Program Planning


Interdisciplinary Studies (IDST)

Interdisciplinary Studies (IDST)
Faculty of Arts and Science

Interdisciplinary Studies 2008

Japan and the Japanese (Series)
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
The Japanese world view; history, culture and society of Japan; Japan and the Western world.

Interdisciplinary Studies 2050

Globalization Since 1492
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
Interdisciplinary survey looking at changing configurations of human interaction in the global community since 1492. Emphasis on the growth of trading systems and communications networks as driving forces of globalization.
Equivalent:
Interdisciplinary Studies 2850 (Globalization since 1492) (prior to 2009/2010)

Interdisciplinary Studies 2600

Study Tour of Japan
Credit hours: 3.0
Other hours: 18-0-220
This course features an excursion to Japan which is associated with Hokkai-Gakuen University in Sapporo, Hokkaido. The course includes 18 hours of lectures and language training at the University of Lethbridge prior to departure. In Japan, the daily program includes lectures, language training, numerous social and cultural events, and field visits to sites of natural and cultural significance. Enriching opportunities to meet other students from varied international backgrounds and the home-stay immersion experience of living with a Japanese family are significant components of the exchange and the course.
Prerequisite(s):
Second-year standing (a minimum of 30.0 credit hours);
Application;
Interview
Recommended Background:
Japanese 1000
Equivalent:
Interdisciplinary Studies 2850 (Study Tour of Japan) (prior to 2006/2007)

Interdisciplinary Studies 3050

Capital, Culture, and Globalization
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
Interdisciplinary investigation of the dynamics of globalization; special emphasis on theories of interaction among peoples, political economies, and cultures; case studies examine relationships between change and continuity, the particular and the universal, the relative and the absolute in global transformations.
Prerequisite(s):
Second-year standing (a minimum of 30.0 credit hours)
Equivalent:
Interdisciplinary Studies 3850 (Money, Culture, and Globalization) (prior to 2009/2010)

Interdisciplinary Studies 3200

Genetically Engineered Machines
Credit hours: 3.0
Other hours: 8-200-0
Interdisciplinary approach combining the field of synthetic biology with other disciplines such as computational modelling, design, ethics, management (small business development), and new media. Case-driven learning environment; basic training in state-of-the-art molecular biology techniques; working with and constructing novel genetic building blocks (biobricks). The team will be organized on the lines of a technology start-up company: along with developing a genetically engineered machine, students will be involved in developing business/marketing plans and fundraising.
Prerequisite(s):
Second-year standing (a minimum of 30.0 credit hours);
Application to the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry;
Successful interview
Recommended Background:

Biochemistry 2000
OR
One of Biology 30, Chemistry 30, Pure Mathematics 30, or Science 30 and a strong interest in the course
Equivalent:
Biochemistry 3850 (Genetically Engineered Machines) (prior to 2010/2011);
Biochemistry 3850 (Synthetic Biochemistry - iGEM) (prior to 2010/2011)
Note:
This course is only open to students selected for the University of Lethbridge sponsored team participating in the International Genetically Engineered Machines competition (iGEM) held annually (October) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). For further details contact the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.
The course requires 8 hours of orientation lectures and 200 hours in the laboratory. Student selection is based on the assumption that, upon completion of the course, students will participate in the iGEM competition.