BDP 101 courses are restricted to Freshmen and Sophomores, or to students participating in the Bridging Disciplines Programs. The courses meet for two hours per week for the first eight weeks of the semester. They do not satisfy a substantial writing component requirement.
BDP 101: Health Inequality in Childhood and Adolescence
Applies to Children & Society and Social Inequality, Health & Policy BDPs
Professor Robert Crosnoe, Dept. of Sociology
Health inequality in childhood and adolescence appears in all stages of the human life course as a function of the stratification of American society by race, social class, gender, and other factors. In childhood and adolescence, inequalities emerge in mental health, obesity, health behavior, and other aspects of health that lay a foundation for the even greater inequalities in health, including life expectancy, that characterize adult populations. Thus, combating early health inequalities can have long-term, lasting effects on the general well-being of American society as a whole. Because the first step in combating such early health inequalities is to understand them, this seminar will investigate in detail the various inequalities in health that arise and persist during the early life course by listening to experts from the health field, reading research articles on health, and discussing both the causes of health problems and possible methods of preventing such problems.
BDP 101: Exploring Digital Arts & Media
Applies to Digital Arts & Media BDP certificate
Professor Bruce Pennycook, School of Music
This seminar will present a survey of the wide variety of ways that digital technologies are changing how we create art and media. The seminars will include presentations on digital sound design, digital cinema production, interactivity especially in gaming and live performance, real-time “show control”, visualization, networked audio/visual presentation and performance, “wearable” computers for new expression in dance and movement, interactive story telling. We will also examine some current software and hardware systems used by professional artists, designers, and producers.
BDP 101: Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship
Applies to Innovation, Creativity, & Entrepreneurship BDP certificate
Professor Steve Nichols, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering
Counts toward the Innovation, Creativity, & Entrepreneurship BDP
This course will examine the entrepreneurial process and will take an interdisciplinary approach to the development of ideas, inventions, talents and skills necessary to convert them into products and services for artistic, social and commercial applications. The term “entrepreneurship” has a broad range of meanings, but this course uses it in the sense of the creation of new products, services, and other benefits. BDP 101 focuses on creativity in all fields (including disciplines such as sciences, music, engineering, classics, architecture, pharmacy, and liberal arts). The course will provide lectures by the faculty in the Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship BDP as well as outside speakers. Students will work both an individual and team activities and assignments.
BDP 101: Professional Ethics in Law, Business, & Medicine
Applies to Ethics & Leadership BDP certificates
Professor John Dzienkowski, School of Law
This course presents and critically examines the regulation of professional ethics in three distinct professions. It compares and contrasts how the professions of law, business, and medicine address similar ethical dilemmas. Topics covered include: (1) self-disclosure of malpractice, (2) duties to third persons when subject to financial or bodily harms, (3) the influence of profit making upon the professions including such topics as disease mongering, and (4) the interaction of professionals with client and patient ethical choices, such as suicide and elective surgery. We will examine the rules, the policies, and seek to determine the instrumental and intrinsic justifications underlying the rules.
BDP 101: Public Policy: Race, Immigration & Citizenship
Applies to Ethics & Leadership and Social Inequality, Health & Policy BDP certificates
Professor Ed Dorn, LBJ School of Public Affairs
The Constitution begins with “We, the People,” but does not say who “the people” are. As a result, we have been arguing for more than two centuries about who belongs here – who should be allowed to immigrate into the United States, who can claim citizenship, and whether different groups of people have different rights and responsibilities. This seminar will use key policy documents – the 1790 Naturalization Act, the Supreme Court’s Dred Scott and Wong Kim Ark decisions, the 14th Amendment, and the 1965 Immigration Reform Act, among others – to trace the evolution of our long-running argument about who should be considered part of “We, the people.” In the process, students will learn about the three core components of all policies: classification (creating sub-groups within a population), assignment (determining which subgroup a particular individual belongs to) and allocation (doling out rights and responsibilities according to the classi