There are several fantastic BDP courses being offered this spring! BDP 101 courses are open to all first and second year undergraduates and all current BDP students. BDP 329 is open to students with upper-division standing. No special permission is needed to register. Contact Emily Watson if you have any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
BDP 101: Social Inequality, Health & Policy (62255)
M 12:00-2:00 • FAC 4 • Professor Brad Love
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.
BDP 101: Human Rights & Social Justice (62235)
M 3:00- 5:00 • CMA 3.124 • Professor Robert Jensen
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: Children & Society (62220)
T 2:00-4:00 • FAC 4 • Professor Cathy Echols & Professor Keryn Pasch
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: Intro to the Non-profit World (62250)
T 3:30-5:30 • SSW 2.106 • Professor Cal Streeter
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 them with the 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. We 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: Intro to Cultural Studies (62245)
W 2:00-4:00 • MAI 220A• Professor John Hartigan
Cultural Studies is a dynamic, interdisciplinary approach to the complexities of everyday life. This course samples a variety of contemporary Cultural Studies perspectives, considering their usefulness for making sense of widely circulating media, images, and meanings. We will examine the emergence of public space and the nuanced forms of cultural 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 objects of 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 culture works.
BDP 101: Conflict Resolution & Peace Studies (62240)
W 3:00-5:00 • MAI 220B • Professor David Edwards
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: Exploring Digital Arts & Media (62230)
W 3:30-5:30 • MRH 2.634 • Professor Bruce Pennycook
Exploring Digital 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: Environmental Change & Sustainability (62225)
TH 3:30-5:30 • JGB 3.222• Professor Christopher Bell
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 329: Ethics, Law and Health Care (62275)
M 12:00-3:00 • MAI 220E • Professor William Winslade
This course will explore real medical and legal cases that create ethical controversies. An interdisciplinary approach will combine legal and ethical case analysis with medical and psychological perspectives. Topics include, among others, emergency lifesaving treatment; organ donation; definition of death; brain injury treatment enhancement and research; mental illness; treatment and punishment of sex offenders; legal responsibility and brain function; competency and consent to or refusal of medical treatment for children and adults; physician assisted suicide and euthanasia; privacy, confidentiality, and privileged communications; termination and treatment of devastated patients; and responses to medical error. A seminar paper and in class presentation are required. Open to all students with upper-division standing.