Spring 2020

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

Learning Communities (LC) link two academic courses (6-8 credit hours). Faculty teaching these courses work together to establish joint activities and common curriculum themes designed to explore the ways in which subjects are interrelated. All Learning Communities fulfill the FYE Graduation Requirement in addition to counting towards other general education requirements (listed with each LC).

First-Year Seminar (FYSE) is an academic course (3 credit hours) that explores special topics taught by outstanding faculty.

All FYE courses have an attached Synthesis Seminar (FYSS). Upperclassmen serve as peer facilitators and lead weekly 50-minute synthesis seminars that introduce students to the College’s academic community. The synthesis seminar component offers the advantage of getting the perspective of and advice from a successful College of Charleston student.

Students must be enrolled in all parts of their Learning Community (including all science labs) or First-Year Seminar to receive credit.

Interacting with Our Environment
Paddling Towards Sustainability (LC5)
The Environmental Imagination

Experiencing Charleston and the Lowcountry
Beyond the Grave: What Old Cemeteries Tell and Teach the Living
The Wonderful World of Real Estate According to King Street

Countries and Cultures, Past and Present
Ninja Turtles and Their Italian Roots: The Renaissance in Today’s Pop Culture
On the Road Again: Modern Journeys on Ancient Pathways
Games Cultures Play: Sport(s) and Sport Culture in Germany and the Western World
Who’s Who in the Middle East
Film and Media in Modern Israel
Travel Narratives: Journey Around the Hispanic World
Food and Culture of Latin America

Engaging with Contemporary Issues
Psychology of Women’s Studies and Gender Issues (LC6)
Videogames: Cooperation and Conflict
The Divided State of America
American Popular Culture

Education and Development
Children and Families with Diverse Needs: How are they served in your community? (LC2)
Emerging Adulthood: The Age of Possibilities
Learn it, Live it, Give it: Mentoring and Youth Development
Special O.P.S. Therapy Tactics

Technology, Science, Nature and Health
What’s for Dinner? (LC1)
The Scientist in Society
Interpreting our National Treasures: From Parks to Moon Rocks
Hooked: Fish, Fisheries, and Food for the Future
AR U Experienced?: Introduction to Augmented and Virtual Reality

Engaging Our World through the Arts, Literature, and Religion
New Ways of Seeing: Producing Art in Contemporary Culture (LC3)
Exploration of Self Through Photography and Drawing (LC4)
Photography, History, and Memories
Dracula, Jekyll and Hyde, and Other Gothic Monsters
Breaking Silence: The Writer in the Community
Banned Books
Bad Books
Theatre’s Visual Language
Female Action Figures on the Screen
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugy: 20th Century Fashion

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
CRNs: 23712 and 22356 and 23713
Course Times: TR 3:05-4:20 and Online and M 11:00-11:50

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.

Children and Families with Diverse Needs: How are they served in your community? (LC2)
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: 21140 and 23714 and 23715
Course Times: TR 3:05-4:20 and TR 1:45-2:55 and M 1:00-1:50

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.)

New Ways of Seeing: Producing Art in Contemporary Culture (LC3)
ARTS 220: Sculpture I and and ARTS 119: Drawing I and FYSS 101
Jarod Charzewski and Yvette Dede
Studio Art
6 elective credits
CRNs: 22361 and 20027 and 23716
Course Times: TR 9:25-11:15 and MW 9:00-10:50 and M 4:00-4:50
 
This learning community will be a studio art collaboration between Sculpture I and Drawing I. Its purpose is to introduce the study of 2D and 3D art production as they are created in contemporary society. The term “Contemporary” will be defined as happening right now. This means techniques, concepts, and subject matters covered in this class will be accompanied by current examples from the art world and our global culture. We will place emphasis on professional practice through lectures, gallery visits, and visiting artists. These will also function as our connections to the art world. Through critiques students will learn the empowerment of language and critical discourse as we discuss materials, skill, aspects of form, space and presentation.

