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Spring 2015


All FYE courses have an FYSS 101 which is listed with the course descriptions, CRNs, days, and times. Students must be enrolled in all parts of their Learning Community or First-Year Seminar to receive credit.

FYE is taking requests for Spring FYE Pre-Registration! Email fye@cofc.edu from your CofC issued email account and include your name, CWID, and top two choices! (You must have all three items in order to be pre-enrolled).

All FYSS times are subject to change up to the day spring courses start.

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Learning Communities

First-Year Seminars

Course Descriptions, CRNs, Days, and Times

What's for Dinner?    
SOCY 109: Special Topic and HEAL 257: Principles of Nutrition
CRNs: 23753 and 23754 and 23755 TR 3:05-4:20 and Online and W 2:00-2:50
Idee Winfield and Michelle Futrell
3 social science and 3 elective credits

This Learning Community will focus on food. It will combine the nutrition science behind current dietary guidelines with an examination of the cultural, structural, and political foundations that shape dietary choices, food lifestyle, and risks for disease and/or premature death. The Learning Community will provide students with an opportunity to understand their own personal dietary habits with the larger socio-political context.

Archaeology: Where the Present Meets the Past
CLAS 104: Intro to Classical Archaeology and ANTH 202: Intro to Archaeology
CRNs: 23750 and 23751 and 23752 TR 9:25-10:40 and MW 2:00-3:15 and M 1:00-1:50
James Newhard and Maureen Hays
3 humanities and 3 social science credits

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.

The Psychology of Women's Studies and Gender Issues (2 sections)
PSYC 103: Intro to Psychological Science and WGST 200: Intro to Women's and Gender Studies
CRNs: 21871 and 20382 and 23756  TR 10:50-12:05 and TR 8:00-9:15 and M 11:00-11:50
CRNs: 23674 and 23757 and 23758  TR 10:50-12:05 and TR 8:00-9:15 and M 12:00-12:50
Jennifer Wilhelm and Lisa Ross
3 social science and 3 humanities credits

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.


All First-Year Seminars count towards the FYE General Education Requirement

The Untold Story of the Great Migration  
FYSE 102
CRNs: 23570 and 23602 TR 10:50-12:05 and T 9:25-10:15
Patricia Williams Lessane
African American Studies

This seminar will look at a variety of works to introduce students to the major south to north migrations of African Americans during the history of the United States. We will examine the research of the African American anthropologists St. Clair Drake, Horace Clayton and Leith Mullings, the creative non-fiction of Isabel Wilkerson, and the fiction of Richard Wright and Ayana Mathis. This multi-disciplinary approach will allow students to have a rich experience of these major events in American history.

The Role of the Quran in Contemporary Islam
FYSE 107
CRNs: 23571 and 23603 MWF 10:00-10:50 and W 3:20-4:10
Ghazi Abuhakema
Asian Studies

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.

Molecular Biology in the News  
FYSE 108
CRNs: 23572 and 23604 MWF 10:30-11:20 and M 3:00-3:50
Agnes Southgate
Biology

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.

Gaming 101: An Introduction to Videogames and the Study of Play    
FYSE 111
CRNs: 23573 and 23605 TR 12:15-1:30 and W 4:00-4:50
David Parisi
Communication

In this course, students will be introduced to the interdisciplinary study of digital games and the field of ludology. We will explore the history of digital games, considering the various arguments for and against games that have accompanied their rise to prominence. Students will also learn about the methods and techniques used in the study of video games, and have the chance to engage in textual analysis of games. Though students are not expected to have experience with digital games prior to enrolling in the class, students will be expected to get their hands dirty and play games often throughout the semester.

Technology, Innovation, and Sustainability    
FYSE 112
CRNs: 23574 and 23606 TR 9:55-11:10 and M 4:00-4:50
Lancie Affonso
Computer Science

This first-year seminar offers students the opportunity to analyze organizations whose strategies and technology products are designed to offer innovative solutions to some of the twenty-first century's most difficult societal challenges. A new generation of profitable businesses are actively engaged in cleantech, renewable energy, and financially successful product system designs that attempt to meet our economic development aspirations while addressing our social and ecological challenges. Students will examine the political economy and business implications of new and innovative technological applications for sustainable development.

Improving Decisions for a Lifetime of Well Being  
FYSE 113
CRNs: 23575 and 23607 TR 8:00-9:15 and T 1:40-2:30
Jessica Gibadlo
Economics

This course is an introduction to financial management concepts. Topics include money management, investment fundamentals, budgeting and an introduction to consumer credit. An emphasis will be placed on financial goal setting with a view toward personal values and the effect of financial choices on quality of life.

