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Fall 2019 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. 2019 Peer Mentors will be announced in May.

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


TIDE 1010-07 Leadership, Politics, Power and Change**

W 5:00-6:15p

Are leaders born or bred? How do leaders and their leadership styles impact change? How does one develop the courage and wisdom to lead and promote change effectively? This TIDES class provides an opportunity to examine the nature of leadership, its impact on the change process, and the underlying dynamics of power, politics, and conflict.
Over the course of the academic year, this course focuses on developing an interdisciplinary understanding of the theories and practices of organizational and community leadership. As a TIDES member, you will actively study the theories that emerge from a variety of fields and reflect on their practical, political, and ethical assumptions as well as on their implications in a variety of settings. Through readings, classroom discussions, interviews with local leaders, and a group initiative, you will gain a greater appreciation for the issues that affect leaders and the components of successful leadership.

**This course includes a service learning component**

Dusty Porter, Vice President of Student Affairs  |  BIO

TIDE 1015-01 Cultivate Your Inner Change Maker

M 3:30-4:45p

Cultivate your Inner Changemaker is devoted to exploring the skills, strategies, and ideas of effective social change advocates in the 21st century. Students will be learning about some of the essential skills of effective changemakers, including leadership, optimism, resilience, risk-taking, luck, relationship building, conflict resolution, creativity, and innovation. Throughout the course, students will practice these skills, both in class and through assignments. Students should have most Saturdays free to engage in community research and project implementation.

**This course includes a service learning component**

Rebecca Otten, Assistant Director, Student Programming, Taylor Center  |  BIO


TIDE 1165-01 "In" or "Of" New Orleans: Blurring the Lines Between Tulane & NOLA**

M 5:30-6:45p

Congratulations - you’re officially a Tulane student! As part of the Green Wave, you’ll be living both on the St. Charles campus and in a city whose future is as exciting and complicated as its past. In, “In” or “Of” New Orleans, students will have multiple opportunities to blur the lines between Tulane University and New Orleans, Louisiana while considering their own social identities as a member of these two communities. Through readings, guest speakers, as well as explorations of current events, festivals, and cuisine, this course will make clear what it means to be “in” AND “of” New Orleans.

**This course includes a service learning component**

Lisa Molix, Associate Professor, Psychology  |  BIO

TIDE 1230-01 Latin American Infusion

W 5:00-6:15p

What do you think of when you hear “Latin America”?  What does it mean to be “Latin American”?  This class aims to touch on these questions by exploring and expanding your perceptions about the region and its peoples.  Using representations of popular culture this class will delve into the cultural stereotypes and expressions of the region established within historical, societal, and political frameworks.  Drawing on literature, film, music, art, and performance this class will examine diverse aspects of culture, society identity in the region known as “Latin America.”  At the end of the course, students should be able to identify what and where is Latin America, who are Latin Americans, how Latin America has influenced local New Orleans community life and culture, and why knowing about Latin America is important.

Jimmy Huck, Administrative Assistant Professor, Stone Center for Latin American Studies  |  BIO


TIDE 1014-02&03 Cultivating Resiliency and Self-Care

-02: T 5:30-6:45p | -03: M 5:30-6:45p

Health in college is so much more than avoiding pizza every night and occasionally going to the gym. Health is multifaceted and is pivotal to your ability to thrive during the next four years. This course will examine the most relevant health topics for college students from a public health perspective, integrating theories and practices relevant to your life. In addition, this course seeks to cultivate leadership skills as an element of being healthy and successful in college.

Alicia Czachowski, Director of Public Health Initiatives and Assessment | BIO
Meagan Fuller, Assistant Director, The Well | BIO
La'Tesha Hinton, Assistant Director, The Well | BIO


TIDE 1983-01&02 Encountering Differences in an "Us vs. Them" Society

-01: W 2:00-3:15p | -02: W 3:30-4:45p

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."

Red Tremmel, Administrative Assistant Professor and Director, Office of Gender and Sexuality Studies  |  BIO
Sienna Abdulahad, Associate Director, Office of Multicultural Affairs  | BIO


TIDE 1018-01 Case Studies in Leadership: Lessons from Hurricane Katrina

T 9:30-10:45a

This 1-credit course will utilize a variety of cases which highlight a real-life example of a challenge in leadership. Fields covered will include business, politics, non-profit work, and social movements - all highlighting decision making in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. In most class periods, you will be asked to “inhabit” the case and take up the dilemma of its protagonist. I may assign class members roles to prepare and play in the class discussion spontaneously or in advance. None of the cases have right answers, although we may have an epilogue that tells what actually happened (the historical outcome). You are asked to wrestle with the problem as if it were your own and bring your experience and classroom learning from Tulane University and elsewhere to bear on the questions.

The Harvard Business School originated and developed the phenomenon of the teaching case to simulate business experience in novices, to create a concrete vehicle for applying abstract theories to real-world situations, and to engender engaged classroom discussion while fostering critical thinking skills as students were forced to wrestle with actual business dilemmas that had no easy answer. It is no accident that professional schools were drawn to case teaching—Law, for obvious reasons—but also schools of public affairs and public health whose missions are to utilize the best thinking of the disciplines to prepare students for careers as practitioners. Cases marry learningaboutreal world policy and organizational problems with critical thinking, abstract reasoning, and theorizing valued in all academic disciplines. In particular, this course will offer you a chance to get to know New Orleans as a resilient city with monumental challenges left to tackle.

Anna Mitchell Mahoney, Administrative Assistant Professor of Women’s Political Leadership, Newcomb College Institute  |  BIO

TIDE 1985-01 Women Leading New Orleans

T 4:00-5:15p

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, Director of Student Leadership and Engagement, Newcomb College Institute  |  BIO


TIDE 1090-01 Who Dat: Get up and Geaux!**

W 5:00-6:15p

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, and community development. Students will participate in a mandatory service learning component with TBD. Their after-school programs promote development in 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. By participating in activities with NFL Youth Education Town students will deepen their understanding of the political, economic, and social ramifications of sports on a local level by making correlations to sports and its impacts on the city’s youth, infrastructure, civic pride, crime reduction efforts, poverty eradication, and other areas, and gain an awareness of their role as a citizen in the city of New Orleans.

**This course includes a service learning component**

Marc Bady, Assistant Director for Residence Life, First-Year Experience  |  BIO

TIDE 1317-01 Sports as a Leadership Model**

M 6:30-7:45p

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 | BIO


TIDE 1117-01 New Orleans Performance Culture

M 2:00-3:15p

There will be two primary goals in this course. The first will involve introducing students to New Orleans’s history, culture, and literature. The second will entail an interdisciplinary introduction to a wide array of influences with the effort of showing how New Orleans’s turbulent history of changing possession, immigration, and migration have contributed to a “performance” of various versions of “New Orleansness.” The course will focus specifically on the presence of French, Spanish, African, and a brief overview of the various immigrant communities in the city’s history and the various ways in which these groups have performed their own version of New Orleans for the city itself, the United States, and the world. In addition, the students will use the maps found in Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas to look at how maps are constructions of authenticity.

Brittany Kennedy, Senior Professor of Practice, Spanish and Portuguese  |  BIO

TIDE 1265-01 Indian Tribes Down The Bayou: Native American Communities of Southeastern LA**

T 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 Faculty, History | BIO