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BIS 202 Critical Reasoning (5) I&S, QSR
Engages students as active thinkers in their reading, analysis of writing and media, and writing. Emphasis is placed upon formulating, and critically evaluating arguments in examples and essays typical of both academic inquiry and active citizen engagement in everyday life.
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BIS 203 History of Inter-Arts (5) VLPA Kochhar-Lindgren
Considers InterArt forms as a method for creating new arts practices and cultural insight. The range of intersections may include, arts and sciences, literature and performance, film and dance, and painting and poetry.
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BIS 204 Introduction to Journalism (5) VLPA/I&S
Covers the basic elements of reporting and writing for print media, as well as meta-issues of ethics, the First Amendment, and a brief history of American journalism. Teaches reporting skills and the cultural context for the practice of those skills.
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BIS 205 Technologies of Expression (5) VLPA/I&S Kochhlar-Lindgren
Explores fundamental technologies of expression such as the book, film, and the computer and their implications for social and individual identity-formation, cultural critique, and art-making. Examines how media functions to shape human identity.
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BIS 206 Engaging Literary Arts (5, max. 15) VLPA Heuving
Foregrounds questions about literary arts: What are the purposes of literary arts? What approaches might we use to understand them? How to they relate to the societies and cultures in which they are located? May focus on individual writers, movements, historical periods, genres, or topics.
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BIS 208 Experimenting Through the Arts (5, max. 15) VLPA Heuving
Explores the relationship between creative arts and research. May focus on performance, visual, or literary arts as well as diverse media. Research may include study of artistic forms as well as specific topics.
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BIS 209 Engaging Visual and Media Arts (5, max. 15) VLPA
Foregrounds questions about visual arts: What are the purposes of the visual arts? What approaches might we use to understand them? How do they relate to the societies and cultures in which they are located? May focus on individual writers, movements, historical periods, genres or topics.
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BIS 212 Engaging Performing Arts (5, max. 15) VLPA Kochhar-Lindgren
Foregrounds questions about performing arts: What are the purposes of the performing arts? What approaches might we use to understand them? How do they relate to the societies and cultures in which they are located? May focus on individual performers, movements, historical periods, genres, or topics.
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BIS 215 Literature into Film (5) VLPA Behler
Studies the process of artistic adaptation by examining how significant literary works are translated into the medium of film. Explores the respective strengths and possibilities as well as the unique challenges, of literary and cinematic communication.
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BIS 216 Introduction to Cultural Studies (5) VLPA/I&S Burgett, Harewood, Krabill
Introduces cultural studies as an interdisciplinary field and practice. Explores multiple histories of the field with an emphasis on current issues and developments. Focuses on culture as a site of political and social debate and struggle. Equivalent to ENGL 207.
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BIS 217 Introduction to Debate (5) I&S Carlisle
Introduces the practice or argumentation and debate. Focuses on how to compose an argument, construct a case, methods of attack and defense, effective communication strategies, and variations in debate style.
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BIS 218 The Power of Maps (5) I&S Jung
Introduces maps, cartography, and geographic visualization, with an emphasis on digital and GIS maps on the web. Addresses maps and human understanding, map abstraction and generalization, and key map elements.
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BIS 219 The Politics of Sex Education (5) I&S Lerum
Examines the history and politics of sex education, reproduction, and sexual health in the United States, with cross national/regional comparisons. Explores how various cultural and ideological positions bring about different concepts of sexuality, the body, rights, personhood, and social and global responsibility.
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BIS 220 Developmental Psychology (5) I&S
Overview of the physical, cognitive, emotional, and social aspects of human development over the lifespan. Facilitates a greater understanding of children, adolescents, and adults as they develop and change over time in specific cultural contexts.
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BIS 221 Gender and Sexuality (5) I&S
Explores gender and human sexuality by focusing on diversity and development. Considers behavioral, social, historical, and cultural aspects.
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BIS 222 Travel and Cultural Difference (5) I&S
Uses historical, scholarly and popular sources to explore the purposes and forms of travel. Asks how travelers meet and understand other people, and how they explain those encounters. Travelers studied may include pilgrims, migrant, refugees, missionaries, merchants, scientists, colonial administrators, and tourists.
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BIS 223 Introduction to Narrative Ethnography (5) I&S Seaburg
Introduction to narrative ethnography. Focuses on the making of narrative ethnographic knowledge (observing, asking, listening, analyzing, writing up) through experiential exercises.
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BIS 224 Introduction to Feminist Studies (5) I&S, DIV Ashbaugh
Introduces feminism as it developed over the last two centuries. Investigates theories of gender and power, including the sources of and solutions to gender inequality, and how gendered identities have been produced, questioned, and critiqued.
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BIS 225 Applied Social Psychology (5) I&S Stewart
Provides an introduction to social psychological theories, foundations, methods, and evidence concerning how people think about, feel about, relate to, and influence one another. Focuses on applying social psychological theories and approaches to understanding social and practical problems.
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BIS 226 Foundations of U.S. Social Service (5) I&S Carlisle
Introduces the field of social services in the U.S., including its organization, forms of professional practice, and historical development. Focuses on social welfare: theory, court decisions, case studies, and policy. Considers competing assumptions about and approaches to solving social problems.
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BIS 230 Mathematical Thinking for the Liberal Arts (5) NW, QSR
Develops mathematics from historical, intellectual, and applied perspectives. Designed to broaden concepts of the meaning of mathematics, develop mathematical thinking, and encourage the use of mathematics in meaningful applications.
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BIS 231 Linear Algebra With Applications (5) NW, QSR Hillyard, Littig
Introduction to linear algebra (i.e., concepts, tools, and operations related to matrices and vectors) with emphasis on interdisciplinary applications. Provides an introduction to the mathematical concepts, arguments, and proofs that occur in linear algebra. Prerequisite: B CUSP 124.
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BIS 232 Introduction to Data Visualization (5) NW, QSR Hillyard, Littig
Introduces descriptive statistics and visual representations of quantitative data. Examines data sets using graphing and statistical software packages. Demonstrates how to present data in ways that are accurate, effective, and visually appealing.
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BIS 233 Participatory Media Culture (5) VLPA/I&S
Develops new media literacies that enables students to navigate, critique, and actively participate in the development of new media forms.
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BIS 235 Critical Media Literacy (5) I&S Harewood, Jones, Krabill
Explores how contemporary media communicate and produce meaning with the goal of developing students' abilities to engage critically with their various media environments. Examines, interprets, and evaluates technologically mediated communications in order to critically assess their social, cultural, and political meanings and implications.
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BIS 236 Introduction to Interactive Media (5) VLPA/I&S Gregory
Explores the role of interactive media in shaping society and culture.
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BIS 240 Introduction to Sustainable Practices (5) I&S/NW
Introduces contemporary practices of environmental sustainability. Examines permaculture, sustainable building, life cycle analysis, renewable energy, soil amendments, and recycling. Provides hands-on experience in the implementation of sustainable practices.
