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LBST 150 A - Epidemics
How should engaged citizens and governmental agencies respond to epidemics? This
course traces important themes about human responses to disease from biological and historical perspectives. In
studying outbreaks from the fourteenth to the twenty-first century, we will examine public health efforts,
vaccines, and other attempts to control and eradicate diseases. We will consider the molecular mechanisms of
microbial survival and transmission, evaluating how pathogens have evolved with human biology and behavior to
create opportunities for disease spread. By placing history and biology in dialogue, we will raise important
questions about the constantly evolving relationships between pathogens and human society.
LBST 150 B TEC: Writing Changing Places
Combining religious studies and science, this course will explore how our understanding of human origins informs our
ideas about what it means to live the life of an engaged citizen. Various biblical representations of cosmic and
human origins will be examined alongside scientific theories of the birth of the universe and the evolutionary
origins of humankind. Students will consider the implications of these scientific and religious theories for human
ethics and will be challenged to consider their own understandings of human origins and might compel them to live
lives as engaged citizens.
LBST 150 C TEC: Oil, Tone, Screen, and Stone
Visual images, music, cinema, books, fine arts, television, and a vast array of social media fight for our attention
(and often our pocketbooks). How can one engage with such an onslaught of cultural products? How does one discern
between the trivial and the meaningful? This course will explore different works, from a variety of media, and
direct students’ engagement with them in a more sophisticated manner. The goal is to have participants recognize
that consuming cultural products has an effect upon thinking, informs actions, and can shape the sort of person one
becomes and thus how one manifests one’s citizenship.
LBST 150 D TEC: Talk Less, Smile More
Engaged citizenship requires the ability to interpret and participate in the world around us. Through Hamilton: An
American Musical, we will learn how to uncover layers of meaning in the disciplines of music and politics.
Musically, we will examine how artists convey messages and how audiences decode layers of meaning to understand art.
Politically, we will study how government texts, such as the Constitution, have been interpreted in response to a
changing world. We will close the course with the Policy Battles, performances in which students bring together art
and politics to argue for policy changes they want to see.
LBST 150 E TEC: The Lived Environment
As citizens, we engage not only with one another, but also with the natural world around us. We can better
understand how we positively and negatively affect the environment if we become sensitive to its appearances. Thus
the exploration of environmental degradation and justice, conservation, and the built world require
interdisciplinary approaches. Through art and political science, we will explore what it means to be engaged
citizens of the natural world. Students will develop their visual sensitivity by sketching the local environment as
they also seek to witness and better understand how and why humans impact the natural world.
LBST 150 F TEC: Nature and Well-being
The connection between humans and nature is fundamental; indeed, humans are not separate from nature. However, the
structures of modern living serve to render this connection more and more distant and discordant. This course will
explore the synergistic relationships between humans and nature through scientific research conducted with both
human and non-human subjects. Engaged citizenship will take the form of learning about the impacts—both positive and
negative—that humans and nature have on one another and what humans can do to improve the relationship between
themselves and nature for mutual benefit.
LBST 150 G TEC: The Galactic Citizen
Using science fiction short stories, feature films, and television episodes, we explore issues affecting
humanity—and even what it means to be human. How does the advancement of technology affect who we are? How can we
determine what is and is not plausible scientific advancement? How does a writer whose characters are pointy-eared
aliens use space battles and lasers to tell a story about racism? What literary and cinematographic techniques do
authors use to write sci-fi? We combine the scientific and literary analysis presenting a way for students to
critically think about and engage with issues in the modern world.
LBST 150 H TEC: Protest, Literature, Performance
Protest in literature and in performance art has long been a fundamental form of engaged citizenship, as
individuals, singularly and collectively, use their voices and bodies to insist on change to a status quo that
ignores the precarity of some citizens’ lives. As authors and performers struggle to draw attention to facets of
society that serve only the few at the expense of many, readers and viewers are invited to grow in empathy for the
experiences and identities of those on the margins of society, and are thus invited to enact change to bring relief
to the victims of the status quo.
LBST 150 I TEC: Playing Roles Playing Notes
How do people who are oppressed and at the edges of society participate as citizens? The performing arts are one way
for people to make themselves heard and create change. Using recent American works of art, this course explores how
marginalized groups have done just that. One part of the course uses plays with themes of racial, ethnic, and sexual
identity to examine how characters from marginalized groups make their voices heard and advocate for change. The
course also investigates how jazz musicians have asserted their identities and worked for societal transformation.
LBST 150 J TEC: Science Vs. Literature: Two Cultures?
Explores the intersection between science and literature through literary works that stimulate scientific
discoveries and vice versa. The course reviews authors such as Dante Alighieri, Jorge Luis Borges, William
Shakespeare, and Edgar Allan Poe, as well as the Iliad, The Divine Comedy, and other canonical texts. The objective
is to discuss different ways of knowing and how poetic thought stimulates scientific thinking and how scientific
thinking stimulates literature, both forming part of a conscious, interdisciplinary mind.
LBST 150 K TEC: Galileo as Exemplar
How much of what you do online is observed, collected, and sold by the apps and websites that you are using and why?
This course explores the consequences of private companies, such as YouTube, Instagram, and Spotify, collecting
personal information from their users in order to quantify human behavior for profit. By collecting and analyzing
data on their own lives, students will be introduced to foundational concepts from computer science and economics to
understand the way that behavior is translated into data and how this new business practice is influencing modern
LBST 150 L TEC: Myth Busters
This course examines controversies and popular myths through the lenses of psychological theories of belief and the
scientific method. From the biological perspective, students examine how data are generated, then how those ideas
can propagate into widely-accepted theories. We then apply these scientific standards to claims made in popular
myths and controversies. From the psychological perspective, students examine the social and cognitive theories of
belief and investigate ways people typically use heuristics and bias in their judgments. Ultimately this course
encourages students to be informed consumers of information and to think critically about how they consume, discuss,
and disseminate information.