This transdisciplinary course explores notions of social identity that have generated deep and abiding inequalities. Students analyze social inequalities of colonialism, racism, and other divisive structures. The course integrates Historical, Sociological, and Psychological content with literature from Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Women and Gender Studies, Environmental Studies, and Legal perspectives.
Drawing on the interdisciplinary fields of composition, information literacy, and literacy studies, this course will introduce students to scholarship and best practices in tutoring research and writing. Students will develop an understanding of information literacy and writing theories and of peer tutoring roles. Recommended for students interested in peer tutoring.
This transdisciplinary course is designed to prepare students for life after college by translating theory into life skills that include: time management, interpersonal communication, personal food budgeting and preparation, mindfulness and individual physical activity. The course draws from the fields of food and nutrition, public health, psychology, communication and accounting.
Trans-disciplinary overview of personal financial management in its public policy context-drawing upon academic and applied work in Economics and Political Science. Course shows how government policies and laws condition personal financial planning. Course take-away: an individualized financial plan that establishes life goals that can be started during college. 7 weeks. 2 credits
This interdisciplinary course draws from neuoscience (which includes biochemistry and physiology) and Buddhist Psychology (which also involves philosophy) to understand the practice of meditation and its benefits. Students will learn a variety of meditative practices and then explore research on the neural bases and Buddhist psychological theory underlying this practice.
We live in an unjust world. What can citizens do? What is the role of the media and formal/nonformal education? Is change possible? This interdisciplinary course uses tools from sociology and education in analyzing the systemic nature of social justice and equity issues. Includes involvement in a social change project.
An examination of a particular aspect of American cultures with an emphasis on developing a critical method appropriate to the interdisciplinary use of texts and other cultural artifacts. May be repeatable as topics change.
Interdisciplinary exploration of a specific aspect or area of American culture employing methods drawn from the field of American Studies. Course moves toward the question: What is American? Readings consider phenomena defining American culture(s) and social structure(s), engaging theoretical, historical, and aesthetic materials. Intended for non-majors.
Course employs perspectives from the interdisciplinary field of American Studies to examine particular social, cultural, political, phenomena related to United States and/or American identity. Topical inquiries made using methods/approaches from academic disciplines such as history, ethnic studies, geography, musicology or literary studies.
An exploration of the interdisciplinary field of information science, and the impact that information systems have on society. Topics may include information as a commodity, media bias, censorship, privacy, intellectual property, and the digital divide. Students discuss the evolving information environment to become ethical consumers and producers of information.
How do we engage in information creation in ethical ways? How do online groups help produce information? This interdisciplinary course draws from information science, communication, and education, allowing students to produce digital content as a means of self-discovery, self-expression, and community engagement while considering the ethics of knowledge creation.
An introduction to cybercriminal activities from the perspective of computer forensics, sociology, criminal justice studies, in non-technological language while examining all basics on investigation and prosecution. Emphasis on both traditional and new forms of computer crime such as unauthorized access, online fraud, e-fencing, fraudulent instruments, identity theft, and many others.
An introduction to game theory and strategic interactions with cases drawn from economics, business, politics, sociology, psychology, international studies and sports. Topics include prisoners dilemma, Nash Equilibrium, backward induction, signaling, mixed strategies, cooperative and non-cooperative games, bargaining conventions, the tragedy of commons, evolutionary game theory and behavioral critiques of rationality.
An exploration of schooling and its relationship to culture and society, focusing on womens role in education as both students and educators. Uses a historical, sociological, and feminist lens in examination of womens struggle for equality in education with parallels drawn to struggles of other subjects of marginalization.
This interdisciplinary course introduces students to the traditions of environmental literature. Students will learn to think across the humanities, arts, and sciences. May explore a particular group of writers, genre, historical period, or bioregion. May be repeated once as topics change.
This multidisciplinary course applies classical rhetoric to contemporary genres of writing. You will write, analyze, and revise short pieces in several genres (including creative writing and professional writing,) using style, voice, and syntax for aesthetic and rhetorical effect.
This interdisciplinary course explores the connection between food choices, food production systems and their impacts on public health and the environment. Considering social, political, economic, and ethical factors, students will compare different agricultural systems and assess the ecological footprint and sustainability of our daily decisions of what to eat.
