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Fall 2012

Learning Communities

MGMT 105/CSCI 115
Business Apps and Web Design
(CRN:14370/15500  FYES:15903) MWF 11:00-11:50am/TR 3:05-4:20pm/W 10:00-10:50am
6 elective credits
Lancie Affonso/ Christine Moore

Many of the world’s most successful technology firms were created by young people. As a net generation student under the age of thirty, realize that this is your space on the exhilarating stage of business and technology. In this business and computer science learning community students will explore the role of the business enterprise in society (with a special emphasis on how companies leverage emerging technology) and learn how to design and develop cross-browser websites (using CSS and XHTML) that are optimized for search engines.

CSCI 199/ANTH 109
Seeing with New Eyes
(CRN:15505/15904  FYES:15905) MWF 2:00-2:50pm/TR 12:15-1:30pm/R 1:40-2:30pm
3 elective/3 social science credits
Lancie Affonso/ Jolanda-Pieta van Arnhem

Visual Culture has its roots in cultural studies, including popular digital culture.  Millions of people use Google daily to satisfy their wants, needs, fears, and obsessions, making it a primary repository of contemporary culture.  This interdisciplinary learning community will explore the ways we use “texts” (images, film, television, video, advertisements, performance art: any artifacts of culture) and examine the diverse range of recent approaches to visual analysis.  The community presents key theories on visual culture, examining social and economic impacts of technology and exploring ethical issues, such as privacy and censorship.  Students will develop an understanding of the ideological contexts within which visual culture is produced and comprehended in daily life.

CSCI 180/MUSC 146
Introduction to Computer Music and Aesthetics: Programming Music, Performing Computers
(CRN:15502/15925  FYES:15926) MWF 12:00-12:50pm/ MWF 11:00-11:50am/W 3:00-3:50pm
6 elective credits
Bill Manaris/ Blake Stevens

An introduction to computer programming and music through the study, transcription, and creation of musical works. Music topics include notation, scales, key signatures, intervals, chord construction, sight-singing, ear training, and readings in music history and aesthetics. Computing topics include data types, variables, assignment, selection, iteration, lists, functions, classes, events, and graphical user interfaces. Students will experience the computer as a musical instrument and a creative environment to develop fluency with musical practices, such as algorithmic composition, developing simple computer instruments, electroacoustic music, and minimalism.

CLAS 102/LATN 101
Exploring Ancient Rome
(CRN:15911/15909  FYES:15910) TR 1:40-2:55pm/MWF 9:00-9:50am/R 3:05-3:55pm
3 humanities/3 language credits
Noelle Carmichael/Joann Gulizio

An introduction to the daily lives, literature, history and language of the Romans. Classics 102 explores Roman religion, entertainment, politics, family life. Latin 101 introduces the basics of Latin grammar, syntax, and vocabulary while translating adapted and original Latin passages that complement many of the civilization topics and authors read in Classics 102.

POLI 103/GEOL 103 (2 sections)
Movers and Shakers: Politics on a Changing World
(CRN:15697/15958  FYES:15955) TR 1:40-2:55pm/TR 12:15-1:30pm/T 4:30-5:20pm
(CRN:15954/15959  FYES:15956) TR 1:40-2:55pm/TR 12:15-1:30pm/R 4:30-5:20pm
3 social science/4 science credits
Helen Delfeld/Elizabeth Rhodes

The study of geology and political science may seem quite dissimilar, but both rely on scientific data accumulation and reasoning skills.  By teaming up Political Science 103 (World Politics) and Geology 103 (Environmental Geology), we intend to draw attention to the parallels and dissimilarities between the physical and the social sciences – you’ll be surprised!  We will investigate the process of scientific inquiry, deepen analytical reasoning skills, and improve critical thinking.  In addition to the essential content of both classes, we will explore some specific intersections of politics and geology, including a culminating project which asks students to study the political effects of a particular geological effect – this might be a terrain feature or a geological disaster like an earthquake or tsunami.

THTR 176/SPAN 202
Spanish and Latin American Theatre
(CRN:12022/11181  FYES:15938) TR 1:40-2:55pm/MWF 1:00-1:50pm/W 2:00-2:50pm
3 humanities/3 language credits
Allen Lyndrup/Devon Hanahan

Spain and Latin America have produced many outstanding playwrights over the centuries, ranging from the Golden Age authors of Spain to contemporary  writers of magic realism. This Learning Community will pair THTR 176, Introduction to Theatre, with a Spanish 202 class. In Introduction to Theater, students will study the elements of theater by attending performances and through reading plays by Hispanic playwrights presented to them in English and in Spanish. In addition to the standard Spanish 202 curriculum, students will also learn the historical context behind each play and will produce two play-related compositions in Spanish. Ultimately, the students will write and perform a short play in Spanish.

