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Fall 2018 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 RLC TIDES below. Each class also has an accompanying peer mentor. Meet yours.

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

Not associated with a Residential Learning Community? Check out our other TIDES options.  

CHANGEMAKER: TIDE 1010 Leadership, Politics, Power and Change**

W 5:00-6:15p **This course includes a service learning component**

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.

Dusty Porter, Vice President of Student Affairs  |  BIO

CHANGEMAKER: 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.

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

GET ENGAGED: TIDE 1075-01 Celebrate NOLA: The Relationship Between Culture, Festivals, & Identity

T 5:00-6:15p

"In this city, we celebrate anything and everything." This quote, made famous by Irma Thomas, aptly describes the rich culture and identity of the city of New Orleans. Through this course, students will examine how social identities are interwoven into the fabric of New Orleans and reflect on their own social identities. Students 

will connect with the city of New Orleans while experiencing and reflecting on cultures, situations, and ideas that are different from their own. A field trip in the Crescent City and topics including Hurricane Katrina, Mardi Gras, festivals, and jazz funerals will allow students to foster a deeper connection with the city of New Orleans and a better understanding of both their own social identities and the many identities that are woven into the fabric of New Orleans. Campus resources to support students throughout their first year will also be explored through this course.

Brad Romig, Director, New Student & Leadership Programs  |  BIO

GET ENGAGED: TIDE 1165-01 “In” or “Of” New Orleans: Blurring the Lines Between Tulane & NOLA

M 5:00-6:15p

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.

Lisa Molix, Associate Professor, Psychology  |  BIO

HEALTH WAVE: TIDE 1014-02&03 Cultivating Resiliency and Self- Care

T 5:30-6:45p
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.

Scott Tims, Assistant Vice President, Campus Health  |  BIO

KALEIDOSCOPE: TIDE 1983-01 Becoming Woke in an "Us vs. Them" Society

M 3:00-4:15p

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

SHAPERS AND CREATORS: TIDE 1250-01 Visual Arts of New Orleans

T 5:00-6:15p

This TIDES class was put together by a team of university art professionals with the intention of introducing students to the breadth of the visual arts scene in contemporary New Orleans. The course includes field trips to and visits from artists, curators, critics, collectors, private gallery owners, and public museum professionals, offering a behind-the-scenes look at the vibrant cultural life of the city. Ideally students will come away from the class with an appreciation of the richness of the visual arts in New Orleans, the ability to discuss and write about the visual arts, and some insights into the nuts-and-bolts activities of the individuals and institutions the define the visual arts in New Orleans.

Laura Richens, Carroll Gallery Curator, Newcomb Art Department | BIO

SPARK: TIDE 1982-01 Contemporary Women Writers

R 11:00-12:15p

How might gender influence the way women see themselves and tell their life stories? In this course, we will analyze works of "life writing" by women in the 20th and 21st centuries: memoirs, personal essays, self-portraits, and other forms of self-representation in literature and visual culture. We will analyze these works through the lens of gender, examining the social and historical contexts that influence how women perceive and represent themselves. In addition to textual self-portrayals, we will view self-portraits on another kind of page: print photography. While studying the visual alongside the verbal, we will discuss such themes as gender and sexuality, family and community, and the cultural standards of beauty and taboo.

Molly Pulda, Administrative Assistant Professor of Women’s Literature, Newcomb College Institute  |  BIO

SPARK: TIDE 1985-01 Women Leading New Orleans

W 12:30-1:45p

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.

Clare Daniel, Administrative Assistant Professor of Women’s Leadership, Newcomb College Institute  |  BIO

SQUAD: TIDE 1090-01 Who Dat, Fan Up and Geaux: Sports & New Orleans**

T 5:00-6:15p **This course includes a service learning component**

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.

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

THIRD COAST: 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