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Spring 2018

Experiencing Charleston
Children and Families with Diverse Needs: How are they served in your community? (LC3)
The Gullah Community: Ethnographic Research in Gender and Identity
Natural History of the Lowcountry
Beyond the Grave: What Old Cemeteries Tell and Teach the Living
Media in Charleston
The Wonderful World of Real Estate According to King Street
Farm to Fork: The Sustainable Food Movement in Charleston and Beyond

Countries and Culture, Past and Present
The Great Migration
Getting to Know You: Westerners Meet the "Other"
Glimpse into India
Stories of Brazilian Carnival
Witchcraft and Witch-Hunting in Europe and America
The Life and Afterlives of Che Guevara
 
Engaging with Contemporary Issues
What’s for Dinner? (LC1)
A Post-Racial and Post-Gendered Society? The Politics and Sociology of Race and Gender in the United States (LC2)
Water in the Media
The Importance of Financial Literacy
Human Rights, Asylum, and Immigration
What is a Nation?
Popular Culture in America
Dialogues on Social Identity and Social Justice
The Breakfast Club
Special OPS Therapy Tactics

Technology, Science and Health
Computer Science Scholars
The Scientist in Society
Healthy Minds and Healthy Bodies

Engaging Our World Through the Arts, Literature, and Religion
Photography and Memories
Maidens, Mothers, Mystics, and Martyrs
Revolutionary Poets Society: Slam poetry, spoken word, and adolescent life
My Shot - Intersections of Identity in American Theatre and Performance
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: 20th Century Fashion History
 
Learning Communities:
 
What’s for Dinner? (LC1)
SOCY 109: Sociology of Food and HEAL 257: Principles of Nutrition (ONLINE) and FYSS 101
Idee Winfield and Michelle Futrell
Sociology and Health and Human Performance
3 social science and 3 elective credits
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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.
 
A Post-Racial and Post-Gendered Society? The Politics and Sociology of Race and Gender in the United States (LC2)
POLI 101: American Government and AAST 200: Introduction to African America Studies and FYSS 101
LaTasha Chaffin and Anthony D. Greene
Political Science and African American Studies
3 social science and 3 humanities credits
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This course explore historical and contemporary racial and gender relations in the United States from a socio-political perspective. Specifically, we will study the underlying issues that characterize the nexus between and among different racial-ethnic groups and gender in our country. Students will examine historical and contemporary political events and social moments that have impacted underrepresented minority and gender groups that have been influenced by these demographic groups. We will explore explanations for discrimination and various forms of inequality while developing analytical and communication skills that will enable students to examine and assess divergent ideas and perspectives on historical, contemporary and diverse issues.
 
Children and Families with Diverse Needs: How are they served in your community? (LC3)
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
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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.)
 
 
First-Year Seminars:
 
The Gullah Community: Ethnographic Research in Gender and Identity
FYSE 102 and FYSS 101
Ade Ofunniyin
African American Studies
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This course proposes to introduce first-year students to the Gullah-Geechee community, culture, and historical significance in the context of ethnographic research and fieldwork, and through a lens of gender and identity studies. Our focus will be on women’s narratives, especially those that centralize multi-national/regional identity and the desire to reconcile this identity by returning to their “roots” or homelands, or by evoking their ancestors’ narratives. The class will read the novel Daughters of the Dust, written by Julie Dash, who is currently a visiting scholar at the College of Charleston in African American Studies. We will also take several class travel excursions to significant historical sites or places of interest such as Penn Center in Beaufort, SC, and Feilding’s Home in downtown Charleston.
 
The Great Migration
FYSE 102 and FYSS 101
Patricia Williams-Lessane
African American Studies
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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.
 
