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Fall 2014 BDP Course Offerings

BDP 101 Forum Seminars

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: 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: Diplomacy in a Globalizing World
Applies to the Public Policy BDP certificate
Dean Hutchings & Professor Jeremi Suri, LBJ School of Public Affairs
This short course examines the making and implementation of foreign policy from multiple domestic and international perspectives. It explores the roles of key actors – presidents, diplomats, the military, the Congress, the media – in security policy, trade relations, and international development. The course aims to help students learn not only to analyze but also to implement policy: it employs an action-oriented approach that obliges students to react as a policy-maker would and thus gain a better appreciation of how and why states, organizations, and leaders act as they do.

BDP 101: Professional Ethics in Law, Business, & Medicine
Applies to Ethics & Leadership BDP certificate
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: Intro to International Studies
Applies to Global Studies BDP certificate
Professor Eugene Gholz, LBJ School of Public Affairs
This course surveys a selection of issues in contemporary international affairs, with sessions on topics like instability in the Middle East since the Arab Spring, the challenges of social and economic development in Africa, climate change and the global energy system, and the complex relationships between security, innovation, and liberties in efforts to prevent terrorism. Modern university education encourages understanding of our global environment as a foundation for students’ social, political, and economic engagement beyond the classroom. During the semester, a series of guess speakers will each offer a different academic discipline’s perspective on international affairs. In recent years, faculty from government, economics, business, sociology, engineering, history, journalism, social work, and law have led classes. These guests will help you learn that it takes a combination of approaches to reach a complete understanding of the complexity of our global environment.

Other BDP Courses

BDP 319: Human Rights: Theories & Practices
Applies to Human Rights & Social Justice BDP certificate
Professor Benjamin Gregg, Department of Government
This seminar provides a basic introduction to human rights by exploring competing answers to such questions as: What is the idea of human rights? Who are the “humans” of human rights? In a state-centric world, how do human rights relate to the nation-state and beyond any state? How are human rights related to the history of European empire and commerce? How are human rights related to the European Enlightenment? How are human rights related to global poverty, inequality, and underdevelopment? What roles do international instruments play — or fail to play? How are human rights related to non-European cultures, such as various East Asian and African cultures? The seminar will also consider alternative approaches to understanding and advancing human rights, including human rights as political not theological; generating universal human rights out of local norms; individuals as authors of human rights; translating human rights into local cultural vernaculars; and advancing human rights through cognitive reframing.