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 Title Crd Sect Instructor Syllabus
IDH3931  Politics and Culture of the Global Future 3 1985  Leslie Paul Thiele  
IDH3931 A History of Water 3 2C97 Jack Emerson Davis  

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.