Integrated Studies Courses Fall 2012
TR 10:00 am-11:15 am
Taught by Alan Clarke
Native American Genocide
This writing intensive, interdisciplinary class explores the Native American holocaust to assess whether the concept of genocide applies to Native Peoples of North America. Historians have little difficulty using the word “genocide” with respect to mass atrocities occurring before the concept existed (e.g., the Armenian genocide of 1914-23). However, they disagree vigorously about whether the experience of Native Peoples qualifies under the Genocide Convention’s requirement of “acts committed with the intent to destroy, [a protected group] in whole or in part.” The issue’s modern significance revolves around the extent to which modern society should mitigate the poverty affecting many First Nations People.
All texts for this course will be on electronic reserve or Lexis.
IS 300R 002 | Death and Dying
TR 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
This text will not be carried by the UVU bookstore; numerous used copies are available through Amazon.
IS 350R 601 | Buddhism and the Meaning of Life
W 5:00-7:30 pm
Taught by Dr. Wayne Hanewicz
Such questions are not limited to western culture. Eastern cultures ask similar questions, although they are often phrased in a way the reflects cultural idiosyncrasies. Still, there is more than idiosyncrasy at work here; the questions themselves reflect differences in understanding about the nature of reality, space, time, sentience, beginnings and endings. Consider the subtle differences inherent in these questions. Where were you before you were here? What did your face look like before you were born? How many times have you been born, and how many times have you died? Were you ever born or did you ever die?
As you can see, questions like these warrant the attention of many people. Even if our attention results is dismissing them as meaningless, a serious judgment entails rigorous inquiry into some of the most fundamental questions about existence. Buddhism examines these questions in ways that are unusual for the western mind. The form of both the questions and answers disclose unusual and surprisingly productive views of the nature of our existence. We will examine these differences to see if they can provide insights into our own journey on the path to life's meaning.
IS 350R 001 | International Human Rights
TR 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM
Taught by Dr. Alan Clarke
This is a writing intensive interdisciplinary study of international human rights law from social, political, philosophical perspectives and focusing on torture, genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes. It emphasizes the use of torture in the post 9/11 “war on terror,” and mass atrocities occurring after World War II, such as those occurring in Rwanda, the former Yugoslavia, Cambodia, Sierra Leone, Syria, and Sudan. In addition to human rights it will deal with international criminal law.
Rendition to Torture by Alan Clarke
IS 350R 601| Topics in Integrated Studies | Behavioral Economics
M 5:00 pm-7:30 pm
Taught by Mark Jeffreys
Are people "predictably irrational"? This class will introduce experimental economic games as tools to understand human behavior. Along the way students will gain an introductory understanding of basic game theory, decision theory, and the psychology of risk, as well as some acquaintance with evolutionary and neurological explanations for economic behavior. There will be many opportunities to try experimental games in class. There will be minimal use of mathematics and formal notation for understanding some of the models that inform the games. No prior experience with economics is required.
1. Predictably Irrational, Revised and Expanded Edition by Dan Ariely (2010)
- ISBN-10: 0061353248
- ISBN-13: 978-0061353246
2. Behavioral Economics by Edward Cartwright (2011)
- ISBN-10: 0415573122
- ISBN-13: 978-0415573122
Note to Students:
Both of these are available in hardcover, paperback, or Kindle editions--the Kindle & paperback editions being, of course, much less expensive, along the lines of $10 for Ariely and $40 for Cartwright.
IS 300R 602 | Topics in Integrated Studies | Medical Humanities
FALL 2012 (first block)
T 5:00 pm-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 4980 001
IS 4990 | Integrated Studies Capstone II
(see advisor - multiple sections available)