology, world literature, quantum physics, cognitive biology, and art.

 

(Spring 2020)

The Nature of Consciousness
Instructor: Michael Pryzdia

This course explores the nature of consciousness.  We will examine the multiple dimensions of this topic by viewing the topic through various disciplinary perspectives with the goal of integrating these perspectives.  Our work will encompass three general areas: “soul,” “spirit,” and “thought.”  The course will begin with an overview of some of the classic texts included in the contemporary scholarly research done on the topic, and it will end with an examination of a few of the complex global problems facing human beings in the twenty-first century and how those problems can be approached with an integrated “conscious” perspective.  We can then examine how such a perspective can take us from a fragmented world to one grounded in wholeness.  We will explore the differences of living in a “mechanical” world-view to that of a “holographic” world-view.  

 Our journey will allow us to explore: 1) the nature of the human psyche; 2) yoga and meditation; 3) psychedelics, shamanism, and mysticism; 4) the extent to which the mythic imagination and scientific narratives are isomorphic; 5) the extent to which thought operates as a system; 6) creativity; 7) the “hard problem of consciousness”; and 8) how dialogue can be used as an effective communication tool.  Disciplines examined in the class can include (but are not limited to): business, communication and media studies, religious studies, mythology, philosophy (East and West), psychology, sociology, anthropology, archeology, world literature, quantum physics, cognitive biology, and art.