Each semester the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies offers courses in areas of mutual student and faculty interest.
CIS 238: Ethics in Professional Life
TR 12:15-1:30 pm, Chambers 3198
No first years.
This course is intended to foster awareness of ethical concerns across a significant range of professions, to enable you to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of various moral beliefs and ethical arguments relative to professional life, and to reinforce your personal sense of compassion and fairness in the context of your future professional roles.
CIS 303: History of Medicine
M 6:00-8:30 pm, Chambers 1096
This is an interdisciplinary, team taught seminar format of selected topics by Davidson faculty from various departments as well as guest faculty from the fields of medicine, surgery, psychiatry and pharmacology. Together we will trace the evolution from pre-historic through modern times of the interconnections of cultural, philosophical, ethical and religious influences on the development of the arts, humanities and sciences of the healing practices that characterize modern medicine. The last two centuries will be emphasized to explain present day medical achievements and challenges in optimum health care delivery.
CIS 322: Memory on Film (in Translation)
Register for GER 346
TR 9:40-10:55 am, Chambers 3084
U 7:00-9:00 pm, Hance Auditorium
This course will examine memory as a frequent theme in film, how filmic structures represent memory, and the extent to which memory counters the official stories of history and nation. Besides attending weekly film screenings, students will write short essays and create a larger memory project which can take written or filmic form. Films include Memento, Blade Runner, Inglorious Bastards, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Winter Sleepers, Gods and Monsters, Mein Krieg, Good Bye, Lenin, After Life, The Baader Meinhof Complex, Cherry Blossoms, and Downfall. This class counts towards the Film and Media Studies Concentration.
CIS 323: Topics in Digital Media & Film
T 1:40-4:20 pm, Chambers LRC
An intensive investigation of digital media and film production. Screenings, discussions and readings will explore the theory and practice of a selected cinematic tradition. Significant production component will include videography, non-linear video editing, lighting and sound recording. Required weekly screenings.
CIS 390: Health Care Ethics
T 1:40-4:20 pm, Oak
Introduction to the interdisciplinary nature of ethical thinking and decision making in health care. The course has two components: didactic (lectures, class discussion, library research, paper writing, etc.) and "experiential," involving an externship assignment to a clinical or administrative department at the Carolinas Medical Center. Examples of externship activities include observing on clinical rounds, attending departmental conferences, journal clubs and Grand Rounds, and doing administrative projects.
CIS 391: Research Ethics
M 1:30-4:20 pm, Chambers 1096
This course provides students with a comprehensive overview of the responsible conduct of research. Topics will include: animal welfare; ethical guidelines for research involving human subjects; informed consent; data acquisition and ownership; individual and group rights; confidentiality; conflict of interest and commitment; intellectual property rights; and responsible dissemination of research findings. Topics will be framed within the historical foundations of research ethics.
CIS 392: Intro to Epidemiology
TR 1:40-2:55 pm, Chambers 3084
Epidemiology is the systematic and rigorous study of health and disease in a population. The purpose of this course is to introduce students to core concepts in epidemiology, including: history, philosophy, and uses of epidemiology; descriptive epidemiology, such as patterns of disease and injury; association and causation of disease, including concepts of inference, bias, and confounding; analytical epidemiology, including experimental and non-experimental design; and applications to basic and clinical science and policy. The course is designed to require problem-based learning of epidemiological concepts and methods, so that students can use epidemiology as a scientific tool for addressing the health needs of a community.
CIS 431: Theoretical Explorations of Community Engagement
T 1:40-4:20 pm, Chambers 1096
This course examines community engagement through a range of theoretical and pedagogical lenses. After interrogating constructions of "community", "service", and "civic engagement", we will explore the ways in which topics such as social justice, civic engagement, empowerment, diversity & the ethics of service frame community work. Specific enactments of community involvement are explored including philanthropy, volunteerism, social entrepreneurship and activism. Students will engage is community work and use these experiences to inform seminar readings.
CIS 432: Theory and Practice in Literary Translation
Keyne Cheshire, Scott Denham
F 1:30-4:20 pm, Chambers 1045
Pre-requisites: intermediate competence (one course beyond 201) in at least one language besides English.
This seminar addresses theoretical and practical aspects of literary translation, underscoring translation as both a distinctive form of creative writing and a demonstration of cross-cultural and linguistic competencies. The course explores translation across languages and cultures, but also issues of genre, adaptation, register, period, colonial and post-colonial literary and cultural relations, canonicity and innovation, for example. Coursework includes weekly literary translation, theoretical and historical readings, peer review, and a substantial final project and writing portfolio.
CIS 496: Thesis
CIS 498: Independent Study