Exploration of Self Through Photography and Drawing (LC4)
ARTS 119: Drawing I and ARTS 215 Photography I and FYSS 101
Steve Johnson and Leslie Burns
Studio Art
6 elective credits
CRNs: 20032 and 20035 and 23717
Course Times: T 1:40-5:25 and MW 9:00-10:50 and R 11:05-11:55

This learning community will provide an opportunity for students to explore their personal and artistic identities through the disciplines of photography and drawing. Light, shape, texture, line, tonality, and movement will be explored through class assignments to develop the ability to perceive and visually express oneself. Class discussions and group projects will teach students how to formally evaluate and critique art through a series of combined class assignments. Students will investigate their self ­identity and sense of place through reflective writing assignments and an extensive examination into the interrelationships between subject matter, creative concepts, and material use.

Paddling Towards Sustainability (LC5)
BIOL 102: Concepts and Applications in Biology II and BIOL 102L (Lab)* and  PEAC 126: Coastal Kayaking and FYSS 101
Miranda McManus and Ashley Brown
3 science credits and 2 elective credits
CRNs: 22363 and 22365 and 23724
Course Times: TR 12:15-1:30 and W 1:00-4:00 and M 12:00-12:50

This learning community will build awareness of the coastal environment and its benefits and fragility by allowing students to get into it to appreciate it. Through kayaking, students will learn about tides, currents, and the Charleston area waterways. In Biology, students will use evolutionary theory and a basic knowledge of the diversity of life to gain an understanding of various ecological issues, with a particular focus on those affecting coastal ecosystems. Students will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in nature and learn ways to protect local ecosystems, all while building competency as paddlers. The experience of being in the world they are being asked to protect should create a lifelong love and respect for our precious local habitat.
* Students must enroll in BIOL 102L separately for full enrollment in this Learning Community
**BIOL 101 and BIOL 101L are prerequisites - successful completion required prior to enrolling in BIOL 102/BIOL 102L
***BIOL 102/BIOL 102L is not intended for Biology Majors - students should take BIOL 112/112L

 

Psychology of Women’s Studies and Gender Issues (LC6)
PSYC 103: Intro to Psychological Science and WGST 200: Intro to Women's and Gender Studies and FYSS 101
Jennifer Wright and Lisa Ross
Psychology
3 social science and 3 humanities credits
CRNs: 23719 and 23721 and 23726
Course Times: MW 3:25-4:40 and TR 12:15-1:30 and M 9:00-9:50

Students in this 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 and Gender Studies 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 harassment, rape, pregnancy, and sexual reproduction, etc. Our discussions will continue to highlight the importance of various psychological processes for understanding these issues.

First-Year Seminars:

Photography, History, and Memories
FYSE 105 and FYSS 101
Mary Trent
Art History
CRNs: 23646 and 23647
Course times: MWF 11:00-11:50 and W 9:00-9:50

Since they were invented in 1839, 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. Assignments will ask students to understand scholarly writing and vocabulary addressing the history of photography and to develop and support independent arguments about how photographs help us narrate our individual and shared memories and myths. NOTE: This class focuses on the history of photography and we will not be taking photographs.

 
Beyond the Grave: What Old Cemeteries Tell and Teach the Living
FYSE 111 and FYSS 101
Patrick Harwood
Communication
CRNs: 23648 and 23649
Course times: M 6:00-8:45PM and T 9:05-9:55
 
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.
 