The Scientist in Society  
FYSE 114
CRNs: 23577 and 23609 MWF 10:00-10:50 and T 3:05-3:55
Caroline Hunt
English

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.

Shakespeare on Screen (2 Sections)
FYSE 114
CRNs: 23580 and 23611 TR 9:25-10:40  and W 5:00-8:00pm and W 1:00-1:50   
CRNs: 23582 and 23612 TR 10:50-12:05 and W 5:00-8:00pm and W 3:00-3:50  
Kay Smith
English

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 Wednesdays at 5:00-8:00pm.

Monsters and Monstrosity  
FYSE 114
CRNs: 23579 and 23610 MWF 12:00-12:50 and W 2:00-2:50
Kathy Beres Rogers
English

Did you ever wonder why monsters have pervaded popular culture since the middle ages (and probably earlier) What does it mean to be monstrous, and why have we clung so tightly to this category? This course will examine the ideas of monsters and of monstrosity by reading texts such asBeowulf, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Victor Hugo'sThe Hunchback of Notre Dame, Bram Stoker'sDracula, Christine Sparks'sThe Elephant Man, Richard Matheson'sI am Legend, and sections of Robert Kirkman/ Charlie Adlard'sThe Walking Dead. We will supplement these readings with a few disability studies articles that consider questions of disability and difference. In the end, is it the monsters or society that is "monstrous?"

Banned Books    
FYSE 114
CRNs: 23777 and 23781 TR 1:40-2:55 and T 3:05-3:55
Marjory Wentworth
English

This course examines a variety of texts that have been banned across several centuries and continents. Texts have been seized or outlawed, classified as taboo, their authors fined, jailed, tortured, exiled, and killed throughout history under many different political regimes. The focus is literature from the past two centuries, spanning diverse cultural and political contexts, as well as some films now considered "classics."

How Writing Works
FYSE 114
CRNs: 24190 and 24192  TR 1:40-2:55 and R 3:05-3:55
Christopher Warnick
English

Scholars argue that contemporary American culture is experiencing a literacy revolution similar to one that happened in the nineteenth century. But rather than being about the growth of readers and and readership, this contemporary literacy revolution is about the growth of writing, evidenced in part by social media, texting, and other technological innovations. We’ll examine this contemporary literacy revolution by considering big questions related to writing: What is literacy and what does it mean to be literate today? What processes do individuals use to write and how can we analyze these processes? How have changes in technology affected how individuals write? In addition to reading and responding to published research addressing these questions, you’ll have the opportunity to conduct your own original research investigating what it means to write today.

The Wonderful World of Real Estate According to King Street  
FYSE 115
CRNs: 23644 and 23608 TR 8:00-9:15 and M 10:00-10:50
Elaine Worzala
Finance

This course will introduce students to the multi-faceted nature of the real estate industry. King Street will be our case study. We will explore office, retail/restaurant, industrial, residential, hospitality, and public spaces. An incredible laboratory, students will go out in the field to experience the marketplace and we will bring professionals into the classroom. Students will be able to see firsthand the variety of real estate that is located in an urban environment and the professionals will expose students to the many different career paths that are intimately involved with this discipline including business, law, historic preservation, public policy, politics, urban studies, environmental sciences, and arts management.

Understanding Environmental Pollution    
FYSE 117
CRNs: 23583 and 23613 MWF 9:00-9:50 and M 12:00-12:50
Vijay Vulava and Wendy Cory
Geology and Chemistry

Do you know that you are exposed to some form of environmental pollution all your life? Pollutants are present in the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat. Yet, we know very little about the nature of environmental pollution. For example, what is a pollutant of concern? Why is it of concern? How are entire communities impacted by exposure to pollutants? What are their sources? What can we do to reduce their impact on our health and the environment? In this seminar we will use basic scientific principles and case studies to understand the nature of environmental pollution.

A Window into Russia  
FYSE 118
CRNs: 23584 and 23614 MW 3:25-4:40 and W 5:00-5:50
Oksana Ingle
German

Think you know Russia? Think again. Since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, the world has only started to glimpse Russia's rich history and culture. A Window into Russia leads you through 1200 years in a colorful survey of Russia's major historical events and figures, with special insight into literature, art, music, and dance. You have never seen Russia, the real Russia like this, and you will never think of it the same. Come travel with us as we explore one of the world's most intriguing cultures.

