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Interdisciplinary Studies

Course | BIS 383

American Art and Architecture

Explores major trends in American art comprising of painting, sculpture, architecture, urban design, and the decorative arts from 1600 to present.

Course | BIS 426

Comparative Urban Politics

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.

Course | UCONJ 624

Health Equity and Community Organizing

The second course, health equity and community organizing (UCONJ 624) will be taught in collaboration with Sound Alliance and will help students to learn the skills to develop effective, winnable community organizing campaigns that produce greater health equity. The goal of this course is for students to be able to work upstream to address the social determinants of health—so we don’t have to keep doing direct service and charity forever without ever addressing the reason why needs exist in the first place. The course meets Thursdays (from 5:30-7:20) and the bulk of the coursework is oriented toward actually getting involved in a Health Equity Circle campaign

Course | UCONJ 550

Healthcare in the Underserved Community

Gives graduate/professional students in health sciences an introduction to health related issues faced by underserved populations. Credit/no-credit only.


Joseph R Zunt

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Ricardo Gomez

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Course | BIS 423

The City in American Culture

This course 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.

Course | BIS 419

Urban Politics and Policy

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.