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UNIV 290

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An exploration of particular topics or issues within the liberal arts from a disciplinary or cross-disciplinary perspective. May be repeated for credit with different topics.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
1/2-1 course

Fall Semester information

Glen Kuecker

290A: Tps: Intro to Urban Studies

City Lab 200 introduces students to the foundations of Urban Studies, its core lines of inquiry, theoretical interventions, lines of analysis, and debates. Students will learn these foundations through their participation in the City Lab workshop, where they will deploy ideas and knowledge learned from the course's core readings. These readings will serve as the framework for each student's research project, which will explore a major theme in Urban Studies and apply it to a topic within City Lab's collective research project (Fall 2016 the topic is UN Habitat 3). For example, students might use the concept "right to the city" as a way to explore a particular theme within Habitat III. Students will undertake their own research project that contributes to the intellectual commons of the workshop. Students will have the responsibility for sharing their learning about Urban Studies with the 100 (a first year seminar) and 300 level students participating in the workshop. Additionally, students will bring the perspective, ideas, theories, and knowledge from their particular major or program to their considerations of Urban Studies, their research topic, and the workshop. Each student will engage in a dialogue with the disciplinary perspective of the other students. This semester the course is offered as a "W" competency graduation requirement. For more information about the course, you can visit: http://gkuecker.wix.com/citylab - !city-lab-200/jhmgj and for information about City Lab see: http://gkuecker.wix.com/citylab


Glen Kuecker

290B: Tps: Intro to Urban Studies

City Lab 200 introduces students to the foundations of Urban Studies, its core lines of inquiry, theoretical interventions, lines of analysis, and debates. Students will learn these foundations through their participation in the City Lab workshop, where they will deploy ideas and knowledge learned from the course's core readings. These readings will serve as the framework for each student's research project, which will explore a major theme in Urban Studies and apply it to a topic within City Lab's collective research project (Fall 2016 the topic is UN Habitat 3). For example, students might use the concept "right to the city" as a way to explore a particular theme within Habitat III. Students will undertake their own research project that contributes to the intellectual commons of the workshop. Students will have the responsibility for sharing their learning about Urban Studies with the 100 (a first year seminar) and 300 level students participating in the workshop. Additionally, students will bring the perspective, ideas, theories, and knowledge from their particular major or program to their considerations of Urban Studies, their research topic, and the workshop. Each student will engage in a dialogue with the disciplinary perspective of the other students. This semester the course is offered as a "W" competency graduation requirement. For more information about the course, you can visit: http://gkuecker.wix.com/citylab - !city-lab-200/jhmgj and for information about City Lab see: http://gkuecker.wix.com/citylab


Winter Term information

Joseph Heithaus

290A: Tps: Environmental Awareness Assistant


Spring Semester information

Dan Rusu

290A: Tps:Mathematics Across Cultures

Students will be introduced to some important moments in the historical development of mathematics as a universal creation of the collective human intellect drawing contributions from all cultures, Western and non-Western. Several fascinating personalities behind world-changing discoveries in mathematics are profiled. After taking this course, students will understand how mathematics evolved as a fundamental part of our cultural heritage. Prerequisites: none


Mark McCoy

290B: Tps:Leadership

Leadership begins with the leader. In this course students will be exposed to several prominent theories on leadership and leadership skills that will prove valuable from their academic career through their life's work.


Glen Kuecker

290C: Tps:Border Patrol Nation

This course focuses on the topic of immigration from Central American and Mexico to the United States. We will consider the root causes of migration, the migrant experience, the dynamics of US and Mexican borders, the dynamics of law enforcement, alternatives to migration, and resistance to the border-migration complex. The course is interdisciplinary in method, taking from anthropology, sociology, political economy, and history. Todd Miller's Border Patrol Nation (2014) serves as a key text for the course, as well as Jonathan Xavier Inda's Targeting Immigrants (2006), and Sonia Nazario's Enrique's Journey. In learning about the border-migration complex, especially the increased trend toward militarization of society, students will learn about and test meta- frames ranging from globalization studies to collapse studies. This course counts for Social Science credit.