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Spring 2013

 Learning Communities

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MATH 104:Elementary Statistics & HTMT 210: Principles and Practices in Hospitality and Tourism  (2 Sections)
Measuring the Impacts of Tourism in Charleston       
(CRN:23685/20803  FYES:23686) TR 4:00-5:15pm/TR 5:30-6:45pm/M 12:00-12:50pm
(CRN:21005/20804  FYES:23687) TR 5:30-6:45pm/TR 4:00-5:15pm/M 1:00-1:50pm
3 math/3 elective credits
Iana Anguelova/ Wayne Smith

Recently, Charleston was named the best tourism destination in the United States!  This learning community explores how Charleston gained its reputation as a premier tourism destination and how it can maintain it.  Students will be given assignments that require them to collect, analyze and interpret statistics around questions such as: 1)Why do visitors choose to come to Charleston; and 2)What are the social, environmental and economic impacts of tourism?
 Students will use their understanding of these questions to develop management strategies related to creating a sustainable tourism environment.  This course will demonstrate how statistics are used to make critical decisions that affect business and communities. Statistics will come alive when used to discover how Charleston measures up as America's premier tourism destination.

THTR 176: Introduction to Theatre & HIST 116: Modern History
The Human Response to Life: Comedy in History and Theatre             
(CRN:23690/23688  FYES:23692) MWF 10:00-10:50am/TR 10:50am-12:05pm/W 2:00-2:50pm
(CRN:23691/23689  FYES:23693) MWF 10:00-10:50am/TR 10:50am-12:05pm/F 2:00-2:50pm
3 humanities/3 history credits
Mary Beth Berry/Bill McSweeney

Why Do We Laugh?  We are born with the ability to laugh.  It is a universally recognized human response to life.  By linking introductory courses in History and Theatre, we plan to explore the evolution of comedy from earliest historical periods to today.  We will look between the lines of historical texts and discover this truth:  the common man often laughed at his leaders, their scramble for power and their struggles to retain it.  While written history may not shine much light on the humorous aspects of man's development, the people who were living that history saw it every day.  Frequently, they put it on stage, where, through satire, absurdity or blatant ridicule, the deeper truth of current events might be sharply examined.  The question at hand is, "Why do we laugh?"  If we investigate the greatest - and maybe some not so well known - works of comedy through the ages, we might gain an unobstructed view of the workings of the human mind and a better understanding of the world we live in.

POLI 150: Intro to Political Thought & ENGL 190: Speacial Topic
Engaging Charleston          
(CRN:23706/23779  FYES:23709) MWF 9:00-9:50am/TR 10:50am-12:05pm/M 1:00-1:50pm
(CRN:23707/23708  FYES:23710) MWF 9:00-9:50am/TR 10:50am-12:05pm/W 1:00-1:50pm
3 social science/3 humanities credits
Claire Curtis/Joe Kelly

How is it that we manage to live side by side with total strangers?  Did you ever wonder why we're not strangling each other all the time?   These courses combine the study of the two oldest and most complex of human technologies, politics and cities, to figure out how human beings organize themselves.  Ride the buses, chart the neighborhoods, study the streets even as you learn the theories that underpin it all.  You'll learn to read in the concrete walls, roads, and buildings the ideas of political thinkers from Plato to Hobbes to Marx and the present day.  Three hundred and forty years old, the gem of a pre-modern feudal society, the African portal to North America, a nexus of the Atlantic World, Charleston cherished Enlightenment ideals even as it shackled the nation to slavery. In this class you’ll study Charleston’s structures, its people, and history, alongside those who have struggled to find answers about justice, equality and freedom.

CLAS 104: Intro to Classical Archaeology & ANTH 202: Introductionn to Archaeology
Archaeology: Where the Present Meets the Past      
(CRN:20409/20127  FYES:23664) TR 1:40-2:55pm/MW 2:00-3:15pm/W 1:00-1:50pm
3 humanities/3 social science credits
James Newhard/Maureen Hays

How do real archaeologists go about reconstructing past societies? What are the tools of their trade, and how do they use them? How do they go about combining data from different sources to paint a picture of the past? This learning community will answer these questions and many others. ANTH 202 (Introduction to Archaeology) covers methodological techniques while introducing you to prehistoric cultures. CLAS 104 (Introduction to Classical Archaeology) investigates the history, traditions, and methods behind classical archaeology, delving into why and how the remains of these cultures continue to captivate western society.

