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Fall 2015 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: Intro to International Studies
Applies to Global Studies BDP certificate
Professor Karin Wilkins, Department of Radio-Television-Film
This course encourages students to explore a variety of issues in a global context. Building respect and understanding of our global environment is crucial in our educational system as well as our social and political engagement beyond the classroom. This introductory seminar will address current global concerns, particularly in the areas of global resources; globalization and trade; transnational terrorism and security; global conflict and negotiation; international development; human rights and social justice; and global communication.

BDP 101: Race Policy
Applies to Public Policy, and Social Inequality, Health & Policy BDP certificates
Professor Ed Dorn, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs
The Constitution begins with “We, the People,” but does not say who “the people” are. As a result, we have been arguing for more than two centuries about who belongs here – who should be allowed to immigrate into the United States, who can claim citizenship, and whether different groups of people have different rights and responsibilities. This seminar will use key policy documents – the 1790 Naturalization Act, the Supreme Court’s Dred Scott and Wong Kim Ark decisions, the 14th Amendment, and the 1965 Immigration Reform Act, among others – to trace the evolution of our long-running argument about who should be considered part of “We, the people.” In the process, students will learn about the three core components of all policies: classification (creating sub-groups within a population), assignment (determining which subgroup a particular individual belongs to) and allocation (doling out rights and responsibilities according to the classification.) The seminar also will cover the institutions and processes involved in developing and implementing public policy. After taking this course, students will have the background needed to engage in informed discussion of controversial public policy issues such as immigration reform, “birthright” citizenship, and the uses of racial and ethnic classifications.

BDP 101: Professional Ethics in Law, Business, and Medicine
Applies to Ethics & Leadership BDP certificates
Professor John Dzienkowski, School of Law
This course presents and critically examines the regulation of professional ethics in three distinct professions. It compares and contrasts how the professions of law, business, and medicine address similar ethical dilemmas. We will examine the rules, the policies, and seek to determine the instrumental and intrinsic justifications underlying the rules.

BDP 101: Exploring Digital Arts & Media
Applies to Digital Arts & Media BDP certificate
Professor Bruce Pennycook, College of Fine Arts
This seminar 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: Health Inequality in Childhood and Adolescence
Applies to Children & Society, and Social Inequality, Health & Policy BDP certificates
Professor Keryn Pasch, Department of Kinesiology and Health Education
Health inequality in childhood and adolescence appears in all stages of the human life course as a function of the stratification of American society by race, social class, gender, and other factors. In childhood and adolescence, inequalities emerge in mental health, obesity, health behavior, and other aspects of health that lay a foundation for the even greater inequalities in health, including life expectancy, that characterize adult populations. Thus, combating early health inequalities can have long-term, lasting effects on the general well-being of American society as a whole. Because the first step in combating such early health inequalities is to understand them, this seminar will investigate in detail the various inequalities in health that arise and persist during the early life course by listening to experts from the health field, reading research articles on health, and discussing both the causes of health problems and possible methods of preventing such problems.

Other BDP Courses

BDP 319: Human Rights: Theories & Practice
Applies to Human Rights & Social Justice, and Social Entrepreneurship & Non-profits BDP certificates
Professor Luis Carcamo-Huechante, Department of Spanish and Portuguese
This seminar will introduce students to the interdisciplinary study and practices of human rights at home and around the world. Drawing on materials from the humanities, social sciences, law, fine arts, and public policy, the course will engage both historical precedents and contemporary debates over the relevance of a human rights discourse to academic inquiry and extracurricular advocacy. Divided into five sections, the syllabus is designed not only to encourage a broad understanding of human rights’ emergence into current public policy and persistent humanitarian narratives, but to facilitate as well the opportunity to research these concerns through specific topical examples, both issue-oriented and regionally-grounded.