Interdisciplinary Course Descriptions

I’ve given a course-by-course breakdown of a few classes that I feel stood out amongst some of the more general academic courses in my catalog. I’ve organized them into each branch of my interdisciplinary degree as follows:

Arts, Education and Mass Cultures and Collective Behaviors

Arts

FIL 1000, CINEMA SURVEY, Fall 2008 F2F

An introductory course giving the guidelines to making film, and how to generally please and audience with a basic interest on American Film studies, which prompted me to explore classic international film.

FIL 3831, BLACK CINEMA, Spring 2011 F2F

A Blaxploitation course with a focus on current social inequality. Anthony Majors – Program Director for the Zora Neale Hurston Institute for Documentary Studies – taught this course.

FIL 3871, THE AMERICAN FILM ARTIST, Fall 2011 F2F

This class focused on the two most influential American Surrealist filmmakers – David Lynch and David Cronenberg. This course gave me the opportunity to really focus on my writings about each filmmaker, and proves some of my most detailed critical writing.

FIL 4040, ANI FILM HIS FOR NON FILM MAJ, Fall 2010 F2F

An academic study into the history of animation where students were able to critically analyze something joyful and fun. Text book for this course was Of Mice and Magic: A History of American Animated Cartoons by Leonard Maltin and Jerry Beck.

MUH 2017, SURVEY OF ROCK MUSIC, Spring 2009 F2F

An introductory music to general pop & rock music that propelled me to look further into music and film for things I found more interesting.

MUL 2010, ENJOYMENT OF MUSIC, Spring 2010 F2F

A challenging music course for the appreciation of classical music. The course served as a first look into the world of classical music.

MUL 2016, EVOLUTION OF JAZZ, Fall 2009 F2F

Saxophonist Jeff Rupert, a member of the Jazz Professors band at UCF (with Marty Morell) taught this course. Great class  with a general overview of the history of Jazz.

Education

EDF 2005, INTRO TO THE TEACHING PROFESS (INTRO TO ED (SL)), Spring 2010 F2F

In this course I was able to take my first opportunity to observe and study under a History teacher at Winter Springs High School where I observed the differences between AP level teaching and general education in public schools.

EDF 2085, INTRO TO DIVERSITY FOR EDUC (TCH DIV POP(SL)), Fall 2010 F2F

This diversity course introduced a number of different students to what teachers should prepare themselves to deal with on a daily basis. We studied hypothetical individual cases of students and what is socially and ethically appropriate for each scenario. In addition to deficiencies students may have, we also studied cultural diversity within the classroom.

EDF 2720, CHILD IN SCHLS LEGAL ETHIC, Spring 2011 F2F

The study of legal situations that could potentially arise in the classroom. This course also focused more on ethical philosophy in the class room rather than education, which I appreciated.

EDG 4948, SERVICE LEARNING, Fall 2012 Online

A course that required 50 hours of community service learning, which I served with my local neighborhood community director at Audubon Park Garden District.

Mass Cultures and Collective Behaviors

SYA 4650, COMMUNITY ACTION & INVOLVEMENT, Spring 2012 F2F

A sociological analysis of the Orange and Seminole County with an applied academic focus on the institutional social problems.

SYG 2000, INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY, Fall 2011 F2F

This course was important in understanding the foundations of Sociology.

SYP 3400, SOCIAL CHANGE, Spring 2012 F2F

Considering the times we live in, this course had a heavy focus on environmental social change. Another course with appropriately applied social sciences at work taught by Penelope Canan – a key contributor to the Montreal Protocol.

SYP 3602, PATTERNS POPULAR MUSIC SOCIETY, Fall 2011 Online

The marriage of both of my interdisciplinary areas of study – music and society! This was the greatest online class I ever took. Prof. Warren Waren’s personality shown through the glass of a computer screen, with personally narrated slide shows, interactive online work, and videos. In this course I examined the social change involved in the Krautrock movement of the late 60s and throughout the 70s, as well as the social identity of the DJ.

SYP 3630, POPULAR CULTURE IN SOCIETY, Fall 2012 F2F

A general course with interest to the structures of popular culture in America today. I took the opportunity in this course to write specifically on music in popular culture, specifically Frank Ocean and the Odd Future collective and their impact on the music industry and our society.

ANT 3302, SEX, GENDER AND CULTURE, Summer 2011 Online

I went into this class thinking it would be about the male and female gender roles in society, and how our culture approaches the opposite  sex as well as people with other sexual preferences. The text book for this class was the Kaleidoscope of Gender by Joan Z. Spade and Catherine G. Valentine which focuses on gender as a 3-dimensional field matrix rather than a 2-dimensional plane and how all of us have different character traits that may fall closer to one gender orientation than the other.

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