Fall 2018 Interdisciplinary Course Offerings

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

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

Course Class Number  Title Crd Sect Day/Period Instructor Syllabus
IDH2931 18266 Engineering Renaissance 3 21H5 M W F/8 Law, Mark/Hasty, Willard Engineering the Renaissance
IDH3931  18221  Politics and Culture of the Global Future 3 1985  T5-6/R6 Leslie Paul Thiele Politics and Culture of the Global Future 
IDH3931 18217  A History of Water 3 2C97 T 6-8 Jack Emerson Davis History of Water 
IDH3931 18218  Music and Health 3 2H78 M 10-11 Ferol Carytsas Music and Health 
IDH3931 18256 Understanding Brain Injury 2 2210 R 9-10 Wang, Kevin Ka W Understanding Traumatic Brain Injury 
IDH3931 22034 Stats Don't Lie, But 2 3G73 T 2-3   Statistics Don't Lie, But People Can 
IDH3931 21841 The Chemistry of Harry Potter 1 3D75   Brewer, Christopher Harry Potter Potions Camp 

Politics and Culture of the Global Future

How will political and cultural life will be transformed over the coming decades as it becomes ever further impacted by global threats such as climate change, political responses to these threats, and the global deployment of emerging technologies such as genetic modification, synthetic biology, nanotechnology, robotics, social media and artificial intelligence?

Politics and Culture of the Global Future explores how the world will be transformed over the next 75 years, during the lifetime of the students taking this course.   It examines reasonable expectations about the challenges and opportunities that will characterize the future, and the historical and contemporary data that ground these expectations.

The course is interdisciplinary, integrative and practical.  It prepares students to grapple with the political, cultural, and technological developments that will increasingly impact their lives and careers over the coming decades. 

Student Learning Outcomes

Students taking this course will learn how to:

1.       Identify and explain global interdependencies in the context of a quickly changing world.
2.       Critically analyze national and international challenges, threats, and opportunities.
3.       Engage and understand diverse cultural perspectives in the face of globalization.
4.       Think responsibly and creatively about the future and practice effective forecasting techniques.
5.       Communicate and collaborate with diverse individuals to develop practical solutions to complex social, political and technological problems.

Work expectations
Students will be reading books and journal articles, listening to podcasts, and viewing films and videos.  Classes will be mostly discussion based.  Each week, students will work in teams to practice forecasting techniques and craft class presentations on selected topics.  Assignments include: (1) team assignments and presentations; (2) individual weekly online discussion posts based on readings and viewings; (3) individual responses in class to colleague’s online posts; (4) a 2500-word term paper; and (5) development of an ePortfolio that captures your aspirations as a budding professional in a globalized, high-tech economy and culture.

History of Water

What do we really know about water, its natural history and active, shaping role in the human experience?  We’ll seek answers to this question in our course, which explores its subject across time and global geography, from atop and below bounding oceans, amidst the rise and fall of civilizations, through the ups and downs of urban life, over mountains and across crop fields and into factories, huddled in underground sinks and caverns; as it courses through pipes, sheds from roofs, gathers in cisterns; water of all matter mineral, salt, fresh, drinkable, and not so. We’ll even learn the histories of the umbrella and raincoat.


Music and Health

In addition to reviewing music in health and music therapy research, students will explore the intersection between music, psychology, cognition, human behavior, maintenance of musicians’ health, and medical challenges of performing artists and composers. This course will engage the student by exploring how music can support health and wellbeing while examining its use with various health conditions and in clinical and community healthcare environments. Students will acquire fundamental research and communication skills for scholarly discussion of music in health.

Understanding Traumatic Brain Injury

Annually, 1.7 million Americans sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in the US. The spectrum of TBI includes severe, moderate and mild TBI as well as concussions. This course will use a single book “Brain Neurotrauma: Molecular, Neuropsychological, and Rehabilitation Aspects” by Firas H. Kobeissy” to bring together our understanding of the various aspects of TBI – including socioeconomic aspects, clinical practices in the diagnosis and management and treatment of TBI, clinical and basic research advances and the short and long term sequelae of concussion in sports.

Statistics Don't Lie, But People Can

This course will highlight examples of misuses of statistics as well as help students make sense of statistical studies in their own fields. Activities will be done to highlight the importance of understanding key concepts of statistics that are often presented by and to people who may not understand what they are saying. An example of this is the concept of p-values and how those are used to make arguments for or against something.

Students are expected to actively engage in the course. Groups of students will find examples in their fields of misuses of statistics or examples where conclusions are made beyond the scope of the data that is reported. This project presentation will be the primary assignment in the course aside from active engagement in all activities and readings.

IDH 2931 Engineering the Renaissance

The course will introduce students to pivotal moments in technological innovation and to the physics underlying those changes in the European Renaissance. The course aims to provide students with an understanding of the ideals and practical exigencies that motivated engineers and artists to transform their communities, through the application of scientific, economic, social, and practical knowledge. The course is designed to harmonize content from the sciences and the humanities. No particular engineering or history background is expected.