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Spring 2017 BDP Course Offerings

BDP 101 courses are restricted to Freshmen and Sophomores, or to students participating in the Bridging Disciplines Programs. The courses meet for two hours per week for the first eight weeks of the semester. They do not satisfy a substantial writing component requirement.

BDP 101: Children and Society
Applies to Children & Society BDP certificate
Professor Catharine Echols, Department of Psychology
Children and Society focuses on children and their development within social systems such as families, schools and communities, as well as the individual characteristics and broader cultural values that influence development.

BDP 101: Conflict Resolution and Peace Studies
Applies to Conflict Resolution & Peace Studies and all Ethics & Leadership BDP certificates
Professor Madeline Maxwell, Department of Communication Studies
This course will survey the nature and role of conflict and its resolution at various levels, from the global to the interpersonal, focusing on certain key challenges, such as great power conflicts, civil wars, ethnic conflicts, and urban struggles. We will study the use of conflict as a tool by change agents as well as efforts to resolve conflicts in the interests of peace, justice, and welfare. Special attention will be given to nonviolent campaigns for social change. We will read interesting accounts of various conflicts and efforts to deal with them, along with writings by change agents employing conflict. Class sessions will include presentations by experts from various fields in the University community and beyond.

BDP 101: Environmental Change and Sustainability
Applies to Environment & Sustainability BDP certificate
Professor Christopher Bell, Department of Geological Sciences
In this forum seminar, students will explore the range of environmental challenges that our society faces, including those involving water resources, global change issues, and global and local prospects in Energy technologies and solid waste management. The roles of science, policy-making, economic interests, and sustainability will be examined in the context of these issues.

BDP 101: Exploring Digital Arts & Media
Applies to Digital Arts & Media BDP certificate
Professor Jack Stamps, Center for Arts & Enterntainment Technology
Exploring Digital Arts & Media is a Bridging Disciplines Forum Seminar and one-credit course that aims to present a broad survey of digital art and media. For most of the eight seminars there will be a guest speaker in the first hour then in the second hour there will be a lecture/discussion period based on the presenter’s work and on the general topic. Students in this course will learn about the many areas of specialization that the phrase “digital art & media” covers ranging from the Internet to game design.

BDP 101: Human Rights and Social Justice
Applies to Human Rights & Social Justice BDP certificate
Professor Robert Jensen, Department of Journalism
The Forum Seminar is one of two required courses in the “Human Rights and Social Justice” Bridging Disciplines Program. In this eight-week course, students will explore key concepts in rights and justice; examine how governments, movements, and individuals try to advance these principles through law and political organizing; and evaluate the possibilities and problems in securing human rights and social justice in the contemporary world. Scholars from various disciplines will visit the classroom to share their research and experiences. In class discussion and written assignments, students will identify and analyze human-rights and social-justice controversies, drawing on the varied intellectual and ideological perspectives from readings and guest lectures.

BDP 101: Introduction to Museum Studies
Applies to Museum Studies BDP certificate
Professor Pauline Strong, Department of Anthropology
This course is an introduction to the interdisciplinary study of museums, archives, libraries, galleries, and other institutional sites of collection, preservation, research, and education. Students will learn how museum professionals select and curate objects, define and serve their publics, and preserve and shape the histories, heritage, and identity of cultures and societies. They will also learn how scholars analyze museum practices of collection and representation, and how practices of curation have spread beyond museum walls.

BDP 101: Introduction to the Non-Profit World
Applies to Social Entrepreneurship & Non-profits BDP certificate
Professor Cal Streeter, School of Social Work
The non-profit sector is the fastest growing sector in the U.S. economy. This phenomenon presents enormous opportunities for communities, non-profit managers, Boards of Directors, and those who fund non-profit organizations. This course introduces students to the non-profit sector and provides the foundation knowledge they need to understand the role of non-profit organizations in contemporary American society. Students will learn what distinguishes the non-profit sector from business and government, with particular attention to mission, organizational structure, funding, and culture. It will examine the statutory and regulatory requirements of non-profit organizations and explore the ways in which philanthropic giving and volunteers shape the work of the non-profit sector. Readings and class activities provide students with a broad understanding of the non-profit sector and help them weigh the pros and cons of a career in the non-profit world.

BDP 101: Media, Culture, and Identities
Applies to Media, Culture & Identities BDP certificate
Professor John Hartigan, Department of Anthropology
Media Studies is a dynamic, interdisciplinary approach to the image-saturated realms of everyday life. This course samples a variety of contemporary Media Studies perspectives, considering their usefulness for making sense of widely circulating images, identities, and meanings. We will also examine the emergence of public culture and the nuanced forms of social activity that thrive in diverse sites, such as malls, highways, themes parks, neighborhoods, restaurants, bars, coffee houses, clubs. Students will learn how to apply a range of methods and theories for analyzing media objects in popular culture. We will ask how culture generates varied sensibilities, dreams, styles, discourses, and forms of power within the United States. In grappling with these and other wide- ranging questions, we will consider how theories of difference, articulation, conjuncture, performativity and relationality, help us think about the ways media works.

BDP 101: Social Inequality, Health, and Policy
Applies to Social Inequality, Health& Policy BDP certificate
Professor Brad Love, Department of Advertising and Public Relations
The Social Inequality, Health, and Policy Seminar explores the causes, consequences, and importance of health disparities. The course will cover international approaches to dealing with healthcare and discuss what national and local governments, as well as non-governmental organizations, can do to effectively reduce the most glaring health vulnerabilities. We will discuss a sample of health issues affected by disparities and the factors driving those discrepancies.

Other BDP Courses

BDP 329: Human Rights: Theories & Practice
Applies to Ethics & Leadership in Health Care BDP certificate
Professor William Winslade, Department of Philosophy
This seminar will address the brain development before birth and throughout the life cycle of the brain from pre-verbal babies, the young child, adolescents, young adults, mature adults and cognitive enhancement, brain injury, and brain disease. It will also address the vegetative state, minimal consciousness, Alzheimer’s disease, and brain death. The seminar will consist of interactive class discussions as well as student’s presentations of their research.