Spring 2024


TNDY 311 – Positive Futures. Systems. Design. Complexity. Foresight.

Instructor(s): Andrew Vosko, Associate Provost and Director of Transdisciplinary Studies
Section: 1
Units: 2
Session: Full-term
Instruction Mode: In-Person, Bi-Weekly
Schedule: (see table below)

Session Schedule
Session Date Time Instruction Mode
Session 01 Saturday, 01/20/2024 9:00 – 1:00PM In-person
Session 02 Saturday, 02/03/2024 9:00 – 1:00PM In-Person
Session 03 Saturday, 02/17/2024 9:00 – 1:00PM In-Person
Session 04 Saturday, 03/02/2024 9:00 – 1:00PM In-Person
Session 05 Saturday, 03/23/2024 9:00 – 1:00PM In-Person
Session 06 Saturday, 04/06/2024 9:00 – 11:00AM In-Person

How does one construct an equitable future? What is needed to tackle the problems of an increasingly interconnected world? Can healthcare be fixed? Education? The environment? Our traditional approaches have not been enough.

This transdisciplinary survey course offers a tools-based approach for building positive futures by more effectively addressing large-scale, high stakes, and complex realities. Going beyond traditional, disciplinary approaches, we will study how to build positive futures across four domains: 1) Systems thinking and analysis; 2) Design thinking and process, 3) Complexity thinking and problem-solving, and; 4) Foresight and futures strategy. Each domain will comprise one of the four modules in the course, and all modules will be linked by a shared ‘wicked-problem’ to tackle around equity and sustainability. Throughout the course, we will collaboratively problem-solve and re-frame our approaches and understanding to the most vexing issues of our world.

Key Concepts: Communication; Collaboration; Team Science Principles; Boundary Crossing


TNDY 312 – From Modern Thought to Wicked Problems

Instructor(s): Patricia Easton, Professor of Humanities
Section: 1
Units: 2
Instruction Mode: Hybrid (In-Person and Online, Asynchronously)
Session: Full-Term
Schedule: (see table below)

Session Schedule
Session Date Time Instruction Mode
Session 01 Friday, 01/26/2024 9:00 – 12:50PM In-Person
Session 02 Friday, 02/09/2024 9:00 – 12:50PM In-Person
Session 03 Friday, 02/19/2024 4 hours (for the week) Online, Asynchronous
Session 04 Friday, 03/08/2024 9:00 – 12:50PM In-Person
Session 05 Friday, 03/22/2024 9:00 – 12:50PM In-Person
Session 06 Friday, 04/12/2024 9:00 – 10:50AM In-Person

Please note the course will not meet in-person for session 03 on Friday, 02/19/2024, and all coursework for session 3 will take place online, asynchronously.

This course introduces students to the evolution and perspectives of transdisciplinary science and practice, how these differ and relate to other methodologies in knowledge creation, and why transdisciplinarity matters. We will explore this within the contexts of addressing the world’s complex or wicked problems, especially from the perspective of creating positive social impact.


TNDY 330 – Team Leadership and Diversity

Instructor: M. Gloria González Morales, Associate Professor of Psychology
Section: 1
Units: 2
Session: Module 2
Instruction Mode: Hybrid, Intensive
Schedule: (see table below)

Session Schedule
Session Date Time Instruction Mode
Session 01 Tuesday, 03/19/2023 7:00 – 9:00PM Online, Synchronous
Session 02 Saturday, 04/13/2023 9:00 – 11:50AM; 1:00 – 4:50PM In-Person
Session 03 Saturday, 05/04/2023 9:00 – 11:50AM; 1:00 – 4:50PM In-Person
Asynchronous Time 03/18/2023 – 05/11/2023 6 hours Online, Asynchronous

This course is designed to provide concepts, tools, and strategies to create, promote and manage diverse and inclusive organizations and groups. To achieve both individual and collective belonging, we will target competences needed to apply integrative approaches that resolve the tension between diversity values and team functioning. For example, we will work on skills and tools that allow leaders to recognize and utilize the value of uniqueness, communicate across differences, and navigate the complex circumstances to enhance cohesion and coordination, and promote team trust and efficacy.


TNDY 404O – Collaboration Across the Public-Private Divide

Instructor: Robert Klitgaard, University Professor
Section: 1
Units: 4
Session: Full-Term
Instruction Mode: In-Person
Schedule: Tuesday, 4:00 – 6:50PM

This course explores how to design, lead, and manage public-private partnerships. We examine theoretical approaches from many disciplines, as well as experience from around the world, to analyze various forms of collaboration among governments, businesses, and citizens. We consider the practical challenges of making such partnerships work, using outstanding case studies. Along the way, we reconsider the meaning and practice of public policy and management. Examples are drawn from public health, education, international development, urban renewal, infrastructure, minimum-wage reforms, anti-corruption initiatives, and more.


TNDY 409A – The Practice of Self-Mastery: The Power of Attention

Instructor(s): Jeremy Hunter, Associate Professor of Practice, Founding Director, Executive Mind Leadership Institute
Section: 1
Units: 2
Session: Mod 1
Instruction Mode: In-Person
Schedule: see table below (Tuesday, 4:00 – 6:50PM)

Session Schedule
Session Day, Date Time Modality
01 Tuesday, 01/23 0400 – 0650PM In-Person
02 Tuesday, 01/30 0400 – 0650PM In-Person
03 Tuesday, 02/06 0400 – 0650PM In-Person
04 Tuesday, 02/13 0400 – 0650PM In-Person
05 Tuesday, 02/20 0400 – 0650PM In-Person
06 Tuesday, 02/24 6 hours (Off Campus, All-Day Saturday) In-Person

This course introduces the fundamentals of self-mastery, namely the management of your nervous system and your attention. It focuses becoming conscious of how you construct reality and the results that construction generate. You will learn methods to transform the result so they are in greater alignment with your values, goals and visions for your life.


