University of Wisconsin–Madison

Suggested Courses for the Leadership Focus

Note: This list of courses is not definitive or comprehensive. It is a starting point to give students and certificate advisers examples of courses that would work well in the ISSuES certificate program. The inclusion of a course on this list does not guarantee ISSuES certificate students a spot in the course or that they have the necessary pre-requisites to enroll. ISSuES students must meet the enrollment requirements of the course as listed in the catalog or timetable. We encourage ISSuES students to work with their certificate advisers to find appropriate courses beyond those listed below.

AAE 344 The Environment and the Global Economy. (Crosslisted with Envir St) II; 3 cr (S-E). The environmental implications of the global economy concern global climate change, trade in endangered species, preservation of biodiversity, transboundary pollution, and the chemical contamination of traded goods. This course concerns the “economic way of thinking” about global environmental issues. P: Open to Fr.

AAE 431 Natural Resource Economics. (Crosslisted with Forest, Econ) I; 3 cr (S-I). Economic concepts and tools relating to management and use of natural resources, including pricing principles, cost-benefit analysis, equity, externalities, economic rent, renewable and nonrenewable resources, and resource policy issues. P: Econ 301 and Math 211, or equiv.

Com Arts 325 Mass Media and Human Behavior. I, II; 3 cr (S-I). Understanding how people use mass media and what effects such uses have on them. P: So st. Stds cannot receive cr for both 457 & 325.

Com Arts 346 Critical Internet Studies. I, II; 3 cr (H-I). Traces the Internet’s history, reception, audience, industries, rhetorics, fictional and filmic narratives, and potential as a purveyor and transmitter of culture and values. P: So st.

Com Arts 371 Communication and Conflict Resolution. I or II; 3 cr (S-I). Examines intra- and interpersonal theories of the causes and functions of conflict. Focuses on message strategies for conflict resolution and/or management. Both theoretical and applied issues. P: So st.

Com Arts 372 Rhetoric of Campaigns and Revolutions. Irr.; 3 cr (e-H-I). Public discourse as it affects and reflects the process of dynamic social change. Historical and contemporary instances of rhetorical process

Com Arts 470 Contemporary Political Discourse. Irr.; 3 cr (H-I). Examines themes, genres, and significant instances of contemporary political discourse, as well as issues and concerns that arise in public discussions of political discourse. Case studies and theoretical analyses are considered. P: Jr st.

Com Arts 472 Rhetoric and Technology. I or II; 3 cr (H-A). Explores the influence of technology on rhetoric from the invention of the written alphabet to the use of network-based communication technologies, including print media, audio and video recording, television, video conferencing and network communication. P: Jr st or cons inst.

Envir 112 Environmental Studies: The Social Perspective. II; 3 cr (S-E). Importance of social factors in the generation and resolution of complex environmental problems with an interdisciplinary perspective. Comparison of specific communities in the more and less developed areas of the world. P: Open to Fr.

Envir 113 Environmental Studies: The Humanistic Perspective. I; 3 cr (H-E). Environmental problems as approached by philosophy, literature, fine arts, history of science, and anthropology. Reflections on the past and present situation of our species and its relationship to the rest of nature offer suggestions toward possible alternative values for future. P: Open to Fr.

Envir 126 Principles of Environmental Science. I, II; 4 cr (B-E). Basic principles that govern the operation of the man-made environment system, its structure, and changes in time. Basic concepts, cycles, feedback loops and interlocks. P: Open to Fr.

Envir 127 Physical Systems of the Environment. (Crosslisted with Geog) I, II; 5 cr (P-E). Climatic regimes, landforms, soils, waters and life forms at the earth’s surface in terms of energy-transforming processes, locational patterns, and changes through time. P: Open to Fr & not open to those with Geog 120, 123, 124, or 125 cr or ILS 132 cr.

Envir 339 Environmental Conservation. (Crosslisted with Geog) I, II, SS; 3-4 cr (S-I). Ecological and cultural background of conservation, problems of resource and environmental quality management, and pressing issues of population, food, energy, and pollution. P: So st.

Envir 375 Field Ecology Workshop. I, SS; 3 cr (B-I). Lecture labs wholly in field for intensive study of behavior of plants and animals and their relationship to environments and human impacts. Individual and group observations, measurements, interpretation, reports, typing personal experience with specifics to basic principles. P: Some basic biology & ecology recommended; cons inst.

Envir 460 American Environmental History. (Crosslisted with History, Geog) I or II or SS; 4 cr (Z-I). Survey of interactions among people and natural environments from before European colonization to present. Equal attention to problems of ecological change, human ideas, and uses of nature and history of conservation and environmental public policy. P: So st.