Getting to Know You: Westerners Meet the "Other"
FYSE 103 and FYSS 101
Barbara Borg
Anthropology
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Americans' lack of cultural literacy is counterproductive in a world where our interdependence with "Others" in "Third World" countries is increasing. Having tended to interpret the actions of other nations in terms of our own culture, we need to examine our assumptions about "modern progress" and "Western superiority". Using examples from different times and places this course examines the evolution of Western attitudes toward native peoples very different from each other: the Vikings of the Far North who first settled Iceland, Congo Africans under a brutal Belgian colonialism, the Maya of Central America who have survived centuries of repression, and the Hopi, Eskimo, and Dakota peoples of native North America whose cultures may surpass our own in producing happy, well-adjusted adults.
 
Photography and Memories
FYSE 105 and FYSS 101
Mary Trent
Art History
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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.
 
A Glimpse into India
FYSE 107 and FYSS 101
Mrunalini Karambelkar
Asian Studies
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This course introduces students to various aspects of India to study the past, present and future of this country. The topics will include fine arts, history, religion, current issues and more to increase their overall understanding about this diverse country. Students will also develop individual projects on a topic of their interest that they will research throughout the semester. Along with watching films, reading books and interviewing people, students will also visit places of Indian gatherings around Charleston to mingle with the Indian community.
 
Natural History of the Low Country
FYSE 109 and FYSS 101
Eric McElory
Biology
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During this course students will be introduced to the natural history of the diverse ecosystems found within coastal SC through in-class instruction and field trips. We will explore the impacts human settlement and development has had on the natural landscape and living resources. By the end of the course students will be able to identify many common animals and plants and understand how these organisms interact with their environments and with humans. There is no course pre-requisite.
 
Water in the Media
FYSE 111 and FYSS 101
Carolina Foster
Communication
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Students will read a series of case studies and related materials about ware use issues, which include water pollution, water conservation, water conflict, or other water resources related topics. They will explore the roles of state and federal governments, NGOs, industries, media and other entities in influencing the ways the public understands water issues. Students will track water issues in the news media through the semester and work on a focused water issue-related case study that includes a media content analysis component.
 
Beyond the Grave: What Old Cemeteries Tell and Teach the Living
FYSE 111 and FYSS 101
Patrick Harwood
Communication
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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.
 
The Breakfast Club
FYSE 111 and FYSS 101
Merissa Ferrara
Communication
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Who are you? What do you want in life? In college? This course is designed to make the most out of the college experience. There are a lot of possibilities out there. We will navigate them together. We will begin the semester exploring who you are, goal setting, and investigating research around achieving what you thought may be impossible. We will explore a variety of voices on topic like grit, confidence, networking, motivation and vulnerability from scholars, bloggers, Ted talks, etc. We will enter into a series of interpesonal communication challenges centered on taking action within relationships in your personal life, around campus and in the community. Much of your learning will take place outside of the classroom walls. To be successful everyone has to be willing to show an active interest in people, especially their classmates. We form a close class community. People cannot hide. The class requires self-analysis and reflective writing. Some of the challenges will push our comfort zones, ask difficult questions, and complete assignments quickly
 
Media in Charleston
FYSE 111 and FYSS 101
Xi Cui
Communication
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The course intends to familiarize freshmen with local media outlets in the lowcountry and cultivate students’ media literacy in a personally relevant context. The course will be organized by the media ranging from newspapers, including minority paper Charleston Chronicle, television station, radio station (commercial station, campus station, low-power community station, etc.), website, and social media platforms. Each medium will be studied through its mission, business model, target audience, content, some through office visits, and/or guest talks of media professionals. The empirical experience will be bolstered by conceptual explanations within the framework of media literacy. Upon completion of the course, students should be competent of keeping themselves well informed of local happenings with diverse sources and be able to understand the vital relationship between local media and the community as well as their daily life.

