Bowdoin College Catalogue and Academic Handbook

Interdisciplinary (INTD)

INTD 1010  (b, FYS)   Health Care Disparities in the United States -- A Public Health Challenge  

Non-Standard Rotation. Enrollment limit: 16.  

Health care occupies center stage in state and national elections. It has impact on individuals, families, communities, and public health throughout the nation. Inequities in health care in the United States have a direct impact on children and adults, especially those living in poverty, as well as the national economy. Multicultural differences on health care present barriers to improve health status. Introduces the application of different academic disciplines, such as economics, political science, and sociology, to the contours of health care policy and debates, with the following questions forming the core: Why are there inequities in such a wealthy nation as ours? Are health care inequities a fixture in our pluralistic and market based economy? What can be learned from comparison with other, similar nations? Why is so much spent on health care with questionable outcomes? Several written essays and active class participation expected.

Previous terms offered: Fall 2015.

INTD 1030  (FYS)   The Moral Leader  

Non-Standard Rotation. Enrollment limit: 16.  

The challenge of leadership is considered through the reading and analysis of works of fiction and non-fiction. Leadership is examined in three blocks--accountability (to whom or for what), values (how they inform and shape leadership), and effectiveness (what are the results). Approaches each text with an eye to understanding the challenge that is being confronted and the moral reasoning that guides action. Readings likely to include “Antigone” (Sophocles), “Remains of the Day” (Ishiguro), “How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia” (Hamid), “Things Fall Apart” (Achebe), “Just and Unjust Wars” (Walzer), “Truman and the Bomb” (Sucher), “Personal History” (Graham), and “American Ground”(Langewiesche).

Previous terms offered: Fall 2016.

INTD 1100  (MCSR)   Introduction to Digital and Computational Studies  

Every Fall. Enrollment limit: 35.  

How are digital tools and computational methods being applied and studied in different fields? How are they catalyzing changes in daily life? Uses two case studies to introduce these new tools and methods, and to analyze and evaluate their scholarly and practical applications. The first case study is based on Bowdoin's own history: how can the use of new methods recreate what Joshua Chamberlain could see at the Battle of Gettysburg, and thus better understand the battle and his decisions? Next, considers the contemporary, and asks what is identity in the era of social media and algorithms? Students learn the basics of the Python programming language, introductory spatial analysis with ArcGIS, elementary text and social network analysis, and basic environmental modeling. Assumes no prior knowledge of a programming language.

Previous terms offered: Fall 2015.

INTD 3001  Public Health and the Liberal Arts  

Non-Standard Rotation. Enrollment limit: 18.  

Focuses on the study of health from a wide array of disciplinary perspectives—across the sciences, social sciences, and humanities. Weekly guest lectures from Bowdoin faculty and visiting scholars forms the core; possible topics include epidemiology, medical ethics, environmental health, public policy, disability, nutrition, pharmaceuticals, health inequalities, and mental illness—as well as the history, globalization, and literary representations of health.

Previous terms offered: Spring 2017.