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BIS 241 Nature in the Northwest (5) NW Gold, Groom, Stokes
Examines local and regional ecosystems and their interaction with human communities. Applies approaches from the environmental sciences and the practice of natural history to develop an understanding of ecosystem functions, organisms, and their relationships.
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BIS 242 Environmental Geography (5) I&S/NW Turner
Investigates the interactions of a dynamic planet and society. Analyzes geographic variability and the human consequences of environmental phenomena such as climate, natural resources, natural hazards, and infectious diseases. Emphasizes the application of geographic tools and methods.
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BIS 243 Introduction to Environmental Issues (5) I&S/NW Stokes, Turner
Introduction to the major environmental challenges confronting society, and the science of understanding and addressing those challenges. Provides an overview of major issues such as global climate change, biodiversity loss, and sustainability; as well as in-depth understanding of specific issues.
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BIS 244 Wetlands Discovery (2-3) NW Gold, Turner
Provides an experimental introduction to environmental science, education, and policy through an exploration of wetland ecosystems. Explores how humans interact with wetlands ecosystems. Stresses active learning in relation to the campus Wetlands.
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BIS 250 How Things Work: Motion and Mechanics (5) I&S/NW Collins
Introduces basic scientific concepts needed to understand technologies encountered in everyday life. Themes may include the physics of motion and thermodynamics, and the applications in heating/coming and transportation. Readings focus on the history of science and invention.
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BIS 251 How Things Work: Electricity and Invention (5) I&S/NW Collins
Introduces basic scientific concepts needed to understand technologies encountered in everyday life. Focuses on electricity and its applications in various electronic devices, appliances, and systems. Readings in the history of technology develop the context in which discovery, invention, and innovation unfold.
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BIS 255 Critical Diversity Studies (5) I&S, DIV
Introduces theories, concepts, research, and polices that provide a foundation for exploring connections between diversity and equity and for recognizing ways in which these connections are relevant to individuals, institutions, and the world. Offered: jointly with B EDUC 255.
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BIS 256 Introduction to African American Studies (5) I&S, DIV
Introduces the history, culture, and politics of people of African descent in inside and outside the United States.
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BIS 257 Introduction to Asian American Studies (5) I&S
Introduces the history, culture, and politics of people of Asian descent in local and global contexts. Draws from history, literature, humanities, philosophy, the arts, film, and related areas of inquiry to examine power and politics in the Asian American experience.
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BIS 258 Introduction to United States Latina/Latino Studies (5) I&S
Introduces the history, culture, and politics of people of Latin descent in local and global context. Draws from history, literature, humanities, philosophy, the arts, film, and related areas of inquiry.
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BIS 260 Introduction to World Religions (5) I&S
Explores the world's major religious traditions. Stresses the wide range of perspectives within each tradition, their porous boundaries, contested beliefs, and multiple practices as they have adapted to new circumstances and the needs of changing communities over time.
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BIS 264 Africa on Film (5) VLPA/I&S Krabill
Introduces historical and contemporary issues facing the continent of Africa through an examination of films dealing with African themes. Addresses the strengths and weaknesses of how African issues are depicted within and outside the continent.
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BIS 265 Multicultural America (5) I&S, DIV Banks, Goldberg
Introduces the concept and practice of multiculturalism in the United States and beyond it borders. Focuses on differences of power, perspective, and privilege. Explores opportunities and strategies for alliance and coalition. Stresses diverse interpretive and methodological approaches in American Studies.
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BIS 266 United States History to 1865 (5) I&S
Examines key events and problems in U.S. history from European-Native American contact to the end of the Civil War. Focuses on the practice of "doing history" by applying historical thinking skills to a wide range of primary documents.
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BIS 267 United States History from 1865 (5) I&S
Examines key events and problems in U.S. history from the Civil War to the recent past. Focuses on the practice of "doing history" by applying historical thinking skills to a wide rage of primary documents.
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BIS 270 Abnormal Psychology (5) I&S
General instruction to the study and treatment of psychopathology. Covers research on and theories about definitions and "causes" of psychological problems from a variety of perspectives. Addresses some of the major classes of mental health problems, such as mood and anxiety disorders, their causes and treatment.
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BIS 271 History of Psychology (5) I&S
Examines the roots of contemporary psychology as an academic discipline and as a profession. Focuses on approaches to the history of psychology, philosophical viewpoints that led to a new psychology in the late 19th century, and major schools of thought in the 20th century psychology.
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BIS 275 Social Problems (5) I&S
Explores how challenges to society; such as crime, violence, injustice, poverty, and disease; are framed as social problems and then related to solutions. Examines the role of major institutions in problem identification, the power of language and media, and how social agendas are determined.
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BIS 280 U.S. Political Processes (5) I&S
Studies interaction between U.S. governmental institutions at all levels and civil society. Examines a variety of theoretical viewpoints and the relationships between private and public institutions, behaviors, and traditions.
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BIS 281 Global Politics (5-) I&S Dolsak
Surveys key global challenges, the ways to address them, and the involved actors. Challenges include alleviation of poverty, protection of human rights, globalization, demographic changes, resource depletion and pollution, ethnic and international conflict, and terrorism. Actors include national and sub-national governments, international governmental organizations, alliances, non-governmental organizations, and for-profit organizations.
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BIS 282 Globalization (5) I&S Dolsak
Investigates different meaning of the claims about globalization, a term often used to describe processes of change that take place across and outside of national contexts. Critically examines contemporary global processes in order to explore their impacts on our lives.
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BIS 284 International Relations (5) I&S
A survey of basic themes in international relations within the context of diplomatic history and American foreign policy. Emphasis is on basic motivational drives of world politics, including national interests, ideology, morality, and nationalism. Discussion of war, diplomacy, American foreign policy, and international organization sheds light on the perennial struggle for power among nations, the security dilemma and instruments of global cooperation.
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BIS 293 Special Topics (2-5, max. 15)
Examines different subjects or problems from an interdisciplinary framework.
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BIS 294 The Arts of Collaboration: Working in Teams (5)
Explores the theoretical foundations for effective team leadership, collaboration, and shared decision making. Develops team leader and member competencies.
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BIS 295 Community-Based Practice (5, max. 15)
Links academic study to experiential and community-based learning conducted at on- or off-campus sites. Topics and sites may vary with instructor.
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BIS 300 Interdisciplinary Inquiry (5)
Introduction to advanced work in interdisciplinary studies centered on broadly based questions and problems. Stresses the skills necessary to engage in upper-division research and learning in the Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Program.
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BIS 301 Narrative Forms (5) VLPA Behler, Seaburg
