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IDIS 100. Intensive English Language Program. (1/2)

Intense coursework and co-curricular learning prior to orientation for first year international students whose first language is not English. Coursework focuses on improving students' English language skills, particularly in regard to reading and writing for academic purposes. Coursework and co-curricular learning create opportunities to improve listening and speaking skills, as well as gain greater understanding of Knox College culture within the broader US culture. Prerequisite(s): Foreign student for whom English is a second language; Staff;

IDIS 101. English as a Second Language. (1/2)

For international students whose first language is not English. Coursework focuses on developing English speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills, particularly in regard to academic purposes. This course will support First-Year Preceptorial and provide an introduction to Knox liberal arts education. May be taken twice for credit.; Staff;

IDIS 120. Social Justice Dialogues. (1)

In a multicultural society, discussions about issues of conflict and community are needed to facilitate understanding between social/cultural groups. In this intergroup dialogue, students will participate in semi-structured, face-to-face meetings about a social identity issue: race, class, sexuality, gender, religion, or (dis)ability. Students will discuss relevant reading material and explore group experiences in various social and institutional contexts. Participants will examine narratives and historical, psychological, and sociological materials and participate in exercises that will be debriefed in class and in weekly journals. The goal is to create a setting in which students engage in open and constructive dialogue, learning, and exploration concerning issues of intergroup relations, conflict, and community. Prerequisite(s): By application only; DV; Staff;

IDIS 195B. . (1/2)

Intensive coursework and co-curricular learning prior to orientation for students who will benefit from an intensive two-week introduction to the college experience. The program is specially designed to build resilience among first-generation and low-income students (TRIO eligible) who come from under-served high schools and communities.

IDIS 210. Digital Storytelling for Experiential Learners. (1/2)

This course helps students reflect upon their academic and intercultural experiences through study abroad or other experiential learning projects. Students work collaboratively to learn from those having studied in different locations around the world. Students will examine ways in which their time abroad has changed their perspective as global citizens. Students also receive hands-on training using software programs to learn how to construct a digital story (also known as a photo film). Students will learn about the history of digital storytelling, analyze the merits of various examples, and create their own individual digital story based on their recent study abroad experience or other experiential learning project. Prerequisite(s): Having studied abroad or fulfilled the Experiential Learning requirement prior to enrollment.; R. Ragan;

IDIS 220. Social Justice Dialogues: Facilitator Training. (1)

This course is designed to give students a foundation for the effective facilitation of group interactions, especially structured multicultural intergroup dialogues. The framework of this course assumes that good facilitation requires "PASK" - Passion, Awareness, Skills, and Knowledge. The topics of this course include basic group facilitation skills and their applications in multicultural settings; group processes and dynamics; social identity group development; prejudice and stereotyping and their effects on groups; difference and dominance and the nature of social oppression; culture, cultural cues, and judgments. The class will view films; use exercises, simulations, and role-plays; practice facilitation; discuss the readings; and reflect on interactions and assignments during class sessions. Prerequisite(s): IDIS 120 or permission of the instructor; Staff;

IDIS 312. Gay and Lesbian Identities. (1)

This course draws on the wealth of recent scholarship in lesbian and gay studies that examines ideas of culture, sexuality and identity. We explore questions like: How is identity formed? What place do sexual orientation and sexual practice have in an individual's identity, and how does this vary over time and across cultures? What does it mean to say that sexual orientation has a biological base? How do research questions in different disciplines focus our attention in certain directions to the neglect of others? HSS; HSS; Prerequisite(s): junior standing; Cross Listing: GWST 312; W; DV; H. Hoffmann;

IDIS 315. Nationalisms. (1)

This course explores the historical creation of the concept of "nation," and looks at the implications of nationalism for the creation and development of empire. The course also addresses the dissolution of empire in the face of growing ethno-nationalisms and supranational organizations. Prerequisite(s): at least junior standing. The following is preferred: familiarity with relevant issues, through courses taken previously; M. Schneider;

IDIS 319. London Arts Alive. (1 1/2)

(Fall/December break) During the fall term, students participate in meetings about once a week focusing on the contemporary performance, visual and language arts of London, as well as the relationship of these arts to the socio-political and economic dynamics of the city. During the December break, the group travels to London to experience these phenomena firsthand. Prerequisite(s): sophomore standing and 1 previous course in the arts (including creative writing), or permission of the instructor; The cost of the London segment and airfare are covered by a special program fee; DV; E. Metz; R. Metz;

IDIS 320. Social Justice Dialogues: Practicum. (1)

This Social Justice Dialogues practicum is designed to develop and improve students' skills as dialogue facilitators. Working in close mentorship with an instructor, students in this course will serve as peer facilitators for a 100-level IDIS Social Justice Dialogue. Peer facilitation will be done in the context of the belief that facilitation skills can be used throughout life to create positive social change, and that effective facilitators are effective agents of social change. Moreover, by debriefing actual dialogue experiences, facilitators deepen their own understanding of identity, discrimination, privilege, and social justice. This practicum follows "IDIS 220: Social Justice Dialogues: Facilitator Training" and requires applied work in facilitating intergroup dialogues. Students participate in weekly seminars and frequent instructor consultations. Prerequisite(s): IDIS 220 and permission of the instructor; Staff;

IDIS 323. Visual Culture Theory. (1)

This course examines the emerging interdisciplinary field of Visual Culture Theory and will introduce students to a study of modern and post-modern discourses on vision and visuality. Drawing from art history, sociology, psychology, film and media studies, Marxism, feminist and post-colonial theory, Visual Culture Theory analyzes the role of visual images in shaping philosophical, cultural, political, racial and sexual notions of identity. The course also investigates the meaning of images in relation to such popular media as photography, film, television, video, animation, advertising, pornography and the digital culture of the web. Cross Listing: ART 323; G. Gilbert;

IDIS 336. Science and the Social Construction of Race and Gender. (1)

We will examine the social construction of race and gender and how social constructs influence scientific knowledge. We will use the social constructs of the past and present to discuss the following: (a) How does science define and how does it examine issues related to gender and race? (b) How do societal attitudes about race and gender influence scientific knowledge and scientific access? Cross Listing: AFST 336; DV; W; M. Crawford; D. Cermak;

IDIS 400. McNair Tutorial. (1/2 or 1)

See College Honors Program. Prerequisite(s): IDIS 300 and good standing as a McNair Fellow; Staff;

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