Run for the Roses: Sport Physiology and Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon  
FYSE 119
CRNs: 23585 and 23616 TR 3:05-4:20 and W 10:00-10:50
Mike Flynn
Health and Human Performance

This course will provide an introduction to exercise science, sports physiology concepts, measurement techniques, and scientific writing. Students will use their own bodies as a laboratory to focus on physiological adaptations to training while training to run/walk the Derby Festival Marathon in Louisville, KY. Emphasis will be placed on physiology, nutrition, training adaptations, and injury prevention. Several testing techniques in exercise science will be included such as VO2 max measurement, body composition analysis, nutritional analysis, and other fitness and performance tests. Students will be involved in rigorous training and must have a running or strong fitness background to participate. Students will need to meet pre-determined criteria to be allowed into the class.  Please contact Professor Mike Flynn to request enrollment.

Beyond the Map's Edge: Exploration and Adventure Narratives in the Early Spanish Empire  
FYSE 120
CRNs: 23586 and 23617 TR 1:40-2:55 and R 3:05-3:55
Carl Wise
Hispanic Studies

This course analyzes ideological formations of empire through first-hand accounts of medieval and early modern travelers who ventured beyond the limits of the known world. We read medieval travel narratives such as Marco Polo to learn how Europeans conceptualized unfamiliar geographies and cultures, and we examine diaries, letters, and ship-logs of early Spanish explorers as they attempt to describe their New World encounters. We also look at early modern mapmaking, nautical cartography, and navigation practices to better understand the process of exploration. Finally, we use contemporary film to think about how imperial ideologies that drove exploration in the sixteenth century are still affecting Latin America today.

World History Through Food    
FYSE 121
CRNs: 23587 and 23618 T 4:00-6:45 and R 1:40-2:30
Timothy Coates
History

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, 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).

A History of Bromance: Companionship and Masculinity in Pre-Modern Cultures
FYSE 121
CRNs: 24189 and 24239  MWF 9:00-9:50 and R 10:50-11:40
Ted Blanton
History

Before “I Love You, Man,” before “Band of Brothers,” even before the (in)famous Bro Code from “How I Met Your Mother,” companionship between men has been a central theme in art and literature, just as institutions composed exclusively of men have frequently played a dominant role in society. This course will examine how different cultures in the ancient, medieval, and early modern periods defined masculinity and how they expected men to relate to one another. Readings will focus on famous male friendships from literature, such as Gilgamesh and Enkidu from the ancient Babylonian Epic of Gilgamesh or Roland and Oliver from the medieval French Song of Roland, as well as communities that only men could join, such as the military, monasteries, and universities. We will consider the role these relationships and institutions played at different stages of men's lives, how they shaped relationships between men and women, and how they affected the values of society more broadly.

Crossing Borders: People and Places in the Era of Globalization    
FYSE 123
CRNs: 23589 and 23620 TR 12:15-1:30 and M 2:00-2:50
Malte Pehl
International Studies

What is the nature of geographic, economic, political and cultural borders that divide the world today? What can a look at different types of borders teach us about how people and places are connected by global issues such as conflict, environmental problems, migration and trade? We will consider these issues and take a look at various world regions and how they are affected by and coping with the effects of globalization. In the process, you should find yourselves realizing that life elsewhere poses some challenges which are unique to those places, but also that people in other parts of the world share many of the same anxieties, hopes and aspirations as you do.

Charleston as a Classroom: Exploring the City's Archives and Historic Sites  
FYSE 124
CRNs: 23590 and 23621 T 1:40-2:55 and R 1:40-3:55 and W 1:00-1:50
Dale Rosengarten
Jewish Studies

This course introduces students to the rich historical resources housed on every street in Charleston. The city of Charleston itself is our classroom. Students will engage in fieldwork, archival research, and the practice of museum studies. We will explore the evolution of neighborhoods and the construction of social boundaries. We will ask the question to whom does the city belong and consider the strong and perhaps inescapable class bias of the historic preservation movement.

The Nuclear Option: The Politics of Nuclear Energy in the US      
FYSE 131
CRNs: 23591 and 23622 TR 9:25-10:40 and M 2:00-2:50
Matt Nowlin
Political Science

This course will be centered on the question of whether the use of nuclear energy should be decreased/eliminated or maintained/expanded in the United States. In seeking to address this question, the course will focus on the history and policy development of civilian nuclear energy, particularly following the accidents at the Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, and Fukushima; and the problem of nuclear waste. In addition, this course will focus on the risks associated with nuclear energy, and compare those risks to the risks associated with other forms of energy production.

