Mount St. Joseph University

Academic Affairs And Support: Interdisciplinary Course Descriptions

Undergraduate 2018-2019

IDS 212 Domestic Violence (3) IDS
Prerequisite(s): PSY 103 or PSY 103H
Crosslisted PSY 212. An interdisciplinary course that looks at the issue of domestic violence from both legal and psychological perspectives and seeks to assist students to understand the complex nature of this problem. Students will explore possible solutions that utilize a combination of both disciplines.

IDS 235 History of American Protest Music (3) IDS
Music and History Interdisciplinary course. From the earliest days of the Republic to the present, ordinary people have expressed their thoughts and feelings as they lifted their voices in song. In response to taxation, slavery, war, environmental degradation, economic oppression, labor unrest, racial injustice, sexism, and much more, song has served as a "weapon of the weak." In song, people have expressed their claim to justice and mustered the courage to persist against insurmountable odds, revealing their hopes and fears, anxieties and concerns, aspirations and ideals. This course, then, will survey American history "from the bottom up" through songs of protest and complaint.

IDS 285 How the West was Won:Myth and Reality in the Creation of the American West (3) IDS
This course explores the many meanings of the American West to those who have inhabited, conquered, and imagined this fascinating region over hundreds of years, with an emphasis on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. From the sharpshooting of Annie Oakley to the short stories of Zane Grey, from "real lawmen" like Wyatt Earp to "real heroes" like John Wayne, this course uses literature, art, film, television, history and more-including an extended case study of the famous gunfight at the O.K. Corral-to discover how the West became more a creation of the American imagination than a place on the American map.

IDS 307 Healthy Communities (3) IDS
Prerequisite(s): PSY 103 or PSY 103H and SOC 103
Gerontological Studies, Nursing, Social Work and Sociology Interdisciplinary Course. This course examines the practice of interdisciplinary health teams with the goal of facilitating the development of healthy individuals, families, communities, and populations. Emphasis is on applying theories and models to assess community-identified capacities and needs. Diversity of individuals, communities, and populations are explored using interactive learning strategies, thus supporting the development of partnerships among professionals and the citizens of the community.

IDS 315 Mediterranean Culture:Saracens, Knights & Infidels (3) IDS
Prerequisite(s): COM/ENG 101 and Sophomore Status
An interdisciplinary examination of past and present interactions among Mediterranean cultures, societies, and empires. By studying how these people represented their experiences in historical and literary texts, we will consider options for improved intercultural communication.

IDS 325 Multicultural Sicily (3) IDS
Prerequisite(s): At the time of trip, Sophomore status or above
This course is an opportunity to study in depth the literary, historical, artistic, and philosophical foundations of the Middle Ages as evident in the multicultural culture/society of medieval and contemporary Sicily. Sicily is a unique place to experience this study because during the height of the Crusades, the Sicilians, under Normal rule, achieved a high level of culture by sharing the accomplishments of Jews, Muslims, Byzantine and Roman Christians in one multicultural society. This expression of multiculturalism is particularly suited to an interdisciplinary course.

IDS 350 Ghana:A Cultural Experience (3) IDS
Prerequisite(s): COM/ENG 101, SOC 103, and minimum 2.0 cum GPA
This course focuses on modes of communication and traditional African religion, particularly those traditions of the Akan people of Ghana, and examines Ghanaian socio-economic and political systems. While in Ghana, students attend classes at the Catholic University College of Ghana, participate in traditional festivals, meet religious and secular dignitaries, and engage in a project for which you may earn Service Learning credit.

IDS 380A Ancient Greece (3) EXP/IDS
Prerequisite(s): 15 or more credit hours earned, at least Sophomore status and minimum 2.0 cum GPA
Art and Humanities Interdisciplinary Course. Through an exciting field trip to Greece, interdisciplinary readings, examination of artifacts at archaeological sites, and hands-on discovery, this course explores the impact of ancient Greek culture on contemporary beliefs, events, and art. This study is team taught by two MSJ faculty members.

