Interdisciplinary Studies
   
(IDST)

Faculty of Arts and Science

Interdisciplinary Studies 0520

Bridging Cultures: Two-Eyed Seeing

Credit hours: 3.00

Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

This course provides students with tools to critically examine and bridge differences and similarities between Indigenous ways of knowing and Western ways of knowing. The class is based on interactive class discussion, class presentations, video and guest speakers.

Prerequisite(s):Admission to the Indigenous Student Success Cohort

Lib Ed Req:Fine Arts and Humanities

Interdisciplinary Studies 2008

Japanese Culture

Credit hours: 3.00

Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

The Japanese world view; history, culture and society of Japan; Japan and the Western world.

Lib Ed Req:Social Science

Interdisciplinary Studies 2600

Study Tour of Japan

Credit hours: 3.00

Other hours per term: 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) AND
Application AND
Interview

Recommended Background:
Japanese 1000

Lib Ed Req:Social Science

Interdisciplinary Studies 2601

Study Tour of South Korea

Credit hours: 3.00

Other hours per term: 8-0-220

This course features an excursion to Ulsan on the south-eastern coast of South Korea. The course includes a one day orientation at the University of Lethbridge prior to departure. In Ulsan, the daily program includes lectures and language training with 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 in a modern university residence complex, an overnight home-stay in the Ulsan area, and a four day excursion to Seoul are significant components of the exchange and the course.

Prerequisite(s):Second-year standing (a minimum of 30.0 credit hours) AND
Application AND
Interview

Equivalent:Interdisciplinary Studies 2850 (Study Tour of South Korea) (prior to 2016/2017)

Grading:Pass/Fail

Lib Ed Req:Social Science

Interdisciplinary Studies 3200

Genetically Engineered Machines

Credit hours: 3.00

Other hours per term: 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) AND
Application to the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry AND
Successful interview

Recommended Background:
Biochemistry 2000
OR
One of Biology 30, Chemistry 30, Mathematics 30-1, Pure Mathematics 30, or Science 30 and a strong interest in the course

Lib Ed Req:Science

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 eight 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.

Interdisciplinary Studies 3300/Neuroscience 3300

Introduction to Robotics

Credit hours: 3.00

Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

Hands-on course in which students acquire basic skills in building and programming robotics. Students will learn to design and build robots to accomplish tasks such as handling sensor signals, navigation and path planning, motor control, and basic cognitive robotics and machine learning.

Prerequisite(s):One of Computer Science 1620, Neuroscience 3690, or Physics 2900

Equivalent:Neuroscience 3850/Interdisciplinary Studies 3850 (Introduction to Robotics) (prior to 2020/2021)

Lib Ed Req:Science