Interdisciplinary Courses

Interdisciplinary courses

IDSY195Writing Center Pedagogy & PraxisThis course is designed to familiarize prospective Peer Writing Consultants with the basics of writing center pedagogy and to help them build a "toolbox" of consultation strategies that will allow them to effectively assess and address the varied and individual learning needs of writers.Prerequisite: Instructor Permission Only
IDSY/PHYS215Introduction to Complex SystemsStudy of how collective behavior emerges from the interaction between a system's parts and its environment. Model systems from the natural sciences and social sciences will be used as examples. Both historical and contemporary approaches will be discussed.
IDSY220Cross-Cultural Understanding and Inter-Cultural CommunicationTwo-part course offered for sophomores in the spring prior to departure on a long-term study abroad program and in the spring immediately following their return. Students learn basic concepts of cross-cultural analysis and intercultural communication before departure, communicate about their experiences while abroad, and share their insights about the study abroad experience with the Kalamazoo community upon their return. Students must complete both halves of IDSY 220 in order to receive one unit of credit.
IDSY295Introduction to Ethnic StudiesIntroduction to Ethnic Studies is a survey course; consequently we will cover a wide breadth of information. Our primary work will consist of developing a sophisticated understanding of the central themes, and key concepts, in Ethnic Studies. We will pursue that understanding via an interdisciplinary processes. Our secondary goal will be to acquire and build the skills necessary to pursue further learning in Ethnic Studies; these include identifying your own research agenda (obsessions and desires), stocking your analytical took kit (bibliographic, critical thinking, and the identification of knowledge demands), and lighting your intellectual fire (interest in the field).
IDSY295Language: the Colonial & Imperial DifferenceThis course is an interdisciplinary survey course designed to introduce the student to the study of language and power. Our primary objective in this class will be to assert linguistic rights and to interrogate the politics of language use, and language thought, in light of colonization, imperialism and the transit of empire. We will consider the geo-political ideas and practices of literacy, language revitalization, translation and identity. These explorations will serve as a means to counter the monologism, monoculture, and monolingualism often invoked in nationalist projects.
IDSY/MATH305/PHYS 482Dynamic Models in Social ScienceThe study of why mathematical and computational methods are important in understanding social phenomena, and how different social phenomena can be described by proper mathematical models. Specifically, applications of the theory of dynamical systems will be presented. Designed for math/science and social science students. Either MATH/PHYS 270 or this course, but not both, may be counted towards the major in mathematics.