Seats available in BDP 101 courses

We still have seats available in the following BDP 101 spring courses. BDP 101 Forum Seminars are open to all Freshmen and Sophomores. They introduce students to the key concepts, methodologies, and questions related to BDP certificate topics. They feature weekly discussions with faculty from a variety of departments across UT, so Forum Seminars are a great way for students to explore their interests. Please spread the word if you have students who might be interested in these courses!

BDP 101: Environmental Change & Sustainability (59395)
TH 3:30-5:30pm • JGB 3.222 • Professor Chris Bell
Class meets for first half of the semester – January 23-March 12.
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 (59400)
W 3:30-5:30pm • MRH 2.634 • Professor Neal Daugherty
Class meets for first half of the semester – January 22-March 11.
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 (59405)
T 2:00-4:00pm • FAC 4 • Professor Jason Cons
Class meets for first half of the semester – January 21-March 10.
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: Intro to the Non-Profit World (59420)
T 3:30-5:30pm • SSW 2.106 • Professor Cal Streeter
Class meets for first half of the semester – January 21-March 10.
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: Patients, Practitioners, and Cultures of Care (59425)
M 3:30-5:30pm • SSW 1.212 • Professor Stephen Sonnenberg
Class meets for first half of the semester – January 21-March 10.
Introduces the interdisciplinary study of healthcare and the many potential roles of the healthcare provider. Explores an overview of foundational concepts for understanding healthcare and providers in an interdisciplinary way, including culture and health, the built environment and health, narrative medicine, and healer resilience in relation to serious illness and end of life care. Guest lecturers represent the disciplines of Anthropology, Architecture and Planning, Social Work, and Health Communications.

BDP 101: Ethics in Campaign 2020: Law, Business, Health Care (59426)
M 3:30-5:30pm • CMA 6.152 • Professor Joe Cutbirth
Class meets for first half of the semester – January 27-March 23.
Presidential campaigns ultimately are about laws. Laws addressing national health care, trade and tax policies, and the very make-up of the ultimate legal body – the U.S. Supreme Court – are at the center of the 2020 presidential campaign. The idea that the candidates and the media who cover them act ethically as they create narratives for the voters is critical to our democracy. This course will examine the role advertising, public relations and journalism play in creating the story of the 2020 campaign. Together, we will use an ethical lens to examine business, health care, and legal issues in debates, campaign events, paid advertising, and investigative journalism during the critical seven-week period from the Iowa Caucuses in January to the Texas Primary in March, also known as Super Tuesday.


Larissa Noake | Assistant Director
Bridging Disciplines Programs | School of Undergraduate Studies
The University of Texas at Austin
Phone: 512.232.7586
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