Students will gain a basic scientific understanding of the Earths major physical and biological systems within the context of global environmental issues, and will also explore global environmental change and potentioal solutions from interdisciplinary economic, ethical, political, and social perspectives.
Introduces the geology and ecology, the natural and human history, and the social systems and governance structures that shape our regional environment. Explores the concept of place using interdisciplinary approaches including hands-on field work, preparing students to become responsible environmental stewards of the places where they live.
This multidisciplinary course examines natural and anthropogenic hazards through perspectives from Environmental Geography, Cultural Studies, Science and Technology Studies, and Earth Science. Students will scientifically investigate dynamic earth processes and how they interact with social factors to create catastrophes. Students will also analyze cultural and political aspects of apocalyptic stories.
This course explores cinema through interdisciplinary approaches that cross multiple fields of study, drawing upon academic disciplines that include literary studies, womens studies, media studies, cultural studies, and history. May be repeated as topics change.
An interdisciplinary introduction to Holocaust and genocide studies. Students analyze roles of resisters, rescuers, bystanders, victims, survivors, perpetrators, and collaborators. Students are challenged to find ways to exert their leverage and responsibility in preventing genocide.
Explores issues related to war, genocide, and human rights in Africa. Examines colonial histories, regional geopolitics, and African dictators that have contributed to the continents turbulence, as well as African strategies for peace. Case studies may include the Herero Genocide, the Belgium Congo, Rwanda, and Apartheid South Africa. Fall
How did womens Holocaust experiences differ from those of men? An interdisciplinary exploration of gender in Central European families, ghettos, camps, and resistance, this course examines connections between the Holocaust and present day manifestations of anti-Semitism, sexism, homophobia, and nationalism. Readings are drawn from history, womens studies, and Holocaust memoirs. Cross listed as IIWGS-254.
Interdisciplinary introduction to a growing field that examines competing explanations for why violence, terrorism, war, and genocide occur. Explores the methods and frameworks that scholars, policy makers, peace activists, and practitioners employ in dealing with physical and structural violence. Topics may include non-violent resistance, inner-city violence, conflict transformation, and mediation. Fall.
An interdisciplinary course exploring nutrition and food in our communities through policy, food security/economics, and culture. Federal nutrition assistance programs are discussed including laws, qualifications, and services. Cultural competency is explored through beliefs, customs, religion, communication, and food practices of various cultural groups and self. Students prepare culturally inspired foods.
A multi-disciplinary course that explores the sociological, psychological, biological and spiritual components of resiliency. Includes discussion, contemplation, self-reflection and active practice of strategies that cultivate resiliency such as: meditation, ecotherapy, communication skills, conflict resolution, cognitive restructuring, forgiveness, art, yoga, and time management.
A survey of womens health from the biological, social, economic, and political perspectives, drawing from the interdisciplinary field of public health.
An interdisciplinary examination of human sexual development and behavior, including reproduction, sexual anatomy, psychosexual development, sexual socialization, values, and various forms of sexual expression. This course will explore human sexuality from biological, cultural, legal, and political perspectives.
The purpose of this course is to present an interdisciplinary approach to sport which will challenge students to critically reflect and discuss sport from psychological and sociological perspectives. The central focus of the course is to understand how these perspectives and experiences interconnect our personal and societal viewpoints of sport today.
This interdisciplinary course will explore outdoor recreational leadership qualities, styles, and group dynamics from multiple perspectives (physical education/communication). Additional focus on experiential learning and examinations of selected program activities; develop, lead, and evaluate activities based on varying participant requirements; and earn a Leave No Trace certification.
An interdisciplinary approach to understanding why only some people participate in physical activity. Students reflect on past and current experiences, examine psychological theories of motivation, and investigate the exercise high. Neurogenesis as the mechanism for cognitive and emotional benefits is explored. Students develop strategies for increasing exercise motivation in others.
How do we create, maintain, and preserve information for personal, historical, and societal purposes? This interdisciplinary course draws from information science, book history, and communication, to explore the evolution of writing and recordkeeping by organizations, government, and individuals, and the impact of different technologies on print and digital recorded information.
This interdisciplinary course draws from Information Science, Communications, and Public Policy to examine policies governing the use, access, storage, creation, and dissemination of information. Students apply theoretical frameworks and consider how information policies affect their own agency and citizenship. Topics include freedom of expression, privacy, and intellectual property.