INTL 100: Intro to International Studies & POLI 104: World Regional Geography
Discover the World: Regional Contexts and Global Issues            
(CRN:23694/23696  FYES:23698) MWF 1:00-1:50pm/TR 9:25-10:40am/T 1:40-2:30pm
(CRN:23695/23697  FYES:23699) MWF 1:00-1:50pm/TR 9:25-10:40am/R 12:15-1:05pm
3 humanities or social science credits/3 social science credits
Malte Pehl/Kevin Keenan

Learn about foreign and familiar places!  Learn about the world!   In this community, the World Regional Geography course (POLI 104) will teach you how to write about local and global places and the linkages among them.  All the while, you will also learn about local contexts, people, politics, and places.  This information will provide the necessary foundation for understanding global issues, such as war, poverty, natural resource depletion, and capitalism. This foundation will provide the framework for the study of historical and contemporary globalization in its many dimensions that will be covered in the Introduction to International Studies course (INTL 100). Among other things, you will study trade and human development from a multidisciplinary perspective, international governance and the changing face of the nation-state, poverty and its relationship to health and hunger, as well as migration and tourism and their relationship with the environment and its degradation

HIST 116: Modern History & RELS 101: Approaches to Religion
Religion and Sex in Modern Atlantic World, 1450-Present       
(CRN:23700/23702  FYES:23704) MWF 10:00-10:50am/MWF 9:00-9:50am/F 1:00-1:50pm
(CRN:23701/23703  FYES:23705) MWF 10:00-10:50am/MWF 9:00-9:50am/T 3:05-3:55pm
3 history/3 humanities credits
Sandra Slater/Katie Hladky

Through the lenses of religion, gender, and sexuality these courses will explore the history of Western Europe and the Atlantic World.   Beginning with the Catholic Church on the eve of the Protestant Reformation and concluding with modern understandings of the Western world as diverse and global, this learning community analyzes religious and sexual transformations.  Both courses will pay special attention to social regulation, cultural movements, and political understandings of sexualities and gender. Dr. Hladky’s course will explore changing understandings of sex and gender in Christianity, Islam, and Judaism.  Dr. Slater’s course will explore issues such as feminism, prostitution, homosexuality, and sexual liberation. Formal essays, exams, reading quizzes, and class discussion provide means of assessment for each individual course.

PHIL 101: Introduction to Philosophy & PSYC 103: Intro to Psychological Science
Understanding the Human Mind      
(CRN:23665/23667 FYES:23669) TR 9:25-10:40am/TR 10:50am-12:05pm/W 1:00-1:50pm
(CRN:23666/23668 FYES:23670) TR 9:25-10:40am/TR 10:50am-12:05pm/W 2:00-2:50pm
3 humanities/3 social science credits
Thomas Nadelhoffer/Jen Wright

Historically, questions about the nature of the human mind were understood to be philosophical.  During the 19th Century, psychologists began to develop a more scientific understanding of the human mind.  This learning community will examine how philosophical and psychological perspectives on the human mind are related.  In particular, we will look at how philosophical arguments and psychological data can be brought to bear on topics such as:  the “mind-body” problem (dualism v. materialism), freedom of the will, and the reliability of memory and sensory perception as sources of knowledge.  We will also discuss ethical issues that arise in scientific research. 

SOCY 103: Sociology of the Family & PSYC 103: Intro to Pscyhological Science
Stress and Coping: Individual and Family Factors          
(CRN:20644/23671  FYES:23674) MWF 1:00-1:50pm/TR 9:25-10:40am/W 4:00-4:50pm
(CRN:23673/23672  FYES:23675) MWF 1:00-1:50pm/TR 9:25-10:40am/W 4:00-4:50pm
6 social science credits
Von Bakanic/Amy Kolak

The shared theme of these courses will examine external factors that may give rise to stress and individuals’ physiological and psychological responses to stress. This is particularly relevant for incoming students who are themselves experiencing an important life transition – the transition to college. The following questions will be considered over the course of the semester: How do social structures such as family, work and higher education across the life cycle contribute to your experience of stress? What is your body’s autonomic response to stress? What effect does acute versus chronic stress have on your health? Does stress play a positive role in your life? How can you effectively cope with stress in your life? 