SOCY 101/ENGL 110
Society and the Individual
(CRN:13643/11030  FYES:15923) TR 9:25-10:40am/MWF 10:00-10:50am, 8:00-8:50am/M 1:00-1:50pm
3 social science/4 english credits
Ann Stein/Marie Fitzwilliam

Have you ever wondered why people behave the way they do? Do you want to know what creates stereotypes and how they influence the individual?  Observe human behavior through the windows of Sociology and English for a better understanding of your world.  Discover the insights that these disciplines offer about how society affects you and how you affect society.   Both classes will look at this theme through provocative essays and other readings.

CHEM 111/BIOL 111 (4 sections)
Chemistry and Biology for Pre-Med Students
(CRN:15946/15942  FYES:15950) MWF 10:00-10:50am/TR 8:00-9:15am/M 3:00-3:50pm
(CRN:15947/15943  FYES:15951) MWF 10:00-10:50am/TR 8:00-9:15am/R 3:00-3:50pm
(CRN:15948/15944  FYES:15952) MWF 9:00-9:50am/TR 8:00-9:15am/M 3:00-3:50pm
(CRN:15949/15945  FYES:15953) MWF 9:00-9:50am/TR 8:00-9:15am/R 3:00-3:50pm
8 science credits
Pamela Riggs-Gelasco/Wendy Cory/Kathleen Janech

This Learning Community is tailored to incoming freshmen with a strong desire to pursue a career in medicine or in biomedical research.  The fields of Chemistry and Biology are increasingly intertwined and we will use these two introductory classes to demonstrate the natural connections in the fields.  This Learning Community is not recommended for students who have difficulty with algebra and it will have additional assignments to better prepare students for a pre-med curriculum.

COMM 104/ENGL 110 (2 sections)
Communication and Advocacy
(CRN:15359/14718  FYES:15921) MWF 10:00-10:50am/MWF 11:00-11:50am, W 8:00-8:50am/M 3:00-3:50pm
(CRN:15360/15876  FYES:15922) MWF 11:00-11:50am/MWF 10:00-10:50am, W 8:00-8:50am/R 1:40-2:30pm
3 elective/4 english credits
Julie Davis/Caroline Hunt

Being able to persuasively and effectively support, oppose, or request some idea, cause, or other item is the heart of advocacy, and important for both personal and professional success. The linked courses in this learning community will introduce students to the strategies, techniques, and ethical implications involved in the advocacy process. It will examine advocacy at many different levels: Self, individual other, group, corporate, and issue. Students will learn how to both create effective advocacy messages and critically evaluate the messages they encounter.

PSYC 103/BIOL 111 (2 sections)
Biology and Psychology: Gateway to Neuroscience
(CRN:14305/15913  FYES:15915) TR 10:50am-12:05pm/MWF 1:00-1:50pm/M 11:00-11:50am
(CRN:15912/15914  FYES:15916) TR 10:50am-12:05pm/MWF 1:00-1:50pm/W 11:00-11:50am
3 social science/4 science credits
Mark Hurd/Deb Bidwell

This Learning Community is aimed at entering freshmen with a strong desire to become health professionals. These courses will demonstrate and reinforce the inherent, extensive connections between psychology and biology. Psychology 103 will introduce students to the science of behavior with special emphasis on the biological bases of behavior (neuroscience) and psychological disorders. Biology 111 focuses on molecular and cellular biology, including neurobiology highlighting the biochemical processes that define living systems. Special emphasis will be placed on a multimedia approach to this learning community with the use of reading assignments, computer exercises, video clips, written work, group discussions, and a service learning project.  Students will also have an opportunity to attend pre-professional health advising sessions.

POLI 119/SOCY 101
Mapping Our Society: Understanding Our Cities
(CRN:15751/15939  FYES:15940) TR 10:50am-12:05pm/MWF 1:00-1:50pm/M 11:00-11:50am
6 social science credits
Kevin Keenan/Deborah Auriffeille

This community will study policy problems in Charleston, such as issues regarding housing, race, and environmental justice.  Drawing from theories and concepts from SOCY 101 and knowledge obtained via local media, students will identify a real-world, pressing local issue in need of policy attention.  Using the mapping skills taught in POLI 119, students will analyze data to visualize spatial patterns related to the problem.  The students will situate their project and proposed ameliorations within existing literature.  The end goal will be for students to make some effort at defining a policy solution.  This learning community will help prepare students for a career in urban planning, city management, policy research, social services, or political campaigns.