Videogames: Cooperation and Conflict
FYSE 111 and FYSS 101
David Parisi
Communication
CRNs: 23650 and 23651
Course times: TR 10:50-12:05 and W 9:00-9:50

From their rise in 1970s arcades to the recent emergence of eSports, videogames have been a medium grounded in social interaction. Whether competing against other players, working together with teammates, or forming an emotional bond with non-player characters, compelling game experiences involve the engineering of sociability. Accordingly, this seminar explores social interactions in and around videogames, including the social bonds formed by cooperative multiplayer games, the emotional relationships between human players and non-humans in single-player games, and the agonistic struggle between players in competitive games. Further, we will examine the cultural bonds developed around videogames (game streaming platforms like Twitch and knowledge-sharing communities like the speedrunning scene), and the conflicts that emerge in struggles to define the medium (the #gamergate controversy).

The Divided State of America
FYSE 111 and FYSS 101
Michael Lee
Communication
CRNs: 23652 and 23653
Course times: TR 1:40-2:55 and W 6:00-6:50
 
How should citizens of a democracy talk to one another? How should we talk about one another? What would the American Founders have thought about Trump, trolls, twitter, mass protests, and all of ways we argue and fight over America’s purpose and meaning?  This course aims to accomplish two tasks.  First, we will read the core texts of modern, Western democracies beginning in the middle of the 17th century and ending at the conclusion of the American Civil War.  Second, we will seek to understand these important texts in their eras as well as ours.

The Scientist in Society
FYSE 114 and FYSS 101
Caroline Hunt
English
CRNs: 23654 and 23655
Course times: MWF 1:00-1:50 and W 2:00-2:50
 
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.

Dracula, Jekyll and Hyde, and Other Gothic Monsters
FYSE 114 and FYSS 101
Tim Carens
English
CRNs: 23656 and 23657
Course times: MW 3:25-4:40 and R 10:05-10:55

In the 19th century, Britain perceived itself as the height of progressive civilization and cultural refinement. In this class, though, we will investigate the dark side of British culture, reading works that imagine an eruption of gothic monstrosity at the heart of civilization – within the dark cityscapes of London, the windswept moors of Yorkshire, and, most disturbingly, within the minds and souls of British subjects themselves. We will follow Holmes and Watson into lurid sites of violence and deception; accompany Dorian Gray on visits to opium dens, seedy theraters, and riverside dives; and trace the routes of well-known villains such as Mr. Hyde and Dracula as they search or prey on the metropolitan streets. In addition to reading and discussing works of literature, we will test recent critical explanations of the Gothic grounded in psychoanalysis, historical dynamics, and gender theory.

Breaking Silence: The Writer in the Community
FYSE 114 and FYSS 101
Marjory Wentworth
English
CRNs: 23658 and 23659
Course times: MW 2:00-3:15 and T 4:05-4:55

Through service learning and creative writing, students will examine what it means to be a writer in the community. Students will develop service learning sensitivity, creative writing competency and craft. This as introductory creative writing and service learning class which requires no previous experience. Course readings will examine how writers employ elements of craft to produce work that break silences. Writing exercises will explore how creative writing can serve as a tool for empowerment and social change. Students will write reflection journals, poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction which includes auto-biography, testimonials and life stories. Students will workth with local organizations such as Arm-in-Arm, the Illumination Project, and Engaging Critical Minds. Through this process students will learn how to develop a compassionate and critical eye for creative work both in the class and in the service learning work. 

Banned Books
FYSE 114 and FYSS 101
Marjory Wentworth
English
CRNs: 23660 and 23662
Course times: MW 3:25-4:40 and T 3:05-3:55

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.” In America, many writers of our most beloved books have experienced the sting of censorship and distorted judgement aimed at their work. Recent contempt for the news media will be examined within its unique role in our democracy. We will also incorporate contemporary First Amendment issues–especially in terms of the internet (social media).

The Environmental Imagination
FYSE 114 and FYSS 101
Terence Bowers
English
CRNs: 23663 and 23664
Course times: MWF 12:00-12:50 and R 2:05-2:55

In this course, we will consider a number of big questions:  What should our relationship to the natural world be?  Is having a close connection to nature important for living a good life?  Do we have ethical obligations to other living things?  Do we need to imagine our relationship to nature in a new way?  To answer these questions productively, we will critically read a wide variety of texts (stories, poems, essays) and consider various artworks (films, paintings, photography) that explore our relationship to nature.  Thinking about such issues is especially important for us now as inhabitants of what scientists label the Anthropocene—the current geological era in which human beings are the primary cause of profound changes to the earth’s ecosystems.