Examines the form, function, and textual conventions of such narrative forms as (auto) biography, personal experience narratives, short stories, and novels. Explores literary language useful for discussing narratives, how narratives work for their readers/listeners, and what interpretive tools readers/listeners bring to narratives.
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BIS 302 Issues in Mathematics Across Cultures (5, max. 10) I&S Hillyard, Littig
Examines the role of mathematics in informing and shaping human understanding of the world. Explores contemporary and historical issues in the development and application of mathematical theories and philosophies. Focus varies with instructor and may include ethnomathematics, women in mathematics, media representations of the mathematical sciences, and mathematics and warfare.
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BIS 305 Issues in Social and Political Philosophy (5, max. 10) I&S
A philosophical investigation of conceptual and normative issues associated with one of several broad domains of social and political thought: human rights, the varieties of human conflict, and war and peace. Examines both classical and recent texts. Brings theoretical perspectives to bear on contemporary issues.
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BIS 306 Marine Diversity and Conservation (5) I&S/NW
Exploration of marine biodiversity of the Pacific Northwest. Basic concepts in evolution, development, ecology, and conservation are introduced through inquiry-guided exercises based in the marine environment. Examination of human impacts on marine environments and subsequent consequences for human health and welfare.
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BIS 307 Environmental Justice (5) I&S Atkinson, Ottinger
Explores issues of social equity associated with environmental hazards, risks, and benefits. Examines the ways social structures, environmental decision-making procedures, and scientific and technological practices distribute the burden of environmental problems, as well as community response through political action and cultural production.
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BIS 308 Issues in Philosophy and Culture (5, max. 10)
Examines a central problem associated with the nature, varieties, values, and transmission of cultures. Alternative problems to be emphasized include the cultural relativity of truth and value, multi-cultural education, and knowledge and practice. Emphasizes philosophical texts. Also considers writings from sociology, anthropology, history and literature.
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BIS 309 History of Dance in Europe and America (5) VLPA
Discussion of the major developments in European and American dance history. Dances from the court, ballroom, and theater including masterpieces from the modern repertoire. Based on primary source material and film recreations that document dance's social and theatrical role from the Renaissance to the present.
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BIS 310 Women, Culture, and Development (5) I&S, DIV Shayne
Facilitates a critical understanding of the social, cultural, political, and economic positions of women in the developing world. Addresses colonialism and post-colonialism, feminist theories of development, and practices of globalization.
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BIS 312 Approaches to Social Research (5) I&S
Deals with the why and how of social research. Covers two main themes: the epistemology of social science and the logic of research design. Students learn to assess the strengths of various methodologies, evaluate research results, and initiate future inquiries of their own.
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BIS 313 Issues in Media Studies (5, max. 15) VLPA/I&S
Examines a variety of issues involved in understanding different forms of media and their impact on our lives, in contexts spanning from local to global, using a wide range of theoretical, disciplinary, and methodological approaches.
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BIS 314 Topics in Geography (5, max. 10) I&S
Topics/areas of study may include: cultural geography, physical geography, geography of globalization.
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BIS 315 Understanding Statistics (5) I&S/NW, QSR
Presentation of key concepts for understanding and judging reports of statistical analyses and for performing and reporting valid statistical analyses using a limited set of measures and tests.
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BIS 316 Topics in Psychology (5, max. 15) I&S
Examination of a specific topic in order to provide a deeper understanding of a particular aspect of psychology. Topics may include the history of psychology; human memory; dreaming; cognitive psychology.
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BIS 317 Language, Society, and Cultural Knowledge (5) VLPA/I&S
Explores the determining role of language in human communication, culture and worldview; and the implications of language structure and content to forms of communicative interaction. Review and critique of theories of language as a social phenomena.
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BIS 318 Education and Society (3) I&S
Examines educational problems, policy, and practice from interdisciplinary perspective. Explores the tensions between education values and goals throughout the history of public schooling in the United States and develops critical perspectives through which to evaluate current proposals for school reform.
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BIS 320 Comparative Political Economies (5) I&S
Examines the production and distribution of goods, the organization of labor, and systems of wealth and power in diverse cultural settings within and outside the realm of "classical" capitalist development. Analyzes interactions between political constituencies and the economies they attempt to govern.
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BIS 322 Topics in Performance Studies (5, max. 15) VLPA
Examination of a specific topic in order to provide a deeper understanding of a particular aspect of the study of performance. Topics may include transnationalism and performance; eco-performance, community performance; African and Asian theatre. Topics and approaches may vary with instructor.
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BIS 325 Disability and Human Rights (5) VLPA/I&S, DIV
Considers the intersections between human rights discourse and disability studies in relation to questions of community formation and social action. Addresses three primary areas: the arts, activism, and the law.
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BIS 326 Twentieth Century Eastern Europe (5) I&S
The recent revolutions in Eastern Europe threw off totalitarian regimes and replaced them with diverse and emerging cultural, political, and economic forms. Examines the art, literature, politics, economics, and ideologies of these new societies through film, reading seminars and independent research.
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BIS 327 History of U.S. Labor Institutions (5) I&S
Examines the evolution of the institutions that have shaped labor. Discusses indentured servitude, slavery, apprenticeship, schooling, wage labor, unions, and the laws that surround each of these institutions.
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BIS 328 Diversity, Leadership, and Engagement (1-5, max. 20)
Explores theories and practices of diversity, leadership, and engagement. Links practical experience to academic reflection.
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BIS 329 Topics in Mathematics Across the Curriculum (5, max. 10)
Examines mathematical theories and concepts within their historical and cultural contexts. Topics vary with instructor and may include mathematical symmetries, the organization and modeling of space, cryptology, mathematical models of social decision making, and/or theories of change and strategy.
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BIS 330 Democratic Capitalism in the United States (5) I&S
Critical examination of the relationship between three political perspectives (libertarian, liberal and radical) and democratic capitalism.
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BIS 332 Rise of East Asia (5) I&S
Compares the cultural, economic, and political development of the countries of East Asia. Topics may include political institutions, religion, business, economic development, trade and finance, science and technology, and arts and literature.
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BIS 334 Traditional Chinese History (5) I&S
History of traditional China from earliest times to the beginning of the Qing dynasty. Covers the birth and development of the principal social, economic, and political institutions in China. Also treats the principal cultural and scientific achievements of China, and the philosophical traditions which have dominated East Asia.
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BIS 335 Human Rights in America (5) I&S, DIV
Study of the literature of civil liberties, civil rights, and human rights in the United States. Examines the way writers try to justify specific rights and to communicate the need for social change in American society.
