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Spring 2016

Students may choose to complete either a Learning Community or a First-Year Seminar to complete the FYE graduation requirement.

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 (including all science labs) or First-Year Seminar to receive credit.  FYSS times are subject to be changed up to the first day of class in January.

Please check MyCharleston for all FYE course openings.  If you have issues changing your FYE please refer to how to register or email fye@cofc.edu.

Learning Communities

First-Year Seminars

Course Descriptions, CRNs, Days, and Times

All Learning Communities fulfill the FYE Graduation Requirement in addition to counting towards other general education requirements (listed with each LC)

Children and Families with Diverse Needs: How are they served in your community?  (Check MyCharleston for openings)

PSYC 103: Intro to Psychological Science and FYSE 138: Children and Families with Diverse Needs and FYSS 101
Silvia Youssef Hanna and Genevieve Hay
Psychology and Teacher Education
3 social science and 3 FYE credits
CRNs: 23633 and 22211 and 22356 Course Times: MWF 13:00-13:50 and MW 2:00-3:15 and W 4:00-4:50

This learning community will merge the fields of Psychology and Education to explore alternative careers in working with children and their families. We will examine how cultural competence and diversity play a central role in working with children and their families. Psychology 103 will introduce the tools psychologists use to investigate, describe, predict and explain emotions, thoughts and behaviors, emphasizing reactions to illness. Students will learn how to interview various professionals who work with children to equip students with a broader knowledge of alternative opportunities available in working with children beyond the typical career paths. (Sample career paths covered will be Child Life Specialists, Pediatric Medicine, Behavioral Specialists, Special and General Education, Physical Therapists, Recreation Therapists, Speech and Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Healthcare Social Workers, Guidance Counselors, School Nurses, and Juvenile Justice Professionals.)

Early Europe and Its Legacy: Classical Greece and Contemporary Russia  (Check MyCharleston for openings)
CLAS 101: Ancient Greek Civilization and LTRS 120: Window into Russia and FYSS 101
Andrew Alwine and Oksana Ingle
Classics and German and Slavic Studies
6 humanities credits
CRNs: 23635 and 23636 and 23637 Course Times: MWF 9:00-9:50 and MW 2:00-3:15 and F 3:00-3:50

The impact of Classical Greece upon European civilization is well known, but less well known is the enduring influence of the Greeks on the history and literature of Russia. Russian writers of the early modern (M. Lomonosov, G. Derzhavin) and modern periods (from A. Pushkin and F. Dostoevsky to A. Akhmatova and J. Brodsky) were inspired by their readings of the Classics and sought to imitate and rival the works of the ancient Greeks. In these two courses, we will explore the foundations of both Classical Greek civilization and modern Russia and consider how Russian authors and artists drew upon and interacted with the intellectual tradition bequeathed by the Greeks.

If These Buildings Could Talk: Architecture and Historic Preservation through Charleston
ARTH 105
: Introduction to Architecture and HPCP 199: Introduction to Historic Preservation and FYSS 101
Gayle Goudy and Christina Butler
Art and Architectural History and Historic Preservation and Community Planning
6 humanities credits
CRNs: 23311 and 20575 and 23638 Course Times: MW 14:00-15:15 and TR 10:50-12:05 and T 4:00-4:50 (Check MyCharleston for openings)

CRNs: 23639 and 23640 and 23641 Course Times: MW 14:00-15:15 and TR 10:50-12:05 and R 4:00-4:50 (Check MyCharleston for openings)

Using the historic city of Charleston as our laboratory this learning community will introduce students to the world of architecture and historic preservation. We will focus our learning on Charleston examples through field trips and studying buildings in situ. This learning community is a great opportunity for students interested in exploring future careers in architecture, the arts, or historic preservation.