Envir 461 Environmental Systems Concepts. (Crosslisted with Botany, Forest) II; 3 cr (I-I). A general systems approach to environmental problems: a philosophical-conceptual framework and a quantitative methodology for dealing with critical environmental issues that cross the boundaries of traditional disciplines. The nature of general systems, concepts and laws; the role of perspective in identification of system properties; the structure and behavior of environmental and ecological systems. For students with strong interests in environmental problems. P: Envir St 126 and a course in biology, or enroll in envir st undergrad progm. Authorization may be required.

Envir 471 Introduction to Environmental Health. (Crosslisted with Pop Hlth) I; 3 cr (B-I). Impact of environmental problems on human health; biological hazards to human health from air and water pollution; radiation; pesticides; noise; problems related to food, occupation and environment of the work place; accidents. Physical and chemical factors involved. P: A course in biology; Jr st.

Envir 502 Air Pollution and Human Health. (Crosslisted with Pop Hlth) I; 3 cr (B-D). Toxicologic, controlled and epidemiologic studies on major air pollutants. Overview of study methods, lung physiology and pathology; air pollution sources, types, meteorology, sampling methods, controls and regulations. P: Jr st, a course in biology.

Envir 513 Environment and Health in Global Perspective. (Crosslisted with Med Hist, Hist Sci) II; 3 cr (Z-A). Explores the historical relationships between environmental change and human health from the 17th through the 20th century. Topics include colonialism and disease, medical geography, urban pollution and reform, workplace hazards, environmental risk, and the anti-toxics and environmental justice movements. P: Jr st.

Envir 575 Assessment of Environmental Impact. (Crosslisted with Soil Sci) Even yrs.; II; 3 cr (P-I). Overview of methods for collecting and analyzing information about environmental impacts on agricultural and natural resources, including monitoring the physical environment and relating impacts to people and society. P: Jr st. Authorization may be required.

Forest 450 Communities and Forests. Odd yrs.; II; 3 cr (S-I). An examination on a global basis of the interactions between human communities and forests, with an emphasis on alternative approaches to community forestry management, drawing on both first and third world experiences. P: Sr st.

Hist Sci 133 Biology & Society. (Crosslisted with Med Hist) 3 cr.; Z (either Humanities or Social Science), E. From medical advancements to environmental crises and global food shortages, biology and the life sciences are implicated in some of the most pressing social issues of our time. This course explores events in the history of biology from the mid twentieth century to today, and examines how developments in this scientific field have shaped and are shaped by society. The course investigates the origins of the institutions, technologies, and styles of practice that characterize contemporary biology;  areas of biology that have raised controversies about regulation, governance, and public participation; asks how biological facts and theories have been and continue to be used as a source for understanding ourselves. This course will help students in the sciences, social sciences, or humanities to develop the analytic and writing skills needed to confront complex social issues involving the life sciences. P: None, Open to Fr.

Hist Sci 222 Technology and Social Change in History. I or II; 3 cr (H-I). Topics in the history of technology of interest to students in engineering and physical sciences. Themes include the social basis of technical change, the impact of technology on everyday life, and ethical issues in technology in the last two centuries. P: Open to Fr.

Hist Sci 275 Science, Medicine, and Race: A History. (Crosslisted with Med Hist, Afroamer) Alt yrs.; I; 3 cr (e-Z-E). Surveys the medical and scientific constructions of categories of race, placing the development of racial theories in a broad social and political context. The course will pay particular attention to the importance of racial science in slavery and colonialism. P: Open to Fr.

Hist Sci 337 History of Technology. I or II; 3 cr (H-A). A survey of Western technology within its social and cultural context during the past 1000 years. Topics include technology in European expansion, the industrial revolution, and the rise of the United States as a technological superpower. P: Jr st or cons inst. Grads must enroll concurrently in Hist Sci 637.

Hist Sci 339 Technology and Its Critics Since World War II. I or II; 3 cr (Z-A). Examines expert and popular criticism of technology from World War II to the present. Topics include atomic fallout, consumer society, Ralph Nader’s critique of auto safety, environmentalism, the movement against nuclear power, critics in the counterculture, and appropriate technology. P: Jr st or cons inst. Grad stdts must enroll concurrently in Hist Sci 639.

Hist Sci 411 History of American Technology. (Crosslisted with History) I or II or SS; 3-4 cr (S-I). Survey of the history of American technology focusing on changing technologies of production and distribution from the colonial period to the near-present. P: So st.

Hist Sci 444 Health and Social Welfare in Western Society. (Crosslisted with Geog, Med Hist) Irr.; 3 cr (H-I). The rise of public concern for human well-being in the European nations from preliterate society to the twentieth century. Greek individualism and Christian charity, the shift from ecclesiastical to secular responsibility, the sanitary movement and development of a scientific basis for public health, and emergence of contemporary public health issues. P: So st.