Watching the Watchers    
FYSE 131
CRNs: 23592 and 23630 TR 12:15-1:30 and R 11:00-11:50
Mark Long
Political Science

Students will become equipped with a critical appreciation of life in the garrison state and life in a digital world wherein surveillance is the norm. The course will unearth local dimensions of hidden geographies associated with the American security state through the investigation of defense contractors in Charleston. It addresses the extent to which we live in a world surveilled.

Mapping the Mind    
FYSE 132
CRNs: 23593 and 23633 TR 9:25-10:40 and T 1:40-2:30
Jennifer Wilhelm
Psychology

This course will explore the scientific, medical, political, economic, and religious implications of the international race to map the anatomical connections within the human brain. At least three major groups have announced plans to spend billions of dollars to build a blueprint of the brain that will elucidate the anatomical and functional connectivity within a healthy brain and produce insight into various neurological conditions such as Alzheimer's disease, schizophrenia, and autism. We will discuss the medical and scientific advances that may be possible through these projects as well as the challenges of interpreting the map once it is completed. Through this interdisciplinary course, students will gain an appreciation of how society can be changed by a large-scale endeavor.

Religion and Nature in North America    
FYSE 134
CRNs: 23595 and 23638 TR 12:15-1:30 and M 4:00-4:50
Todd LeVasseur
Religious Studies

This course will introduce students to how Homo sapiens have conceived of, and thus interacted with, the natural ecosystems of North America, focusing especially on the variable of religion. The course will historically, comparatively, and thematically explore human-nature biosocial interactions beginning with Native Americans, and then continuing with European and then post-colonial religious views of non-human lifeforms, environmental ethics, religious environmentalism, and religious environmental activism.

The Virtuous Life: Religion and Ethics    
FYSE 134
CRNs: 23594 and 23637 MW 2:00-3:15 and M 1:00-1:50
Louise Doire
Religious Studies

In The Virtuous Life: Religion and Ethics students will explore and examine the nature of various religious ethical traditions and how these ethical perspectives are grounded in text, culture and tradition. In this course we will utilize a narrative approach-both ancient and contemporary myths and stories- as the point of departure for the study of the ethical traditions of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism.

Sociology of Peace   
FYSE 135

CRNs: 23596 and 23639 MWF 1:00-1:50 and W 12:00-12:50
Reba Parker
Sociology

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.

The Nature of Solitude: Sacred and Secular, Voluntary and Involuntary   
FYSE 138
CRNs: 23597 and 23640 TR 12:15-1:30 and R 9:25-10:15
Quinn Burke
Teacher Education

Whosoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast or a god. -Aristotle, Politics, Book 1

Aristotle's sentiment here fittingly captures the divisive nature of solitude, which has long had a polarizing existence within the public perception. While some people recoil just at the thought of being alone and view solitude as inherently anti-social, others bask in its possibilities as an opportune time for reflection and deeper, more productive thinking. So, is solitude an uplifting or demoralizing existence and what kind of solitudes-voluntary and involuntary-exist in this life? These fundamental questions represent the course''s starting point. After initially examining the philosophical and ethical underpinnings of solitude, the course will turn to a series of specific themes such as the relationship of solitude to creativity and the Romantic ideals as well as its darker turn as potentially promoting aloofness and encouraging inactivity. The course closes by investigating the relationship between solitude and technology as many media theorists argue that despite the 24/7 connectivity characteristic of modern life, humans find themselves more isolated and from each other than ever before.

Visual Identity   
FYSE 138
CRNs: 23598 and 23641 M 12:00-2:55 and T 11:00-11:50
Tracey Hunter-Doniger
Teacher Education

This course researches self-identity through art making, video journals, and narrative writing. Students explore past, present, and future selves through their culture, influences, and aspirations. Weekly video journal entries lead to the discovery of each stage of identity, accompanied by the creation of an original work of art and narrative.The final project is an iMovie that uses both the artwork and video journal entries to express the students visual identity.Non-Art majors are encouraged to register.

Special O.P.S. Therapy Tactics  
FYSE 138
CRNs: 23599 and 23642 W 3:00-6:00 and T 12:15-1:05
Susan Flynn
Teacher Education

Special O.P.S. Therapy Tactics course is designed to provide students interested in pursuing a degree in occupational and physical therapy as well as teacher education, with the knowledge and skills to design and implement movement experiences to enhance children's physical, social and emotional development. Students will participate in an aquatic and motor clinic putting theory to practice teaching young children in a therapy setting. Students will be required to go to MUSC during scheduled class times.

Theatre's Visual Language   
FYSE 139
CRNs: 23600 and 23643 TR 9:25-10:40 and M 1:00-1:50
Charlie Calvert
Theatre

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.