Understanding War (Check MyCharleston for openings)
POLI 102: Contemporary Political Issues and FYSE 132: Understanding Violence and FYSS 101
Christopher Day and Jennifer Wright
3 social science and 3 FYE credits
CRNs: 21947 and 23642 and 23643 Course Times: TR 9:25-10:40 and 10:50-12:05 and T 4:00-4:50

This learning community will examine the role of violence in politics, society, and individuals in the contemporary world. Students will consider a range of casual factors for violence and conflict as well as both the distinct and broader contexts in which violence occurs. These include historical legacies (borders, power, institutions), social and political identities (ethnicity, nationality, religion), and economic agendas. They will also consider the role of a number of biological and psychological factors, such as genetics, neurological function, family and larger community environment, socialization, and cultural ideologies. The learning community will encourage students to view violence through both political science and psychology, designed to socialize students into the social sciences as part of their overall liberal arts education.

What’s for Dinner?  (Check MyCharleston for openings)
SOCY 109: Sociology of Food and HEAL 257: Principles of Nutrition and FYSS 101
Idee Winfield and Michelle Futrell
Sociology and Health and Human Performance
3 social science and 3 elective credits
CRNs: 22336 and 23712 and 23644 Course Times: MW 15:25-16:40 and ONLINE and T 3:00-3:50

This Learning Community will focus on food in both traditional classroom (SOCY 109) and online classroom (HEAL 257) environments, a unique opportunity for first-year students. 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.


All First-Year Seminars fulfill the FYE Graduation Requirement

Photography and Memory  (Check MyCharleston for openings)
FYSE 105 and FYSS 101
Mart Trent
Art History
CRNs: 23614 and 22213 Course Times: TR 10:50-12:05 and R 3:00-3:50

Since they were invented, photographs have been used to capture moments in time and preserve memories.  This course will look at examples of photographs from the 19th century to today to study the many ways people have used photographs to capture and construct personal and collective recollections.  The class will include trips to Charleston archives to see historical photographs and albums.  Assignments will ask students to understand scholarly writing about photography and memory, to reflect on memories associated with photographs from their daily lives, and to develop an imagined or virtual exhibition of photographs that address a specific theme about memory chosen by the student him/herself.  

The Role of the Quran in Contemporary Islam       (Check MyCharleston for openings)
FYSE 107
and FYSS 101
Ghazi Abuhakema
Asian Studies
CRNs: 22185 and 22214 Course Times: MWF 10:00-10:50 and M 4:00-4:50

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.

Chinese Food Culture and the Environment   (Check MyCharleston for openings)

FYSE 107 and FYSS 101
Piotr Gibas
Asian Studies
CRNs: 23615 and 22215 Course Times: MWF 10:00-10:50 AM and M 4:00-4:50

China is the homeland of one of the world's favorite cuisines. Everybody has tasted soymilk and almost all of us know how to use chopsticks.  How about stinky tofu and hundred year old eggs? Do Chinese people really eat everything? And if they do, then why? This course will explore the culinary traditions of China in their social and environmental context.  Students will learn about ingredients, cooking techniques, and regional cooking styles, as well as the climate, geography, history, popular culture, and the environment; we will analyze the way in which they determine what people eat, but also what impact people's eating habits have on the environment in which they live. The goal of the course is to help students understand the significance of the eating culture and food politics in post-socialist China.

American Popular Culture  (Check MyCharleston for openings)
FYSE 109 and FYSS 101
Paul Roof
Sociology
CRNs: 23948 and 23949 Course Times: TR 1:40-2:55 and M 9:00-9-50

This course is designed to introduce students to critical analysis of contemporary popular culture in the United States.  Students will get an overview of the insights, findings, concepts, and perspectives that are held by a wide variety of interdisciplinary popular culture scholars today.  Several prominent areas of popular culture to be studied include: advertising, television, film, music, religion, and cyberculture. 

Beyond the Grave: What Old Cemeteries Tell and Teach the Living   (Check MyCharleston for openings)
FYSE 111
and FYSS 101
Patrick Harwood
Communication
CRNs: 22187 and 22216 Course Times: M 6:00-8:45 and T 4:00-4:50

The College of Charleston is surrounded by Charleston’s historic streets, buildings, and cemeteries.  This seminar will focus on the many 18th and 19th century graveyards within walking distance of campus. We will use multiple disciplinary perspectives to study lives lost long ago and what how they were buried, memorialized, and remembered can tell us about our lives and lifestyles today.

