PLACE supports innovative teaching that explores the chosen theme in an integrated, interdisciplinary fashion.
Spring 2013 paired courses include:
HIST 215: Revolutions in 20th Century Latin America (4 credits: VP & GP)
MLSP 362: Latin American Cultures Through Film (4 Credits: IS & GP)
Both of these courses will examine and compare major revolutionary movements from Mexico, Cuba, and Central America during the 20th century, and will assess the impact of these movements on political, economic, social, and cultural trends in the region. Classes will meet together periodically to study the historical background and enduring legacies of these revolutions. The classes will also view and discuss a number of films from both a historical and cultural lens. In the history course, readings, lectures, and discussions will help elucidate how revolutionary processes develop beyond just the seizure of political power to manifestations of revolution within culture, society, and the economy. In the Spanish course, a study of changing individual and collective identities will be the focus as students look at samples of the literature that has emerged from the war experiences. Guest speakers will enhance the courses' content by providing students with an insider look into political struggles and the way these struggles manifest themselves in current political and cultural realities of the regions. MLSP 302 or MLSP 290 are prerequisites for MLSP 362 or consent of instructor.
MSCM 360: Topics in Mass Communication: Media, War, and Culture (4 Credits)
AAVC 243: Digital Color Photography (4 Credits: CS)
In spring 2013, students in MSCM 360 and AAVC 243 will work together on a shared community service learning project to document the experiences of local veterans. In cooperation with area veterans' groups, Mass Communication students will write accounts of veterans' experiences, and Art students will photograph the veterans. The written accounts and photographs will be assembled into a small gallery exhibit on campus and, if possible, a printed booklet. To provide context for the project, instructors Susan Currie Sivek and Cris Moss will co-teach some class sessions to discuss relevant theoretical and technical issues. The project will allow students to examine the social responsibility of media practitioners and photographers, apply their journalistic and photographic skills to a real-world project, and communicate their work to the larger community.
POLS 371: Political Psychology (4 Credits: IS)
PSYCH 330: Social Psychology of Terrorism (4 Credits)
The major basis for the integration of PSYCH 330 and POLS 371 is the instructors' beliefs that both disciplines have important contributions to make regarding the impact of state and non-state violence on public opinion, leadership, decision making, the governing institutions, and political discourse of nation states and on the United States in particular. Thus, the two courses will meet together to consider broad issues such as societal and regime responses to terrorism and the questions of how terrorism is framed in comparative context. The classes will also meet separately to focus on more narrow discipline specific questions. There will also be guest speakers to address joint meetings of the classes as appropriate, as well as two film showings for joint discussion.
The following courses also highlight aspects of the PLACE theme:
ENGL 365: Postcolonial Literature in English (4 Credits: CS & GP)
HIST 121: History of Western Culture II (4 Credits: VP & GP)
HIST 123: History of World Civilization II (4 Credits: VP & GP)
HIST 125: East Asia Since 1800 (4 Credits: VP & GP)
HIST 233: Ancient Rome (4 Credits: VP)
HIST 276: Native American History (4 Credits: VP & US)
HIST 360: History of Modern Britain (4 Credits: VP & GP)
POLS 210: International Politics (4 Credits: IS & GP)
POLS 361: Current Debates/ US Foreign Policy (4 Credits: IS & GP)
RELS 140: Holy Qur’an (4 Credits: UQ, VP, & GP)
RELS 325: Forgiveness and Reconciliation (4 Credits: UQ)
SOAN 230: People/Culture of South Asia (4 Credits)
TCCA 355: Topics: Communicating Protest (4 Credits: IS, US, & VP)
The following courses will include discussions regarding the devastating influenza pandemic of 1918 that occurred at the end of World War I. Discussions will explore how these two major events impacted one another and will examine the scientific, social and cultural response to the spread of influenza under the backdrop of war.
BIOL 213 Human Physiology
BIOL 275 Introduction to Microbiology
BIOL 361 General Microbiology
BIOL 441 Biochemical and Molecular Biology
HIST 252 History of the US West
HIST 276 Native American History
INQS 125 Illness and Healing, The Writing Life
SOAN 232 Medicine and Culture
For more information on course offerings, visit the Office of the Registrar website.