 

First-Year Seminars

FYSM 106
The Architectural History of the Synagogue     
(CRN:23590  FYES:22228) TR 9:25-10:40am/T 10:50-11:40am
3 humanities credits
Barry Stiefel

This is a global survey of synagogues that focuses on their architectural and cultural development over time (circa 200 B.C.E. – Present). This course begins with the Middle East and the relationship between the first synagogues with the Temple in Jerusalem, and proceeds on to Europe, Asia, Africa, the Americas, and Australia. Synagogues can be found all over the world, and have acquired different tastes and customs by the design of the congregations that built them. Students will work on a research paper individually for the midterm and a collaborative research project for the final, making use of the materials at the College’s Special Collections. Field trips to study significant architectural examples in the area are anticipated.

FYSM 109
Me, Myself and My 23: Living in the Genetic Era  
(CRN:23593  FYES:22229) MW 1:00-2:15pm/M 3:00-3:50pm
3 elective credits
Chris Korey

Would you have your own genome sequenced? Will we be able to create medicines personally tailored for each individual patient? What does genetics tell us about sexuality and gender? How is genetics impacting reproductive choices? This seminar will focus on genetics and genetic testing to examine the growing role genetic technology plays in how we live, die, and reproduce.  We will focus on understanding the underlying genetic principles as well as the social and ethical implications of each topic discussed in class.

FYSM 111
The Good, the Bad, and the Reality of Nanoscale Science   
(CRN:23594  FYES:22230) MWF 11:00-11:50am/T 12:40-1:30pm
3 elective credits
Brooke Van Horn

Have you heard of “nanites” and wondered if we really have such nanomachines?  Or have you thought “why can’t all cancers and disease are be cured with one universal medicine?”  Or what is it about spider silk and Kevlar that make these materials perform the way that they do?  In this Freshman Seminar, we’ll pull these seemingly unrelated phenomena together under the umbrella of nanoscale science and explore the relevance of nanotechnology in our world today.  The course will integrate the fundamental principles of nanoscale science and its societal, ethical, and technological impacts on medicine, consumables, and our environment using current literature and demonstrations.  The course will end with a student-led nanoscience demonstration for local high school students. 

FYSM 113
Games and Gladiators: Athletic Competition in the Greco-Roman World     
(CRN:22202  FYES:22231) MWF 3:00-3:50pm/W 4:00-4:50pm
3 humanities credits
Kristen Gentile

Athletics have becomes a ubiquitous part of modern society. We are inundated with stories of athletic competitions and associated scandals. This seminar will address these issues in the Greco-Roman world. We will look at how athletics were understood in antiquity by examining the development of sport and spectacle. We will discuss how athletic competitions developed out of a ritual context and their importance within ancient religious systems. In addition, we will examine the development of athletics in the Roman world, especially in the form of gladiatorial games. In this seminar, students will read a variety of ancient authors, including Homer, Pindar, Pausanias, Suetonius, and Tertullian, all of whom describe the role of athletics in Greek and Roman culture.

FYSM 115
Gaming 101   
(CRN:22033 FYES:22232) TR 4:00-6:45pm/R 11:10am-12:00pm
3 elective credits
David Parisi

This first-year seminar introduces students to the study of video games.  Recognizing the medium's increased popularity, and its corresponding cultural significance, scholars from a wide a range of academic disciplines have taken up the project of critically engaging with video games.  In considering the different perspectives they bring to bear on the medium, this class approaches video games as cultural, historical, technological, theoretical, pedagogical, economic, and textual objects.  While experience playing video games is not a prerequisite for the course, students will be expected to actively engage with video games throughout the semester.