Health and Science in the Media    (Check MyCharleston for openings)
FYSE 111
 and FYSS 101
Caroline Foster
Communication
CRNs: 23616 and 22217 Course Times: MWF 12:00-12:50 and M 3:00-3:50

Through readings, research and class discussions, this course examines problems with public understanding of complex science and health issues and the importance of this understanding for participation in the democratic processes that shape policy around these issues.  Coursework emphasizes the roles of science expert and media, as well as members of the public, addressing these problems on individual and societal levels. Students will examine the history of experts’ roles in democracy; evaluate the communication models and media channels today’s science experts use for communicating with nonscientists and the barriers scientists/experts face in this process; and consider the values and responsibilities of members of the public facing problems with science and health literacy.

Android App Development    (Check MyCharleston for openings)
FYSE 112
and FYSS 101
George Pothering
Computer Science
CRNs: 22188 and 22218 Course Times: MWF 1:30-2:20 and F 3:00-3:50

Judging by the number of mobile devices that get activated at the end of every day, it can be safe to assume that a majority of College of Charleston students own a mobile device (smartphone, iPad, etc.) and regularly download applications (or "apps") to these devices.  In this course students will learn how to write apps for devices running the Android operating system.  These apps will be based on broad subjects of interest to the students (employing music, image, and video-based problems) and will bring the subjects to life on smartphones using sound, test, images, video, maps, and the Web.

Technology, Innovation, and Sustainability    (Check MyCharleston for openings)
FYSE 112
 and FYSS 101
Lancie Affonso
Computer Science
CRNs: 23617 and 22219 Course Times: TR 9:25-10:40 and W 5:00-5:50

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.

Literature and Film of the American West    (Check MyCharleston for openings)
FYSE 114
and FYSS 101
Cathy Holmes
English
CRNs: 23618 and 22220 Course Times: TR 12:15-1:30 and T 3:00-3:50

Everyone knows the props and territory of the classic American Western. These lonely men on horseback, with hats and guns, are part our national DNA. Throw in a cast of characters (cowboys and Indians, farmers and cowhands, good women and rowdy men, sheriffs ad desperadoes), and the pieces of the American epic drama fall into place. This course will examine the Western myth in fiction and film and trace modern retellings and challenges. Specifically, we’ll consider how classic Western narratives rewrite the national fantasy of escape and regeneration; and we’ll listen for the voices of those who are left out of the fantasy. The New West is an exciting, multi-ethnic contact zone where new myths are being dreamed.

Shakespeare on Screen (2 Sections)
FYSE 114
and FYSS 101
Kay Smith
English
CRNs: 22192 and 22221 TR 9:25-10:40 and W 5-8 and W 4:00-4:50   (Check MyCharleston for openings)
CRNs: 22193 and 22222 TR 10:50-12:05 and W 5-8 and R 5:00-5:50  (Check MyCharleston for openings)

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 6:00-8:00pm.

Ernest Hemingway in the Hispanic World   (Check MyCharleston for openings)
FYSE 114 and FYSS 101
Kay Smith
English
CRNs: 22195 and 22223 Course Times: MW 3:25-4:40 and T 3:00-3:50

This course studies Ernest Hemingway's literary works that are focused on Spain and Cuba. These works are infused with a powerful sense of time and place because Hemingway lived through many events that were important to the Hispanic world in the 20th century, and wrote about the people of Spain and Cuba with great sympathy. We will read Hemingway's first novel, The Sun Also Rises, which made the running of the bulls in Pamplona famous. We will also study other works in which bull-fighting plays an important role, to examine how, as Hemingway says, "Nobody ever lives their lives all the way up except bull-fighters." We will read his Spanish Civil War novel, For Whom the Bell Tolls, in which he gives us a powerful introduction to the Spanish people in an historic moment of crisis. We will conclude with The Old Man and the Sea, his novella, set in Cuba, which won the Pulitzer Prize. We will move from close reading, to understand and appreciate Hemingway as a literary artist, to contextualization, to appreciate why Hemingway was drawn to important themes, ideas, places and events that he depicts in his writing on the Hispanic World.

