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Fall 2021 RLC Course Descriptions

By definition, TIDES is an interdisciplinary experience, driven by intellectual curiosity, active learning, and experiential education. Discover the exciting topics of this year’s TIDES below. Each class also has an accompanying peer mentor, an upperclass student paired with each section to offer academic and social support as you transition to campus. Fall 2021 Peer Mentor bios will be posted in July.

TIDES courses marked with an asterisk (*) are Service Learning courses. Students in these courses must also register for the corresponding Service Learning component.

Current
TIDR 1415-01 FEMtech: Gender and Technology Design

R 11:00-12:15p

Since the industrial era, technology products have been produced with the claim that science and technology are gender and race neutral but also that certain innovations have been designed to make the lives of women easier. Social constructs such as gender, race, class, and sexuality are shaped by technology and also shape new technology designs. This course examines the role that gender plays in shaping technology design. It explores the role that technology specifically plays in women’s lives and the role that product design plays in shaping discourse around women’s relationship with technology. This interdisciplinary course will engage with a variety of fields such as history, feminist science and technology studies, intersectional approaches, design studies, philosophy, sociology, and literature to provide a critical perspective on gender and technology. Topics will include feminist technology studies, the digital divide, digital technologies such as the web and internet, social media, home technologies, biotechnology and wearables reproductive technologies, and surveillance. Students will engage with and learn from local leaders of organizations, institutions, and entrepreneurial industries that engage or plan to engage with technology design to promote social good initiatives. This is a 1 credit hour course.

Jacquelyne Howard, Administrative Assistant Professor of Technology and Women's History, Newcomb Institute | BIO

Kaleidoscope
TIDR 1983-01&02 Encountering Difference in an "Us vs. Them" Society

W 10:00-11:15a (TIDR 1983-01)
W 2:00-3:15p (TIDR 1983-02)

Black vs. White. Citizen vs. Immigrant. Transgender vs. Cisgender. Christian vs. Muslim. Gay vs. Straight. The list goes on. In recent years, the United States has become increasingly polarized. The most interesting and exciting aspects of human diversity are set against one another, in rigid opposing binaries. Through interactive workshops, cultural trips, discussions of texts and films, writing reflections, and guest speakers, this seminar will serve as an incubator for students from diverse backgrounds to develop their understanding of the complexities of cultures, identities, and power dynamics. We will simultaneously explore everyday practices for world building beyond "Us. Vs. Them."

Sienna Abdulahad, Director, Multicultural Affairs  | BIO
Petey Peterson, Director, Gender and Sexual Diversity  | BIO

Spark
TIDR 1985-01 Women Leading New Orleans

T 9:30-10:45a

From non-profit organizations to government, from social movements to Mardi Gras, from restaurants to boardrooms, women have led New Orleans. Using an intersectional feminist lens, this course will explore how the personal, the organizational, and the institutional intersect to shape how women practice leadership. Students will be introduced to theories and research that address gender and leadership while focusing on historical and contemporary examples of women practicing leadership in New Orleans. The course will begin with a brief introduction to a sociological perspective on gender and intersectionality - foundational concepts of the course - and move into discussions of how and why women lead, as well as barriers they encounter to leadership. Guest speakers, field trips, and writing assignments will ask students to think broadly, but also analytically, about what leadership means, as well as about how identities and institutions shape the experience of leadership.

Julie Henriquez Aldana, Administrative Assistant Professor, Newcomb Institute | BIO

Squad
TIDR 1090-01 Who Dat, Fan Up, and Geaux: Sports & New Orleans**

T 5:30-6:45p

Founded in 1718, the city of New Orleans has a long and rich history with sports. From the rise of social class-driven sports such as rowing and billiards to the New Orleans Saints’ heroic revival of the city post-Hurricane Katrina, sports has been as integral to the area as food, music, and Mardi Gras. Sports have made an enduring impact on the social world in which we all live. It is a taken for granted aspect of our everyday lives – whether that entails watching “SportsCenter” or noticing that every single major newspaper contains a “Sports” section that is as long if not longer than any other section. Yet there is more to sport than just what we see on a daily basis. In this course, we will explore general sports-related topics and examine actual case studies related to New Orleans’ sports scene. More than simply ‘talking sports,’ students will study issues from political, economic and social viewpoints and also gain an understanding of the rich sports heritage found here in New Orleans.

Readings and discussions, field trips, and guest speakers will aid students to understand both historical accounts and modern-day subjects associated with sports such as governmental involvement, public financing, community development and community engagement. Students will learn about after-school programs and how they promote and development boys and girls through activities that build character, cultivate new skills, and create a sense of belonging – in this case a place where kids can express themselves, play together and get fit.

**This course includes a service learning component**

Maurice Smith, Assistant Director, Social Justice and Student Leadership, Center for Public Education   |  BIO

 
TIDR 1317-01 Using Sports as a Leadership Model for a Successful Life**

W 5:00-6:15p

This course uses a sports lens to introduce Tulane students to what character traits have made sports figures, coaches, teams, and organizations successful as well as aided in turning sports from recreational fun to a multi-billion-dollar global industry juggernaut. This class will introduce students to several different valuable life skills and lessons to aid them in them in their academic endeavors and professional journey. The goal of this class is to see what transferable skills those in the world of sports use in their respective venues to help them become success stories and pass those qualities along to you to aid you in achieving success in life during and after Tulane.

**This course includes a service learning component**

Laney Dornier, Program Director and Professor of Practice, Kinesiology   | BIO
Cornell Sneed, Assistant Athletics Director, Student Athlete Enhancement   | BIO

Third Coast
TIDR 1265-01 Indian Tribes On The Bayou: Native American Communities of Southeastern LA**

R 3:30-4:45p

Want to explore the wilds of Louisiana outside of New Orleans? Try some alligator meat, shrimp caught fresh from the sea or, in general, explore another side of Louisiana's rich cultural heritage- then this class is for you! The far-reaching impact of Native American Tribes of the lower Mississippi Valley on shaping Louisiana history is among the least explored subjects among the otherwise well-documented rich history of Louisiana. Recent and ongoing research shows that without the “Petit Nations’”, as some of the Tribes were called, the history of this region would have been quite different. This course offers students the rare opportunity to participate in on-going, important research that entails working directly with Tribal members. In addition, students will have the opportunity to take a trip conducted by Tribal members down the bayous as they give a tour of their ancestral lands as well as explore other areas of Louisiana outside of New Orleans while also tasting some of the food native to Louisiana. An experience not to be missed!

**This course includes a service learning component**

Laura Kelley, Adjunct Professor, History | BIO