FYSM 117  (2 Sections)
Emerging Technologies: What Do Google, Facebook, Apple, and Amazon Know?      
(CRN:23595  FYES:22233) MWF 1:00-1:50pm/F 11:00-11:50am
(CRN:23596  FYES:22234) MWF 2:00-2:50pm/F 12:00-12:50pm
3 elective credits
Lancie Affonso

Students in this course for all majors will examine the disruptive technologies that have shaped the 21st century and explore their context in the global environment of business, government, economy, and infrastructure. Through interactive labs students will gain an understanding of the basic principles underlying today’s technologies and survey today’s most powerful and useful emerging technologies. Issues covered include the impact of digital technologies on local and global culture and the ethical dilemmas that arise. Through discussions and group projects, students will discover how the seismic shifts in the "flattening world" have positive and negative impacts personally, locally, nationally and internationally.

FYSM 119
Become a Millionaire: Invest in Yourself     
(CRN:23597  FYES:22239) MWF 10:00-10:50am/W 1:00-1:50pm
3 elective credits
Lancie Affonso

Who Wants to be a Millionaire?
Few will deny that recent events which have resulted in financial market turmoil in our economy have been exacerbated by the problems many Americans face in handling their own credit and personal finances.  Are you interested in making more informed decisions about your personal finances? Students in this first-year seminar will utilize online tools to help them develop their financial skills and improve their understanding of the changing social and economic environment in which financial decisions are made. So get your financial game plan on and start investing in yourself now, while you’re young.

FYSM 123
Shakespeare on Screen     
(CRN:20689  FYES:22241) MW 8:00-9:15am, T 5:00-8:00pm/W 5:00-5:50pm
3 humanities credits
Kay Smith

If you like Shakespeare and enjoy films, this course will help you learn more about both. We will look in depth at five or six of Shakespeare’s most popular plays.  We will become familiar with the ‘language’ of film and develop a sense of how the language of Shakespeare can adapt to this visual medium in a number of ways.  We will also examine the different “screen” approaches to Shakespeare, from animation and digital media to YouTube and beyond. There will be a required viewing lab on Wednesday evenings.

FYSM 123
Sunny and Warm with a Chance of Mayhem: Contemporary Florida Comic Crime Fiction     
(CRN:23599  FYES:23601) MW 2:00-3:15pm/M 5:00-5:50pm
3 humanities credits
Dennis Williams

Crime fiction and comedy?  How can such very different genres possibly work together?  This course will explore the comic crime caper, a sub-genre of modern crime fiction, through discussions of the function of comedy and satire as tools for incisive social critique, genre expectations in crime fiction and comedy, and narrative issues such as plot development, structure, setting, and characterization.  In addition, we’ll simply enjoy these laugh-out-loud funny yet also acutely observed works.  We’ll read novels by Carl Hiaasen, Tim Dorsey, Dave Barry, and Laurence Shames, and because they are all set in Florida, be forced to address the burning sociological question “What, exactly, makes those people down there so crazy?”  (As a Floridian, I’m eager to know.)

FYSM 125
The Scientist in Society    
(CRN:22204  FYES:22240) MWF 8:00-8:50am/T 11:10am-12:00pm
3 elective credits
Caroline Hunt

This seminar asks future science majors how scientists should function in their communities. Topics include death/dying issues, the nature of scientific thought, and the social responsibilities of scientists. We focus on how to find and assess information, how to put ideas into written form, and how to rewrite effectively. Students who have taken an earlier version of this course have found it very useful in preparing for future allied health careers.

FYSM 133
A Window Into Russia: The Major People, Events, and Influences of Russia’s Cultural History
(CRN:21983  FYES:22252) MW 3:05-4:20pm/R 3:05-3:55pm
3 humanities credits
Oksana Ingle

Do you think you know Russia? Think again. Since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, the world has only begun to glimpse Russia’s rich history and extraordinary culture. “A Window into Russia” leads you through 1200 years to the present in a sweeping survey of Russia’s major historical turning points and figures, with special insight into the worlds of literature, art, music, and dance. You have never seen Russia—the real Russia—like this, and you will never think of it in the same way. Come travel with us as we explore one of the world’s most dynamic and intriguing cultures.

FYSM 134
Opportunities and Challenges in Medicine and Allied Health   
(CRN:20692  FYES:22253) TR 10:50am-12:05pm/T 12:15-1:05pm
3 elective credits
Michelle Futrell

This course will introduce students to professional opportunities within the medical and allied health fields, expose students to basic terminology, psychomotor skills, and current issues/challenges facing health-care professionals.  Students will be exposed to the spirit of volunteerism exhibited by health care providers through service learning alongside these providers and they will participate in on-campus lectures presented by health care providers similar to continuing education required by most health professions. Students will ascertain the professional attitudes and attributes of medical and allied health professionals through one on one observation and interaction.