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BIS 336 Native American Cultures: The Northwest Coast (5) I&S
An interdisciplinary introduction to the Native Cultures of the Northwest Coast (northwestern California to southeastern Alaska). Combines an areal-topical approach (language, subsistence, material culture, social organization, religion, oral/literary traditions, visual arts) with a more in-depth examination of several Northwest Coast culture groups.
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BIS 337 Risk and Resilience (5) I&S Udell
Provides an overview of the psychological study of development in the context of adversity. Studies pathways that lead to maladjustment and processes that lead to positive adjustment, and considers social policy and preventative programs.
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BIS 338 Political Institutions and Processes (5) I&S
Studies the nature, structure, and functions of political institutions. Develops a theoretical and empirical analysis of both formal (state and government) and informal (non-state) institutions and actors:
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BIS 339 Issues in Global Cultural Studies (5, max. 15)
Examination of various topics and approaches to the study of culture in a global context. May include the study art, literature, theater, cultural history, music history/ethnomusicology, and/or cultural anthropology/geography. Topics and approaches may vary with instructor.
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BIS 340 Approaches to Cultural Research (5) VLPA/I&S Burgett, Gardner, Lerum, Seaburg
Examines different approaches to understanding the production and consumption of culture and cultural practices. Invites students to evaluate cultural research, to experience with different research methodologies, and to carry out research assignments. Explores ethnographic, textual, and arts-based methods.
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BIS 341 Topics in the Study of Culture (5, max. 15)
Examines the study of cultural forms, artifacts, and practices. May include art, art history, literature, theater, music history, ethnomusicology, dance, and/or religion. Topics and approaches may vary with instructor.
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BIS 342 Geographic Information Systems (5) I&S
Examines the concepts and methods of geographic information systems (GIS) and related elements of spatial analysis and representation. Through projects and lab exercises, student gain basic proficiency in the use of GIS and an interdisciplinary understanding of the applications of GIS.
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BIS 343 Geographic Visualization (5) I&S, QSR
Focuses on different geovisualization techniques to represent physical, social, and cultural phenomena associated with spatial data and designing maps. Addresses GIS programs and explores how geovisualization can be applied to various research and policy areas.
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BIS 345 American Environmental Thought (5) I&S
Explores the development of current ideas about nature and the relationship between humans and the natural world, as expressed in literature and other cultural forms. Emphasizes historical, cultural, philosophical, and global dimensions of American environmental thought, along with implications for human interactions with the environment.
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BIS 346 Topics in Environmental Policy (5, max. 10)
Explores specific topics in environmental policy in an interdisciplinary context, combining considerations of politics, policy, economics, and science. Emphasizes quantitative analysis and scientific method.
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BIS 347 History of American Documentary Films (5) VLPA/I&S
Exploration of the important technological and cinematic innovations of non-fiction films within their cultural contexts, and examination of theoretical issues such as objectivity and the blurred line between fact and fiction. Stresses the skills necessary for the critical evaluation and interpretation of documentary films.
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BIS 348 Cultural Psychology (5) I&S
Addresses the ways that cultural traditions and social practices both reflect and transform psychological experience. Examines both new theoretical and empirical work in cultural psychology and the intellectual roots of cultural psychology. Explores the implications of a cultural perspective for the larger projects/concerns of the field of psychology.
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BIS 349 Personality Psychology (5) I&S Steward
Introduces the field of personality psychology and the scientific study of psychological individuality. Addresses three key approaches to personality; basic traits; motives, goals, schemas, and tasks; and broad and culturally shaped life stories that provide identity, purpose, and meaning. Integrates classical personality theories and contemporary research in the field. Not open for credit to students who have taken PSYCH 203 or PSYCH 303 at the Seattle Campus.
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BIS 350 The Concept of Number (5) NW, QSR
Explores the concept of number from an historical perspective and the modern mathematical perspective. Stresses the new properties of "'number"', starting with counting numbers and progressing to the concept of a field.
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BIS 351 Topics in American Culture (5, max. 15)
Explores a particular topic in American culture that highlights the methodological tools needed to integrate the interpretation of cultural texts, including literature, film, music, and art, with their historical contexts.
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BIS 352 Mapping Communities (5) I&S
Uses mapping and other methods to examine the concept of community. Explores the intersections of life in urban areas including perception and interaction with built environments, political and economic relationships, and social and cultural ties.
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BIS 353 Human Rights in Theory and Practice (5) I&S
Introduces political, economic, legal, and cultural aspects of the theory and practice of human rights. Students will explore, critique, and develop theories of human rights.
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BIS 354 Modern European Intellectual History (5) VLPA/I&S
Study of key figures and intellectual debates of Western modernity, and of major literary movements (romanticism, realism, modernism). Analysis of seminal texts such as Rousseau's Discourse on Inequality, Flaubert's Madame Bovary, Nietzsche's Genealogy of Morals, and Woolf's To the Lighthouse.
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BIS 355 History of Science and Technology (5) I&S
Introduces the historical development of science and technology and their interaction with social, cultural, and political forces across time and space.
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BIS 356 Ethics and the Environment (5) I&S
Examination of the "environmental crisis" and associated social conflicts, tracing them to their philosophical roots. Focuses on the facts of the current situation, on classic and recent readings from the environmental literature, and on ethical responses to current issues.
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BIS 357 Native American Religious and Philosophical Thought (5) I&S
An exploration and comparison of religious and philosophical themes developed by tribal people in the New World; an analytical examination of various forms of religious and philosophical expression and how they relate to our human sense of an existing moral order.
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BIS 358 Issues in Environmental Science (5, max. 10) I&S/NW
Explores environmental problems from stratospheric ozone depletion to the preservation of endangered species to acid rain. Focuses on methods of analysis from the physical and life sciences as well as economics, psychology and related fields. Examines issues within their larger social, historic, and political contexts.
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BIS 359 Principles and Controversies of Sustainability (5) I&S
Focuses on the challenges, principles, and controversies of sustainability. Analyzes the sustainability issues, identifying the values underlying societal actions and conflicting perspectives, and considers the ecological, ethical, and human well-being ramifications of following different sustainability proposals and cultural trajectories.
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BIS 361 Studies in American Literature (5, max. 10) VLPA
Examines important literary movements and literary genres with attention to their historical context. Emphasizes issues of race, class, and gender.
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BIS 369 Women Across Cultures (5) I&S
Examines the experiences of women around the globe from a variety of disciplinary perspectives; world systems theory, feminist sociology and anthropology. Examines women's lives with respect to various institutions: politics, the family, education, as well as at the micro-level in the home, in day-to-day interacting and in relationships.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 369