Hist Sci 513 Environment and Health in Global Perspective. (Crosslisted with Med Hist, Envir St) II; 3 cr (Z-A). Explores the historical relationships between environmental change and human health from the 17th through the 20th century. Topics include colonialism and disease, medical geography, urban pollution and reform, workplace hazards, environmental risk, and the anti-toxics and environmental justice movements. P: Jr st.

L Sc Com 350 Visualizing Science and Technology. I, II; 3 cr (Z-I). Introduction to the basic principles in the visual communication of science information. Principles of design, perception, cognition as well as the use of technologies in the representation of science in the mass media will be explored through illustrated lectures and written critique. P: Ag Journ 111 or Fam Com 130 or cons inst.

L Sc Com 515 Public Information Campaigns and Programs. (Crosslisted with Fam Com, Journ) I, II; 3 cr (I). Design, production and evaluation of communication programs aimed at informing and educating publics about agricultural, environment, science, health and human ecology issues. P: L Sc Com 111 or 130, Sr st & cons inst.

Nursing 105 Health Care Systems: Interdisciplinary Approach. (Crosslisted with Social Work, S&A PHM, Ther Sci) I, II; 2 cr (S-E). Introduction to health care systems. Factors affecting health and the value placed on health, the delivery of health care in different settings, the roles of various health workers, and the sociological and economic aspects of health care. Does not count as a B.S.-Pharmacy professional elective. P: Open to all undergrads. PRN’s & NUR’s must register for 2 cr.

Pol Sci 104 Introduction to American Politics and Government. I, II; 3-4 cr (S-E). Basic institutions and processes of American government. The role of constitutional structures, parties, interest groups and elections in the system; policy formation and policy comment. P: Open to Fr & So only. Not open to stdts who have had Poli Sci 182, 184, or 404.

Pol Sci 106 Introduction to Comparative Politics. I, II; 3-4 cr (S-E). Political institutions of major foreign nations, stressing comparison of basic principles and techniques with those of the United States. P: Open to Fr. Not open to stdts who have had Poli Sci 186.

Pol Sci 184 Introduction to American Politics. I or II; 3 cr (S-E). Basic institutions and processes of American government. The role of constitutional structures, parties, interest groups and elections in the system; policy formation and policy comment. P: Only open to Fr & So certified in the honors program. Stdts may not receive cr for Poli Sci 184 if they have already received cr for Poli Sci 104 or 404.

Pol Sci 217 Law, Politics and Society. (Crosslisted with Legal St) I or II or SS; 3-4 cr (S-I). Introduction to the legal process. Examination of the various concepts of law, the perennial problems of the law, legal reasoning, and the nature and function of law and the courts. P: Fr & So only.

Pol Sci 219 Introduction to Public Policy. I or II or SS; 3-4 cr (S-I). Major issues of public policy in such fields as economic management, welfare, education, health, energy and the environment. How public problems develop, approaches to policy-making, why programs succeed and fail. P: Open to Fr.

Pol Sci 274 Political Choice and Strategy. I or II; 3-4 cr (r-S-E). Within any set of institutions for making social choices, what are the opportunities for the exercise of political strategy? An introduction to decision analysis, strategic interaction, and voting systems and their manipulation will provide a basis for answering this question. P: Open to Fr.

Pol Sci 404 American Politics and Government. I or II or SS; 3-4 cr (S-D). The constitutional basis, democratic processes, and structures of politics and government in the United States. P: Jr st. Not open to those who have had Poli Sci 104 or 184.

Pol Sci 405 State Government and Public Policy. I or II or SS; 3-4 cr (S-D). The structure of state government and the politics of public policy-making in the fifty states. P: Jr st with a prev crse in poli sci. Poli Sci 205 recommended.

Pol Sci 441 Business and Government in the U.S. I, II; 3-4 cr (S-D). Examination of the political power of business; methods used to influence government and the public; government goals and business influence in specific policy areas such as taxation, health care, regulation, trade, labor relations, industrial policy. P: Poli Sci 104 or 184 or 404.

Pol Sci 442 American National Security: Policy and Process. I or II or SS; 3-4 cr (S-D). Policy-oriented course covering defense, domestic politics, defense economics, alliances, and arms control in the context of American national security in the post-World War II era. P: Jr st, Poli Sci 104, 184 or 404; Poli Sci 103, 275 or 375.

Pol Sci 443 Public Administration. I or II or SS; 3-4 cr (S-D). Role of administration in modern government; problems of organization, control, personnel, and finance. P: Jr st & Poli Sci 104, 184 or 404; or cons inst.

Pol Sci 444 Administration of Public Policy. I or II or SS; 3-4 cr (S-D). The contribution of administrative personnel and institutions to the formulation, adoption, and implementation of major domestic programs. P: Jr st & Poli Sci 104, 184 or 404; or cons inst.

