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2013 FSP Courses

The First Seminar (or FSP for short) is a small seminar-style class that all entering first-year students take during their first semester at TCNJ. The course enables entering students to work closely with a professor and their fellow students on a topic of their choosing outside of their major. It offers students an opportunity to engage in an intellectually exciting and challenging experience at the beginning of their college career.


  1. Students in the Honors, Bonner, or W.I.L.L. program should goto the  “Honors” or “Bonner/W.I.L.L.” page for their program and follow the directions there.
  2. Some departments and schools give specific advice on how to choose your FSP course.  Please check the “Major Specific FSP Info” page before picking your FSP.
  3. From the list of FSP courses, please pick six sections that interest you. Students in the Honors Program will pick three honors sections.
  4. Once you have chosen six FSP sections, please put them in your PAWS shopping cart. There are step-by-step instructions available.
  5. Your six FSPs choices will not be ranked when entered into PAWS. One of these six choices will be assigned to you as your FSP.

ClassName/DescriptionHuman InquiryCivic Responsibility

The Power of Water

This course is about water, the most ordinary and the most extraordinary of natural resources. It is essential to the survival of all life and central to all environmental processes. Not surprisingly, it has played a vital role in cultural, social, religious, and economic activity for millennia. This seminar will look at the various ways in which water has influenced the development of states and societies throughout history. Focusing on topics ranging from the aqueducts of the Roman Empire and Chinese philosophy to water conflicts in California and Hurricane Sandy, the course will look at not only how people have controlled and used water, but also at how water has shaped cultural practices, religious beliefs, and social development.

Course #: FSP 134-02/03
Professor: Bender, Matthew
Day/s & Time/s: (FSP 134-02) M: 5:30 - 8:20 PM
Day/s & Time/s: (FSP 134-03) R: 5:30 - 8:20 PM
13 - Social Change in Historical PerspectiveGlobal Awareness


Special effects. Animation. Storytelling. The magic of the movies. The world of art. Digital media. The daily news. Pretty much everything is a story. This class will look at how we construct worlds in stories, both written and visual, and explore how these two modalities interrelate. Not many people know how to read a movie or photos or the thousands of artifacts in our daily lives. What is an archetype? We immediately sense them within the stories we see. Can we understand them better? Can we figure out how they work? From Shrek and Harry Potter to the Navajo Night Way chant, from Krazy Kat's adventures in Coconino County to Koyaanisqatsi and Hugo, our visual culture is a mash-up of aesthetics, histories, and stories. We're going to watch examples, study them, and then create our own visual stories.

Course #: FSP 101-12
Professor: Sanders, Philip
Day/s & Time/s: T: 5:30 - 8:20PM
10 - Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts

The Evolution of African American Gospel Music

This course traces Black Gospel Music from its origins to its present day varied arrangements. Students come prepared to sing a little (as a group only) and attend at least two worship experiences (i.e., Sunday morning worship or a Gospel concert). Furthermore, our class participates with the Bonner Center and completes a community-engaged project that is course-related.

Course #: FSP 102-01/02
Professor: McCrary, Todd
Day/s & Time/s: T: 5:40 - 8:35 PM
Day/s & Time/s: R: 5:45 - 8:35 PM
10 - Literary, Visual, and Performing ArtsRace and Ethnicity

World on a Plate at an American Table

Food plays an important part in our identity construction, our religious practices, and our socialization. Food practices can tell us a lot about the society in which they play a part and the relationships between people and food. This course will address issues of culture, meaning, power, and ecology, all through a focus on food. Using food to address identity in a nation that is characterized by migration and cultural pluralism is one of the main goals of this course. Through research, media analysis and community engaged learning, students will gain skills in analyzing messages about food, culture, and power.

Course #: FSP 122-02
Professor: Joshi, Arti
Day/s & Time/s: T: 12:30 - 3:30 PM
12 - Behavioral, Social, and Cultural PerspectivesRace and Ethnicity

The Tudor Obsession

Henry VIII lived five hundred years ago, yet in recent years he has become an obsession with popular culture. What is it about this time period and this family that captures the modern American's imagination? In this course we examine how the Tudor family is portrayed in today's media, including movies, television, and literature. We compare the modern perception of one of England's most notorious families with the facts.

Students work in small research groups to present different aspects of the monarch's life based on historical and primary sources. Students also read and discuss fictional accounts of the Tudor family written by some of the most popular fictional authors of our time (e.g., Philippa Gregory, Rosalind Miles, Jean Plaidy, and non-fiction by Alison Weir). They use the knowledge from their historical research and presentations to compare the various perspectives on this family.

