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BIS 111 Digital Thinking (5) QSR
Introduces the fundamental concepts behind computing and computational thinking including logical reasoning; problem solving, data representation; abstraction; complexity management; computers and network operations; effective web searches; ethics; and legal and social aspects of information technology through the creation of popular digital artifacts such as web pages, animations, and video games. Offered: jointly with CSS 101; AWSp.
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BIS 115 Digital Cultures (5) I&S S. Cram
Examines the politics of diversity, equity and the difference in the digital age. Explores technology as a lived experience and discusses how digital media has transformed social relations, the economy and the politics of scale.
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BIS 121 Introduction to Drawing (5) VLPA
Builds basic drawing skills, develops understanding of primary concepts which relate to drawing and develops an understanding of the grammar or syntax of two-dimensional language. Students move beyond their current knowledge and abilities and link new skills, concepts, and understandings to creative expressing. Offered: AWSp.
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BIS 130 What Is Art (5) VLPA
Asks and answers the question "What is art?" by exploring the purpose and intent of diverse art practices and projects. Students will engage in art-making that leads them to engage this basic question.
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BIS 131 Introduction to Arts Practice (5) VLPA
Includes active exploration of processes through which artists discover and translate ideas, feelings, and concerns into various forms of objects. Uses a wide variety of methods and approaches, from traditional to technological, to promote artistic expression. Promotes discussions and critiques to lead to a better understanding of the creative process. Offered: AWSp.
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BIS 132 Introduction to Photography (2-5, max. 7) VLPA
An introduction to photography as an art form. Focuses on camera operation and capturing images with full creative control. Encourages students to explore the visual language of photography; learn about contemporary and past photographers; communicate in the visual medium; and look at photographic works with a critical eye. Offered: AWSp.
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BIS 133 Introduction to Acting (2, max. 6) VLPA
An interactive approach towards the investigation and development of basic acting skills through improvisation, monologues, scene-work, movement exercises, in-class writing exercises, and experimental ensemble projects. Offered: AWSp.
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BIS 134 Introduction to Dance (2, max. 6) VLPA
Provides the opportunity for students to understand dance as a physical practice, creative art, and academic discipline as well as learn about the structural elements of dance, choreographic tools, and the art form's history. Offered: AWSp.
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BIS 135 Introduction to Painting (5) VLPA
An exploration of visual skills, materials, and conceptual possibilities for water-based painting, including its purposes and potential for image, concept, and communication. Students incorporate interdisciplinary, personal, and cultural interests into their images and develop their skills through work, peer reviews, and written artist statements.
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BIS 136 Art and Public Spaces (5) VLPA
Examines works from across the arts: painting, writing, film, architecture, theater, new media. Explores their relationship to public spaces such as museums, site-specific structures, galleries, and exhibitions, as well as the history of their public reception. Includes site visits. Offered: AWSp.
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BIS 141 Natural History and Environmental Science (5) NW W. GOLD, M. GROOM, A. LAMBERT, D. STOKES
Introduces the study of the natural world through the approaches and tools of both traditional natural historians and modern scientific inquiry. Emphasizes the application of these approaches to studying nearby natural areas and using education principles to communication and interpret nature.
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BIS 161 Introduction to Film Narrative (5) VLPA
Surveys the historical, biological, and cultural basis for film narrative and provides students with a critical understanding of its components and variations to enable them to create an original film treatment. Combines readings and critical viewings of films. Offered: AW.
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BIS 170 Introduction to Psychology (5) I&S
Surveys major areas of psychological science. Core topics include human social behavior, personality, psychological disorders and treatment, learning, memory, human development, biological influences, and research methods. Related topics may include sensation, perception, states of consciousness, thinking, intelligence, language, motivation, emotion, stress and health, cross-cultural psychology, and applied psychology. Offered: AWSpS.
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BIS 174 American Lives (5) VLPA/I&S
Studies the biographies of Americans who made significant contributions during a particular era in American history. These biographies provide a platform for examining social, political and economic developments, as well as how those developments shaped American attitudes, identities, and institutions. Offered: W.
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BIS 175 Introduction to American Government (5) I&S
Examines the major institutions and processes of American government, including civil liberties and rights, federalism, Congress, the presidency, the judiciary, executive branch, political parties and elections, interest groups, and civic engagement. Offered: AWSp.
