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Spring 2006




INDS 330  Ways of Knowing Understanding Aids                      3 credits

          Grade  Method:  REG  How can  the insights
          from   various   disciplines   inform  our
          understanding  of  difficult  issues? This
          course  explores the  methods of different
          academic     disciplines     and     their
          implications   for   an  interdisciplinary
          understanding  of  complex  problems. Each
          year  students  will examine  a compelling
          issue   (e.g.   AIDS,  energy  policy)  by
          integrating  the contributions  of several
          disciplines.  Students will develop skills
          in    interdisciplinary    research    and
          problem-solving,    oral    and    written
          communication,  and in integrating diverse
          perspectives.   Different truths  are told
          about  AIDS. This semester,  we will study
          the  AIDS phenomenon through the following
          disciplinary  frameworks:  art/literature,
          biochemistry  and  public policy.  We will
          conduct    investigations    into    viral
          activity,    the   development   of   risk
          populations,  the implementation of public
          policy,  the  stereotypes  and assumptions
          made     explicit    in    film/television
          narratives,    artists'    and    writers'
          responses,  and  the  complex interactions
          among  local and global groups. As we look
          critically at the differing understandings
          produced  about AIDS, you  will: hone your
          ability to recognize the contributions and
          limitations  of various  approaches, learn
          how   to  integrate  those  approaches  to
          produce  a more thorough  analysis of AIDS
          and  produce your own  ideas about how you
          can      articulate      interdisciplinary
          approaches  in the topics  and issues that
          interest   you.   Also   listed   as  WMST
          390H.This   course   is   team  taught  by
          Professors   Jodi  Kelber-Kaye  and  Piotr
          Gwiazda.
[3414] 0101 MW.........1:00pm- 2:15pm (ITE 239)       GWIAZDA, P


INDS 330H Ways of Knowing Understanding Aids -                    3 credits
          Honors                                            

(PermReq) Grade  Method:  REG  Please  refer  to the
          course description listed under INDS330.
[7646] 0101 MW.........1:00pm- 2:15pm (ITE 239)       KELBER-KAYE, J


INDS 400  Interdisciplinary Studies: Independent                1-3 credits
          Study                                             

(PermReq) Grade  Method: REG  Individual Instruction
          course:  contact department  or instructor
          to obtain section number.


INDS 400H Interdisciplinary Studies: Honors                     1-3 credits
          Independent Study                                 

(PermReq) Grade  Method: REG  Individual Instruction
          course:  contact department  or instructor
          to obtain section number.


INDS 410  Interdisciplinary Studies: Internships                1-4 credits

          Grade  Method: P-F  Individual Instruction
          course:  contact department  or instructor
          to obtain section number.


INDS 430A Interdisciplinary Studies Seminar Creative              3 credits
          Endeavors in Mathematics                          

(PermReq) Grade  Method: REG The goal of this course
          is  to  foster  creative interdisciplinary
          interactions  in mathematics. Each student
          will  work  in  a  field  of  his  or  her
          interest    (for   example   art,   music,
          literature, but not limited to these) on a
          project  involving a significant amount of
          mathematics. These projects will be chosen
          in conjunction with the instructor and the
          goal   will   be   to   create   something
          accessible   to   non-mathematicians.   In
          addition, all students will participate in
          the  development of  a creative exhibition
          on  calculus aimed  at non-mathematicians,
          planned for the UMBC library gallery.  The
          focus  will  be  on  non-traditional ideas
          (e.g.   a   video  game  that  illustrates
          tangents and slopes) that will present the
          topic in original, accessible and engaging
          ways.  Class  time  will  be used  for the
          presentation  and workshopping of projects
          in  the  progress  and  the  discussion of
          assigned        reading.       Recommended
          prerequisite:    MATH    221.This   is   a
          permission  required course.   Also listed
          as MATH 390.
[7627] 0101 MW.........5:30pm- 6:45pm (ACIV007)       SURI, M


INDS 430H Honors Interdisciplinary Studies Seminar                3 credits
          Creative Endeavors in Mathematics                 

(PermReq) Grade   Method:   REG/P-F/AUD  See  course
          description under INDS430A.
[7647] 0101 MW.........5:30pm- 6:45pm (ACIV007)       SURI, M


INDS 480  Interdisciplinary Studies:Capstone Project               1 credit
          Seminar                                           

(PermReq) Grade Method: REG This seminar is designed
          to  prepare all  Interdisciplinary Studies
          students  for  INDS  490 Interdisciplinary
          Studies:     Capstone    Project.     With
          consultation    from   faculty   advisors,
          students   will   develop   and  submit  a
          proposal    for    a   capstone   project.
          Strategies   for  doing  interdisciplinary
          research   and   designing   a   cohesive,
          integrated,  manageable  project  will  be
          discussed.   Permission  Required  course.
          This  course is  team-taught by Professors
          Patricia LaNoue and Jeannie Brown Leonard.
[7629] 0101 M..........7:10pm- 8:10pm (FA  529)       LEONARD, J
[7630] 0102 Tu.........4:00pm- 5:00pm (FA  529)       LEONARD, J


INDS 490  Interdisciplinary Studies: Capstone                     3 credits
          Project                                           

(PermReq) Grade  Method: REG  Individual Instruction
          course:  contact department  or instructor
          to obtain section number.


INDS 490H Interdisciplinary Studies: Capstone                     4 credits
          Project -- Honors                                 

(PermReq) Grade  Method: REG  Individual Instruction
          course:  contact department  or instructor
          to obtain section number.


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