Key points for discussion revolves around what makes this topic so popular among readers and audiences today. Students also have the ability to compare slightly older films (e.g., Ann of the Thousand Days - 1969 and The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex - 1939) to more modern takes on this fascinating family (e.g., Showtime drama, The Tudors, Elizabeth I - 2005, and Elizabeth - 1998).

Course#: FSP 101-03
Professor: Sansevere, Danielle
Day/s & Time/s: W: 5:30 - 8:20 PM
10 - Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts

The Art and Science of Color!

This course is designed to bridge the gap between those who use color (artists, designers) and those who understand the molecular level chemical structures of the compounds involved. This seminar explores the rich history and chemical structures of compounds of color, from ancient inorganic pigments to modern organic dyes. How is dye/pigment chemistry related to art history? How does an artist know which colorants are best for a given application? How do molecular structures relate to their colors? Can any student master chemical structures in one semester? From lipstick to house paint, we add color to everything around us, including ourselves. Learn to appreciate this one aspect of “better living through chemistry.

Course #: FSP 141-01
Professor: Allison, John
Day/s & Time/s: MR: 2 - 3:20 PM
14 - Natural Science

Rock N Roll in Post-Mao China

This course seeks to study the”Rock” n Roll music and culture (also including hip-hop and punk) that emerged in Post-Mao Mainland China from the early 1980s to the present. By situating Chinese Rock (C-rock) in the dramatically changing historical, cultural and political context, the seminar examines critically how”Rock”n Roll music shapes the heterogeneous identity of Post-Mao and Post-socialist China. Through careful analysis of the lyrics, musical style, MTV and films, we explore topics such as rebellious youth culture and political ideology, influence of Western music and traditional Chinese music, underground subculture and urban space, transgressive passion and censorship, band culture, performance poetics and global capital, and, gender, sexuality and body identity. NOTE: Students are invited to also enroll in CHI 151, Intensive Chinese.

Course #: FSP 104-01
Professor: Mi, Jia-Yan
Day/s & Time/s: T: 5:30 - 8:20 PM
10 - Literary, Visual, and Performing ArtsGlobal Awareness

How World War II Forever Changed America

The very conflict of war always creates unintended consequences. Unfortunately, the majority of such consequences are tragically sad. However, in spite of all the sorrow and heartbreak of World War II, many of those unintended consequences did much to create the fabric of a "new society" in a very positive sense. Great strides were made in education, women in the workplace, that small family home with the proverbial white picket fence suddenly became affordable to many, the various styles of music during the War ultimately became the progenitor of much of the music we hear today and so much more. Because of the War, a new socio-economic power emerged, much to our advantage. Studying the past is critical to understanding the present.

Please be advised that this course was not conceived to be an in-depth study of the events of WWII, but rather an interesting overview as to how this major historical event influenced, in so many ways, our grand-parents, parents and, most importantly, you.

Course #: FSP 134-06
Professor: Dennis Blicharz
Day/s & Time/s: MR: 8:30 - 9:50 AM
13 - Social Change in Historical PerspectiveGlobal Awareness

Global Climate Change: The Science and the Debates

Why are scientists, politicians, and other concerned citizens concerned about the consequences of climatic change? This course addresses that question. Students will distinguish between short-term atmospheric phenomena (weather) and long-term trends in weather (climate.) The influence of ocean circulation on weather and climate is included. The changes we see in modern-day weather and climate will be compared to what happened in the past. Students will become knowledgeable about how scientists deduce past climates through such evidence as ice cores, sediment cores, coral reefs, the fossil record, and tree rings. Examination of causes of climatic change that will be discussed include plate tectonics, changes in the earths orbit, changes in the earths energy balance, variations in the suns energy output, and historical human activities, especially since the beginning of the industrial revolution. An appreciation of how research in climate change is done will be gained by a qualitative review of climate models. After establishing the facts about climate change, discussion will include examining social (e.g. population migration and water supplies), economic (e.g. production and supply of food), and environmental (e.g. sea-level rise and changing weather patterns) consequences of climate change.

Course #: FSP 141-02/05
Professor: Letcher, David
Day/s & Time/s: (FSP 141-02) TF: 8:30 - 9:50 AM
Day/s & Time/s: (FSP 141-05) TF: 10 - 11:20 AM
14 - Natural Science

When the Clock Strikes Thirteen: Horror and Hope in Dystopian Literature

Dystopian literature, a sub-genre of speculative fiction, has achieved near cult status among young adults nationwide. In this course well explore through novels, critical articles, and film early Utopian literature and its 20th-century response in Dystopian and anti-Utopian novels that projected catastrophic consequences of government oppression, social inequity, and techno-biological abuses, among other ills. Well delve into 21st-century works, too, as teen protagonists pose unsettling questions in their fight for survival, social change, and hope. Texts may include 1984, The Handmaid's Tale, Fahrenheit 451, Divergent, Slated, Little Brother, Uglies, Birthmarked, and The Hunger Games.