BIS 370 Nineteenth-Century American Literature (5) VLPA
Examination of significant writers and literary developments within nineteenth-century American culture and society. Addresses issues surrounding the formation of an American literary canon. Stresses themes and methods for advanced literary interpretation within American Studies.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 370

BIS 371 Twentieth-Century American Literature (5) VLPA
Examination of significant writers and literary developments within twentieth-century American culture and society. Addresses issues surrounding the formation of an American literary canon. Stresses themes and methods for advanced literary interpretation within American Studies.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 371

BIS 373 Cultural History of Rome (5) VLPA/I&S
Intense study of the urban space of Rome as a cultural center from its origins to the modern era. Examines Roman influence over time covering the republican, imperial, and papal phases of this city as illustrated through the visual record of buildings, gardens, sculpture, mosaics, and paintings.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 373

BIS 374 Middle East Politics (5) I&S
Examines major socio-economic and political themes in the Middle East from colonialism to the present. Topics may include: emergence of republics/monarchies, gender and patriarch in the Middle East, Arab Nationalism, Palestinian-Israeli conflict, politics of oil, and political Islam.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 374

BIS 375 Mexican Art and Culture (5) VLPA/I&S
Studies the art, politics, and culture of modern Mexico with an emphasis on 1900 to the present.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 375

BIS 376 Circa 1500: Arts of West and East (5) VLPA
Cultural history through the arts with emphasis on the era of early European expansion into Africa, the Americas, and Asia. Focuses on parts of the Mediterranean and Northern Europe, Islamic spheres of the ancient Near East and Africa, the Aztec and Inca cultures, Ming China, and Muromachi Japan.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 376

BIS 377 Student Research Collaboratory (2, max. 6) Kochis
Student design and implement research projects on interdisciplinary education and student life with reference to their IAS education. Credit/no-credit only.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 377

BIS 378 The Language of Poetry (5) VLPA
Study of how poetic meanings are formed and interpreted. Explores different forms of poetry within diverse cultures and historical times.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 378

BIS 379 American Ethnic Literatures (5) VLPA/I&S, DIV
A comparative study of multiple ethnic literatures within American culture and society. Addresses issues surrounding the formation of an American literary canon. Stresses themes and methods for advanced literary interpretation within American Studies.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 379

BIS 380 Bioethics (5) I&S Crane
Explores concepts and questions in the field of bioethics and addresses key debates from different philosophical, social, and cultural perspectives.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 380

BIS 381 The History of Life (5) I&S/NW, QSR Price
Explores the principles of evolution by examining the fossil record, focusing on how past events shaped today's biodiversity. Engages with contemporary controversies regarding scientific literacy.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 381

BIS 382 The Visual Art of Biology (5) VLPA/NW Price
Explores the intersection of biology and art through representations of nature in illustrations, photography, and film. Examines the effect of technological discoveries such as the telescope, microscope, and camera that shape and enhance our representations of nature.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 382

BIS 383 American Art and Architecture (5) VLPA
Explores major trends in American art comprising painting, sculpture, architecture, urban design, and the decorative arts from 1600 to present.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 383

BIS 384 Health, Medicine, and Society (5) I&S
Examines health, disease, and healing as social phenomena. Explores the nature and experience of illness through the study of patients, communities, healthcare providers, and medical systems in different cultural, social, political, and economic contexts.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 384

BIS 385 Cross-Cultural Oral Traditions (5) VLPA
Examines oral traditions from around the world. The primary focus is on folktale, although the genres of myths, tales, personal experience narratives, and jokes may be explored. Introduces several theoretical approaches to analyzing the content, style, and structure of oral traditions.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 385

BIS 386 Global Environmental Issues (5) I&S/NW
Addresses the connections between local activities and the global environment; the scientific approach to these problems (both quantitatively and qualitatively); and policy implications.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 386

BIS 387 Women and American Literature (5, max. 10) VLPA
Study of women writers and the ways women have been portrayed in literary texts. Focuses on certain themes, such as selves and subjectivities, or on writers from specific historical, economic, ethnic, or racial backgrounds.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 387

BIS 388 The Philosophy and Science of Quantum Mechanics (5) NW, QSR
Explores the basic philosophical and scientific concepts of quantum mechanics. Uses the historical development of quantum mechanics to develop its general principles and create an understanding of the scientific method. Examines the relationships between scientific observations, concepts, and theories.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 388

BIS 389 American Indian Literature (5) VLPA/I&S
A survey of both traditional and contemporary American Indian Literary genre; oral and written modes of expression, including oral narratives, autobiography, oratory, traditional and contemporary poetry, fiction.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 389

BIS 390 Ecology and the Environment (5) NW
A general introduction to ecology. Introduces the principles that govern how organisms interact with each other and with their surroundings.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 390

BIS 391 Environmental History of the Pacific Northwest Bioregion (5) I&S Stokes
Examines the history of the relationships between humans and their environments in the Pacific Northwest, from the time of earliest human inhabitants to the present, with particular reference to current environmental and resource issues.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 391

BIS 392 Water and Sustainability (5) I&S/NW
Provides an understanding of past and present water challenges and some of the possible opportunities for solving them. What is the state of water in the United States and how did we get to this point? Examines the future prospects for wisely using water resources.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 392

BIS 393 Special Topics (3-5, max. 15)
Various topics designed to respond to faculty and student interests and needs.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 393

BIS 394 Comparative Economic Development (5) I&S
Introduces a variety of issues affecting Third World economies in a framework that emphasizes their particular and varied post-colonial histories. Draws on economic theory, cultural and economic anthropology, literature, and other sources to understand institutions and sources of change in these economies.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 394

BIS 395 Environmental Change in Washington State (5) I&S/NW Gold, Groom, Stokes, Turner
Examines issues in science, society, technology, and policy that impact the future of natural ecosystems and their relationship to human communities in Washington State. Issues include climate change, urban sprawl, environmental policies, management of natural resources, and loss of agricultural lands.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 395

BIS 396 Topics in Sustainability (5, max. 15)
Examines topics in sustainability. Includes social, political, historical, cultural, artistic, economic, or scientific explorations of sustainability issues.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 396

BIS 397 Topics in Environmental Studies (5, max. 15)
Examines topics in Environmental Studies. Includes social, political, historical, cultural, artistic, economic, or scientific explorations of environmental issues.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 397

BIS 398 Directed Study/Research (1-5, max. 15)
Opportunity for directed group or individual research on a topic/theme mutually agreed upon by instructor and student.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 398

BIS 399 Portfolio and Career Development (2, max. 6) I&S
Explores connections between academic and career portfolio development. Students assemble, critically reflect on, discuss, and present their work in these two contexts. Prerequisite: BIS 300.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 399

BIS 400 Modern Japan (5) I&S
History of Japan from the beginning of the Tokugawa period to the present. Covers the principal ideas and institutions of the feudal period, and the impact of the West during the Meiji period. Explores the struggle of modern Japan to maintain its cultural identity while becoming a powerful modern state.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 400

BIS 401 Topics in Economic History and Analysis (5, max. 10) I&S
Selected economic studies. Possible topics include history of monopoly and antitrust policy, economic regulation, structural change in the U.S. economy, labor economics, and the Industrial Revolution. Recommended: prior course in economics.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 401

BIS 402 Modern China (5) I&S
History of modern China since the beginning of the Qing dynasty, 1644 to the present. Focuses on the major social, political, and economic developments, and on the relationships between ideas and institutions. Topics include the impact of the West and changes resulting from internal causes.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 402