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BIS 178 Introduction to Communication (5) I&S
Introduces topics in the study of human communication. Focuses on key goals such as identities, relationships, and communities; modes of interaction such as linguistic, kinesthetic, visual, and mediated; and settings such as one-to-one, small group, organizations, virtual, and mass media. Offered: ASp.
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BIS 181 Introduction to Sociology (5) I&S, DIV
Explores the fundamental sociological principles and seeks to describe individuals in both groups and societal contexts. Familiarizes students with sociological theory and research methods and applies these to the historical and contemporary inequities associated with social structure, class, race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation, ability, religion, and age. Offered: AW.
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BIS 193 Introduction to Philosophy (5) I&S
Major philosophical questions relating to such matters as the existence of God, the foundations of knowledge, the nature of reality, and the nature of morality. Approach may be either historical or topical. Offered: Sp.
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BIS 200 Introduction to Microeconomics (5) I&S, QSR
Analysis of markets: consumer demand, production, exchange, the price system, resource allocation, government intervention. Offered: jointly with B BUS 220; AWSpS.
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BIS 201 Introduction to Macroeconomics (5) I&S, QSR
Analysis of the aggregate economy: national income, inflation, business fluctuations, unemployment, monetary system, federal budget, international trade and finance. Prerequisite: BIS 200, B BUS 220 or B CUSP 200. Offered: jointly with B BUS 221; AWSp.
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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
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
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
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 207 Shakespeare & Film (5) VLPA
Provides tools to understand and analyze Shakespeare's written plays and their film adaptations.
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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
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 Understanding Statistics (5) QSR Charles R. Collins, Cinnamon Hillyard, Shauna Carlisle
introduces basic statistical concepts in the social and natural sciences including variance and distribution, descriptive statistics, inferential statistics, correlation, and hypothesis testing. Concepts learned throughout the quarter will continuously build on one another, adding complexity as the quarter progresses. This course will use a combination of conceptual understanding, mathematical computation, and conceptual application.
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BIS 216 Introduction to Cultural Studies (5) I&S/VLPA 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. 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 Introduction to Human Sexuality (5) I&S, DIV Lauren F. Lichty
Explores biological, psychological, and sociological theory and research on human sexuality and diversity. Also, examines social institutions that shape cultural norms and influence sexual health and well-being with attention to power, policies, and distribution of resources.
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BIS 224 Introduction to Feminist Studies (5) I&S, DIV
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 Social Psychology (5) I&S Janelle M Silva
Analyzes contemporary research in social psychology and how that research informs social issues including conformity, propaganda, prejudice, attraction, and aggression. Focuses on a person's relationship with other people, how he or she influences them and is influenced by them.
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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 227 Rad Women in the Global South (5) I&S, DIV Julie Shayne
Uses an intersectional lens to analyze both the roles of the gender norms in women's experience with misogyny, and the creative ways that women, girls, and femmes challenge and resist the gender based repression.
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BIS 231 Linear Algebra With Applications (5) NW, QSR C. HILLYARD
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: BCUSP 124, B MATH 144, or STMATH 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 S. Harewood, R. 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 237 Public Speaking and Communication (5) VLPA/I&S
Introduces students to a range of approaches to effective public speaking in professional and personal environments. Emphasizes the use of reflective practice in evaluating and improving arguments with attention to evidence, audience, and social context.
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BIS 238 Language, Identity, Culture, and Power (5) I&S, DIV
Explores the relationship between language, identify and power by examining social, cultural and historical perspectives on language and identity in the United States.
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BIS 240 Introduction to Sustainable Practices (5) NW/I&S
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 M. GROOM, D. 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 R. 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 245 Environment and Humanities (5) I&S J. Atkinson
Examines complex and historically situated ways that humans imagine, represent, and inhabit more-than-human worlds. Focuses on close reading and interpretation skills by analyzing cultural texts such as fiction, nature writing, poetry, and the visual arts. Traces interdisciplinary relations between literary history, environmental studies, and critical theory.
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BIS 246 Introduction to Sustainability (5) I&S Rob Turner
Provides a framework to explore the various meanings, justifications, possibilities, and contentious nature of both sustainability and sustainable development. Differentiates between these terms as buzzwords, philosophical ideals, political movements, and ethical lenses for analysis, policy, and management of human actions.
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BIS 250 How Things Work: Motion and Mechanics (5) I&S/NW
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
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 252 Politics of Science (5) I&S, DIV S. Cram
Explores the cultural politics of scientific practice with particular attention to toxic exposure, biomedical research, genetic science, and constructs of race and gender. Investigates how social and scientific "truths" are negotiated through normative understandings of the body. Considers the powerful role of doubt and uncertainty in scientific knowledge production.