SPAN 190/LACS 101
Latin America and the Caribbean Yesterday and Today
(CRN:13975/11485 FYES:15927)MWF 3:00-3:50pm/TR 9:25-10:40am/W 11:00-11:50am
3 language/3 humanities credits
Claudia Moran/Lisa Samuel

Improve your Spanish reading, writing and speaking skills by immersing yourself in the culture, politics, and economic development of Latin America and The Caribbean! In this learning community you will continue to develop basic communicative skills in Spanish and use those skills to expand your knowledge of the cultures of the Spanish-speaking peoples of the world in the context of the rich and diverse experiences of Latin America and The Caribbean. This learning community aims at building on that foundation with emphasis placed on history, economics, politics, culture, and contemporary issues that constitute the current make-up of Latin America and the Caribbean.

PORT 101/LTPO 270
Visions of Brazil: Language and Culture
(CRN:15675/14427  FYES:15928) MWF 1:00-1:50pm/TR 1:40-2:55pm/T 3:05-3:55pm
3 language/3 humanities credits
Luci Moreira/Jose Moreira

The main goal of the two classes is to prepare responsible global citizens in a diverse, open-minded, and globally aware community.
Portuguese 101 is an introductory language course with a strong emphasis on Brazil, a nation of increasing global importance economically, politically, and environmentally. Students will learn the basic language elements required for communication and connection with Portuguese speakers. Classes encompass cultural elements through music, films, dance, capoeira (Afro-Brazilian martial art), and cuisine of Brazil.
LTPO 270 is a class on Brazilian studies that focuses on films based on literary works by the most important Brazilian authors. The class seeks to examine, understand and appreciate Brazil’s society, landscape, culture, and art reflected in literature and in film, and will also function to compare American and Brazilian societies and values.

ARTH 101/FREN 101
From Below the Ground to the Top of the World: The Landscape of French Art
(CRN:15936/10582  FYES:15937) MWF 9:00-9:50am/MWF 12:00-12:50pm/W 2:00-2:50pm
3 humanities/3 language credits
Sherry Wallace/Shawn Morrison

This community explores the history of French visual culture from the earliest art of France, the prehistoric cave paintings, through the construction of the soaring French Gothic cathedrals. Students journey through the changing landscape of France, following the historical development of its art. Authentic documents in French will serve as the basis for research of artworks and their cultural context. Students build their knowledge of the French language as they examine viewpoints and perspectives of the Francophone world on French art and Western visual culture.

FREN 101/FYSM 138
The City of Light: A History of Paris
(CRN:15738/15851  FYES:15934) MWF 11:00-11:50am/MWF 10:00-10:50am/T 9:25-10:15am
3 language/3 humanities credits
Bill Olejniczak/Lisa Signori

Eiffel Tower, Louvre, Notre Dame - these evocative images have a place and a past. By combining a first-year seminar on Paris with FREN 101, you will delve into the French language and the history, society and culture of Paris - from antiquity to the present. Using film, internet links, historical accounts and novels, students will explore how Paris became the "capital of modernity," a center of revolution in politics and culture from 1789 through the 20th century. We also examine Paris during the two world wars, "new wave" film, 1968, immigration, mass tourism and its place today as a global city. As a special feature, each student will develop expertise on a Parisian neighborhood.

WGST 200/POLI 101
Sex, Politics, and American Culture
(CRN:14151/15691  FYES:15929) TR 12:15-1:30/TR 1:40-2:55pm/W 1:00-1:50pm
3 humanities/3 social science credits
Alison Piepmeier/Marguerite Archie-Hudson

Politics is a gendered phenomenon.  This learning community will explore the intersections between gender and American politics broadly construed.  We will examine the ways in which American politics is gendered and how politics and political institutions help shape the concept of gender in America.  We will also consider how gender and race affect women’s political activity.  These analytical conversations will come to fruition during fall break, when we will visit Washington, DC, together.  We will meet with elected officials such as Senator Lindsey Graham, Congressman Jim Clyburn, Senator Barbara Boxer, and Congresswomen Barbara Lee, Karen Bass, and Maxine Waters.  In addition, we will meet with Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis and visit the White House.

CSCI 199/MUSC 131
How to put the “App” in Music Appreciation
(CRN:15504/15930  FYES:15931) MWF 1:00-1:50pm/MW 2:00-3:15pm/T 3:05-3:55pm
3 elective/3 humanities credits
George Pothering/Yen-Ling Liu

You’ve probably use your smart phone regularly to download interesting apps.  Would you like to know how to write your own apps while simultaneously gaining a deeper understanding both of the fundamentals of music necessary for intelligent listening and of the history of music in Western culture?  If so, then this is the learning community for you.  We will show you how to write Android apps that take advantage of the broad variety of resources used in helping you understand music and how it functioned in different periods in Western culture. Sound… text… images…video…the Web…even geography --  you will be able bring them to your smart phone, integrated in ways that are constrained only by your imagination.