The Scientist in Society    (Check MyCharleston for openings)
FYSE 114
and FYSS 101
Caroline Hunt
English
CRNs: 22353 and 22224 Course Times: MWF 11:00-11:50 and W 4:00-4:50

This seminar asks future science majors and non-scientists how scientists should function in their communities.  Topics include experimentation on humans, genetic engineering, and the social responsibilities of scientists. We focus on how to find and assess reliable information and how to communicate the results effectively. Students who have taken an earlier version of this course have found it useful in preparing for future allied health careers.

The Importance of Financial Literacy    (Check MyCharleston for openings)
FYSE 115
and FYSS 101
Jessica Gibadlo
Finance
CRNs: 22252 and 22225 Course Times: TR 8:00-9:15 and W 3:00-3:50

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 Wonderful World of Real Estate According to King Street   (Check MyCharleston for openings)
FYSE 115
and FYSS 101
Elaine Worzala
Finance
CRNs: 23619 and 22227 Course Times: TR 1:40-2:55 and W 5:00-5:50

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.

Beyond the Map's Edge: Exploration Narratives and Spain's Atlantic Empire    (Check MyCharleston for openings)  
FYSE 120
CRNs: 22199 and 22230 Course Times: MWF 1:00-1:50 and T 5:00-5:50
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 under the auspices of Spanish exploration and expansion. Students will read medieval travel narratives such as Marco Polo to learn how Europeans conceptualized unfamiliar geographies and cultures, and how Spanish explorers in the sixteenth century incorporated similar narrative strategies 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 will use films such as Even the Rain to think about how imperial ideologies that began in the sixteenth century are still affecting Latin America today.

World History Through Food    (Check MyCharleston for openings)
FYSE 121
and FYSS 101
Timothy Coates
History
CRNs: 22200 and 22228 Course Times: T 4:00-6:45 and M 3:00-3:50

This course is a survey of selected major developments in modern history since 1500, using food as the focus. The class will cover European exploration in early modern times, the Columbian connection post 1500 as it relates to food, the formation of the Atlantic World based on sugar and slavery, the links between the Industrial Revolution and New Imperialism, the Cold War, and finally globalization.

Cultural Encounters in the Americas (2 Sections)
FYSE 121 and FYSS 101
Lisa Covert
History
CRNs: 22724 and 22229 Course Times: TR 9:25-10:40 and M 4:00-4:50   (Check MyCharleston for openings)
CRNs: 23620 and 22727 Course Times: TR 10:50-12:05 and T 5:00-5:50 (Check MyCharleston for openings)

This interdisciplinary course will explore cultural encounters between Latin America and the United States over the course of the long twentieth century. Students will grapple with how people from across the Americas have attempted to understand and represent each other through an examination of a variety of sources including literature, films, music, government documents, and popular magazines.  Ultimately, this course will provide an introduction to the history of the U.S.-Latin American relations, the common bonds that link the Americas, and the roots of our misunderstandings and differences.

Where is Religion? (2 Sections)

FYSE 124 and FYSS 101
Shari Rabin
Jewish Studies
CRNs: 22202 and 22232 Course Times: TR 10:50-12:05 and M 5:00-5:50 (Check MyCharleston for openings)
CRNs: 23622 and 22240 Course Times: TR 1:40 - 2:55 and R 4:00-4:50  (Check MyCharleston for openings)

Everything happens somewhere. This course will analyze those "somewheres" within American religious history, from churches to prisons, mosques to museums.  Together we will read theoretical and historical texts, using particular controversies in order to understand how diverse religious spaces have been shaped by political conflict and how space has been significant to discussions of religion in American public life. Using Judaism as a case study, we will explore: Where does religion happen? What is (and is not) a religious space? How have religious practice and identity been shaped by their settings? How do spaces reflect religious and moral ideas?  Students will develop skilss of critical analysis, learning to apply the theoretical frameworks of the course to a variety of historical and contemporary examples.

