Spring 2020 Interdisciplinary Courses

These courses are interdisciplinary in nature and are often team-taught.

Please use the UF Schedule of Courses to find times, places, and other course information.

CourseSectionClass Number Title Day/Period CrdInstructor Syllabus 
IDH3931 3902 23168 "Leonardo's mechanical dragonfly and the evolution of flight in insects" R/8-9 2 Ascunce, Marina DaVinci Dragonflies 
IDH3931 3903 23173 Apocalypse and Millennium   W/7-9  3 Caputo, Nina  Apocalypse and Millennium 
IDH3931  3905  24676  United Tastes of/in America R/10-11  2 Odutola, Kole United Tastes of/in America 
IDH3931 11C5 24683  Spirituality and Health W10-E1 3 Ritz, Louis Spirituality and the Health Sciences 
IDH3931  3904 24686  Introduction to the Health Humanities: understanding the care in healthcare T9-10/R9 3 Stoyan-Rosenzweig, Nina Exploring the Health Humanities 

Apocalypse and Millennium

Zombies, super contagions from bio-chemical war-fare, environmental catastrophe. Popular culture and the news media bring countless warnings of apocalyptic destruction daily. Is the obsession with such predictions unique to this time and place, or do they have their origins elsewhere?  This class sets out to consider the religious, historical, and literary roots of the western fascination with the millennium and apocalypticism.  We will begin our survey with a discussion of biblical sources, then we will trace these themes through late antiquity and the middle ages, ending with a discussion of apocalypse, messianism and millennium in the modern world as represented in political movements, scholarship and film.  Students will conduct research on an apocalyptic movement, figure, or narrative of their choice and write a paper demonstrating how apocalyptic symbols, narrative structures or imagery from the biblical and late-antique sources were adapted in that literature.  Lectures and discussions will focus on close examination of texts and discussion of modern scholarship.

Course on Arts, Science and Education (CASE) Spring 2020: "Leonardo's mechanical dragonfly and the evolution of flight in insects"

Leonardo da Vinci’s view of the science of flight through his observations of birds and insects is the inspiration of this Interdisciplinary Course on Arts, Science and Education (CASE).  Our goal is that students from diverse disciplines such as Arts, Engineering, Biology, Physics and Education will work together forming interdisciplinary teams.  In this first CASE, UF students will learn how to use art technology such as 3D printing to print insects, the physics and mechanics of dragonfly flight, and the evolution of insect flight, then students will use that information to co-create and conduct hands-on outreach educational activities with K-12 students at local schools.  The course’s goal is to provide a space for UF students from all and any field to work together unifying their diversity through a common creative goal.  A workshop-party is scheduled for Thursday October 31st from 2 to 5pm at the Marston library to introduce the course and celebrate Halloween.  Interested students and instructors are encouraged to attend, costumes are welcome. 


Spirituality and Health

The Honors Spirituality and Health course is intended for all students, particularly those engaged in pre-medical, pre-counseling or health-related majors, who are interested in exploring the interface of spirituality and the health sciences. Interest in the intersection of spirituality and health is rapidly growing in our society, as we seek meaning and purpose in our lives and a more holistic approach to our wellness and our health challenges. Course topics will include: stress reduction through non-judgmental living in the present moment (mindfulness); mind-body relationships; links between religion/spirituality and health; brain-based drug addiction and the spiritually based 12-step program; scientific evaluation of the impact of prayer on our health; spiritual approaches to our lives; lessons on living from those who are dying; and stories that heal. The course is, at its heart, a semester-long, student-centered, dialogue about how various aspects of spirituality impact our health at the level of body, mind, and spirit.

United Tastes of/in America

This is a 2-credit course; the idea will be to introduce students to other cultures through cooking of foods from different cultures in a very convivial atmosphere. The objective is to be united by our tongue and taste buds while students play and learn a few things. 

There are two parts to the course; one is self-discovery by students in the guise of online research of foods from the selected countries, while the second part involves actual demonstration of how the foods are prepared and eaten. There will be guest presenters, who are grounded in the culture of the region from which the foods prepared come from

Introduction to the Health Humanities: understanding the care in healthcare

This course will explore the growing field of health humanities, investigating the way in which they help to provide an understanding of the human condition and the experience of illness and health, how studying the health humanities can improve the practice of medicine, and how arts and humanities can promote health and wellness.   The course will use a wide range of materials from movies, graphic novels, theater, field trips, books, and visual arts to illuminate the field and how it is developing and being studied.