Course #: FSP 101-19
Professor: Deaver, Karen
Day/s & Time/s: M: 5:30 - 8:20 PM"
10 - Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts

Language in Society

In this course, we study what makes human language different from the communication systems used by other species and look at the systems that all languages use to build meaning. Then we take up the question of how we use language in social contexts _ among friends, family, classmates, colleagues, supervisors, strangers, as well as with health care professionals. We consider what makes an accent an accent, the associations and impressions accents generate, and look at language-based bias and stereotyping. We also study how babies acquire the language of their parents, the nature of bilingualism, and how adults learn a second or foreign language. The course examines the relationship of language and ethnicity by analyzing particular linguistic situations in depth. As part of this course, students engage in ESL tutoring in Trenton to fulfill the CEL requirement.

Course #: FSP 125-03
Professor: Stillman, David
Day/s & Time/s: MR: 2 - 3:20 PM
12 - Behavioral, Social, and Cultural PerspectivesCommunity Engagement Learning

Normal? Issues of Identity and Difference

Normal is nothing more than a cycle on a washing machine (Whoopi Goldberg). This course explores the social, personal and political issues in the development of personal identity in relation to difference from”normal. Specifically we explore the”differences of gender, sexuality, race, culture, as well as physicality and cognitive abilities and how each affects the development of a positive personal identity.

Course #: FSP 121-09
Professor: Rotter, Kathleen
Day/s & Time/s: MR: 2 - 3:20 PM
12 - Behavioral, Social, and Cultural Perspectives

Incarceration Nation: The Literature of the Prison

This course explores literature by and about prisoners from 600 AD to the present. In addition to reading a variety of sources written across the centuries, we help current-day prisoners in the production of their own autobiographical writings. Interdisciplinary in nature, this course weaves together the study of gender, criminology, psychology, sociology, and, most notably, literary analysis of such groundbreaking, provocative material written by one of the most neglected, silenced, but all-too-critical sectors of our population_ the prisoners.

Course #: FSP 101-08
Professor: Tarter, Michele
Day/s & Time/s: TF: 10 _ 11:20 AM
10 - Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts

Violence in the United States

This course offers an in-depth examination of violence in the United States. The history of violence in the United States is traced from its establishment through to present day. Theoretical explanations of violence, measurement of violent crime, different types of violence, and factors related to violence, such as substance use and the media, is explored. We also assess the effectiveness of policies designed to prevent violence and punish violent offenders.

Course #: FSP 121-13
Professor: Leigey, Margaret
Day/s & Time/s: MR: 10-11:20 AM
12 - Behavioral, Social, and Cultural Perspectives

How College Works: Higher Education, Learning, and American Society

The discussion about college in your family over the last year was personal: which college would you choose (and which ones would choose you), who was going to pay for your education, and what did you intend to study? There is widespread public debate about these issues too. Access to college, the costs of attendance, and the value of a degree are all being questioned by business and nonprofit executives, politicians, and educators. We examine this public debate about higher education; a debate that has intensified as the importance of college for individual success has increased and the resources available for higher education become more scarce.

Course #: FSP 121-07
Professor: Prensky, David
Day/s & Time/s: MR: 2 - 3:20 PM
12 - Behavioral, Social, and Cultural Perspectives

Survivors and Storytellers

How and why do survivors of traumatic events (both personal and political) tell their stories? How are attempts to find meaning in life-altering events tied to the art of narrative? This course will examine short works of fiction and non-fiction in order to explore how writers come to understand their own acts of individual survival. In particular, we will look at the narrative choices (voice, language, perspective, etc.) that writers make as they seek to communicate their experiences to a broader audience.

Course #: FSP 101-15
Professor: Hustis, Harriet
Day/s & Time/s: W: 5:30 - 8:20 PM
10 - Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts

Human Ability Unplugged

Disability is not a 'brave struggle or 'courage in the face of adversity . . . disability is an art. Its an ingenious way to live. -- Neil Marcus This quote by Neil Marcus reflects the central focus of this seminar regarding the study of human ability and the struggle among people perceived as more different than alike. Mr. Marcus is a poet, humorist, writer, actor and a self proclaimed adventurer who is creatively endowed with disability. His disability denies his ability to speak, stand, walk and/or control sudden and bizarre movements. The study of disability as a key aspect of human experience equal with race, class, gender, sex, and sexual orientation is explored through an alternate post modern paradigm that views difference from a variety of angles. The course commences and terminates with an attempt to define 'Human-ness or the parameters of what makes us 'human. This is compared to the human variability that we experience in our societies, communities and civilizations. This study of ability has important political, social, and economic import for society as a whole, including both disabled and non-disabled people.