PSYC 103/ENGL 110
Healing Naratives: Understanding Illness through Storytelling
(CRN:11734/11026  FYES:15932) MWF 1:00-1:50pm/MWF 10:00-10:50am, W 9:00-9:50am/T 1:40-2:30pm
3 social science/4 english credits
Silvia Youssef Hanna/Kathleen Beres Rogers

This learning community will examine what we now call “patient narratives” by exploring theories of pain, its linguistic expressions, and its psychological impact.  English 110 will begin with analyzing a nineteenth-century letter, arguing for the importance of illness narratives, and researching modern-day stories of illness.  Psychology 103 will introduce the tools psychologists use to investigate, describe, predict, and explain behavior, emotions, and thoughts, emphasizing reactions to illness. A service project involving frequent interaction with area seniors or hospice patients will allow us to understand the healing components behind storytelling.

COMM 104/GRMN 101
Cultures of Communication: Public Speaking and Beginning German
CANCELLED
(CRN:15361/15836  FYES:15935) MWF 12:00-12:50pm/MWF 11:00-11:50am/T 12:15-1:05pm

3 elective/3 language credits
Robert Westerfelhaus/Morgan Koerner

“Everything becomes a little different as soon as it is spoken out loud” (Hermann Hesse). This quote rings especially true when you transition to life in a new culture and are thus challenged to articulate your identity and find your place anew. As you enter the culture of college life, this Learning Community will introduce you to the even more foreign culture of German-speaking countries and encourage you to explore different worldviews, expand your boundaries, and become a more self-confident speaker. German is a major European language with a rich history, vibrant literature, and great relevance in the realms of business and politics. In COMM 104 (Public Speaking), students will enrich their understanding of German culture and hone their public speaking and argumentative skills through speeches, debates, and written assignments. German 101 (Beginning German) will introduce the German language with an emphasis on speaking.

PSYC 103/WGST 200 (2 sections)
Psychology of Women’s Studies and Gender Issues
(CRN:15976/15975  FYES:15978) TR 9:25-10:40am/TR 12:15-1:30pm/M 11:00-11:50am
(CRN:12322/14207  FYES:15977) TR 9:25-10:40am/TR 12:15-1:30pm/R 2:00-2:50pm
3 social science/3 humanities credits
Jen Wright/Lisa Ross

Students in our learning community will explore the foundations of psychology, with an eye to how basic neurological and psychological processes (learning, memory, perception, social cognition) help us to understand various gender, race, class, and sexual orientation issues. We’ll also look closely at the development of gender and sexual orientation and the influence that biological, familial, and cultural factors have on developmental trajectories. From the Women’s Studies and Gender side we will discuss historical and contemporary feminism, race, class, and sexual orientation, along with a variety of gender-related issues – e.g., eating disorders, sexual assault, rape, pregnancy and sexual reproduction, etc. Our discussions will continue to highlight the importance of various psychological processes for understanding these issues.

CHEM 111/MATH111 (2 sections)
The Numbers Behind the Molecules
(CRN:15962/15960  FYES:15966) MWF 12:00-12:50pm/MWF 10:00-10:50am, T 10:50am-12:05pm/R 2:05-2:55pm
(CRN:15963/15961  FYES:15967) MWF 12:00-12:50pm/MWF 10:00-10:50am, T 10:50am-12:05pm/R 3:05-3:55pm
4 science credits/4 math credits
Amy Rogers/Deborah Jeter

The increasing complexity of scientific questions requires many different points of view to solve.  This learning community is aimed at freshmen thinking about majoring in chemistry, biochemistry, biology, geology, or mathematics who are eager to look at the connections between scientific disciplines.  The interconnections of mathematics and chemistry will provide a motivational basis for students to explore their points of contact through interdisciplinary lectures and labs utilizing technology, group learning, and supplemental instruction.


First-Year Seminars

FYSM109
Me, Myself and My 23: Living in the Genetic Era
(CRN:15867  FYES:15983) MW 1:00-2:15pm/W 12:00-12:50pm
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 109
Molecular Biology in the News
(CRN:15868  FYES:15984) MWF 1:00-1:50pm/M 2:00-2:50pm
3 elective credits
Agnes Southgate

Should we use embryonic stem cells? Would you like to have your own clone? Are viruses out to kill us or can they help us? This seminar will explore a selection of molecular biology topics, which are often discussed in the news. We will examine the basic biological principles behind issues such as the origin(s) of life, cloning, stem cells and genetically modified food but will also discuss the economical, societal and legal aspects of these innovations. This seminar will include class discussion, reading of the scientific primary literature and writing several reports on molecular biology “news breakthroughs”. We will also hear from invited speakers from the College of Charleston and the Charleston medical communities.