BIS 403 Washington D.C. Seminar on Human Rights (5)
Examines human rights as a philosophical concept, an historical movement, and a contemporary political phenomenon, both in its inherently international scope and in its distinctly U.S. expression in congressional and executive-branch processes. Uses expert guest speakers, both on campus and in Washington, D.C., as major learning resources, along with readings and written assignments.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 403

BIS 404 Twentieth-Century Russia (5) I&S
History of Russia from the reign of Nicholas II to the present. Covers the main cultural, political, social, and economic events from the end of the Imperial period through the founding of the Soviet Union to the remarkable dismantling of Soviet institutions by Mikhail Gorbachev in the present.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 404

BIS 405 Environmental Education (3) NW
Analyze various environmental programs and prepare an individualized project. Learn to apply ecological concepts in the classroom and learn how to teach about various environmental education programs.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 405

BIS 406 Urban Planning and Geography (5) I&S Jung
Examines historical and modern conceptualizations of "'urban"', covering topics such as urban systems, urban forms, urban ecologies, urban planning, and urbanism. Investigates the integration of built forms; human interactions; and the environmental, social, political, and economic aspects of urban places.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 406

BIS 407 Children's Literature and Reader Response Criticism (5) VLPA Watts
Studies children's literature and its use in classrooms. Explores theories of reader response and the design of response-based activities.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 407

BIS 409 Modern Germany (5) I&S
Interdisciplinary study placing the emergence of contemporary Germany in its larger historical context. Explores important eras of German history and focuses on major aspects of post-war economic, political, and cultural life in order to grasp the unique role that Germany has come to play in the European community of today.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 409

BIS 410 Topics in Qualitative Inquiry (5, max. 15) I&S
Provides a background for understanding qualitative inquiry. Focuses on ethnographic inquiry and interpretative cultural analysis. Discusses forms of data collection such as observation, participant observation, and interviewing. Also stresses strategies for data analysis and for handling qualitative data.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 410

BIS 411 Biotechnology and Society (5) I&S
Clarifies the scientific, political, economic, and ethical dimensions of new genetic technologies. Explores the tension between biotechnology as a source of economic opportunity and as a potential threat to the environment and human freedom, and the role of government in promoting and regulating science and technology to resolve this tension.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 411

BIS 412 Ideas in Political Economy (5) I&S
Surveys the rich intellectual tradition in political economy, from classical writings to the present. Provides a critical perspective on the development of modern capitalism.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 412

BIS 413 Nations and Nationalism (5) I&S
Examines modern nationalism as a vast, contested, and crucial subject. Addresses current theories and historical evidence about the origin and nature of nationalist ideologies and their relationships to the modern nation-state.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 413

BIS 414 Topics in Human Rights (5, max. 10) I&S
Explores a critical issue of human rights theory and practice and its intersection with the other fields of thought and disciplines. Topics may include such issues as the rights of children, workers, or women; or the relationship of human rights to democracy, globalization, and the arts.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 414

BIS 415 Public Policy and Law (5) I&S
Examines the different histories of and processes by which law and public policy create rules that govern a society. Discusses the nature and influence of law and policy in our society via a sociological perspective.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 415

BIS 416 Problems in International Political Economy (5, max. 10) I&S
Problems in world markets and political organization. Topics may include comparative industrialization, economic imperialism, the capitalist transition in Central Europe, and financial crises.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 416

BIS 417 Paris: The City and Its History (5) VLPA/I&S
Explores the issues of urban culture and history in the city of Paris. Uses pertinent primary and secondary texts to explore why Paris has been regarded as the jewel of European cities and what constitutes its sense of place.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 417

BIS 418 Masculinity, Homoeroticism, and Queer Theory in American Culture (5) VLPA
Exploration of the shifting and contradictory images and ideas of masculinity in American culture, focusing especially on the way masculinities are constructed in relations between men. Emphasizes advanced methods in American Studies.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 418

BIS 419 Urban Politics and Policy (5) I&S
Examines the historical, economic and ideological foundations for urban governance within the American political system. Compares and contrasts urban politics and public policy implementation in selected U.S. cities and regions. Special emphasis on policy issues affecting political and economic development and the distribution of political power and social benefits.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 419

BIS 420 Colonizing History in Sub-Saharan Africa (5) I&S
Considers the history of colonization in Africa and the writing of that history, dealing with debates around post-colonial theory. Provides a better understanding of how relationships between Sub-Saharan Africa and other parts of the world have developed, and how we have come to understand those relationships.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 420

BIS 421 Technology Policy (5) I&S
Examines the role of public policy in managing the tradeoffs between benefits and risks of new technology. Discusses how to evaluate U.S. technology policies against the standards of democracy, economic efficiency, and social justice.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 421

BIS 422 Clinical Psychology (5) I&S Stewart
Explores the intellectual, emotional, biological, psychological, and behavioral aspects of human functioning. Topics include maladjustment and adjustment, discomfort, disability, and adaption. Specifically addresses assessment and diagnosis; theory and strategies of intervention; ethics and standard, research methods; and training and specializations.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 422

BIS 423 The City in American Culture (5) VLPA/I&S
Explores the contested terrain of urban landscapes in American culture by interpreting literature, film, and other cultural texts within their historical and geographical context. Uses methods and knowledge gained from introductory American Studies courses to focus on specific themes.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 423

BIS 424 Topics in American Studies (5, max. 15)
Examination of a specific topic in order to provide a deeper understanding of a particular aspect of American culture.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 424

BIS 425 Topics in U.S. Social and Political History (5, max. 15) I&S
Intensive examination of a particular topic on American institutions, ideologies, movements, and social conditions.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 425

BIS 426 Comparative Urban Politics (5) I&S
Compares processes of urban governance and the politics of central-local relations in various advanced industrial societies. Analyzes urban public policies and the distributions and effects of political and economic power in selected cities are analyzed. Draws contrasts with Third World cities and explores global processes of urbanization.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 426

BIS 427 Global History I (5) I&S
Provides a global perspective on the history of the human community from hunting-gathering times to the end of the formative stage of human cultures. It is divided into eleven main areas of focus: world origins, human origins, environment, society, politics, economics, technology, art and religion, disease, and migration.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 427

BIS 428 Global History II (5) I&S
Provides a global perspective on the human history to the beginning of the modern age. It is divided into ten main areas of focus: indigenous peoples, disease, gender, Indian Ocean, Arab Trading Network, maritime exploration, Atlantic Trade, world population, the gun powder empires, and the rise of the nation-state.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 428

BIS 429 Global History III (5) I&S
Provides a global perspective on human history from the scientific revolution to the present. Explores ten main areas: the scientific revolution, nationalism, the industrial revolution, the various economic systems, colonialism, war, crisis of ideas, global society, the environment, and a look into the twenty-first century.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 429

BIS 430 Social Theory and Practice (5, max. 10)
Focuses on a particular concept or problem in social theory and practice, such as the nature of community, the meaning and value of professionalism, the varieties of human conflict, human rights.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 430