Course #: FSP 121-06
Professor: Petroff, Jerry
Day/s & Time/s: MR: 10 - 11:20 AM
12 - Behavioral, Social, and Cultural Perspectives

Musical Crossroads in the Americas

“In those days it was either live with music or die with noise, and we chose rather desperately to live.”—Ralph Ellison, Shadow and Act

This seminar poses the question: What might it mean, in Ralph Ellison’s terms, to “live with music” in the Americas? Music constitutes an essential element of the human condition, a form of communication and social organization, an expression of identity, feeling, enjoyment and reasoning, a means of learning, teaching and nurturing. Music in this sense is transformative. Nowhere is this more evident than in Latin America and the Caribbean, where the centuries-long cultural encounter between indigenous, African and European peoples has produced a unique array of musical legacies. But how to approach the distinctive experiential worlds of Jamaican reggae, Brazilian samba, Afro-Cuban music, North American jazz, and dynamic fusions thereof? How to comprehend these forms as historical yet contemporary and simultaneously local, regional and trans-local expressions of cultural identity and human musicality? Through reading, writing, discussion, listening to music and viewing films, this seminar invites students to sound out some of the musical traditions of the Americas and comprehend their dynamic interactive character. We seek to develop an ear for music’s power to convey the sentiments and aspirations of those who produce and take inspiration in the region’s diverse and uniquely resonant expressive forms, and thereby, to find through music the means to live.

Course #: FSP 102-04
Professor: Michael Stone
Day/s & Time/s: TR: 5:30 - 6:50 PM
10 - Literary, Visual, and Performing ArtsRace and Ethnicity

What Makes Great Literature Great?

What makes great literature great? What makes a classic a classic? Is there something in the literature itself, some quality, that makes it great? Is it great because it is "relatable" to me and my interests?

In this course, we read a number of philosophers and theorists who have wrestled with what makes great literature great (such as Plato, Sir Philip Sidney, Samuel Johnson, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Barbara Herrnstein-Smith, Harold Bloom, Nina Baym, Pierre Bourdieu, and John Guillory). Then we read three authors from classical Greece and Rome, two of whom (Homer and Virgil) have "stood the test of time" as great authors (although Virgil's reputation has slipped considerably in the last 100 years) and the third of whom (Statius) seems to have failed to last in the same way. We apply the theories from earlier in the semester to these three authors in order to try to understand and explain how or why literary works are great (or not).

Course #: FSP 101-07
Professor: Steinberg, Glenn
Day/s & Time/s: MR: 2 - 3:20 PM
10 - Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts

Humanity's Quest for Meaning and Justice

Since before recorded history, humanity has sought to shape and refine its moral and intellectual nature. The development and nurturing of civil communities have been at the center of this search. What does it mean to be moral and just? How has humanity defined morality and justice in different times and places? What is a community? Can a community exist without values shared in common? This seminar considers questions and issues of morality and justice in a variety of settings: pre-history, classical Greece, Islam in the Middle East, sub-Saharan Africa, modern China, and contemporary America. We explore characteristics common to all humans, and how those characteristics find expression in the development of cultures very different from one another. We seek answers to questions of morality and justice within Western and non-Western settings. We discuss the idea of a supreme being, giving special attention to contrasting views within Christianity, Islam and Judaism.

Course #: FSP 114-01/02
Professor: Eickhoff, Harold
Day/s & Time/s: (FSP 114-01) TF: 8:30 - 9:50 AM
Day/s & Time/s: (FSP 114-02) TF: 10 - 11:20 AM"
11 - Worldviews and Ways of KnowingGlobal Awareness

Pocahontas, Jamestown, and Early Virginia

The story of Jamestown is America’s creation story, but most of what Americans think about Jamestown is wrong. The story of Smith and Pocahontas—long at the heart of the Jamestown story—was fabricated by Smith long after the fact. In this seminar, we will examine the myths of Jamestown along with the facts, and we will consider the various perspectives of Native Americans, English colonists, and men, women, and children then and now. We will watch films like Disney’s Pocahontas and James Cameron’s Avatar to understand how and why the myth lives today, and we will read the works of historians and anthropologists who have studied Jamestown, including the archaeologists currently excavating the site. We will also read the original accounts of John Smith and others who were there at the beginning. Along the way, we will learn about trade and exchange, war and violence, sex and love, cannibalism and torture, understand and misunderstanding, and how English-speaking America came to be and why it still matters today.