Computer Science Scholars
FYSE 112 and FYSS 101
Lancie Affonso
Computer Science
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This first year experience seminar introduces computer science scholars to some of the computer and digital technology concepts and skills necessary to succeed in college, careers, and in life. In this seminar course, we will evaluate the impact of emerging digital technologies on local and global culture and the ethical dilemmas that arise. Students will discuss computer ethics, intellectual property rights, privacy, freedom of speech, and globalization.  Students will analyze information systems components (people, procedures, hardware, and software) from organizational and technological perspectives. Students will also attend computer science research presentations and learn about student research opportunities in computer science, data science, computing in the arts, and information systems. 


 The Scientist in Society
FYSE 114 and FYSS 101
Caroline Hunt
English
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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 Wonderful World of Real Estate According to King Street
FYSE 115 and FYSS 101
Elaine Worzala
Finance
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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 first-hand 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.
 
The Importance of Financial Literacy
FYSE 115 and FYSS 101
Denise Fugo
Finance
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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.
 
Stories of Brazilian Carnival
FYSE 120 and FYSS 101
Luci Moreira
Hispanic Studies
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Brazilian Carnival – a time of festivity, excess, and fun. While Brazil is famous for many different reasons, carnival is one of the most important. During those days of frenetic exuberance and merriment it seems that the eyes of the world turn to Rio de Janeiro (among other cities) and to the performances of the Rio Samba Schools. But carnival is not all glitz and glamour, and many Brazilian authors have explored its different facets. This course will examine what stories Brazilians tell about carnival through relevant poetry, short stories, and musical lyrics, and will focus on the social and cultural ramifications of this national celebration.
 
Witchcraft and Witch-Hunting in Europe and America
FYSE 121 and FYSS 101
Jason Coy
History
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This seminar will examine the crime of witchcraft and the great witch-hunts that swept Europe and America during the early modern period, analyzing the intersection of power, religiosity, and magical beliefs that fueled the trials. By discussing recent historical interpretations concerning witchcraft alongside primary sources pertaining to folk magic, learned conceptions of malevolent sorcery and demonology, and criminal proceedings, we will attempt to understand the witch-hunts within the context of early modern culture and society. In addition, students will develop communication skills and critical thinking aptitudes essential to success in college courses.
 
Human Rights, Asylum & Immigration
FYSE 121 and FYSS 101
Tim Carmichael
History
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This course will explore the concept of Human Rights, as well as Human Rights theory and practice, in the post-WWII era, with a focus on the United States and the fields of immigration and political asylum. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) will start our discussion and raise questions about universalism vs. relativism and individual vs. communal rights. To demonstrate how historical context affects people’s views on many issues, much of the course will comprise of selected case studies from Cold War period, the early post-Cold War period (1990s), and the post-9/11 world. While grappling with the idea of universal Human Rights (and topics such as race, class, gender, violence, repression, rule of law, justice, infrastructure/communications, and culture), we will also study how they affected immigration and political asylum processes in the United States in these three distinct historical eras.
 
The Life and Afterlives of Che Guevara
FYSE 121 and FYSS 101
Lisa Covert
History
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Most Americans are familiar with the iconic image of Latin American revolutionary Ernesto “Che” Guevara, but few understand how and why he became such a globally recognizable figure. This course will use a variety of sources, including Che’s famous travelogue The Motorcycle Diaries, films, mural art, popular culture, political manifestos, and scholarly analyses, to explore the history of the man himself, how he influenced his contemporaries, and the various ways his legacy continues to live on.
 
What is a Nation? (sections A-B)
FYSE 124 and FYSS 101
Joshua Shanes
Jewish Studies
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Nations today seem to be a self-evident reality. The nation is the core unit of political legitimacy for a sovereign state, while the “United Nations” is the platform for global humanity’s cooperation. Yet nations are neither ancient nor self-evident bodies; they are modern constructions, no more than a couple centuries old (often much younger), that compete with other forms of community for legitimacy and loyalty. Even the basic question, “what is a nation,” brings no uniform answer. Nation-states and nationalism can bond communities and stabilize states and regions, but they are also sources of violent conflict and have facilitated some of the most barbaric acts on human history. This seminar will explore the origins and development of nations and nationalism, beginning with France (and America) in the 18th century, moving through Germany to Eastern Europe in the 19th, and then spreading throughout the world in the 20th. Throughout, we’ll compare various versions of the national idea and consider what all of this means for us today, as Americans at the start of the 21st century. We will raise basic questions about identity, community (membership and boundaries), ethnicity, and the human condition.
 