The Wonderful World of Real Estate According to King Street
FYSE 115 and FYSS 101
Elaine Worzala
Finance
CRNs: 23665 and 23666
Course times: MW 3:25-4:40 and M 6:00-6:50

 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 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.

Ninja Turtles and Their Italian Roots: The Renaissance in Today’s Pop Culture
FYSE 116 and FYSS 101
Michael Maher
French
CRNs: 23667 and 23668
Course times: MW 2:00-3:15 and W 10:00-10:50

This course will be an examination of early-modern Italian themes in a variety of twentieth and twenty-first-century media: the comic genre, graphic novels, videogames, historical reenactments, literary and cinematographic adaptations. The presence of centuries-old themes in today’s popular culture: persisting continuities from the dawn of modernity, and revived points of convergence between past and present will be treated critically. Students will provide their own critical analyses of each case study. Ultimately, a greater understanding of Western cultural evolution is to be achieved. The process of researching, evaluating sources, and writing will be treated in such a way to provide students the necessary tools to make a scholarly contribution to the field.

On the Road Again: Modern Journeys on Ancient Pathways
FYSE 116 and FYSS 101
Lisa Signori
French
CRNs: 23669 and 23670
Course times: TR 10:50-12:05 and M 1:00-1:50

This course explores the act of pilgrimage, a practice that comprises both physical and internal journey. We will examine pilgrimage from historical and cultural perspectives and explore ancient and medieval pilgrimage destinations in France and in the world, as well as post-modem sites of pilgrimage such as Jim Morrison's grave and the 911 Memorial in NYC. We will also examine the lure of labyrinths and consider how being on the road itself contributes to the formation of a pilgrim and how pilgrims bring change along with them on the road. Throughout the course, we will seek answers to thematic questions such as, how does pilgrimage differ from tourism and what is the existential value of pilgrimage?

Interpreting our National Treasures: From Parks to Moon Rocks
FYSE 117 and FYSS 101
Cassandra Runyon
Geology
CRNs: 23671 and 23672
Course times: TR 9:25-10:40 and T 11:05-11:55
 
National Treasures:  From Parks to Moon Rocks will explore some of our country’s greatest natural treasures.  America’s national parks and our nearest planetary neighbor, the Moon, were formed by violent geologic processes, yet yield stunning landscapes and similar compositions. This course will compare and contrast key geologic processes that formed the Earth and Moon and the methods and tools used to explore them.

Games Cultures Play: Sport(s) and Sport Culture in Germany and the Western World
FYSE 118 and FYSS 101
Thomas Baginski
CRNs: 23673 and 23674
Course times: TR 10:50-12:05 and M 4:00-4:50

The course explores sports and sports culture and its various social, political and historical connections. Starting with the Ancient Olympic Games and continuing into the Soccer World Cups, we will focus on the evolution of sports and athletics in both German-speaking and non-German-speaking European countries and the role that sports have played in the formation of national identity. With its attention to the (aesthetics of the) body, sports plays a central role in debates about gender and sexuality, performance-enhancing drugs, athletic apparel and violence. In addition to these issues, we will attend to the reception of sports by examining the portrayal of star athletes and the hero cult, fan identification, media coverage and representations of the athlete in sports films.