Course #: FSP 132-03/04
Professor: Carter, William
Day/s & Time/s: (FSP 132-03) MR: 12:30 - 1:50
Day/s & Time/s: (FSP 132-04) MR 2 - 3:20
13 - Social Change in Historical PerspectiveRace and Ethnicity

History Through Film and Literature

We will look at the people and events of the distant and recent past through "facts" and "fiction" to explore how we can best understand the meaning of events and eras. In this class, we will look at a combination of people and ideas. For example, we will watch "Good Night and Good Luck" about the McCarthy hearings and read newspaper stories from that time. We will read "Memoirs of Hadrian" by Marguerite Yourcenar and watch a documentary about Hadrian's Wall. We will also explore political concepts, such as colonialism.

Course #: FSP 101-02
Professor: Raskin, Donna
Day/s & Time/s: R: 5:30 - 8:20 PM
10 - Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts

Grappling With a Darwinian World

More than 150 years after the publication of On the Origin of Species, many are still deeply unsettled by the implications of living and loving in a Darwinian world. A Darwinian world can appear to be a cruel, competitive place where the very qualities that once seemed to distinguish us from other animals—love, art, morality—can be recast as evolved behaviors designed to propagate genes. This course will give students an opportunity to read and write about novelists, filmmakers, and intellectuals who have grappled with such implications and the science surrounding them. Course content will include novels like Ian McEwan’s Enduring Love and Alice Andrews's Trine Erotic, as well as films like Andrew Niccol’s Gattaca and Mark Decena’s Dopamine. Readings and films will serve as launching pads for critical thinking, personal reflection, collective debate, serious research, and multi-draft writing. Students will also work collaboratively on a creative project of their choice that expresses an imaginative understanding of a course theme (e.g., short film, graphic novel, sculpture, short story, musical composition, et cetera).

Course #: FSP 111-10
Professor: Michelson, David
Day/s & Time/s: TF: 10 - 11:20 AM
11 - Worldviews and Ways of Knowing

Buddhism and Hinduism

Due to the increasing number of students of Asian affiliation on campus, though most of them are not majoring in humanities, there is a strong interest in learning about Buddhism and Hinduism. This course provides in historical depth a study of the evolution of the two religions. Through reading religious documents and literature, students learn the origins, reformations, and mutual borrowing of the two biggest religions in South Asia. They also expore the imprints of Buddhism and Hinduism on concepts of the universe and life and death in modern societies of the world.

Course #: FSP 114-03/04
Professor: Liu, Xinru
Day/s & Time/s: (FSP 114-03) TF: 12:30 - 1:50 PM
Day/s & Time/s: (FSP 114-04) TF: 2 - 3:20 PM
11 - Worldviews and Ways of KnowingGlobal Awareness

The Necessity of Theatre: Performing Drama in the Age of New Media

Is theatre still necessary in the age of new media? Do we need theatre and performance to help provide an ethical understanding of the world in which we live and the life that we inhabit? In this seminar we will read and respond to several classic and contemporary plays — each characterizing a different dramatic viewpoint or style of theatrical representation, from Antigone to Spring Awakening — to explore the nature of theatre and its ethical necessity in the contemporary world. We will specifically look at how some contemporary drama responds to the challenges of new media. In addition to close reading, class discussion, and informal oral interpretation of selections from the plays in class, students will also write two short analytical papers and attend two professional theatre productions together, writing an informed critical response for each.

Course #: FSP 101-24
Professor David Muller
Day/s & Time/s: FSP 101-24: T: 5:30 - 8:20 PM
                              FSP 101-25: W: 5:30 - 8:20 PM
10 - Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts

Does What We Eat Matter?: The Culture, Politics, and Science of Food

How do we choose what to eat and drink? What impact do these choices have on our bodies, our society, and the planet? Every aspect of food production from farm to table has received increased scrutiny over the past decade. This course examines these questions and other issues such as: why is American food so sweet (or how does culture determine what we eat?) and are genetically modified crops a solution to feeding the worlds population?