FYSM 140
Heroes and the Heroic in the Western Tradition    
(CRN:23602  FYES:22249) MWF 11:00-11:50am/W 5:00-5:50pm
3 History 116 credits
Rich Bodek

Publicity, "What do Achilles,  Sir Gawain, The Virginian, and Batman have in common?  They're all iconic heroes.  This class will look at what it takes to be a hero in western culture.  We will read classic works in which heroes emerge (from the Iliad to the Virginian to  Watchmen)  , listen to radio dramas (Gunsmoke, The Shadow), and view some television and film (perhaps Star Trek and The Dark Knight), to see how heroism changes — and stays the same — across the centuries."

FYSM 144 (2 sections)
Mathematics in the Modern World     
(CRN:23604  FYES:22256) MWF 11:00-11:50am/T 9:40-10:30am
(CRN:23605  FYES:22273) MWF 12:00-12:50pm/M 1:00-1:50pm
3 math credits
Elizabeth Jurisich

In this course we will study some of the uses (and limitations of) applying abstract mathematics to modeling and analyzing problems encountered in the “real world”. One course component will be devoted to voting and social choice:  creating a mathematical definition of a “fair” election, the manipulability of voting systems, and Arrow’s impossibility theorem (showing no “perfect” voting system exists). We will discuss methods of analyzing voting power originating from the field of law, which are often cited in court rulings.  In addition, we will also study aspects of game theory and graph theory. Applications include organ transplant policies, conflict resolution, apportionment, and strategies in total and partial conflict games.

FYSM 148
Technology and the Modern Enterprise      
(CRN:22226  FYES:23607) MWF 11:00-11:50am/M 1:00-1:50pm
3 elective credits
Lancie Affonso

Is Facebook really worth $15 billion?
The intersection where web technology and business meet is both terrifying and exhilarating. But if you are under the age of thirty, realize that this is your space. While the fortunes of any individual or firm rise and fall over time, it’s abundantly clear that many of the world’s most successful technology firms were created by young people. Students in this business course will learn how emerging management information systems are applied for competitive advantage, and used to enhance other business disciplines such as marketing, accounting, finance, and operations.

FYSM 150
Transmitting Music: Musical Migrations and Globalization          
(CRN:21234  FYES:23946) MW 2:00-3:15pm/W 11:00-11:50am
3 humanities credits
Yen-Ling Liu

This course examines the themes of migration and cultural exchange through the lens of migrating musicians and transformations of musical practices in the global marketplace. Contemporary music is in the process of either intentional or incidental transformation because it is always in flux. Boundaries separating musical practices around the world are now more permeable than in the past. In examining musical transmission, this course focuses on two subjects: human migration (voluntary or forced) and the development of technology and industrialization. Case studies of transmissions and migrations will focus on the cultures of Latin America, China, the Middle East, Africa, Southeast Asia, and the United States.

FYSM 154
Physics of Sports     
(CRN:23608  FYES:22285) TR 10:50am-12:05pm/W 9:00-9:50am
3 elective credits
Michael Larsen

How fast can a human being possibly run?  How much could a curveball curve?  How do the dimples of a golf ball influence its flight?  What is the best method of evaluating a quarterback’s value to his team?  Any sports fan can easily develop dozens of questions along these lines.  Using the practical backdrop of sports, this class will investigate these queries – and hundreds of others like them -- with appeal to some basic physics principles and ideas in a dynamic and interactive student-driven classroom setting.

FYSM 158
Decision Science: The Mistakes that Everyone Makes 
(CRN:21912  FYES:22291) MWF 11:00-11:50am/R 2:00-2:50pm
3 social science credits
Anthony Bishara

Why are people more afraid of shark attacks than of diabetes, even though diabetes kills more people?   What common mistakes do people make with money and investments? How can doctors better explain choices to patients so that patients make better decisions?  Are people basically rational, irrational, or perhaps something entirely different?  To address these questions, this course will introduce the science of judgment and decision-making, a growing field of inquiry derived from psychology, economics, marketing, public policy, and other disciplines.