IDS 380B The Mediterranean: Ancient Egypt (3) EXP/IDS
Prerequisite(s): 15 or more credit hours earned and minimum 2.0 cum GPA
Through an exciting field trip to Egypt, interdisciplinary readings, and examination of artifacts at archaeological sites, this course explores the impact of Egyptian culture-Pharonic, Coptic, and Islamic-on contemporary beliefs, society, politics, events, science, and art. This study is team taught by two MSJ faculty members.

IDS 380C The Mediterranean:Art & Science of Leonardo da Vinci (3) IDS
Prerequisite(s): Sophomore status and minimum 2.0 cum GPA
Through examination of Leonardo da Vinci, this course thoroughly explores the man and his singular historical legacy. Specifically we assess his far ranging interdisciplinary contributions to modern scientific theory. This study is team taught by two MSJ faculty members. Research will take place in the MSJ classroom, and in Italy during a 10-day field trip. These sites have the most authentic collections of Leonardo da Vinci primary source documents in the world. Highlights will include examination of Leonardo's work in Rome, in Florence, in Vinci, and in Milan.

IDS 385 The Story of Berlin (3) IDS
Prerequisite(s): 15 or more credit hours earned, sophomore status, and minimum 2.0 cum GPA
Through an exciting field trip to Berlin we will explore the complex and often contentious role of this influential European capitol and the life of its people from the perspectives of history, politics, culture, religion, art and architecture. Our journey will take us from the sleepy residential town of Berlin to capitol of the Reich, Berlin under Hitler, Berlin the divided city during the cold war, to reunification in 1990, and finally to the Berlin of today, one of the most vibrant multi-cultural capitols in Europe.

IDS 392 Honduran Culture & Spirituality (3) IDS
Prerequisite(s): 100 level REL and SOC 103, and minimum 2.0 cum GPA
Religious Studies and Sociology Interdisciplinary Course. This course will provide students an immersion experience to study, dialogue and work side by side with Central Americans on the theological cultural, economic, ecological, political and social challenges and solutions that directly affect all our lives in the Americas.

IDS 395 History & Culture of Ireland (3) IDS
Prerequisite(s): 15 or more credit hours earned, and minimum 2.0 cum GPA
This immersion course will look at the history of historical and contemporary Ireland. We will examine how both, in past and present times, art, music, literature, and theater is grounded in the saga of the Irish people. Particular attention will be paid to the influence of the struggle for Irish independence. Weekend excursions will introduce the students to "pilgrimage" and a service component is scheduled in collaboration with the Irish Christian Brothers.

IDS 397 Rome:A Sacred & Secular History (3) IDS
This 3 credit, accelerated course is designed to provide students with an on-site learning experience of the history of Rome from both a theological and secular perspective. Students will explore how Roman society developed into one of the world's greatest civilizations, and will visit important sites of Roman history such as the Forums, Colosseum, Pantheon, and Ostia Antica. Students will then study how early Christianity experienced itself within the Roman Empire, and also how the Catholic Church developed in Rome over the next two millennia. They will visit sites of importance to the Christian community in Rome such as the Basilicas of St. Peter, St. John Lateran, St. Mary Major, and St. Paul Outside the Walls; as well as the Catacomb of St. Sebastian, Church of San Clemente, and Vatican Necropolis. The travel portion of this course takes place during Spring break.

IDS 460 Japan's Contemporary Culture and its Edo Past (3)
Prerequisite(s): IDS 360
This course is an in-depth exploration of the impact of pre-modern Japan on contemporary Japanese culture, building on student experiences from IDS 360 and from their prior travel in Japan. It will include advanced assignments, interaction with students in IDS 360, and a more active leadership role during the twelve-day trip to Japan. Students will examine in detail an aspect of Japan's fine arts, history, culture, or religious beliefs from the Edo Era (1615 - 1868) to the present. They will augment their knowledge of how these forces influenced contemporary Japanese art and cultural life.