Course #: FSP 121-03
Professor: Hagedorn, Thomas
Day/s & Time/s: MR: 10 - 11:20 AM"
12 - Behavioral, Social, and Cultural Perspectives

American Supernaturalism

In this course we try to come to terms with Americas ambivalent relationship with its supernatural literature by surveying the origins and evolution of such writing over the last 200 years. We will also be writing a supernatural short story of our own. Readings will be from such authors as Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Shirley Jackson, Ray Bradbury, and Caitlin Kiernan--and, especially, the "big three" of American Supernatural literature: Edgar Allan Poe, H. P. Lovecraft, and Stephen King. Additionally, we will view and consider a number of films and television episodes; past "filmic texts" have included Rosemary's Baby, Carrie, The Ring, and episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, True Blood, and The Twilight Zone. Our discussion of American supernaturalism will include topics and themes drawn from mythology, psychology, philosophy, history, cultural studies, religious studies, and gender studies (with a bit of music theory, math, and science thrown in for good measure).

Course # FSP 101-04
Professor: Schwartz, Michael
Day/s & Time/s: T: 5:30 - 8:20 PM
10 - Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts

Freeing Imprisoned Minds

In the history of philosophy and theology, many important works have been written by authors who were behind bars. This course introduces students to a selection of these texts and the concerns they raise. Such texts deal, not only with classical problems in history of philosophy, but also with concerns many of us share today. Questions to be addressed include, “What is the meaning of life?”, “Where can I find happiness?”, “What does it mean to live in freedom?”, “What can be done about injustice and oppression?” Readings include works by Plato, Boethius, Ghandi, Martin Luther King, Jr., & Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

Course #: FSP 114-07/08
Professor: Edwards, Mark
Day/s & Time/s: (FSP 114-07) MR: 8:30 - 9:50 AM
Day/s & Time/s: (FSP 114-08) MR: 10:00 - 11:20 AM
11 - Worldviews and Ways of KnowingGlobal Awareness

World on a Plate at an American Table

Food plays an important part in our identity construction, our religious practices, and our socialization. Food practices can tell us a lot about the society in which they play a part and the relationships between people and food. This course will address issues of culture, meaning, power, and ecology, all through a focus on food. Using food to address identity in a nation that is characterized by migration and cultural pluralism is one of the main goals of this course. Through research, media analysis and community engaged learning, students will gain skills in analyzing messages about food, culture, and power.

Course #: FSP 122-03
Professor: Kern, Sarah
Day/s & Time/s: MR: 12 - 1:50PM
12 - Behavioral, Social, and Cultural PerspectivesRace and Ethnicity

Leaders are Made, Not Born: Leadership Development at TCNJ

Students who take part in this class will learn how to gain leadership skills, explore leadership styles and learn how to actively engage on campus Students will gain a better understanding of their own leadership potential through leadership assessments, exploration of values, and skill development. This interactive class will be looking at leadership through a variety of stories, readings, videos, and activities. At the end of the course, we hope that you have gained the skills to become a better student leader and to actively engage in and impact the College community.

Course #: FSP 121-15
Professor: Rana, Avani
Day/s & Time/s: MR: 2 - 3:20 PM
12 - Behavioral, Social, and Cultural Perspectives

New Jerseys Urban Environment

Although regarded as the most urbanized of states, New Jerseys cities are somewhat peripheral to the states dominant, suburban culture. In fact, NJs cities are quite socially distant from other parts of the state, and have largely not experienced the revival and gentrification associated with cities in other states in the 1990s and early 2000s. Instead, the states cities remain plagued by social and economic segregation, crime, troubled school districts, and polluted environments (among other social ills). This course will allow students to learn about New Jerseys cities in order to explain why so many have stagnated, why others have improved, and how non-urban communities continue to be linked to historic urban cores. This course involves an active component of community- engaged learning in Trenton.

Course #: FSP 122-01
Professor: Bates, Diane
Day/s & Time/s: MR: 8:30 - 9:50 AM
12 - Behavioral, Social, and Cultural PerspectivesRace and Ethnicity

The Mind-Body Connection

This course explores the different ways in which the body, mind, and the connection between the two has been historically conceptualized. Starting with Plato, we look to philosophy, art, and literature to understand how and why different societies, both Eastern and Western, have given priority to one or other of these fundamental aspects of the human being. Forty-five minutes of each week is devoted to yoga practice (taught by the course instructor); student write journals in which they document their own experience with the mind-body connection and notice how it develops through the material they encounter in the course.

Course #: FSP 111-08
Professor: Haynes, Holly
Day/s & Time/s: TF: 2 - 3:20 PM
11 - Worldviews and Ways of Knowing

Music and the Natural World

This course introduces elementary topics and tools of music, aesthetics, philosophy, anthropology and other fields to examine aspects of the relationship between the natural world and the music of human society. Beginning with a discussion of the possible origins and purposes of music, we trace the thread of environmental influence in historical and contemporary styles. Examples from the Western Classical tradition are considered, including extensions into 20th- and 21st-Century compositions and sound installations, as well as non-Western traditions, folk styles and commercial music.