TNDY 408EPO – Mechanisms That Rule Our Social Universe

Instructor: Joshua Tasoff, Associate Professor of Economic Sciences
Section: 1
Units: 4
Session: Full-Term
Instruction Mode: In-Person
Schedule: Tuesday/Thursday, 1:15 – 2:30PM

Billions of years ago, chemicals formed on planet Earth that could replicate themselves. These were the progenitors of life. Over eons of evolution, autonomous living agents predated, cooperated, and competed with each other to eventually create the modern world of today. Across that history, there have been several recurring themes on how agents interact. In the course we will study fundamental forces that drive sociality at multiple levels, from viruses to markets. We will uncover some of the hidden mechanisms that rule our social universe. For example, we will discover why genes form chromosomes, why people form nations, and why the reasons for the two are similar. The emphasis will be on a few key ideas that have broad and profound application. In our journey, we will learn from where social systems evolved and perhaps to where social systems may be evolving. This course is intended for students who are interested in having their perspective shifted through provocative frameworks (colloquially referred to as “blowing your mind”). Additional time will be devoted to professional self-examination and prioritization (colloquially referred to as “what the heck am I doing with my life?”).


TNDY 430 – Transdisciplinary Changemakers. Justice-Centered Frameworks for Education

Instructor: Tamar Salibian, Adjunct Instructor
Section: 1
Units: 4
Session: Full-Term
Instruction Mode: Online
Schedule: Monday, 4:00 – 6:50PM

What does change mean in education? Why is change-making a critical leadership role for every teacher in every classroom? How do we lead transformations in formal and informal learning spaces? Audre Lorde famously wrote, “the master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house. They may allow us temporarily to beat him at his own game, but they will never enable us to bring about genuine change.” Genuine changemaking as transdisciplinary action involves transgression, transcendence, and transformation. It is motivated by justice and positive futures grounded in boundary crossing that involves radical listening, curiosity, and generosity. In this course, we examine education as a wicked problem, a centuries old system designed to self-replicate and perpetuate oppression and inequities for a diversity of learners, and woefully misaligned with learning science and current and emerging education contexts. Working in teams, you will develop a transdisciplinary pedagogy of transformation using systems, design, complexity, and reflexivity lenses to create equity-minded processes for authentic, meaningful, and deep learning experiences that prepare all learners to flourish in an emerging and unpredictable world. We will synthesize learning sciences, pedagogical frameworks like Universal Design for Learning, multiliteracies, active learning, authentic assessment, outcomes-guided design, community and relationality. We will also integrate the artistic voice as we explore. To this journey, we invite you to bring your disciplinary perspectives, questions, identities, and lived experiences that connect the outer life of scholarship and teaching with your inner life of values, beliefs, and purpose. Through this process, you will create an explicit and living philosophy and methods that will evolve with your practice. Learning about education as a transformative process for justice, you have an opportunity to be transformed in turn as educator and leader.


TNDY 440 – Professional Practice for Inclusive Excellence

Instructor: M. Gloria González Morales, Associate Professor of Psychology
Section: 1
Units: 4
Session: Full-Term
Instruction Mode: Online
Schedule: Thursday, 4:00 – 6:50PM

This course focuses on integrating transdisciplinary, personal, and professional lenses in developing principles and tools for becoming a changemaker in professional practice for Inclusive Excellence. In this course, we address the complex problem of organizations and institutions grounded in societal kyriarchal systems designed to perpetuate oppression and inequities for a diverse body of organizational and institutional stakeholders (e.g., customers, service recipients, organizational and team members, workers, volunteers, employees). We will discuss and develop strategies for inclusive and equity-minded professional practice–in formal organizations and institutions, and in informal spaces–that balances meaningful authentic experiences with productive professional work. We will integrate transdisciplinary lenses for systems, complexity, reflexivity, design thinking, and the methodologies of appreciative inquiry, human-centered design and job and career crafting. We will leverage scholarly frameworks from intergroup dialog, diversity management, organizational behavior, positive organizational scholarship, leadership and emotional and relational theory. Individual transformative work for the practice of allyship, as part of professional practice, will require transdisciplinary team work to develop team-collaboration, team functioning and inclusion engagement capacities. This way, scholars will connect values and beliefs with their discipline-specific professional strategies and tools to develop a living vision and mission for professional practice that is justice-centered and equity-minded. In sum, this course will support scholars in their development as changemakers in professional, institutional, organizational and community spaces.


TNDY 446 – Leveraging Data in Your Context

Instructor: Gwen Garrison, Clinical Professor of Education, Director of Educational Evaluation and Data Analysis
Section: 1
Units: 4
Session: Full-Term
Instruction Mode: Online
Schedule: Thursday, 4:00 – 6:50PM

Students should contact the Transdisciplinary Studies Program for assistance in enrolling in TNDY 446.

K-12 and higher education settings have many data systems including student information, learning management, curriculum tracking and survey platforms. How all this day can fit together and be used to answer key assessment and policy questions for educational leaders is a critical skill for educational data analysis. The key connection is to organizational mission and performance metrics. This course will explore what is available, how to evaluate the data strength, and transform data into better visual and dynamic reporting. This course is offered as a hybrid with both CGU and online meetings. This class is being designed to be hybrid with some sessions being at CGU and some sessions being held with virtual tools. It has not yet been determined what the ratio will be between traditional and online sessions. Given the online sessions, it is imperative that students have access to a working computer that has a microphone and camera and that the student has access to reliable internet service Students can always utilize the CGU computer labs if needed. Instructor is planning to introduce students to Tableau and Microsoft Power BI.


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