FYSM 110
Nature and Man: Outdoor Experiences in the SC Coastal Plain    FULL
(CRN:15980/15981(lab)  FYES:15982) TR 8:00-9:15am, R 9:16am-12:15pm/T 10:50-11:40am
4 science credits – counts as BIOL102 and BIOL102L
Dorian McMillan

Do you like nature and the outdoors?  If so, come explore the wildlife and wild places of the South Carolina coastal plain.  During this course students will be introduced to the natural history of the diverse ecosystems found within coastal SC through both in-class instruction and field trips.  Emphasis will be on the impacts human settlement and development have had on the natural landscape, and how ongoing issues may affect our living resources.  By the end of the course students will be able to identify many common reptiles, birds, amphibians, invertebrates and plants and understand how these organisms interact with their environments. This course is geared towards non-Biology majors and will count as BIO102/102L.  There is no course pre-requisite.

FYSM 113
Plays, Puns, and Putdowns: Humor in the Ancient World
(CRN:15869  FYES:15985) TR 9:25-10:40am/T 1:40-2:30pm
3 humanities credits
Timothy Johnson

We all laugh but rarely think about what we are laughing at and why.  This course studies the presence of laughter in the literature of Greece and Rome:  epic and lyric poetry, courtroom speeches, comic plays, satires, inscriptions, and graffiti.  Students will gain greater insight into Greco-Roman culture since laughter and the free speech associated with it were essential for maintaining friendships and (perhaps more importantly) democratic and republican forms of government.  In the process of learning what makes others laugh, we will learn much about ourselves and the power of the words we use. Perhaps laughter is not a laughing matter.

FYSM 123
Shakespeare and the Comic Arts
(CRN:15845  FYES:15987) MWF 11:00-11:50am/W 12:00-12:50pm
3 humanities credits
Catherine Thomas

This seminar explores the relationship between Shakespeare’s plays and their graphic afterlives in later centuries. Students will study how cartoons, comic books, graphic novels, and illustrated plays redefine our relationship to the original dramatic literature, construct and comment on Shakespeare's iconic status, and demonstrate the evolution of performative genres. Students also will examine the ways a graphic text reflects its historical/cultural moment and analyze how Shakespeare’s works are adapted through these media.

FYSM 123
Mark Twain: The American
(CRN:15844  FYES:15986) MW 2:00-3:15pm/F 2:00-2:50pm
3 humanities credits
Mike Duvall

Twain once wrote, “I am not an American.  I am the American.”  It’s classic Twain: a statement palpably untrue—Twain’s life was clearly not representative of that lived by all Americans (what one life could be?)—but also it’s dead on the mark, for so much of what animated Twain in his life and writing was the stuff of America in all its dizzying heights and profound self-contradiction.  This seminar aims to take Mr. Clemens at his word.  Through reading his work, studying his life, and writing on his themes, we will approach American identity via particularly Twainian preoccupations: rags to riches, technological triumph and failure, slippery identities, racial ambivalence, romance and realism, optimism and skepticism.

FYSM 123
Sunny and Warm with a Chance of Mayhem: Contemporary Florida Comic Crime Fiction
(CRN:15848  FYES:15988)  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 126
Neurobics:  Activating Brain Power through Movement
(CRN:15863  FYES:16012) TR 10:50am-12:05pm/W 9:00-9:50am
3 elective credits
Susan Flynn

This course will focus on current brain research findings which support the link between physical activity and academic performance.  This course challenges students to examine brain science research and engage in action-based learning activities.  Be prepared to put theory to practice as you develop and teach perceptual motor development activities to children in a school-based setting.   Using motor assessment tools, students will track the progress of the relationship between the perceptual and sensory motor input to the motor and academic output.

FYSM 127
Teaching Fellows Freshman Seminar
(CRN:16041  FYES:16042) M 10:00am-12:50pm/W 1:00-1:50pm
3 elective credits
Charissa Owens

This course is designed for freshmen Teaching Fellows. It is the first requirement in a series of learning experiences for all College of Charleston Teaching Fellows. As a component of the College of Charleston's Teaching Fellows, it is intended to augment and enrich the Teacher Education Program offered by the School of Education, Health, and Human Performance.

This course has four aims: 1) to support freshman in their transition to college level work and thinking; 2) to guide them in an exploration of themselves as potential teachers who are bearers of culture; 3) to examine the theory and practice learned in the profession of teaching, and 4) to begin their development as teacher-researchers who are reflective about their practice.

FYSM 133
A Window Into Russia: The Major People, Events, and Influences of Russia’s Cultural History
(CRN:15859  FYES:16008 ) MWF 11:00-11:50am/W 3:00-3:50pm
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 136
The History of Latin@s in the United States
(CRN:16028  FYES:16029) MWF 9:00-9:50am/T 1:40-2:30pm
3 humanities credits
Carla Breidenbach

Have you wondered about the social, cultural, and political roles that Latin@s play in the United States? This course is designed to introduce and familiarize students with the rich and diverse experiences of the different Latin@ populations in the United States: Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, Cubans, Dominicans and Central and South Americans.  Using interdisciplinary perspectives and approaches (film, literature, and scholarly articles), the course explores such topics as: the immigration process, language issues, politics, education, gender roles, and media portrayal of Latin@s. As the semester goes along, the general broad scope will shift to narrower more regional focus of Latin@s in the Southeast.  Students will have the opportunity to develop their research skills, learn about linguistic, cultural, and sociological analysis, and engage in field research with the local Latin@ community.

