Previous Courses

INS 205 - Interdisciplinary Exploration
Theme: Making Sense of a Complex World

Join JSU faculty from across campus to learn strategies for better understanding our world and more effectively managing our complex lives. This asynchronous (work-at-own-pace) online course is graded pass/no credit, and the course will approach the theme of making sense of a complex world from various disciplines, including communication, business, healthcare, education, and more. Planned modules include information on using search engines and trusting sources, managing social media, understanding language used in marketing and political advertisements, advocating for one’s self as a patient, deciphering stocks and Bitcoin, analyzing statistics, and other topics.

SW 306- Stress, Coping, & Resilience

This course will explore different types of stress, consequences of stress, differences in perceived stress, coping strategies, and holistic methods for improving coping and resilience in response to challenging life events. The goal of this course is to explore the scientific understanding of stress (e.g., negative life events, psychological and physiological stress) coping, and resilience. The course will be taught from a multidisciplinary, evidence-based perspective, including social, cognitive/psychological, physical, and biological responses to stress. By the end of the course, students will have a better understanding of the types of stress, causes and consequences of stress, and strategies for coping with stress and building resilience.

EM 307- Pandemics and Pestilence

Taught by Coronavirus Taskforce leader and renowned biosecurity expert Dr. Jeff Ryan, students will learn how significant the burden of infectious diseases is on human populations and how pandemics occur. The course will cover pandemic preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation strategies, in addition to the economic impacts associated with pandemics.