Houston Baptist University Catalog

Interdisciplinary Courses (INDC) Course Descriptions


INDC 2333 American Heritage Destinations
This course explores various historical and cultural aspects of the nation's heritage in three specific locations: Boston, Philadelphia, and Washington D.C. The first week of the course will be spent in preparation for an academically oriented field trip during the second week. Students may repeat this course for each NEW destination. Only offered during May Fast Term each spring.

INDC 3310 Essential Elements of Art
Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Preparation Program.
This course adds a concentrated focus on art education to an overview of fine arts history and education (including art, music and theatre). It explores the philosophy of preschool and elementary pedagogy based upon Discipline-based Art Education (DBAE) and Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills standards. Practical applications for integrating the arts into a cross-curriculum program are emphasized. Also offered as ART 3310.

INDC 3315 Cultural Craft for the Pre- Adolescent Student
Prerequisite: Admission to teh HBU Teacher Education Program
This course combines a basic mulitcultural study of classical and traditional craft and creative problems in three-dimensional media for teaching in the pre-adolescent (EC-6) classroom. (Offered also as ART 3315).

INDC 3316 Cultural Craft for the Adolescent Student
Prerequisite: Admission to the HBU Teacher Education Program
This course encourages expanded multicultural appreciation of classical and traditional craft and includes practical experience and preparation for teaching a variety of fiber arts, printmaking, bookbinding, mosaic and three-dimensional design in the adolescent (6-8 and 9-12) classroom. (Offered also as ART 3316.)

INDC 3320 Essential Elements of Music
Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Education Program
This course adds a concentrated focus on music education to an overview of fine arts history and education (including art, music and theatre). It includes a study of the child voice, rote singing, development of rhythmic and melodic expression, directed listening, and music reading readiness. Basic materials including song text are studied, and simple percussion and melodic instruments are used in creative activities.

INDC 3381 SPECIAL TOPICS
For course description and prerequisite(s) for this course, please contact the Dean of the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences.

INDC 4160 Wellness and Fitness for Children
Prerequisites: Admission to the Teacher Preparation Program
This course prepares students to effectively teach health and P.E. in grades PK-6. In addition to PK-6 health content and methodology, it includes exploration of developmentally appropriate movement education methods for PK through grade 6 as well as ways to use movement activities to help children learn academic content areas other than health and P.E. (such as math, science, social studies and language arts).

INDC 4181 Special Topics
Prerequisite: Permission of the Instructor
Speical course designed to respond to rapidly evolving issues in media and media technology.

INDC 4281 Special Topics
Prerequisite: Permission of the Instructor
Speical course designed to respond to rapidly evolving issues in media and media technology.

INDC 4290 CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT
For course description and prerequisite(s) for this course, please contact the Dean of the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences.

INDC 4294 Senior Seminar: Classroom Management
Must be taken during the CDEV practicum. This course involves an exploration of means for creating and maintaining optimal learning environments and helping children and adolescents develop into considerate, responsible adults. It includes independent observation which must be completed during student teaching or the CDEV practicum.(Offered also as CDEV 4294 and EDUC 4294.)

INDC 4302: Multimedia Instructional Strategies
This course is designed to develop skills necessary for today’s educators in the development and integration of multimedia projects into their curriculum and to explore trends and issues in the use of multimedia tools for communication and instruction.

INDC 4305 TECH ENHANCED INSTRUCT DESIGN
For course description and prerequisite(s) for this course, please contact the Dean of the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences.

INDC 4319: Internet Resource Management
Internet Resource Management is designed to allow participants to experience appropriate uses of technology as a learner, and thus better use technology in teaching and learning. The goal of this course is to provide a combination of hands-on and student-centered experiences that will assist in the management of Internet resources. These experiences will enable participants to search for information, share information, generate materials, and evaluate web-based instructional materials. Instructional strategies will focus on the acquisition, analysis, and synthesis of Internet resources that address appropriate educational needs.