FYSM 138
The City of Light: A History of Paris
(CRN:15974  FYES:15992) MWF 11:00-11:50am/M 1:00-1:50pm
3 humanities credits
Bill Olejniczak

How were Notre Dame and Versailles Palace built? Who conversed at the Café Procope and Cafe Flore? Why did millions visit the Exposition of 1889? What is the "Left Bank?" How did Parisians experience the world wars? This course answers these questions and more as we explore the deep history of Paris from antiquity to the present with a focus on how it became the "capital of modernity," an epicenter of revolution in politics, art, and boulevard life and an international magnet for culture.  Students will learn the skills of the historian through analysis of primary accounts, novels, and web-sites. As a special feature, each student will develop an expertise on a Parisian neighborhood.

FYSM 140
World History Through Food
(CRN:16293  FYES:15989) R 4:00-6:45pm/T 1:40-2:30pm
3 history 116 credits
Timothy Coates

This course will use food to understand long distance trade and connections and to provide a historical and cultural understanding of different, selected cultures.  Students begin by examining fundamental global foods (wheat, rice, potatoes, and tubers), then move to selected foods (one per student), then examine a couple of foods important on the world stage, post 1500.  These include sugar (formation of the Atlantic World, New World slavery), spices (global exploration, initial contacts), and chocolate (contact, borrowing, adaptation, industrialization).  After group work on selected cultures, we then conclude with visits to representative restaurants (e.g. Vietnamese, Indian).  In each case, students read and present relevant materials beforehand.  After the visit, the meal is linked to a short written assignment.

FYSM 140 (2 sections)
History Bites: Vampires in the Folklore, Science and Pop Culture of the West
(CRN:15852 FYES:15993) MW 2:00-3:15pm/T 3:05-3:55pm
(CRN:15853 FYES:15994) MW 3:20-4:35pm/R 3:05-3:55pm
3 history 116 credits
Jennifer Welsh

Legends about the living dead existed long before their rise in Western pop culture. The newly-invented printing press and a market for sensational stories contributed to Vlad "Dracula" Tepes' horrific reputation. Eighteenth century treatises about the "chewing dead" culminated in a major European journal calling upon the scientific community to investigate vampires.  Bram Stoker depicted the vampire as a decadent aristocrat threatening the morals of Victorian England, while Joss Whedon used vampires to represent the horrors of high school. Vampires provide a useful lens for examining larger questions of modernity, the supernatural, religion, and gender. In this class we will use a range of textual and media sources involving the depictions of vampires as tools for studying culture and history.

FYSM 140 (2 sections)
Film and History
(CRN:15847 FYES:15990) MW 2:00-3:15pm/W 1:00-1:50pm
(CRN:15850 FYES:15991) MW 5:30-6:45pm/M 12:00-12:50pm
3 history 116 credits
Tammy Ingram

After a White House screening of Birth of a Nation in 1915, President Woodrow Wilson exclaimed, “It’s like writing history with lightning!” This course will explore how films have written and rewritten history from the 1890s to the present. Students will watch a variety of films---from documentaries to foreign language films to Hollywood feature films---and explore the ways filmmakers all over the world have influenced our understanding of different cultures, people, and major world events. The course is designed to be accessible to any first-year student but may be of particular interest to students thinking of majoring or minoring in history, film studies, or other disciplines in the humanities and social sciences.

FYSM142
Children and the Holocaust  FULL
(CRN:15873  FYES:16015) MW 4:00-5:15pm/T 10:50-11:40am
3 humanities credits
Theodore Rosengarten

Why did Nazi Germany target Jewish children with such special ferocity?  A small number escaped or were rescued and lived to write their recollections which are just now surfacing.  The ordeal of non-Jewish children in war-time Europe—German, Polish, Ukranian—a story long buried in silence, is also finding a voice in film and literature today.  This seminar will investigate the experiences of all children who were swept up in the “Final Solution” and ask questions they might have asked about the world that produced the catastrophe whose meaning eludes us still.

FYSM 142
Debating Immigration
(CRN:15870  FYES:15999) TR 1:40-2:55pm/ W 12:00-12:50pm
3 humanities credits
Adam Mendelsohn

The United States is in the middle of a major debate about immigration. This same debate has numerous echoes in American history. This class will examine responses to earlier episodes of mass migration to our shores, focusing on reactions to the arrival of millions of eastern European Jews from the 1880s until the 1920s. By reading a range of historical sources including memoirs and novels, we will investigate how the American public viewed the immigrants, how Jews viewed the immigration process, and how historians have dealt with the subject since.