Bad Books
FYSE 118 and FYSS 101
Irina Erman
German and Russian Studies
CRNs: 23675 and 23676
Course times: TR 3:05-4:20 and M 3:00-3:50

Let’s admit it, we’ve all enjoyed a bad book or watched a terrible movie. Bad books are fun and they have more power over us than you think. If we’re not careful, they can even make us do bad things – like create a class about them! Do you like reading bestsellers, like Twilight? Or, do you prefer classics, like Dostoevsky or Nabokov? You might be surprised to learn that Dostoevsky was criticized for being a bad writer and publishers rejected Nabokov’s Lolita because of its bad content. But what does “bad” even mean? Here is your chance to read the greatest bad books of all time and to think about what makes them bestsellers, classics, or simply bad.

Who’s Who in the Middle East
FYSE 121 and FYSS 101
Rana Mikati
History
CRNs: 23677 and 23678
Course times: TR 1:40-2:55 and T 3:05-3:55

Confused with what is happening in the Middle East? What is the difference between Arab and Kurd? Sunni and Shiite? This course will help you untangle the complicated web of Middle Eastern states and communities. It will present an overview of Middle Eastern societies and states with attention to their geography, history, and composition. The course will also explore Middle Eastern cultural, linguistic, religious, political, and ethnic diversity with special attention to relationships between these various groups and their states.

Film and Media in Modern Israel
FYSE 124 and FYSS 101
Noa Weinberg
Jewish Studies
CRNs: 23679 and 23680
Course times: MW 2:00-3:15 and W 12:00-12:50

The course will introduce students to Israeli politics and culture via class discussions and assigned readings, as well as primary sources in the form of film, music, television segments, and short stories. Students will engage such materials throughout the semester via class discussions and short written assignments. Topics will include the political system, the economy, religion and state, immigration, and education. 

Travel Narratives: Journey Around the Hispanic World
FYSE 125 and FYSS 101
Sarah Owens
Hispanic Studies
CRNs: 23634 and 23681
Course times: MW 3:25-4:40 and W 5:00-5:50
 
This course will take the students on a travel adventure around the Hispanic World. From the colonial period until present day, students will be exposed to travel through the lens of historical texts, novels, films, and travel blogs. Definitions of a global world will be explored in this course and students will have the opportunity to analyze voyages of Spanish women on the fleets of Indies across the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, travels of pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago in Spain, motorcycle road trips across South America, and treks over the high Andes. Throughout the semester students will gain a better understanding of the unique cultural and historical spaces in the Hispanic World.

Food Culture of Latin America
FYSE 125 and FYSS 101
Mary Ann Blitt
Hispanic Studies
CRNs: 23682 and 23683
Course times: TR 9:25-10:40 and W 10:00-10:50

Students will be introduced to the panorama of food traditions throughout Latin America to include an overview of food history from pre-colonization to modern times as well as the role of traditional ingredients in Mexico, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean. This course will provide students with an insight into the culture and daily life of the peoples of each region through the examination of typical meals, eating out and celebrations as well as through cooking demonstrations and visits to authentic local restaurants. Students will also gain an understanding of some of the current food and health issues facing Latin America that are a result of globalization. 

Emerging Adulthood: The Age of Possibilities
FYSE 132 and FYSS 101
Amy Kolak
Psychology
CRNs: 23684 and 23685
Course times: TR 9:25-10:40 and W 11:00-11:50

In this course, we will review research, theory, and practice related to Emerging Adulthood (a relatively new term that is being applied to individuals between 19 and 29 in primarily 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 domains (i.e. school, work, love, family, and identity) of emerging adults’ lives will be examined. Finally, we will explore individual behaviors and contexts that may be associated with the successful navigation of this period.