Media coverage of environmental issues is analyzed from scientific, economic, political and legal perspectives. For both science and nonscience majors, a clearer understanding of how the media covers the environment and the various institutional interests involved in that coverage results through critical analysis and research projects.
Explores contemporary organizational diversity and multiculturalism from an interdisciplinary perspective, drawing from management, psychology, sociology, disability studies, feminist studies, and history. Specific topics will include understanding differences such as gender, race, ethnicity, age, religion, disability, appearance, and sexual orientation. Emphasis will be on addressing how organizations can become more inclusive.
An interdisciplinary examination of Afro-Brazilian arts and culture, with an emphasis on music, literature, and film. Topics include the African Diaspora and negritude in Brazil, folkloric and contemporary Brazilian music, and current trends in Brazilian literature and film. Students will also consider their own place in history and contemporary society.
The course will enrich anyones appreciation for this art form and provide an introduction to the music of the film industry. The development of film music will be traced from the early Silent Film era, through the advent of the Talkies, and onto the grand Romantic scores of modern times.
An interdisciplinary exploration of how analyses of the physics of sound aid our understanding of music. Students will learn how sound is created, sustained, amplified; how limits in human physiology shape approaches to music; how physical properties of instruments relate to tone quality and give insight into different genres of music.
Multi-disciplinary introduction to data analysis across the Sciences emphasized through problems in current research conducted at Keene State College, including Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Studies, Engineering, Astronomy, etc. Data visualization and communication is a primary focus. Topics include: basic programming techniques, file input/output, visualization, data mining, times series, image and movie analysis.
This course examines Restorative Justice theory and practice. Restorative Justice is a broad-based set of interdisciplinary theories and practices. Students will study the indigenous foundations of Restorative Justice and will integrate this knowledge with the interdisciplinary perspectives that operationalize how Restorative Justice work is accomplished worldwide.
Human-Centered Design: Product Design involves the interdisciplinary integration of human, ergonomic and aesthetic needs with technological and production methods to create manufactured products. Product Design Principles cover the human/object interface, product form, innovation, redesign, and eco-design. Research Product Cases with reflective writing. Sketching and hands-on projects emphasize design methods. Lecture/Lab. Not open to students who have taken SPDI-152 or IISPDI-199 Product Design Essentials.
An interdisciplinary approach grounded in a comprehensive definition of sustainability to assist students exploring potential multidisciplinary or transdisciplinary solutions to complex, multi-layered problems - including but not limited to climate change, desertification, militarism, consumerism, wealth inequality and affordable housing, education and health care. Open to all majors.
This course is designed to introduce students to the key issues, questions, and debates in the interdisciplinary field of Womens and Gender Studies. Central to the course will be a focus on the social construction of identity and the myriad ways in which gender, race, class, sexuality and nationality work to constitute peoples experiences.
An interdisciplinary examination across social sciences, history and gender studies of mens diverse experiences in the U.S.A. It approaches and explores the relationships between multiple social categorizations such as gender/trans, race/ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, nation, physical abilities and mens lives.
An interdisciplinary examination of reproductive justice in the U.S. and other countries. Drawing on concepts from critical race theory, critical legal theory, and feminist theory, among others, students will explore the history informing ideas about reproduction, including eugenics, abortion debates, inequality in access to reproductive services, and similar topics.
We take an interdisciplinary approach to studying representations of race and ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and other social identities in popular culture. Using literature from cultural studies, queer studies, ethnic studies, communication, sociology, and other disciplines, we explore dominant ideologies and how they are perpetuated (or not) in media products.
Interdisciplinary study of a specific issue or topic within the field of Womens and Gender Studies. Students will develop skills in critical reading and critical thinking. May be repeated for credit as topics change.
This interdisciplinary course explores the experiences of women of color using feminist scholarship from literature, sociology, history, and womens studies. Analyzes the history of social movements that have influenced the construction of the category women of color and articulates a critique of the category of whiteness.
Consider how globalization and national borders impact ideas about sexuality. Think through how national and transnational identities are built around sexuality. This interdisciplinary course will draw from fields including cultural studies, international studies, and feminist theory. Topics covered may include immigration, colonialism, war, and tourism.