FYSM 144
The Mathematical Mechanic
(CRN:14223 FYES:16001) TR 10:50am-12:05pm/W 1:00-1:50pm
3 math credits
Stephane Lafortune

This course is named after the book by Mark Levi, a professor of mathematics at the Pennsylvania State University.  Physical intuition and experiments (both thought experiments and simple mechanical demonstrations) will be used to solve a host of mathematical problems and introduce students to simplified and enlightening proofs of mathematical theorems.  For example, a spinning fish tank filled with water provides a proof of Pythagoras’ theorem, a soap film’s surface tension is used to find extrema, and mathematical inequalities are derived by electric shorting.  The discovery of how physics and mathematics illuminate each other will appeal to the scientifically curious.  Only high school precalculus and some basic geometry are necessary for this course.

FYSM 146
Business Skills, Student Leadership: Taking the Plunge
(CRN:16063  FYES:16064) TR 9:25-10:40am, W 3:00-3:50pm/R 1:40-2:30pm
3 elective credits
Carrie Blair Messal

Several topics from business apply to students’ roles in community service and campus leadership. For example, campus leaders need to understand marketing and product selection, motivation, succession planning, professional communication, and budgeting. Students will be encouraged to apply these concepts to their campus and work roles. They will also take part in the Higdon Student Leadership Center’s programs for freshmen.

FYSM148 (2 sections)
Technology and the Modern Enterprise
(CRN:16047  FYES:16048) MWF 9:00-9:50am/M 2:00-2:50pm
(CRN:16049  FYES:16050) MWF 10:00-10:50am/M 3:00-3:50pm
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
The Art of Song from Schubert to the Beatles
(CRN:15871  FYES:16002) MW 2:00-3:15pm/F 2:00-2:50pm
3 humanities credits
Blake Stevens

The songs of The Beatles have been favorably compared to those of Franz Schubert and Robert Schumann. What does it mean to place these “popular songs” alongside the classics of nineteenth-century German “art song”? This course introduces students to the styles and techniques of song composition, studying different modes of lyrical expression in classical, folk, and popular genres. Students will explore ways of understanding the cultural meanings of songs and those who make and sing them.

FYSM 152
Music, Self and Society
(CRN:15855  FYES:16004) TR 1:40-2:55pm/T 12:15-1:05pm
3 humanities credits
Jonathan Neufeld

Philosophy and music have had a turbulent relationship. Plato feared music’s effect on the balance of soul and society. Friedrich Nietzsche celebrated music’s wild, irrational, power over audiences. Theodor Adorno saw in some modern music, but no popular music, a glimmer of hope for freedom within an ever more tightly administered world. Eduard Hanslick would wonder what the fuss is all about since he thinks music itself does not really mean anything at all. What can music and the way we listen to it, talk about it, and criticize it, tell us about ourselves and about our society? We will explore these questions against the backdrop of contemporary music that plays a role in students’ lives.

FYSM 152
Philosophy and Food

(CRN:15854  FYES:16003) TR 12:15-1:30pm/R 10:50-11:40am
3 humanities credits
Deborah Boyle

Food is much more than a basic necessity for humans. Food can have religious, cultural, and political significance.  It can be a source of comfort and nutrition, or of anxiety and poor health.  Food also raises fascinating philosophical questions.  Can food be art?  Is taste purely subjective?  What, if anything, gives someone the authority to be a food critic?  Is it unethical to eat certain kinds of foods, such as meat?  What about genetically modified foods?  Do we as individuals have a duty to help the starving?  Do governments have such duties?  Through class discussion and writing, students in this course will critically evaluate recent philosophical work on these topics, with the aim of developing and deepening their own views.

FYSM 158
Relationships and Mental Health  FULL
(CRN:15857  FYES:16006) TR 9:25-10:40am/W 10:00-10:50am
3 social science credits
Lisa Thompson Ross

We will explore how our relationships (how we think about each other and how we relate with one another) influence and are influenced by our mental health and how we adjust to transitions. We will pay particular attention to family relationships, romantic love relationships, and friendships.  How do these social ties influence anxiety and depression?  How do these relationships influence resiliency and happiness? Studying the intersection of social psychology and clinical psychology will help us answer these questions.

FYSM 158
Stereotyping, Prejudice and Discrimination
(CRN:15856  FYES:16005) TR 12:15-1:30pm/W 11:00-11:50am
3 social science credits
Vincent Spicer

Few people go through life without ever feeling discriminated against for one reason or another. Thus, social discrimination is experience widely and takes many different forms. This course offers a broad examination of the many forms of discrimination and their impact on people who are targets of such behavior. Additional discussion will focus on the related topics of stereotyping and prejudice.  Students will learn about the interrelatedness of these three factors and how one can contribute to another.  Additional focus will be on challenges that people face in their personal efforts to reduce their own prejudices and/or to encourage prejudice reduction in others. Finally, students will appraise organizational strategies for reducing prejudice and discrimination and examine the affirmative action debate.