Course #: FSP 104-02
Professor: Wilkinson, Carlton
Day/s & Time/s: MR: 12:30 _ 1:50 PM
10 - Literary, Visual, and Performing ArtsGlobal Awareness

American Film Renaissance of the 1970's

The 1970s is recognized and celebrated as a pivotal point in American film. Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, Robert Altman, John Cassavetes and Roman Polanski are just some of the notable directors to come out of the years between 1967 and 1979. They and others created what is now considered a canon of classic films that uniquely reflect the culture and still resonate today. The films explore loneliness and alienation but also independence and the possibility of creating change. Though we will focus on what was happening in this country, we will ground our study by exploring what directors outside the U.S. were doing and how these approaches influenced what was emerging on screen here in the late sixties. We will look at how these films not only reflected that tremendously chaotic, vibrant and productive time in our history, but also helped to create it, and how present-day film compares as both a reflection of the culture and as a contributing force.

Course #: FSP 101-14
Professor: Ringer, Nina
Day/s & Time/s: TF: 10 - 11:20 AM
10 - Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts

Environmental Justice

In this course, we will investigate the history and theory behind environmental justice movements primarily in the United States. We will consider what conditions and ideas gave rise to contemporary political movements for just access to healthy places to live, work, and play. We will then use environmental justice analyses to examine local, regional, and national environmental justice issues, including transportation, zoning and planning, food, and climate change. In addition, we will meet with representatives from environmental justice movements that are working on these issues, visit sites that demonstrate environmental (in)justice in the region, and engage in a day of service that integrates what we discuss in the classroom about environmental justice with hands-on, community-based activities in the greater Trenton region.

Course #: FSP 111-05
Professor: Nordquist, Michael
Day/s & Time/s: MR: 4 - 5:20 PM
11 - Worldviews and Ways of Knowing

Multicultural New York: The City From Its Beginnings to the Present

Is New York the capital of the world? How did it become such a great multicultural city? What does it mean to be a New Yorker? These are some of the questions that guide us as we study events that shaped New Yorks multicultural history from its beginning to the present. As we explore different periods of the citys history some of the areas considered are immigration, changing neighborhoods, crime, technology, quality of life, money, power, culture, and art. Seminar time is supplemented with real world experiences.

Course #: FSP 132-01/02
Professor: Winkel, Matthew
Day/s & Time/s: (FSP 132-01) TR: 5:30 - 6:50 PM
Day/s & Time/s: (FSP 132-02) TR: 7 - 8:20 PM
13 - Social Change in Historical PerspectiveRace and Ethnicity

LGBT and Popular Culture

This course will explore LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) identity, culture, and politics by way of their representations in documentaries and popular films. I often share with students that there are at least three major reasons for why theres been a significant shift globally in pro LGBT civil and human rights. First, many anti-gay laws are being repealed (e.g. anti-gay marriage laws and DADT). Second, many people now personally know friends, family members, and co-workers who are LGBT, thus personalizing the issue. Third_and related to the course theme_theres been an outpouring of LGBT popular culture, thus helping to globalize many LGBT concerns, issues, and topics to a wide variety of people and places. This course will explore the stories about LGBT identity, culture, and politics that are being told in popular culture_especially in light of the work they do in contributing to a global transformation on the issue of LGBT_by focusing on a number of themes/topics relevant to contemporary LGBT life: LGBT activism; marriage equality; LGBT and public schooling; LGBT and religion; transgender/genderqueer identity; intimacy and erotic life; the politics of'reparative therapy; and the'coming out process.

Course #: FSP 123-02
Professor: Rodriguez, Nelson
Day/s & Time/s: MR: 12:30 - 1:50 PM
12 - Behavioral, Social, and Cultural PerspectivesGender

Gothic Fiction: The Horror of the Divided Self

In this course we will be reading five works of classic Gothic horror: James Hogg’s The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner; William Godwin’s Caleb Williams; Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein; Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde; and Henry James’ The Turn of the Screw. Each of these novels explores the experience of what Sigmund Freud refers to as the “uncanny”: the horror that occurs when someone sees his or her identity reflected, in distorted form, in someone else. In these novels the self is reflected back as demon, ghost, monster or hunter. We will be asking what these novels can teach us about the gap between how we see ourselves and how others see us, and the difficulty of maintaining an integrated sense of self. In what ways is the disintegration of the identity related to the family, desire, gender, and a fragmenting society? In what ways, perhaps, do we see our own social world reflected in the distorting mirror of the Gothic horror novel? These are some of the questions this course aims to address through close readings and analytical writing.

