Upcoming Courses

 

 2017-2018 Preview

 

Fall 2017

  • INTER 110 – CSI Bellevue:  Who Did it?

  • Do you need biology and chemistry for an allied health field or a transfer degree? CSI Bellevue is an integrated learning community. Through hands-on activities you will learn how to use biology and chemistry to solve crimes! Accelerate your entry into A&P while learning science through the lens of forensics and anthropology! Then you will be able to answer the questions” Who Dunnit?”

Item # 5810 – 17 Credits
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  • INTER 115 – Bite Me:  Consumption and Sustainability in the U.S.

IDS 115 FlyerDrive-thru or dining room table? Factory-processed or home-grown? Broccoli, barley, beans or edible food-like substances? What’s cheap about cheap food?  Is all food equal? What is real?  Do you eat for nutrients, taste or cost?  The focus of this course is the impacts of lifestyle choices in regard to food.  We will examine our behaviors, choices, and responsibilities and consequences of our actions to our communities, nation and the entire globe by investigating ecosystem interconnections. Through our readings and discussions, we will evaluate diverse opinions and values in order to scrutinize our own personal beliefs.
Minimum prerequisite: placement by assessment into ENGL& 101, or ENGL 092 or 093 with a C- or better. English course placement depends on level of prerequisites met.
Item # 5816  – 10 Credits
Item # 5815  – 11 Credits
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  • INTER 125 – The Pursuit of Happiness

What is happiness?  What are the elements of a fulfilling and meaningful life? This class explores what social scientists have discovered about happiness at both the individual and societal levels. Topics include friendship, love, justice, citizenship, time, sustainability, self-esteem, empathy, work, creativity, music, politics, money, achievement, spirituality, and humor.

 

Recommended: PSYC& 100

Item # 5825 – 10 Credits
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  • INTER 135 – Finding Your Place in School and Life

Inter 135_sheetHow do I create the good life for myself?  For that matter, how do I make it through college?  Begin to answer these questions while developing your sociology and English skills through reading, writing, discussing, and interacting with guest speakers.

Prerequisite: placement by assessment into ENGL 092, 093 or ENGL& 101; or completion of ENGL 092 or 093 with a C- or better. English course placement depends on level of prerequisites met.
Item # 5835 – 10 Credits
Item # 5836 – 12 Credits
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  • INTER 180 – The Force:  Mysterious Workings of Business in the World

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Business often seems like a mysterious force that manipulates and controls the world. In truth, it is the combination of many forces that powers business and causes it to come out in its various mutations. We explore all the forces that impact business using writing. You will learn strong writing and critical analysis skills that will help you solve and conquer the mystery of the force.

 

Item # 5880 – 10 Credits
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Winter 2018

INTER 117 – BITE ME 2.0:  Food Security & Sustainability – 10 or 11 CR

Drive-thru or dining room table? Factory-processed or home-grown? Broccoli, barley, beans or edible food-like substances? What’s cheap about cheap food? Is all food equal? What is real? Do you eat for nutrients, taste or cost? The focus of this course is the impacts of lifestyle choices in regard to food. We will examine our behaviors, choices, and responsibilities and consequences of our actions to our communities, nation and the entire globe by investigating ecosystem interconnections. Through our readings and discussions, we will evaluate diverse opinions and values in order to scrutinize our own personal beliefs.

Instructors:

Michael Hanson, Biology & Botany

Michael Meyer, English


INTER 165  – Coming to America: History and Literature of Immigration to the U.S. 10 CR

INTER 165 - Coming to America

 

This Interdisciplinary course will explore the history and literature of the U.S. immigration, from the 1600s to the start of the 21st century. Students will examine some of the major changes and developments in the history of immigration to the U.S. while also reflecting on these moments through literary representations of history.

 

 


INTER 168 – The Wire: Life on the Streets and the War on Drugs 10 CR

Instructors:

Charlene Freyberg, Criminal Justice
Natalie Martinez, English


INTER 170 –   Race and Biology 11 CR

Who are you? Where do you come from? What information is hidden in your DNA? Come with us on a journey into your past that can help you figure out directions for the future. We will explore the connections between the ‘facts’ that science provides us, and the stories that we construct to explain what those ‘facts’ mean. Let’s explore race and biology, and figure out who we are.

Instructors:

Kim Pollock, Cultural and Ethnic Studies
Jason Fuller, Life Science

 

Spring 2018

INTER 145    Bite Your Tongue: The Psychology of Intercultural Communication 10 CR

Have you ever wondered about the interconnectedness between your individual thoughts, your culture, and your environment and how those factors come into play in your everyday communication style and social interactions? Join with us on an adventure examining the relationship between psychology, culture, and interpersonal communication. We will spend time in an active learning environment exploring issues of identity, acculturation, perceptual attributions, values and beliefs, conflict, verbal and nonverbal behavior, and prejudice through a psychological and social interaction-based lens.

Instructors:

Deepti Karkhanis, Psychology
Jen Anderson, Communication Studies


INTER 150    Fighting for the Planet: The Political Economy of Climate Change 10 CR

The science is in. Climate change is threatening life on the planet. Unless humans radically reduce the burden we place on the earth, we are headed for disaster. Unfortunately, the global community has done very little to battle climate change. Indeed, key policy decisions of the last decade push us in precisely the wrong direction; calling for faster economic growth and higher levels consumption. How is this possible? Are we in denial? Why are our leaders ignoring the facts? And, most importantly, what can you do to become more knowledgeable and engaged with environmental issues? This class will address these questions and explore the relationship between capitalism, our political system, and the nature of the environmental crisis.

Instructors:

Brandon Unti, Economics
David Spataro, Political Science

 

 

* Note: all “preview” courses for the upcoming academic year are subject to change. 

Last Updated April 28, 2017