Pol Sci 446 Politics of Government Regulation. I or II or SS; 3-4 cr (S-D). Analysis of US regulatory policy from a political perspective. Introduction of regulation theories from political science, law and economics. Evaluation of theories in settings of environmental protection, workplace health and safety, financial, communications and other areas of regulation. P: Jr st & one crse in poli sci.

Pol Sci 449 Government and Natural Resources. (Crosslisted with Urb R Pl, Econ, Envir St) SS; 3-4 cr (S-D). Problems of public policy and administration for development and use of natural resources. P: Jr st.

Pol Sci 503 Contemporary Political Thought. I or II or SS; 3-4 cr (H-D). A survey of influential works and themes in contemporary political theory, considering such topics as distributive justice, democratic deliberation, multiculturalism, community, pragmatism, and the existential challenges of liberalism. P: Jr st or cons inst. Prior crse in political theory, philos, or ILS recommended.

Pol Sci 512 Science and Government. (Crosslisted with Envir St, Geology) I or II or SS; 3-4 cr (S-I). The effect of science and technology on demands for decisions of public policy related to theory of the role of government. P: Cons inst.

Pol Sci 530 Ethics and Values in Policy Making. (Crosslisted with Pub Affr) I or II or SS; 3-4 cr (S-D). The consideration of rival judgments about desirable public purposes and the justification of policy decisions. Deliberation of principles and values that may be used in identifying public problems, defining the objectives and constraints of policy, and arguing for preferred solutions. Appraisal of the success or failure of policy, the use of norms and standards in assessing the consequences of public action. P: Jr st or cons inst. Prior crse in political theory, philos, or public admin recommended.

C&E Soc 230 Agriculture and Social Change in Western History. (Crosslisted with Hist Sci) I or II; 3 cr (Z-E). Agricultural practices and social history from prehistoric times to the present. Topics include origins of agriculture, feudalism, agriculture in the Industrial Revolution, farming in America, and the consequences of the Green Revolution. P: Open to Fr.

C&E Soc 245 Technology and Society. (Crosslisted with Soc) I or II; 3 cr (E). Students are introduced to a wide range of work on technology, the social forces shaping its development, and their assumptions about technology and its relationship to society. P: Open to Fr

C&E Soc 311 Biotechnology and Society: The Socio-Cultural Study of Biotechnology. (Crosslisted with Soc) I or II; 3 cr (S-I). Examines socio-cultural issue surrounding contemporary biotechnology. Will study the production of biotechnologies using socio-cultural lenses and the ways in which the new biologies and bio-technologies become integral to the re-production of society and culture. P: So st.

C&E Soc 612 Agriculture, Technology, and Society. (Cross-listed with Soc) I or II; 3-4 cr (S-D). Interaction between agricultural technologies and the social, political, economic, and environmental contexts in which production takes place. Issues such as agricultural sustainability, the social impacts of biotechnology, and technology development in both advanced industrial nations and developing countries. P: Cons inst.

C&E Soc 617 Community Development. (Crosslisted with Soc, Urb R Pl) I or II; 3 cr (S-A). Social, cultural and personality factors influencing community development, with reference to developing countries as well as contemporary rural communities; consideration of theoretical and operational issues. P: Jr st, intro course in sociology or cons inst.

Soc 250 Organizations and Society. I or II; 3-4 cr (S-I). Role of organizations, including industrial, governmental, and educational ones, in American society. Topics: impact of organizations on members and clients, the internal dynamics of organizations, and the interchange between organizations and their environment, including the society as a whole. P: So st.

Soc 643 Sociology of Occupations and Professions. I or II; 3 cr (S-A). Occupational differentiation of the labor force; variations in power and prestige of occupational and professional groups; recruitment to occupations, higher education and careers; personality and work roles; professionalization social impacts of its adoption. Students are encouraged to examine processes. P: Jr st and an intro course in soc or cons inst

Soc Work 205 Introduction to the Field of Social Work. I; 4 cr (S-E). A basic survey. Historical development, formation of social welfare policies, and the role of the social work professional. P: So st.

Soc Work 206 Introduction to Social Policy. II; 4 cr (S-E). Provides an awareness of problems and concepts of the policy process in the U.S. Explores the political, economic, and institutional frameworks which structure public social welfare choices. Might include income maintenance, child welfare, mental health, corrections. P: So st.

Soc Work 420 Poverty and Social Welfare. Irr.; 3 cr (S-I). Nature and dimensions of poverty in the U.S. Individual and social consequences of poverty. Historic and contemporary approaches. Poverty and social welfare policy and programs. P: Jr st.

Soc Work 422 The Social Problems of Aging and Old Age. (Crosslisted with Soc) Irr.; 3 cr (S-I). Comparison of aging and the role of old people in various societies; age-grading and age-norms; the changing life cycle; factors that account for the changed position of the aged in our society; problems of the aged and proposed solutions. P: Jr st, intro soc crse or Soc Work 205.