Interdisciplinary Studies

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The Interdisciplinary Studies program supports the development of courses that integrate major concepts, issues and question from multiple business and arts and sciences disciplines. Since many ID course are new and/experimental in nature, course descriptions do not always appear in the college catalogue. However you may obtain compete course information from the Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences in Morison Hall, Room 312 (781-891-2868). See departmental listings for additional courses with interdisciplinary components.

Courses

ID 211 Introduction to Gender Studies (3 credits)

Prerequisite(s): Sophomore-level standing or permission of instructor

Note: Can be used as a social sciences, humanities or unrestricted elective.

Helps students develop a critical framework for thinking about gender. Drawing on disciplinary perspectives from the arts and sciences and business, we will consider open-ended questions such as: What are the implications of saying sex roles are not "natural"? What are the benefits and drawbacks of sex roles? How can or should we talk about power relations between the sexes? We will also investigate more immediate gender concerns: How critical should we be of gender stereotypes? Are women's entry into the labor force and men's involvement in parenting positive or negative? How do race, class, gender and sexual preference issues interact?  D

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ID 240 The American Constitution: Its Evolution and Challenges (3 credits)

Note: May be used as an unrestricted elective, arts and sciences elective, history or government elective, or social sciences elective.

In 1987, Americans celebrated the bicentennial of the world's oldest continuing written constitution, a document that effects virtually every aspect of our national and personal lives. In more than two 200 years it has been amended only 27 times. Yet it is the focus of continual controversy. What rights does a fetus have and how are they to be weighed against the rights of a pregnant woman? Do citizens have a "right to keep and bear arms?" Should we limit terms of congressmen? Is our jury system functioning properly? This course will go behind the historical underpinnings of the Constitution to its basic principles and apply these to the major constitutional issues of our time.

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ID 260 Sex and American Culture (3 credits)

Despite the assumption that sexual acts are personal experiences conducted in private, everyday we witness the public battle over what we should or should not do, show, or talk about. This course examines the relationship between sexual identity, sexual expression, and gender to ask who gets to decide what is moral or immoral, appropriate or inappropriate, and obscene or artistic. Is what ways do political systems, religious and educational institutions, and the entertainment industry define, regulate and categorize sexual behavior? What is the role of personal agency and responsibility? We will study different assumptions about the origins and function of gender and sexuality and then more closely examine the American sexual value system in topics like sexual content in entertainment media, the regulation of pornography and sexual commerce, access to sex education, birth control, and abortion, and communities based upon sexual identity.  D

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ID 306 Community Service in a for-Profit Organization (3 credits)

Develops an understanding and appreciation of the issues related to the integration of community service initiatives and social responsibility in a profit-motivated organization. Considers the academic, theoretical and practical issues involved in planning and implementing a service-learning project that emphasizes the professional and social responsibilities of profit-motivated organizations and their employees. Assesses the social and ethical responsibilities of profit-motivated organizations as well as develops the skills and competencies needed in this area of the workplace.

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ID 421 Interdisciplinary Internship (3 credits)

Prerequisite(s): Internship coordinator's permission and a 3.0 cumulative average

This course offers a field-based learning experience that addresses issues and questions spanning several disciplines. An interdisciplinary internship provides a workplace opportunity that integrates different business disciplines, or even cuts across the conventional boundaries of business and the arts and sciences. This kind of internship reflects the type of integrative, collaborative, multidisciplinary activities that students are likely to experience in the workplace. Students are required to spend a minimum of 15 hours a week at a designated workplace, submit an experiential report at the end of the term, attend required workshops through the Center for Career Services, receive an evaluation of their work from an on-site supervisor, and meet all other requirements stipulated in the course syllabus. Students may earn three credits for ID 421, which may be applied to the major with authorization from the major department.

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