FYSM 160
Evangelicalism in America Today
(CRN:15858  FYES:16007) MW 2:00-3:15pm/W 3:30-4:20pm
3 humanities credits
Elijah Siegler

What does it mean to be an evangelical Christian in America today? We will answer this question from a variety of perspectives. After defining “evangelicalism” and placing it in its historical contexts, we will critically examine sites of evangelical activity such as Christian rock festivals, abstinence balls, international satellite TV networks, sex manuals, creation “science” museums, theme parks, bible trade shows, US army bases, summer camps, Hell Houses, and political rallies. We will visit churches, watch movies, look at websites, and read satirical novels and magazine articles. Most of all, we will have frank discussions about how evangelicalism shapes (and is shaped by) American culture.

FYSM 162
The Individual in Families: Dealing with Dying & Death
(CRN:15860  FYES:16009) TR 1:40-2:55pm/W 11:00-11:50am
3 social sciences credits
George Dickinson

Who or what died?  How did you react?  How did your parents/guardians handle the situation?  How do families in the United States and in other cultures deal with dying and death?  How is death understood throughout the life cycle?  This course will expose the students to family dynamics and the crisis of dying and death.  Some of the topics to be covered include: the child in families, suicide, death attitudes throughout the life cycle, diversity in death rituals, and coping with loss.

FYSM 162
Sociology of Food
(CRN:15862  FYES:16011) TR 10:50am-12:05pm/T 2:00-2:50pm
3 social science credits
Idee Winfield

Biology may dictate that we eat, but what and how we eat depend upon wider cultural values and social practices. This course puts food into its social contexts. We will explore how what we eat and the way we eat it expresses our social identities; how preparing and consuming (or not consuming) food reproduce gender roles; how the system for producing and marketing food affects what (and how much) we eat; and how food is both an object of politics and a basis for social movements.

FYSM 162
Sociology of Peace
(CRN:15861 FYES:16010) TR 3:05-4:20pm/T 9:25-10:15am
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 166
Looking at Light
(CRN:15872  FYES:16014) TR 12:15-1:30pm/M 10:00-10:50am
3 humanitities credits
Paul Collins

It’s 9 PM and you are sitting in a restaurant, when the lights suddenly dim to a lower level for the late night crowd. You (and everyone in the world) automatically say to your companion, “ooh, romantic!” Why do we all share this same experience? How does light affect the way we perceive life? Why does shadowy equal mysterious? Why does blue light lead us to the conclusion that it is night, despite the fact that ‘real’ light at night is not blue? This discussion-based course will look at the way light is used in photography, fine art, film, television, theatre and in regular everyday life, in order to help students develop critical responses to visual experiences.

FYSM 167
Body Armor: The Myths and Mysteries of Why We Wear Clothes
(CRN:15865  FYES:16013) MWF 9:00-9:50am/M 11:00-11:50am
3 elective credits
Joshua Bond

Everyone on Planet Earth wears some form of dress.  It is a pervasive and ubiquitous phenomenon that is common to all cultures and times.  Using theoretical frameworks from anthropology, sociology and material culture studies, this course will discuss past and present themes as they relate to dress.  This will include topics such as, why humans wear clothes, what clothes mean, and current theories of dress as a global cultural and social phenomenon.

FYSM 170
Red, White, and Black: Race and Citizenship in America
(CRN:15874  FYES:16016) MW 2:00-3:15pm/T 2:00-2:50pm
3 humanities credits
Roneka Matheny

This course will explore the complicated relationship between race and politics in the US. We will discuss the ideals of equality and democracy and trace the history of how they have been applied to different racial and ethnic groups.  We will also evaluate the present day and try to determine how much progress has been made toward realizing our national goals.  Since this class will take place during a presidential election, students will be encouraged to connect what we are learning in class with real world events through a series of assignments and projects.

FYSM 172
The Role of the Quran in Contemporary Islam
(CRN:16026  FYES:16027) MWF 12:00-12:50pm/W 11:00-11:50am
3 humanities credits
Ghazi Abuhakema

The course introduces students to some of the key themes of the Quran and its role as a source of authority for Muslims, alongside the Hadith- sayings and deeds traced back to the prophet Mohammad. The course depicts how the Quran was revealed, transmitted, compiled, disseminated and interpreted. In addition, the course will examine some current, and in some cases controversial, issues (e.g., the role of women in Islam, Jihad, the Islamic view of other religious traditions, etc.) and explore how particular Quranic passages have been cited and interpreted with respect to these issues. Readings of the Quran and other texts including classic and contemporary commentaries will be based on English translations; thus knowledge in Arabic will not be required.