Other Courses

These courses can be found cross listed in the following schools and colleges: EAS, ECON, EDUC, LAW, PUBHLTH, PUBPOL, SI, SW

Access to Justice 

Students will address the real-world problem of access to the civil justice system. Low and middle income Americans do not receive adequate professional legal help for their civil legal problems — eviction, foreclosure, public benefits, and other issues. Students will focus on southeast Michigan, which is characterized by a strong legal services community and many people who need legal help. Students will work on solutions that improve access to civil justice in this context, drawing on law, information technology, engineering, design, public policy, business, sociology, social work, and other relevant fields. The course culminates with students creating a plan that incorporates a novel solution to the problem. 
InstructorsBridget McCormack (Law), Kentaro Toyama (Information)
Credits: 3.0
Meeting TimeTuesdays 3:15-4:15pm (Lab); 4:30-6:30pm (Seminar)
Location: 1060 South Hall, Law School

LGBTQ+ Communities and Human Trafficking 

Narratives around combatting human trafficking are narrowly construed, with white cisgender girls typically portrayed as the victims of heteronormative sex trafficking. Such narratives, and interventions meant to aid trafficking victims, overlook LGBTQ+ communities and fail to address their needs. In this class, students will work with stakeholders and incorporate insights from law, social work, public policy, health sciences, and other fields to identify interventions designed to help LGBTQ+ trafficking victims.
Instructors: Bridgette Carr (Law), Katie Doyle (Social Work)
Credits: 3.0
Meeting Time: Wednesdays 3:15-6:30pm
Location: Law School

New Music Business Models

Can we improve musicians’ opportunities to earn money from music? The amount of revenue generated by the music and recording industries is massive, and by most accounts, increasing. Musicians and composers receive only a tiny fraction of that money, and many of them complain that that share has been getting smaller. Students will explore possibilities for enabling working musicians and composers to earn more money from their music. Class time will be spent reviewing background information, engaging in discussions, and hearing from outside experts. Students are also expected to spend additional time outside class performing research related to the problem. At the end of the term, students will present a proposal to an expert review panel.

InstructorsJessica Litman (Law), Jeremy Peters (Music, Theater, and Dance)
Credits: 3.0
Meeting TimeTuesdays 3:15-4:15pm (Lab); 4:30-6:30pm (Seminar)
Location: 1070 South Hall, Law School


Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect

In Michigan, many children are subject to formal child abuse and neglect investigations, and those children are at high risk of subsequent maltreatment, poor school performance, foster care placement, and other adverse life outcomes. Multidisciplinary teams of students will develop tools to identify at-risk children, mitigate risks of maltreatment and removal from the home, and engage with at-risk families. Students will incorporate evidence and ideas from education, law, health sciences, public policy, social work, information, and other fields to develop innovative solutions.

Instructors: Vivek Sankaran (Law), Christina Weiland (Education)
Credits: 3.0
Meeting Time: Wednesdays 3:15-6:30pm
Location: Law School


Reducing Firearm Violence within Urban Communities

Firearm violence is a leading cause of death and disability for young people in urban settings. Students will study underlying causes of firearm violence and explore novel public health, public policy, criminal justice, and other problem solving strategies to reduce negative firearm-related outcomes, including firearm homicides, non-fatal shootings, and access to illegal firearms. Class time will be spent reviewing background information, engaging in discussions, and hearing from outside experts. Students will also spend time outside class performing research related to the problem in order to produce a meaningful, innovative solution at the end of the term.

Instructors: Barbara McQuade (Law), Patrick Carter (Medicine)
Credits: 3.0
Meeting TimeWednesdays 3:15-4:15pm (Lab); 4:30-6:30pm (Seminar)
Location: 1025 South Hall, Law School


Reducing Toxic Airborne Emissions in Michigan

Some states, including California and Minnesota, reduce toxic airborne emissions and promote better health outcomes for residents by measuring the cumulative impact of hazardous air pollutants. In this class, students will determine why Michigan has failed to adopt such a cumulative impact approach. Students will incorporate ideas from environmental studies, law, health sciences, design, social work, and other fields to advance a solution that accounts for multiple, geographically-concentrated pollution sources and promotes environmental justice for all Michigan residents. 

Instructors: Allyn Kantor (Law), Paul Mohai (SEAS)
Credits: 3.0
Meeting Time: Wednesdays 3:15-6:30pm
Location: Law School


Repairing the Unemployment Insurance Safety Net

The U.S.’ unemployment insurance (UI) system faces challenges, including outdated eligibility requirements, fallout from the financial crisis, and insufficient funding. Students will study state UI system vulnerabilities and explore novel federal public policy and financing strategies to develop a plan to improve and modernize the UI safety net, drawing on insights from law, public policy, business, social work, economics, and other relevant fields.   