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BIS 255 Critical Diversity Studies (5) I&S, DIV J. MURR
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; Sp.
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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, DIV
Introduces the histories, cultures, and politics of Asian Americans. Draws from history, literature, humanities, philosophies, 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, DIV
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 261 Introduction to Film Studies (5) VLPA David S. Goldstein
Provides an introduction to cinema as an artistic medium, as a source of entertainment, as a platform for cultural critique, and as a cluster of social institutions with significant political and economic power.
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BIS 263 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 264 Africa on Film (5) VLPA/I&S K. LEISSLE
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 Introduction to Comparative Ethnic Studies (5) I&S, DIV
Focuses on differences of power, perspective, and privilege of racial and ethnic groups within and beyond the United States. Explores opportunities and strategies for alliance and coalition historically and into the present. Stresses diverse interpretive and methodological approaches.
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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 268 Problems in World History to 1500 (5) I&S
Surveys problems in world history up to 1500.
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BIS 269 Problems in World History after 1500 (5) I&S Alan Wood
Surveys problems in world history from 1500 to present.
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BIS 270 Abnormal Psychology (5) I&S J. STEWART
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 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 279 Introduction to Law & Society (5) I&S Maryam S Griffin
Introduces students to the mutually influential relationship between law and society. Examines how law shapes the everyday world, how that shaping is experienced differently, and how people can and do shape law. Course materials combine theory with historical and contemporary examples to accomplish a broadened and contextualized understanding of the relationship between law and society.
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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 Contemporary Political Ideas and Ideologies (5) I&S C. Danby
Explores different views on the purpose of government and nature of human society. Concepts examined include democracy, freedom, equality, justice, nation, and community; ideologies examined may include cosmopolitanism, nationalism, liberalism, anarchism, conservatism, and socialism.
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BIS 282 Globalization (5) I&S
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 283 Introduction to Law (5) I&S
Introduction to the structure of the legal system. Covers how the United States legal system reflects and forms social values; resolves disputes; deals with criminal procedures; addresses torts and contracts; and examines the functioning of the Constitution. Offered: AWSp.
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BIS 284 International Relations (5) I&S
Surveys basic themes in international relations within the context of diplomatic history and American foreign policy. Emphasizes 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 285 Seminar in Biology (3, max. 9) I&S/NW
Supervised readings and group discussion on a specific area of biology. Topics vary with instructor. Offered: jointly with B BIO 285.
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BIS 290 Research in Action (2, max. 6) Rasmussen
Introduces research practices, methods, and processes in the different (inter)disciplines represented on the UW Bothell campus. Students develop skills necessary to be successful scholars and researchers and learn about research that is being conducted by the UW Bothell faculty. Offered: AWSp.
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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
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 C. HILLYARD
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 304 Introduction to Political Economy and the Environment (5) I&S Adam Romero
Studies an interdisciplinary approach to political economy and the environment. Focuses on the theoretical and historical basis of modern economic ideas and the history of industrial development, examining the interaction between politics, market formation, notions of value, and the natural world. Explores the promises and limitations of markets to justify, allocate resources, and the sustainability of capitalism.
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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 J. ATKINSON
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 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 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 319 Public Arts and Ecological Restoration (5) NW/VLPA
Explores the intersection of public art and ecological restoration. Examines how the natural environment informs human identity and how humans have transformed the environment. Provides an understanding of environmental challenges related to artistic representations of nature and some of the possible opportunities for solving them.
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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 321 Human Rights and the Arts (5) I&S/VLPA
Examines the relationship among politics, legal realm of rights, and aesthetics, with a focus on one or more art forms.
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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 323 History of Photography (5) VLPA/I&S
Examines the history of world photography with an emphasis on European, North American, and Latin American photography. Offered: AS.
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BIS 324 Gender, Human Rights, and Global Cinema (5) VLPA/I&S, DIV A. Kurian
Examines cinematic narratives of human rights violations across the world, with a special focus on gender. Students will examine films in major filmmaking centers globally. Central to our discussions will be an application of interdisciplinary and critical perspectives on gender, human rights, social justice, postcoloniality, migrancy, borders, and race.