American Popular Culture (sections A-B)
FYSE 135 and FYSS 101
Paul Roof
Sociology
(A) CRNs: 23686 and 23690
(A) Course times: TR 1:40-2:55 and W 1:00-1:50
(B) CRNs: 23691 and 23692
(B) Course times: TR 3:05-4:20 and T 9:05-9:55

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

Learn it, Live it, Give it: Mentoring and Youth Development
FYSE 138 and FYSS 101
Margaret Hagood
Teacher Education
CRNs: 23694 and 23727
Course times: TR 12:15-1:30 and F 2:00-2:50

Who are the mentors in your life? How did they shape who you are? Might you have an interest in mentoring others? This course examines mentor/mentee relationships, identifies factors that enhance outcomes for mentors and mentees, and various mentoring contexts. It builds a multilevel mentoring framework drawing on successful mentoring in athletic, educational, and business contexts. Participants will learn components of effective mentoring, including activities, interventions, reflective listening, and growth mindset while attending to the youth development process. It addresses cultural, gender and economic issues in mentor relationships and challenges associated with mentoring. It also explores and provides local mentoring opportunities.

Special O.P.S. Therapy Tactics
FYSE 138 and FYSS 101
Susan Flynn
Teacher Education
CRNs: 23698 and 23702
Course times: W 3:00-6:00 and M 2:00-2:50

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 the FitCatZ Aquatic and Motor Program putting theory to practice teaching young children in a therapy setting. Students will be required to go to an off-site pool facility during scheduled class times for 9 of the semester class sessions.  Students will need at least 45 minutes of travel time before 3:00 p.m

Theatre’s Visual Language
FYSE 139 and FYSS 101
Janine McCabe
Theatre
CRNs: 23706 and 23728
Course times: MWF 11:00-11:50 and T 11:05-11:55

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.

Female Action Figures on the Screen
FYSE 139 and FYSS 101
Evan Parry
Theatre
CRNs: 23708 and 23709 
Course times: MWF 10:00-10:50, W 6:15-8:30PM (Film Screenings), and T 2:05-2:55

If a woman wields a gun is she strong?  If a woman is physically aggressive is she an empowered woman, or is she just acting like a man? Why have women of physical action, even “violence” been traditionally regarded as unacceptable or abnormal? Are there motives that justify such violence? Is a violent (or simply physically strong) woman more acceptable now than 30 years ago? Is such a woman more or less acceptable in America than elsewhere? Through the viewing of a variety of films, this course will explore answers to these questions by critically evaluating the way in which female action figures are constructed both visually and thematically on the screen.
*Wednesdays will be devoted to film screenings.

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: 20th Century Fashion
FYSE 139 and FYSS 101
Glenda Byars
Theatre and Dance
CRNs: 23710 and 23711
Course times: MWF 1:00-1:50 and W 2:00-2:50
 
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.

Hooked: Fish, Fisheries, and Food for the Future
FYSE 142 and FYSS 101
Nick Principe
Environmental Studies
CRNs: 23797 and 23798
Course times: TR 10:50-12:05 and M 10:00-10:50

Fishes are the most diverse vertebrates on earth, with over 28,000 recognized species; that is more species than all other vertebrates combined. Furthermore, many of our culturally and economically vital global fisheries are currently at or near a state of collapse. In this course, students will examine the consequences of exploitation and mismanagement of fish populations around the world, from the Antarctic Circle, to the Mediterranean, to Nova Scotia. Students will explore how certain current and historical fisheries practices have led to the collapse of some fish populations and local economies and how these practices can and are being improved to become more sustainable.

AR U Experienced?: Introduction to Augmented and Virtual Reality
FYSE 143 and FYSS 101
Joey Van Arnhem
College of Charleston Libraries
CRNs: 23732 and 23733
Course times: TR 10:50-12:05 and M 12:00-12:50

The blurring of lines between fine art, global pop culture, and science, require a level of information/visual literacy in order decode the visual culture that surrounds us in order to become active participants and creators rather than passive consumers. Students will examine the technologies behind augmented and virtual reality and explore their history and societal effects. Students will consider Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) works and texts (apps, images, film, television, video, advertisements, performance art: any artifacts of culture) and their significance as cultural documents. The course is designed to teach and demonstrate some of the basic tools of analysis and critical thinking with which to approach contemporary texts presented through the lens of augmented and virtual realities.