FYSM 158
The Psychology of Violence  
(CRN:21913  FYES:22294) TR 9:25-10:40am/W 1:00-1:50pm
3 social science credits
Jennifer Wright

This course will discuss the physiological, psychological, cultural/ideological, and situational factors that contribute to human aggression and violence against other humans. We will discuss different types of aggression (e.g., physical, emotional, psychological), as well as different contexts in which it occurs – from playground bullying to political revolutions to genocide.

FYSM 162
Music in Society   
(CRN:21884  FYES:22297) MW 2:00-3:15pm/F 2:00-2:50pm
3 social sciences credits
William Danaher

Ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes of the music you love? Interested in music viewed through a sociological lens? If so, you should enjoy this course. We address themes such as identity, social organization, and music scenes. We investigate the effects of music on identity, the changing nature of the recording business, and patterns of discrimination based on technology and race. Music scenes, communities where musicians, fans and allied professions come together to create and disseminate cultural products, are also covered. We also address current social issues, such as The Dixie Chicks controversial criticism of War in Iraq and the ensuing backlash as well as the corporate creation of popular musical icons, such as Britney Spears.

FYSM 162  (2 sections)
Sociology of Peace     
(CRN:23609  FYES:22301) MWF 12:00-12:50pm/M 3:00-3:50pm
(CRN:23616  FYES:22359) MWF 11:00-11:50am/M 2:00-2:50pm
3 social sciences credits
Reba Parker

Sociology of Peace is a course that sees the world through a sociological lens as students discover the making of a Culture of Peace. This class focuses on questions of “why war,” non -violent strategies, sustainability, inter-cultural cooperation, caring economics, and community peace-building with a global focus. This class is very hands on, as students will be taking their “knowledge and skills,” directly into the community with projects highlighting conflict resolution and peaceful collaboration.

FYSM 163
Doing Time: Living, Working and Dying Behind Bars      
(CRN:23610  FYES:22444) TR 8:00-9:15am/W 2:00-2:50pm
3 Elective Credits
Heath Hoffmann

The United States incarcerates more people than any other country in the world.  The more than 2 million people behind bars are joined by 5 million other Americans who are under some kind of correctional supervision. This seminar will explore what consequences America’s criminal justice system has for the youth, women and men caught up in the system, including the family members of those in prison and the experiences of those who work in prisons.

FYSM 166
Theatre’s Visual Language   
(CRN:23611  FYES:23612) TR 12:15-1:30pm/M 3:00-3:50pm
3 humanities credits
Janine McCabe

Images can communicate ideas as strongly as words. When we watch plays, movies, TV, or even walk down the street; the colors, lines and style of all we see has an impact.  Visual communication is a crucial element in the collaborative process of creating theatre. This seminar will explore and analyze the way theatre design teams communicate visually and verbally in the process of developing a production.  Students will see plays, meet designers and directors, and collaborate with each other to understand the communicative power of images.

FYSM 174
The Economics of Globalization  
(CRN:22224  FYES:23613) MWF 2:00-2:50pm/W 10:00-10:50am
3 social science credits
Beatriz Maldonado Bird


This course provides an introduction to key aspects of economic development and basic economic analysis to explain the globalization phenomena. Students will examine real-world case studies which illustrate international market integration. Students will also be exposed to Economics methodological tools.  This course will challenge students to discover the global chain of economic relationships that affect their everyday lives.  What they will find is that their daily milk involves a lot more than just cows and that their Ipods are incredibly multicultural. This first-year seminar does not require previous knowledge of economics.

 

Maymester 2013

FYSM 146
The Business of Culture-Maymester in Paris
Needs 10 students
3 elective credits
David Desplaces

This course will explore the current environment, opportunities, ad cultural differences between US and France and the history of French business and the business of culture.  Major topics include exploring opportunities, understanding customs, and defining customer preferences in the context of culture.  Successful completion of the course in Paris will fulfill the FYE requirement.

For more information about this trip, please contact: Dr. David Desplaces desplacesd@cofc.edu or 843-953-6446 (campus office).