Instructors: Steve Gray (Law)
Credits: 3.0
Meeting Time: Wednesdays 3:15-6:30pm
Location: Law School


Robots and the Workplace

The Rust Belt relied heavily on manufacturing for wage growth, expansion of the middle class, philanthropy, and a high level of support services throughout the 20th century. Globalization and other factors devastated vast areas in the Rust Belt, and autonomous technology, artificial intelligence, and new sales and delivery mechanisms could bring economic upheaval to a wide variety of professions on a much wider geographic scale. How can we avoid the slow devastation that came about due to shifts from a manufacturing to a tech and service economy with the coming innovations in automation?
Students will explore history and current issues around employment shifts to develop proposals that maintain decent livelihoods in the face of automation. Experts in industry, policy, technology, law, finance, and other fields will help create a collaborative learning environment where proposals are tested from a variety of angles. By the end of the term, students will create a solution that incorporates best practices, international precedents, a spirit of entrepreneurship, and unconventional thinking.
InstructorsNina Mendelson (Law), Marc Norman (Architecture and Urban Planning)
Credits: 3.0
Meeting TimeWednesdays 3:15-4:15pm (Lab); 4:30-6:30pm (Seminar)
Location: 1070 South Hall, Law School



MO 463 – Creativity at Work

*pre-requisite: BBA senior standing*

This course is designed to introduce the student to the practices necessary to stimulate and manage creativity in a business. Students will be given frameworks and methods for designing, developing, and implementing creativity in real work situations. The aim of the course is to provide students with the perspective and skill base necessary to manage creative projects, people and ventures. Each class will consist of two basic components: 1) a theatrical framework, and 2) a methodology or tool. Each segment of the course is designed to engage the student in a conceptual and experiential application of creativity practices that will be applied to a real challenge.

Instructor: Jeff Degraff (Ross)
Credits: 3.0
Meeting Times: Mondays, 9:00am-12:00pm
Location: B3560 Business School


PSYCH 443 – Psychology of Creativity

This discussion course attempts to define what we mean when we say, “creative.” What can scientific research tell us about creativity in terms of individual aptitude and personality, cognitive and brain processes, and social and cultural influences? We will explore the range of theories developed by psychologists and other researchers about the cognitive processes underlying the creative process, including problem definition, idea generation, fixation, incubation, iteration, evaluation, and reflection.

Instructor: Colleen Seifert (Psychology)
Credits: 3.0
Meeting Time: Tuesdays, 3:00-6:00pm
Location: 1060 East Hall, 530 Church Street


ALA 256 – Innovator’s Toolkit

“What tools do I have in my toolbox and how can I use them to make an impact?” This is the central question of The Innovator’s Toolkit. By the end of this course, you will have worked in a team to implement an innovative approach to a complex social problem related to a preselected topic

Instructor: Kenneth Ludwig (CFE)
Credits: 3.0
Meeting Time: Mondays an Wednesdays, 4:00-5:30pm
Location: 1427 Mason Hall, 419 State Street


ALA/PSYCH 223 – Entrepreneurial Creativity

This course explores the relation between creativity, innovation, and problem-solving processes. We will consider the elements of creative thinking, explore insights from a variety of perspectives, and engage in projects designed to foster students’ own creativity and innovation. Is creative thinking somehow different from “normal” thinking? How do innovators frame problems and generate solutions? What is the relation between idea generation and collaborative team work? How do entrepreneurs in business, social goods, and technology develop and employ vital skills in persuasion, cooperation, communication as they bring ideas to life in the form of enterprises? This course will explore all these questions in order to ground students in both the theory and practice of creativity as it takes shape in entrepreneurial endeavors.

Instructor: Eric Fretz (Psychology)
Credits: 3.0
Meeting Time: Mondays and Wednesdays, 1:00-2:00pm, Friday discussions 
Location: 140 Lorch Hall, 611 Tappan Street



PAT 513 – Interdisciplinary Collaboration II

Interdisciplinary Collaboration II is a continuation of Interdisciplinary Collaboration I with an emphasis on large-scale multimedia interactive installations.

Instructor: Stephen Rush (SMTD)
Credits: 1.0 – 3.0
Meeting Time: Mondays and Wednesdays, 10:30am-12:30pm
Location: Dance Building, Studio B


DANCE 687 – Interdisciplinary Arts

Special Topics courses in interdisciplinary arts allow student the flexibility to pursue discipline-specific or interdisciplinary study in-depth, led by a specialist instructor. The courses will differ thematically, dependent upon the teaching and research expertise of the instructor.

Instructor: Amy Chavasse (SMTD)
Credits: 1.0 – 3.0
Meeting Time: TBA
Location: TBA

ANTHRCUL/HISTART 354 – Art, Science & Tech

Art, Science, and Technology: The Human Body as an Experiment — This multimedia, interdisciplinary seminar is devoted to exploring the global history and present-day expressions of the relationship between art, science, and technology, and how they are integrated. To this end we will cultivate both a new visual literacy and a new literacy in science and technology.

Instructor: Jennifer Robertson (LS&A)
Credits: 3.0
Meeting Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:00-11:30am
Location: 180 Tappan Hall, 855 South University Avenue

ENGR X55: Finding Genuine Design Opportunities

In this experiential course, students learn the skills of socially engaged design during the winter semester, engage in hands-on practice with their teams, and then spend 6-8 weeks during the spring/summer immersed in a field site working with a community partner to identify potential design opportunities.

Instructors: Steven Skerlos
Credits: 6
Meeting Time: TBA
Location: TBA

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