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Fall 2020: 3 Trending Course Topics You Should Consider!

07.10.20

Undergraduate Course Highlights

From the COVID-19 pandemic and the personal impact it’s had on our lives, to the demonstrations and protests across the globe, the year of 2020 has brought a range of complex societal issues to the forefront that simply don’t have a clear solution.

This Fall, we’re offering several courses focused on the topics that you read about the most. As a student, you’ll get to explore these issues from multiple viewpoints and frameworks, exploring its root cause and significance. You’ll use advanced problem-solving skills to reflect on the topic, discuss possible approaches with peers, and investigate solutions using interdisciplinary research and analysis.

Below you’ll find information about these courses. As always, please discuss these options with your advisor to make sure they fit with your degree plan.


IDIS 601 1OL: History of U.S. Epidemics

Throughout history, disease outbreaks have had a profound impact on humanity. How have Americans experienced epidemics in the past? How did their understanding of the causes and cures for disease inform their decisions? In this course, you’ll examine epidemics from historical, social, and cultural points of view. Several case studies related to the history of epidemics in the United States will be covered including Smallpox, Yellow Fever, and HIV/AIDS.

COURSE DETAILS
Online coursework occurs September 21 – December 11, 2020.
Instructor: Caitlyn Veenstra
CRN: 10407
Credits: 4
Cost: $1,256 (in-state)


IDIS 601 2OL: Being Happy

What makes us happy? Is it family? Friends? Wealth? Comfort? Throughout history and across cultures, people have tried to define the meaning of happiness, resulting in a variety of explanations and a ten-billion-dollar self-help industry in the U.S. alone. Explore the concept of happiness, from historical, sociological, and psychological perspectives. Topics within the class may include the lasting impact of ancient Greek historians, the Gross National Happiness scale, cultural and religious comparisons, scientific studies, and the economics of happiness. No expertise needed!

COURSE DETAILS
Online coursework occurs September 21 – December 11, 2020.
Instructor: TBD
CRN: 10408
Credits: 4
Cost: $1,256 (in-state)


IDIS 601 3OL: History of Protest

Examine the historical, social, and cultural contexts of protest movements in the United States, such as the women’s movement, African-American civil rights, gay rights, labor unionization, and grassroots conservative organizing. As a student, you’ll explore the concepts of individual action, citizenship, protest, and group mobilization, and explore how people have used these forces to foster change in society.

COURSE DETAILS
Online coursework occurs September 21 – December 11, 2020.
Instructor: Sarah Batterson
CRN: 10416
Credits: 4
Cost: $1,256 (in-state)


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July 14, 2020: Registration Opens

August 28, 2020: Preferred Deadline for financial aid and admission applications

September 9, 2020: Registration and payment due date

Questions?

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