Interdisciplinary Classes

IDS105E Loss and Grief
This course focuses on the psychodynamics of loss. The responses to loss are explored through analysis of the grieving process. Covered are loss through death; losses of health, marital or other relationships, sexuality, body-image, and self-esteem; and ethical issues in loss and grief.

IDS106E Child Abuse
The course will focus on child maltreatment, which includes emotional, physical, and sexual abuse as well as neglect of children in contemporary American culture. The biological, psychological, and sociological factors affecting child abuse will be utilized as the broad conceptual framework for prevention, identification, and treatment with potential and actual battering families.

IDS107E The First Five Years: Early Childhood

Many psychologists consider the first five years of a child’s life to be the most important. This course examines in detail the multitude of changes that take place during infancy. Special attention is given to the psychological, social and developmental processes, child-rearing practices and family structure. 1 credit

IDS108E Coping With Adolescent Behavior
The adolescent years are the most difficult ones to understand for parents, teachers, and even for the adolescent. It is a time of conflict and confusion, a questioning of authority and moral values, and a time of experimentation with alcohol, drugs and sex. This minicourse presents a framework of methods that help the student cope with adolescent behavior. 1 credit

IDS109E Effective Parenting
Our society does not prepare us in any manner to assume the awesome duties of being a successful parent. The aim of this course is to overcome some of that deficiency by developing and improving parenting skills. Parents experiment with and assess a variety of techniques that will help them communicate with their children. 1 credit

IDS205E Women and Aging
This course in social gerontology invites students to examine important issues in the field of gerontology through analysis of current films and literature depicting the lives of older women in contemporary American society and culture. For each class, students view a movie and/or read a fictionalized or journalized account of the life of an older woman. The course includes discussion and analysis of these cultural materials in light of sociological, psychological and biological theories and research in the field of social gerontology.

IDS210E Scientific Evidence and the Courts
This course examines the critical role scientific evidence plays in American courts of law. Starting from the landmark murder case from 1923, Frey v. United States, where a primitive form of “polygraph” testing was first offered at trial, the readings detail the explosion in the use and importance of such evidence. The impact of this evidence’s use on the everyday lives of Americans is explored through reading cases on the use of radar in speeding cases, breathalyzers in drunk driving cases, and DNA testing in high-profile murder cases. The importance of an informed public in the area of science and law as a guarantee to the fair administration of justice is the goal of the course.
IDS213E Well Informed: Growing Old with Health & Wisdom
As America ages, we look forward to continued advances in life expectancy, but only recently have we attempted to ensure that we live out this increased life expectancy with full mental, social and physical health and vigor. This course is an adventure in wellness for seniors, families, human service professionals and health care providers. Topics include “normal” aging, coping with memory loss and depression, health choices and rights, disability, medications and alcohol, and community resources. “Grow old along with me, the best is yet to be…” R. Brownin
ID216E The Relationship of Science and Religion
This course proposes that a Science-Religion dialogue is necessary for the survival of our Western Culture. It provides an historical review of past and present Science-Religion relationships. Special attention is given to the momentous shift in the content and methods of 20th century Science. The new Science not only disallows the pretensions of its earlier materialistic model but opens the door to a fruitful relationship with Religion. The essential need for purpose and meaning that only religion can provide to this relationship is the central message of this course
IDS222E Elder Law

As life expectancy increases and the population of America ages, there is a growing focus on the law as it applies to the elderly. This course covers a wide variety of topics, including: transferring assets; wills, trusts, and conservators; guardians, medical treatment, and housing; financing health care; long term care insurance; Medicaid and Medicare; and tax issues.

IDS223E Health and Wellness

An introduction to health concepts and current issues in wellness, with an emphasis on developing health and wellness strategies within the context of daily life. Topics include psycho-social health; stress, violence, and abuse; interpersonal relationships; addictive behavior and substance abuse; infectious and noninfectious diseases; fitness, weight control, nutrition, and eating disorders; alternative therapies; healthy aging; death and dying; and the environment.

IDS225E Comprehensive Stress Management
This course reviews strategies and techniques of stress reduction and stress management, including a critical discussion of advantages and disadvantages of numerous procedures to reduce stress and assessment of relative effectiveness. Topics include occupational stress, nutrition and exercise, relaxation techniques, and stress and the elderly.

IDS316E Public Relations
This course explores the profession, the function and the skills of public relations. It examines the role of the PR professional in the profit and nonprofit sector. Students learn to define and influence public opinion, to establish and manage a public relations program, and to apply strategies to motivate, inform or sell to varied publics. The use of media, publications, and public speaking are covered.