BIS 431 Issues in Sexual Politics and Cultures (5, max. 10) I&S
Examines the ways that sexual beliefs, practices, identities, and behaviors are connected to various cultural, economic, political, and historical forces. Ideally builds on students' previous critical study of sex and sexuality, either at the UW or elsewhere. Specific focus and topic varies with instructor.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 431

BIS 432 Democracy in Asia (5) I&S
Explores the institutional heritage of selected Asian countries, principally China, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan, and evaluates their suitability to democratic institutions. Frequent comparisons with the growth of representative democracy in the West.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 432

BIS 433 Gender, Work, and Family (5) I&S, DIV
Examines the interlocking institutions of gender, work, and family. Explores the impact of changing patterns of work on the lives of men and women and the effect of changes in work and occupations on demography and family patterns.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 433

BIS 434 Psychology and the Visual Arts (5) VLPA/I&S
Explores the visual arts experience in many of its psychological, social, and cultural dimensions. Topics include visual perception and cognition, the process of assigning personal meaning and value to art, and the role of the visual arts in individual and community identity development and change efforts.
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BIS 435 Interactive Learning: Theory and Practice (5) I&S
Examines theories that support interactive learning-including constructionist-, critical-, and experientially based views. Emphasizes multiple dimensions of the learning situation. Mainly theory, with opportunities to relate practice to theory.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 435

BIS 436 Comparative Family Systems (5) I&S
Provides comparative analyses of family life in various cultures and societies. Topics include family organization, family and kinship structure, marital and parent-child relationships, socialization, aging and familial roles. Examines methods for conducting comparative research.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 436

BIS 437 Narrative Psychology (5) I&S
Examines the ways narrative has been used in psychology theory, practice, and research. Introduces narrative concepts and analysis techniques, examines how diverse cultural contexts shape personal stories, demonstrates narrative research strengths, and explores the ways larger social narratives can affect individual actualization.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 437

BIS 438 Prevention and Promotion (5-) I&S Stewart
Examines prevention and promotion, the two fundamental intervention approaches of community psychology. Explores the strategies employed for each, and the array of phenomena, or variables, they address. Focuses on applications at the small group, community, and socio-cultural levels of analysis. Prerequisite: BISCP 343.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 438

BIS 440 Topics in Everyday Social and Cultural Life (5, max. 15) I&S
Intensive examination of a particular theme, tradition or problem in everyday social/cultural life. Topics may include living the good life; personal and interpersonal ethics; body, gender, society, and symbol; and psychology of gender.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 440

BIS 441 Global Labor Markets (5) I&S
Explores the history, theory, and institutions that affect labor's position in an increasingly globalized labor market. Fosters critical inquiry upon the globalization of labor markets and makes connections between global markets and local employment conditions. Prerequisite: B CUSP 200.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 441

BIS 442 Advanced GIS Analysis and Applications (5, max. 15) I&S Jung, Lopez
Provides advanced training in Geographic Information Systems and other geospatial applications for display and analysis of environmental and socio-economic data. Prerequisite: BIS 342.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 442

BIS 443 Educational Policy and the American Economy (5) I&S
Examines relationships between the economy and our educational and training infrastructure: What are we doing and what should our educational policy be?
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 443

BIS 444 Issues in Comparative History (5, max. 10) I&S
Explores different special issues in comparative history. Topics include histories of the world, imperialism and colonialism, nationalism and nation states, and the history of gender in the east and west.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 444

BIS 445 Meanings and Realities of Inequality (5) I&S, DIV
A socioeconomic investigation into the meanings and realities of inequality using a variety of theoretical frameworks and empirical research. Focuses on the determinants of economic mobility and social status. Addresses discrimination, poverty, welfare, and education.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 445

BIS 446 Science, Expertise, and Public Policy (5) I&S Ottinger
Addresses how we incorporate both public participation and expert advice into democratic decision-making. Acknowledges that science in necessarily value-laden and that non-scientists often have salient knowledge, and examines how the tension between democracy and expertise has been reconciled in practices of, and proposals for, policy-making in Western democracies.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 446

BIS 447 Topics in Quantitative Inquiry (5, max. 15) NW, QSR
Examines methods for quantitative data analysis. Uses current software packages to model data. Topics vary with instructor and may include probability, surveys, regression techniques, forecasting and time series, decision-making, or spatial analysis and data maps. Recommended: previous coursework in quantitative methods such as BIS 315 or BIS 312.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 447

BIS 448 Social Policy (5) I&S
Addresses the need for and purposes of US social policy by linking policy interventions and advocacy to social welfare. Examines causes and policy solutions to social welfare issues such as poverty, income, public assistance, food and housing, mental health and substance abuse, child welfare, and social security. Recommended: BIS 226.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 448

BIS 449 Advanced Topics in Psychology (5, max. 15) I&S Stewart, Udell
Advanced study of selected theoretical and research topics of contemporary interest in psychology.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 449

BIS 450 Performance and Healing (5) VLPA/I&S
Investigates performance and healing to understand how a variety of performance forms including dance, theater, and music can provide vehicles for personal, social, and cultural healing.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 450

BIS 451 Northwest Indian Myths and Tales (5) VLPA/I&S
Exploration of the rich oral traditional heritage of the Native peoples of the Pacific Northwest, emphasizing common features of content (plot, themes, and characters), style, and performance. Includes folkloristic, anthropological, and literary perspectives.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 451

BIS 452 Marx, Nietzsche, Freud (5) I&S
Study of the challenges to the traditional Western conceptions of the self, history, knowledge, and art by these classic authors of modernity. Examines the critical impact of their writing within its historical and cultural context and the ongoing significance of their work through the study of prominent examples of contemporary theory.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 452

BIS 455 Literature and Sexuality (5, max. 10) VLPA/I&S
Advanced study of the changing definitions and discourses of sexuality in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and their relationship to literary representations. Stresses historical, psychoanalytic, and literary perspectives.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 455

BIS 457 Thinking and Decision Making (5) I&S
Survey of research and theory on how people process information about others, and themselves. Topics include attention and memory for person information, social schemata, biases in attribution, perceived control, heuristics for rapid inferences, and how cognition relates to emotion and behavior.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 457

BIS 458 Energy, the Environment and Society (5) I&S
Discusses energy production, distribution, and consumption in modern society. Topics include basic scientific, technological, economic, political and environmental issues and questions raised by the utilization of traditional and alternative energy sources.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 458

BIS 459 Conservation and Sustainable Development (5) I&S/NW Groom
Examines the connections between human welfare and diverse and healthy ecosystems. Considers tensions among economic development, poverty eradication, and biodiversity conservation. Examines efforts to create sustainable development solutions to easing poverty and protecting biodiversity.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 459

BIS 460 Topics in Critical Theory (5, max. 10) VLPA
Investigates theoretical approaches to the study of literature. Topics may range from chronicles of critical theories to psychoanalysis and literature, or the examination of individual theoreticians such as Michel Foucault.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 460