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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.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 325
BIS 326 Race, Space, and Segregation (5) I&S
Explores intersections between race, human space (i.e, perceived, conceived, and lived), and segregation through law, policies, and other institutional practices. Focuses primarily on US locations/cases in historical and comparative perspectives. Topics include spatial control during settler colonization and slavery, Jim Crow segregation, ghettoization, the border, and environmental racism.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 326
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.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 327
BIS 328 Diversity, Leadership, and Engagement (1-5, max. 20) DIV
Explores theories and practices of diversity, leadership, and engagement. Provides opportunity for leadership development and academic reflection in relation to initiatives in which students work on questions of diversity and campus or community engagement. Recommended: BIS 255/B EDUC 255. Offered: jointly with B EDUC 328.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 328
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.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 329
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.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 330
BIS 331 Journalism and Media History (5) I&S/VLPA K. GUSTAFSON
Examines histories of journalism, media and communication. Emphasizes important trends, moments, decisions, and issues in United States journalism's more than 200-year history. Addresses ideologies, practices, law, ethics, technologies operating within journalism and media culture.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 331
BIS 332 Global Digital Industries (5) I&S Min Tang
Provides critical understandings about global digital industries as political, economic and cultural institutions. Taking a political economy approach, the course foregrounds the power dynamics, social relations and policy controversies that enable and constrain the practices in digital production, distribution, consumption and regulation across national borders.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 332
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.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 335
BIS 336 History of Mass Incarceration in the United States (5) I&S, DIV D. Berger
Explores the rise of mass incarceration across economic, legal, political, and social terrains. The class situates mass incarceration in a longer history of American approaches to punishment and includes a focus on how these issues have manifest in Washington state.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 336
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.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 337
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:
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 338
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.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 339
BIS 340 Approaches to Cultural Research (5) VLPA/I&S B. BURGETT, B. GARDNER, K. LERUM
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.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 340
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.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 341
BIS 342 Geographic Information Systems (5) I&S J. JUNG, S. LOPEZ
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.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 342
BIS 343 Geographic Visualization (5) I&S, QSR J. JUNG, S. LOPEZ
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.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 343
BIS 344 Intermediate Geographic Analysis and Applications (5) NW, QSR
Provides intermediate level training in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for the analysis of environmental and spatial data. Emphasizes on the applications of raster and vector modeling to map and analyze geo-spatial phenomena, and proposes solutions to environmental problems. Prerequisite: BIS 342 or BIS 343.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 344
BIS 345 American Environmental Thought (5) I&S J. ATKINSON
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.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 345
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.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 346
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.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 347
BIS 348 Cultural Psychology (5) I&S J. STEWART
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.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 348
BIS 349 Personality Psychology (5) I&S J. STEWART
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. Prerequisite: Not open for credit to students who have taken PSYCH 203 or PSYCH 303 at the Seattle Campus.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 349
BIS 350 Intergroup Relations (5) I&S Janelle M Silva
Acquaints students with the various theoretical perspectives and problems in understanding the development, maintenance, and reduction of conflict between social groups. Considers how one's own position in the social hierarchy influences intergroup responses, along with the emotions that may be experienced on behalf of one's group. Social change strategies and the effects of social policies designed to bring about social change will be examined. Recommended: either BIS 225 or equivalent.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 350
BIS 351 Topics in American Culture (5, max. 15) VLPA
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.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 351
BIS 352 Mapping Communities (5) I&S J. JUNG
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.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 352
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.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 353
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.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 354
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.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 356
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.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 357
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.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 358
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.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 359
BIS 360 Pollinator Diversity and Conservation (5) NW Amy M Lambert
Examines the critical roles that animal pollinators play in maintaining biodiversity and healthy agricultural systems. Focuses on the study of plant-pollinator relationships, the threats facing pollinators and efforts to conserve, protect and restore pollinators and their habitats. Requires field work and close observation of native bees and honeybees in an outdoor setting.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 360
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.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 361
BIS 362 The United States-Mexico Borderlands: Culture, History, Theory (5) I&S
Focuses on the formation of the United States-Mexico border region as a process shaped by contested historical, cultural, and political forces. Examines how cultural contact, conflict, and negotiation in the borderlands have given rise to new social formations, identities, and ideologies.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 362
BIS 363 Politics and Popular Music (5) VLPA
Explores the role that music has played and continues to play in political action and the contestation over political power. Focuses on key national and international political movements and examines the songs, music genres, and artists that have played important roles in those movements.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 363
BIS 364 Realities and Representations of Adolescent Development (5) I&S W. Udell
Uses research and theories from adolescent psychology to learn about adolescent development and critically evaluate the ways adolescents are depicted in society.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 364
BIS 368 Women's Lives in Context (5) I&S, DIV J. SILVA
Examines gender as a psychological and social factor that influences women's experiences in different contexts. Cuts across multiple disciplinary areas by taking women-centered approaches. Emphasizes understanding of how intersections between social categories such as gender, race and ethnicity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and its impact on women's psychological well-being.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 368
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 372 Representation, Colonialism, and the Tropical World (5) VLPA, DIV Raissa DeSmet
Examines representations of the tropical world across a range of visual culture forms, including photography, and film. Also, focuses on ideas and images that have become synonymous with the tropics--sublime landscapes, excessive sexuality, contagion and disease--and their entanglement with colonial projects. Students will engage dominant representations as well as subaltern texts that seek to rework or undo those images.