Technology Ventures   (Check MyCharleston for openings)
FYSE 126
 and FYSS 101
Lancie Affonso
Management and Marketing
CRNs: 23336 and 22243 Course Times: MWF 11:00-11:50 and M 3:00-3:50

Technology ventures are significantly changing by the global competitive landscape. Technological skills increasingly need to be complemented by entrepreneurial understanding. This course uses an interdisciplinary approach to examine problems and issues associated with ventures that employ technology and innovation into processes and products. We will explore differences between ideas and opportunities, inventions, and innovations, and the unique challenges associated with reaching large numbers of consumers.

Emerging Adulthood: The Age of Possibilities    (Check MyCharleston for openings)
FYSE 132
and FYSS 101
Amy Kolak
Psychology
CRNs: 22205 and 22245 Course Times: TR 10:50-12:05 and R 5:00-5:50

Emerging Adulthood is a relatively new term that is being applied to individuals between 19 and 29 in industrialized countries. The variety of factors, including social, economic and psychological, that are related to the emergence of this new developmental period, along with its impact on society, will be discussed. Research on the various aspects (i.e., school, work, love, family, identity) of emerging adults' lives will be examined. Finally, we will explore individual behaviors and contexts that may be associated with more successful navigation of this period.

Healthy Minds and Healthy Bodies    (Check MyCharleston for openings)
FYSE 132 and FYSS 101
Lisa Ross
Psychology
CRNs: 23624 and 22247 Course Times: TR 1:40-2:55 and R 3:00-3:50

During this course we will explore the relationship between body and mind, and more specifically physical health and mental health. The goal is to better understand how our health and behavioral choices relate to our mental health and adjustment. We will pay particular attention to the processes of stress and coping and how they influence common symptoms faced by college students (e.g., anxiety and depression), as well as how stress and coping influence resiliency and happiness.

Childhood Through an Evolutionary Lens: The Unexpected Side Effects of Classrooms, Ballparks, Family Rooms, and the Minivan (Check MyCharleston for openings)
FYSE 132 and FYSS 101
Gabby Principe
Psychology
CRNs: 23623 and 22246 Course Times: TR 8:00-9:15 and T 5:00-5:50

This course will acquaint students with the emerging field of evolutionary developmental psychology, which applies the basic principles of Darwinian evolution, particularly natural selection, to explain contemporary human development. Readings and discussion will draw on comparative research with animals, especially nonhuman primates, as well as data and theory in anthropology, behavior genetics, cognitive science, evolutionary theory, and psychology to explore the evolution and development of the human mind. We will explore topics such as the role of play from an evolutionary perspective; the interacting roles of an extended period of immaturity, a big brain, and a complex social structure in human cognitive evolution; and how biological influences interact with social and ecological conditions to guide the development of human social and cognitive competencies.

Maidens, Mothers, Mystics, and Martyrs    (Check MyCharleston for openings)
FYSE 134
and FYSS 101
Louise Doire
Religious Studies
CRNs: 22206 and 22248 Course Times: MW 2:00-3:15 and F 3:00-3:50

Students will explore several themes in the study of women’s religious history. From the ancient period: women’s various roles and activities as members of religious communities, the variety of symbols and images for the divine feminine/goddesses, the narratives of other female mythic figures and finally, representations of women in ancient and sacred texts. During the medieval period we will focus on constructions of holy virgin, saint, martyr and mystic, and spend some time exploring the significance of religion during the European persecution of women. The latter part of the course will find us in the 19th and 20th centuries where we will study how religious rhetoric and texts were appropriated in appeals to the abolition and First Wave feminist movements.

