Integrated Studies Courses Spring 2013
IS 300R | Death and Dying
Tues / Thurs 2:30 pm-3:45 pm
Taught by Nancy Rushforth and Reba Keele
This course in Death Education fills requirements for both Integrated Studies and Community Health. Together we will examine information and data pertaining to death in the United States and globally, causes of death, definitions, stages of dying, bereavement and legal and ethical issues such as euthanasia and suicide. We will focus on attitudes and values of Americans concerning death and study ways in which to work with and relate to the dying.
Death, Society and the Human Experience
Robert J Kastenbaum 10 ed.
Allyn and Bacon
IS 300R | Thinking, Knowing, & Being
W 5:00 pm-7:30 pm
IS 300R | Law and Literature
W 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Taught by Dr. Alan Clarke
This is an interdisciplinary study of law and literature from social, political, philosophical and literary perspectives. We will read, discuss and write about classic legally themed literary works like, Sophocles Antigone, Melville’s Billy Budd, Abbott’s In the Belly of the Beast, as well as scholarly writings about the connections between law and literature, such as Nussbaum’s, The Poetics of Law and White’s Heracles Bow. This is a reading and writing intensive course.
IS 300R | Law and Social Change
TR 10:00-11:15 am
This is an interdisciplinary study of law from social, political, philosophical, criminological, journalistic and legal perspectives. The course has three major goals – to introduce you to interdisciplinarity, to dive into research methods relevant to a major writing project, and to illustrate how changes in the law and changing social norms are related.
IS 350R 601 | Biology and Culture
M 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Taught by Dr. Mark Jeffreys
We are the beasts who want to explain things. We are the mammals who can't survive without complex culture. Is there any way to understand exactly how our biological traits relate to our cultural traits? That's the main question this course addresses.
Required texts, all of which are available in multiple formats:
1. David Barash, _Homo Mysterious: Evolutionary Puzzles of Human Nature_ Oxford UP 2012
2. Mark Pagel, _Wired for Culture: Origins of the Human Social Mind_ Norton 2011
3. Alex Mesoudi, _Cultural Evolution: How Darwinian Theory Can Explain Human Culture and Synthesize the Social Sciences_ U Chicago P 2011
IS 350R 601 | Medical Humanities
T 5:00-7:30 PM
Taught by Nancy Rushforth
The juncture between science and the humanities is explored in this interdisciplinary course through Anthropology, psychology , poetry, art, theater, film and music to discover and convey the depths of human emotion . Study of the humanities in the context of suffering and personhood helps to develop and sustain skills necessary for an understanding of the interrelationship between an individual's experience and their care-giver. Medical schools across the country are including such courses in their curriculum in order to promote empathy, compassion and self-reflection.
IS 4980 | Integrated Studies Capstone I
IS 4990 | Integrated Studies Capstone II
(see advisor - multiple sections available)