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BIS 374 Middle East Politics (5) I&S K. DANA
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 D. CAPLOW
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 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 David S. Goldstein
Studies multiple ethnic literatures within American culture and society. Addresses issues surrounding the formation of an American literary canon. Stresses themes and methods for 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 Art and Climate Change (5) VLPA Amy M Lambert
Studies how artists and scientists respond to historic and contemporary landscapes, revealing the human and environmental challenges that inform our ideologies. Explores the implications of a changing planet - in light of new information, new circumstances and new challenges.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 385
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 Literature in Translation (5) VLPA
Examines global literatures written in languages other than English in translation. Emphasizes cross-cultural perspectives and theories. Encourages students to think critically about both the politics and practice of reading translated texts.
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 R. TURNER
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 C. DANBY
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 M. GROOM, D. STOKES, R. 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 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.
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BIS 405 Environmental Education (5) NW A. Lambert
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 408 Critical Physical Geography (5) NW, DIV Melanie Malone
Explores environmental issues by applying knowledge of biophysical and technological systems with an understanding of social power structures and critical theory. Emphasizes the use of interdisciplinary physical and social methods to solve complex environmental problems.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 408
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 412 Advanced Data Visualization (5) QSR Caleb Trujillo
Provides advanced trainings on visualization methods to show data in complex and compelling ways. Applies complex visualization methods to examine topics including, project management, the grammar of graphics, data types, data structure, modeling, complex and interactive data visualization, and data dashboards. Prerequisite: either BIS 215, BIS 232, B BUS 215, or B MATH 215.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 412
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 U.S. Constitutional Law (5) I&S Camille Walsh
Examines how the U.S. Constitution helps to shape the foundations of the political process and, for better or worse, the structure of political debate and protest in the modern United States. The class will engage with many fundamental areas of constitutional law, including voting rights, executive power, free speech, equal protection and civil rights, federalism, the right to privacy, and due process.
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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.
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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. Prerequisite: BIS 270.
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 422
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 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 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 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 438 Prevention and Promotion (5-) I&S
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. Instructors: Stewart
View course details in MyPlan: BIS 438
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
Provides advanced training in Geographic Information Systems and other geospatial applications for display and analysis of environmental and socio-economic data. Prerequisite: either BIS 342 or BIS 343.
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 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
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.
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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.
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.
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 Decolonizing Psychology (5) I&S Janelle M Silva
Introduces students to Decoloniality as a framework for psychology to interrupt systems of power that have inherently reproduced oppressions at multiple levels. Students will collectively analyze and reflect on the ways that colonialism has influenced psychology and strategies to decolonize it. Topics include positionality, research ethics and politics, indigenous ways of knowing, disciplinary divestments and decolonial pedagogy.
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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 S. DOWLING
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 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 M. 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.
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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 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
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.
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BIS 468 Human Rights and Sustainable Development (5) I&S B. 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.
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BIS 470 Art, Politics, and Social Change (5) VLPA/I&S
Explores explicit and implicit linages among arts, activism, and social transformation at various scales.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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BIS 483 Community Organizing (5) I&S C. COLLINS
Provides a theoretical and practical approach to community organizing. Students examine the phases of the organizing process including assessment, research, action/mobilization, and reflection. Students undertake the process of organizing through a community-based learning and research project. Recommended: Recommended: either BISCP 343 or BISSEB 304.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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 Advanced Seminar (5, max. 10)
Study of special topics in interdisciplinary arts and sciences. Prerequisite: BIS 300 or BEARTH 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)
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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 (5)
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. Offered: AWSp.
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