BIS 461 Studies in U.S. Intellectual and Cultural History (5, max. 10) VLPA/I&S
In-depth investigation of a particular topic, theme, or tradition in the history of ideas or cultural practices in the United States. Builds on methods and knowledge gained in introductory American Studies courses.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 461

BIS 462 The Culture of Cold War America (5) VLPA/I&S
Examines Americans' ideas, values, fears, and desires during the Cold war era by considering the production, reception, and meaning of popular Hollywood films in their historical context.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 462

BIS 463 U.S. Women's History (5) I&S, DIV
Surveys the place of women in the United States from Native American-European contact to the present. Topics include comparative gender norms, women's politics, gender and slavery, alliances and disagreements among women, women and work, courtship, sexuality, and marriage.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 463

BIS 464 Topics in Advanced Cinema Studies (5, max. 15) VLPA
Builds on the analytical and methodological skills gained in 300-level cinema studies courses. Focuses on specific topics which examine cinematic texts and institutions and their complex interrelationships within modern culture.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 464

BIS 465 Performance, History, and Memory (5-) VLPA Kochhar-Lindgren
Investigates transnational performance forms as sites of memory, testimony, and archive. Explores the transmission of cultural knowledge in performance and how those traditions change as they travel across social, cultural, and geographic boundaries. Specific cultures examined vary by instructor.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 465

BIS 466 Human Rights and Resistance (5) I&S Kochis
Examines how cultural practice interacts with the modern human rights movement, exploring how cultural production such as music, literature, theater, or the visual arts can promote the human rights regime as it resists challenges to justices and human dignity.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 466

BIS 467 Post-1945 U.S. Youth Culture: Culture, Theory, and History (5) VLPA/I&S
Explores the development of various youth cultures in post-World War II America. Examines the relationship between youth cultures, mass culture, and adult mainstream society, and the way each shapes and is shaped by the other.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 467

BIS 468 Human Rights and Sustainable Development (5) I&S Kochis
Examines social aspects of a human right to sustainable development including education, democratic participation, the rule of law, human capabilities and functioning, nationality, religion, and a right to a safe environment.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 468

BIS 470 Art, Politics, and Social Change (5) VLPA/I&S
Explores art forms as windows on changing political cultures and the role of artists as social critics and advocates of political change in diverse historical epochs and societies and in conjunction with selected modern political movements.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 470

BIS 471 Women in Art (5) VLPA/I&S
Examines work of women artists and women in art. Explores women's creative production, societal roles, and feminist critiques of the roles of women in art.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 471

BIS 474 Topics in European Cultural History (5, max. 10) VLPA/I&S
Advanced interdisciplinary study of major periods, prominent movements, or representative figures of European cultural history. Gives special attention to the historical contexts and meanings of cultural life, as well as to the interrelations between the arts.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 474

BIS 476 Issues in Art History (5, max. 15) VLPA/I&S
Explores diverse issues in art history such as the history of photography, painting in the age of Rembrandt, and impressionism through surrealism.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 476

BIS 478 Art Patronage and Markets - Seminar (5) VLPA/I&S
Examines the changing patronage for the visual arts from its roots in the privatized consumption of the early modern period to the development of a modern commercial market. Considers the artist's place, market manipulation, and the influence of museums and galleries on public taste.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 478

BIS 480 International Study Abroad (2-5, max. 20)
Combines study at UW-Bothell with seminars and field trips organized by the Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences faculty or the faculties of host institutions in foreign countries. Topics include politics, political economy, public policy, business, and literature, and the arts.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 480

BIS 481 Modernism, Postmodernism, and American Literature (5) VLPA
An investigation into the multiple descriptions and definitions of Modernism and Postmodernism through the study of such twentieth-century writersas Eliot, Pound, Willi Stevens, Moore, Stein, Ashbery, Creeley, Antin, Hemingway, Dos Passos, Faulkner, Ellison, Barnes, Bowles, Paley, Morrison, and Silko.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 481

BIS 482 Problems in Interdisciplinary Science (5, max. 10)
Examines contemporary issues such as genetic engineering, acid rain and artificial intelligence through integrated perspectives from the physical, life, and mathematical sciences. Uses appropriate methods of analysis and evaluation that draw upon science, the social sciences, and the humanities.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 482

BIS 485 Topics in Cultural Studies (3-5, max. 15)
Explores in depth specific historical, political, or social aspects of cultural practice. Links this analysis to an examination of the processes involved in doing various forms of cultural work.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 485

BIS 486 Studies in Women and Literature (5, max. 10) VLPA
Advanced study concentrating on individual or a group of related women writers with attention to such subjects as women and language, feminist literary criticism, and canon formation.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 486

BIS 487 Topics in American Literature (5, max. 10) VLPA
Advanced study in American literature concentrating on individual writers, literary movements, specific critical approaches to literature, or literary canons and their critics.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 487

BIS 488 Topics in British Literature (5, max. 10) VLPA
Advanced study of significant authors, issues and movements in English literature. Topics include Shakespeare and the idea of tragedy, Virginia Woolf as artist and cultural critic, and canon formation and the Romantic movement.
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BIS 490 Senior Seminar (5, max. 10)
Study of special topics in interdisciplinary arts and sciences. Prerequisite: BIS 300.
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BIS 491 Topics in Policy Studies (3-5, max. 15)
Explores in depth a specific topic in policy analysis and implementation. Topics include environmental policy, educational policy, cultural and arts practices, labor policy, and health care policy.
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BIS 492 Senior Thesis (5-, max. 10)
A significant independent research project planned and carried out by the student under the direction of two or more faculty on a significant scholarly topic selected by the student in consultation with thesis advisor.
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BIS 493 Special Topics (3-5, max. 15)
Advanced course offerings designed to respond to faculty and student interests and needs. Topics include French Impressionism, social movements in late nineteenth-century Japan, international business and the changing European economic structure.
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BIS 494 Task Force (2-5, max. 15)
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BIS 495 Internship (2-6)
Credit/no-credit only.
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BIS 496 Community Service Project (3-15, max. 15)
In conjunction with faculty adviser, students develop and implement a community service-learning project. Involves activities such as assistance to disadvantaged populations, community outreach programs, policy analysis, or related work intended to improve the quality of life in the community. Includes academic study designed to integrate practical applications with learning and theory. Credit/no-credit only.
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BIS 497 Political Internship in State Government (5, max. 20)
Students serving in approved internship program with state government agencies.
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BIS 498 Undergraduate Research (1-5, max. 15)
Individual advanced research on topics conducted under the direction of one or more instructors.
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BIS 499 Portfolio Capstone (3)
Focuses on developing a learning and professional portfolio, advancing skills of critical thinking and interdisciplinary synthesis, and honing writing and presentation capacities for appropriate audiences. Stresses collaboration with other graduating students. Prerequisite: BIS 300.
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