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There are no IDS 310 courses offered for Spring 2020
Demonstrate a pragmatic understanding of conservation history and its relation to international development, with an emphasis on environmental and social histories that underlie both poverty and environmental degradation.
Death and Dying: An Interdisciplinary Approach
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.
The Cultural and Chemical History of Beer
Instructor: Matthew Rodgers
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.
Identity and Conflict in Europe
Instructor: Andi Hess
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.
Global Governance: International Organizations
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.
There are no IDS 314 topic offered Spring 2020
The Political Economy of Work and Organizations
Instructor: Marie Wallace
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.
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.
The Nature of Consciousness
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. Our journey will allow us to explore: 1) the nature of the human psyche; 2) yoga and meditation; 3) the extent to which the mythic imagination and scientific narratives are isomorphic; 4) the extent to which thought operates as a system; and 6) how dialogue can be used as a very 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.