INDC 4340 Social Studies for Pre-Adolescents
Prerequisites: EDUC 4301, 5313 or 6302
This course provides an exploration of social studies content and skills as well as teaching/learning materials and strategies for developing content and skills at preschool through grade 6 levels. Essential knowledge and skills are emphasized. Field-based experiences and technology applications are required. (Offered also as EDUC 5340)

INDC 4350 Essential Elements of Science
Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Preparation Program; EDUC 4301 or 4311.
This course provides an exploration of science content and skills, as well as teaching/learning materials and strategies for helping preschool through grade six students learn science. It includes an overview of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for science at these grade levels and exploration of discipline specific pedagogy and reading strategies. Technology applications are required.

INDC 4360, Essential Elements of Math
Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Preparation Program; EDUC 4301 or 4311; MATH 2301; MATH 2302
This math methods course prepares prospective elementary and middle school teachers with knowledge of methods and materials needed to teach math effectively. EC-6 math content is briefly reviewed as students explore research validated ways to develop children’s problem solving and reasoning abilities as well as their understanding and use of whole numbers, decimals and fractions. Active learning using models and inquiry is emphasized. Fieldwork in which students teach mathematics in an elementary or middle school is required.

INDC 4380, Essential Elements of Social Studies
Prerequisites: Admission to the Teacher Preparation Program; EDUC 4301 or 4311.
This course is an introduction to theories, pedagogical considerations and current methodology, including technology integration, in the teaching of social studies to elementary age children. Students gain experience in applying this knowledge through instructional design projects and simulated teaching experiences. The course includes an overview of PK-8 social studies content including Texas history and world geography and an exploration of discipline specific reading strategies.

INDC 4381 Special Topics
Prerequisite: Permission of the Instructor
Speical course designed to respond to rapidly evolving issues in media and media technology.

INDC 4385 Essential Elements of Fine Arts
This course explores EC-6 fine arts content and methodology. It includes development of knowledge, skills and dispositions identified in the art, music and theatre Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) as well as ways to integrate fine arts into learning in other content areas.

INDC 4390, Advanced Elements of Social Studies
Prerequisites: Admission to the Teacher Education Program; EDUC 4301 or 4311
This course provides an exploration of social studies content and skills. Social studies content will include World History, Geography, and Texas History. The course will introduce students to teaching/learning materials and strategies for developing concepts and skills for middle to high school students. Integration of technology and interactive learing are integral aspects of this course.

INDC 6330 Global Political Economy
This course examines the interaction of politics and the economy at the global level. In particular, it evaluates how political and economic decisions of one country or groups of countries affect institutions and life circumstances in others and assesses the causes and consequences of globalization as rooted in political economy. Key topics include major conceptual frameworks for understanding the linkages between international politics and international economics, international monetary and financial relations, international trade, foreign investment and multinational enterprises, key international economic institutions such as the International Monetary Fund, World Trade Organization, and World Bank, the rise of the BRIC economics and the shift of global balance, and global economonic governance. Graduate Business programs only.

INDC 6331, Foreign Cultures
As global corporations span national boundaries, their employees must interact with a wide variety of national cultures, societal structures, and world views. This course adopts the viewpoint of the anthropologist, applying anthropological theory to business situations. This course covers a wide variety of topics, including, but not limited to, the following: the methods of anthropology; issues of culture; issues of language and communication; the economic aspects of anthropology; the role of family and kinship in society; religion and ethics; gender; and issues of ethnicity. It also examines how national cultures affect behaviors in business situations. Graduate Business programs only.

INDC 6332, International Organizations
As global corporations span national boundaries, they must interact with a large number of international organizations. This course examies the major international institutions that deal with crime, diplomacy, grade, finance, the environment, and human rights, and how these institutions both facilitiate and constrain the activities of global corporations. Examples of such organizations are the United Nations, the World Bank and IMF, the World Trade Organization, the World Court, and others. This course deals with a wide variety of issues, including, but not limited to: theoretical frameworks of international organizations; the historical evolution of international organizations; the structure and governance of international organizations; classification of international organizations; and the functions and roles of individual international organizations. Graduate Business programs only.