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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