Introduction to World Religions    (Check MyCharleston for openings)
FYSE 134
 and FYSS 101
Margaret Cormack
Religious Studies
CRNs: 22207 and 22249 Course Times: MWF 10:00-10:50 and R 3:00-3:50

This course is an introduction to the major world religions. The first half of the course covers Asian religions (Hinduism, Buddhism, and Chinese religions.) Discussion of each religion contains a brief historical introduction before addressing main themes. This part of the course is lecture-discussion, with a number of writing assignments that focus on primary sources and prepare students for more intensive work with such sources in the second half of the course. The second half of the course begins with Ancient Mesopotamian Religion, and then moves historically through Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. During this part of the course much more emphasis is placed on the analysis of primary sources.  The course's focus is on familiarizing students with different cultures, careful reading of primary sources, and analytic writing, which culminates in a "cumulative essay" covering the entire course.

Sociology of Peace (2 Sections)
FYSE 135 and FYSS 101
Reba Parker
Sociology
CRNs: 22208 and 22250 Course Times: MWF 1:00-1:50 and W 3:00-3:50  (Check MyCharleston for openings)
CRNs: 23625 and 22251 Course Times: MW 2:00-3:15 and W 5:00-5:50   (Check MyCharleston for openings)

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.


Special O.P.S. Therapy Tactics    (Check MyCharleston for openings)
FYSE 138
and FYSS 101
Susan Flynn
Teacher Education
CRNs: 22209 and 22335 Course Times: W 3:00-6:00 and M 5:00-5:50

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 and will need to leave ample time to travel to MUSC.

Artistic Visual Identity    (Check MyCharleston for openings)
FYSE 138 and FYSS 101
Tracey Hunter-Doniger
Teacher Education
CRNs: 22210 and 22338 Course Times: M 12:00-2:45 and F 4:00-4:50

Express yourself! Images are powerful tools that can help you depict your identity. This course investigates self-identity theories through art making, video journals, and narrative writing. Students will explore past, present, and future selves through their culture, influences, and aspirations. Weekly video journal entries will lead to the discovery of each stage of identity, accompanied by the creation of an original work of art and narrative. The final project will be an iMovie that uses both the artwork and video journal entries to express the students’ visual identity.

Art as Propaganda in Nazi Germany    (Check MyCharleston for openings)
FYSE 139
and FYSS 101
Gretchen McLaine
Theatre and Dance
CRNs: 22212 and 22339 Course Times: TR 10:50-12:05 and M 5:00-5:50

This seminar will examine how art in Europe has been influenced by political systems (fascism, communism, totalitarianism, etc.) and how governments can exert powerful control through the use of media and propaganda. We will explore how arts, especially certain forms of dance, were used as tools to promote racist and fascist ideology in Nazi Germany. Our interdisciplinary approach will reveal the connections between the arts and politics, religion, economics and many other aspects of society.

Beyond the Curtain: Exploring the World of Live Theatre    (Check MyCharleston for openings)
FYSE 139
 and FYSS 101
Glenda Byars
Theatre and Dance
CRNs: 23626 and 22341 Course Times: MWF 11:00-11:50 and W 3:00-3:50

This is a survey course designed to introduce the student to many aspects of the live theatre experience and practice. This includes dramatic literature, playwriting, “show business”, acting and directing, design elements and techniques, and critical evaluation of plays and specific productions. The objective is to increase the students’ understanding and appreciation of the role of theatre in society and as an art form through live theatre attendance, active participation, lecture and reading.

Dialogue on Social Identities and Social Justice  (Check MyCharleston for openings)
FYSE 141
 and FYSS 101
Kristi Brian and Ade Ofunniyin
Women's and Gender Studies/Anthropology
CRNs: 23793 and 23794 Course Times: T 4:00-6:45 and F 2:00-2:50

This course offers students a framework for engaging in meaningful dialogue about processes of individual identity related to systems of oppression. As students explore how the social, political, and analytical categories of race, gender, class, sexuality, etc. relate to their own experiences, they gain a point of entry into the study of movements of social justice.  Students will study and practice the methods of Intergroup Dialogue through structured interactive exercises that we will debrief in class. Students will develop facilitations skills, which they will use in their dialogue projects. The goal is to inspire students to develop their own social justice lens and to produce leaders on campus who will be well prepared to build and promote diverse and inclusive communities.