Healthy Minds and Healthy Bodies
FYSE 132 and FYSS 101
Lisa Thomson Ross
Psychology
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During this course we will explore the relationship between 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 and are influenced by physical activity and healthy choices. Students will engage in wellness-focused community service and write a paper reflecting on this experience as well as linking it to course information and the science of health.
 
Maidens, Mothers, Mystics, and Martyrs  
FYSE 134 and FYSS 101
Louise Doire
Religious Studies
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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.

Popular Culture in America (sections A-B)
FYSE 135 and FYSS 101
Paul Roof
Sociology
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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.
 
Special O.P.S. Therapy Tactics
FYSE 138 and FYSS 101
Susan Flynn
Teacher Education
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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 an off-site facility during scheduled class times for 7 of the semester class sessions.  Students will need at least 45 minutes of travel time before 3:00 p.m.
 
Revolutionary Poets Society: Slam poetry, spoken word, and adolescent life
FYSE 138 and FYSS 101
W. Ian O’Byrne
Teacher Education
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The Revolutionary Poets Society focuses on global opportunities to respond to the demands of the moment through poetry, music and art. Here you will learn about the roots of slam poetry – the Harlem Renaissance, Confessional & Beat poetry, the Black Arts Movement, performance art, and hip-hop. You will develop a vocabulary and a set of critical, literacy, and performance approaches that will enable you to engage with slam poems and spoken-word poems on their own aesthetic terms. This course will be a coordinated with a local group of middle school students. The final poetry slam will be a collaborative presentation at the middle school with these students. You must present at the poetry slam at the end of the semester.

My Shot - Intersections of Identity in American Theatre and Performance
FYSE 139 and FYSS 101
Vivian Appler
Theatre and Dance
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“I’m just like my country/ I’m young, scrappy and hungry,” sings Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Alexander Hamilton. Miranda’s choice to represent American “founding fathers” with actors of diverse racial backgrounds and sexual identities points to our nation’s shifting notions of identity. This FYE course examines American identity at various nodes of intersecting experiences. The first half of the course will involve reading, viewing, and responding to plays of American playwrights who work at the border of identities that often find themselves in conflict, and who in so doing have challenged American audiences to think differently about what it means to be American. In the second half of the semester, students will create original solo performances that explore their multiples experiences of American identity.

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: 20th Century Fashion History
FYSE 139 and FYSS 101
Glenda Byars
Theatre and Dance
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This course will allow the students to develop an overview and recognition of clothing and fashion from the 20th Century and its cultural language.  Through lecture, discussions, and research, the students will examine the social, political, and practical influences on dress and accepted attire for men and women during the time from the turn of the last century through the early 21st century and the evolution of the modern fashion industry.
 
Dialogues on Social Identities and Social Justice
FYSE 141 and FYSS 101
Kristi Brian
Women's and Gender Studies
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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.

Farm to Fork: The Sustainable Food Movement in Charleston and Beyond
FYSE 142 and FYSS 101
Liza Wood
Environmental Studies
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With the population growing, natural resources depleting, and climate changing, how to transition to a more sustainable form of development is a critical question facing our generation. This course will explore the interdisciplinary field of sustainability using food systems as a focus, investigating the complex relationships between the environmental, economic, and social. The first half of the class will address issues related to food production and consumption, ranging from food security and environmental racism to economic externalities and farm workers’ rights. The second half of the course will focus on avenues for change – how do we actually create change for a more sustainable future? A core component of this course will be community-based learning, which requires that students go above and beyond their typical in-class time by taking on the responsibility of volunteering with various community organizations (facilitated by the instructor) as it relates to course content.