Course #: FSP 101-20/23
Professor: Kranzler, Laura
Day/s & Time/s: (FSP 101-20) W: 5:30 - 8:20 PM
Day/s & Time/s: (FSP 101-23) T: 5:30 - 8:20 PM
10 - Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts

Numbers and Money in Movies

This class is designed to encourage students to have (1) interest in utility of numbers and its application in money, and (2) relevant mind-set to understand the human dimensions of disciplines such as financial ethics. We will use books and movies as main references to go over (1) utility of numbers, (2) brief history of money, and (3) ethics in money business.

This class will not specifically go over particular theories such as agency theory. Instead this class will encourage students to start thinking about those benefits and risks of using/reading/understanding numbers.

Course #: FSP 111-09
Professor: Choi, Seung Hee
Day/s & Time/s: MR: 2 - 3:50 PM
11 - Worldviews and Ways of Knowing

Social Justice

This First Seminar will enable students to develop a better understanding of social justice issues and learn about practical strategies that can serve as means of advancing social justice in the world. We will study several social justice issues at both the local and global levels and work with community partners on projects in the local community that aim to promote social justice or redress social injustice. The emphasis in this course will be on understanding social justice mainly through the conceptual framework of human rights and studying global social entrepreneurship projects that are advancing the struggle for social justice around the world.

Course #: FSP 111-06/07
Professor: Winston, Morton
Day/s & Time/s: (FSP 111-06) MR: 12 -1:50 PM
11 - Worldviews and Ways of Knowing

The Simple Life

For most people, the American Dream involves some degree of material success. However, an alternative vision of the American Dream exists, one centered on the idea of the Simple Life. This interdisciplinary seminar will explore the concept of the simple life from the eighteenth century to the present. We'll read Henry David Thoreau's Walden and consider what simplicity means in our age of Walmart and Facebook. Readings will range from a short story by Louisa May Alcott to a science fiction novel by Ursula Le Guin to works on philosophy and economics. We'll watch the film Into the Wild, conduct experiments in simplifying our lives, and work alongside social activists dedicated to simple living.

Course #: FSP 101-10/11
Professor: Robertson, Michael
Day/s & Time/s: (FSP 101-10) TF: 12:30 - 1:50 PM
Day/s & Time/s: (FSP 101-11) TF: 2 - 3:20 PM
10 - Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts

The Digital Domain

Is there any aspect of our lives that the Internet has NOT altered? From how we connect through social networking to how we listen to music, study, acquire the news and shop, our online interactions are profoundly shaping our daily existence. In this course, we examine the possibilities and the problems that technology poses. We also study those who do not have access to the technology that has become ubiquitous in our lives.

Course #: FSP 121-05
Professor: Mazur, Janet
Day/s & Time/s: W: 9:00 _ 11:55 AM
12 - Behavioral, Social, and Cultural Perspectives

Exploring Amish Culture

This course is designed to be an introduction to Amish culture, more specifically, the Old Order Amish, the most conservative group of Amish living in the United States. Through course work designed to acquaint students with a social/historical/political and educational perspective of the Amish, students will gain a better understanding of this fascinating, complex culture and what makes it unique. Resisting change in a technological world is a constant struggle for the Amish who shun electricity, automobiles, and other modern conveniences. Since the Amish eschew individual accomplishment, this course will focus on the Amish as a'Little Community, how the Amish depend on the resources of the outside world, (the non-Amish community), and how they adapt to change. The course will also clarify some of the major differences between the Amish and Mennonite culture, differences that many outsiders are curious about but do not fully understand. Life ceremonies such as birth, marriage, and death will be investigated as well as social change and illness issues, for example, Amish medical behavior and problems, mental illness, and suicide patterns. Much of the content of this course will be learned by reading fiction and nonfiction books and articles about Amish culture, researching the culture on the Internet, viewing films and videos portraying Amish culture, participating in discussions and small group work in class at the College, and visiting an authentic, working Amish farm where students will be able to participate in discussions with an Amish family, experience a tour of an Amish farm, and sit down for a meal with the Fisher family (An Old Order Amish Family) in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

Course #: FSP 121-04
Professor: Hornberger, Timothy
Day/s & Time/s: W: 9:00 - 11:50 AM"
12 - Behavioral, Social, and Cultural Perspectives

Narratives of Human Rights

The term'human rights gained currency in the Holocausts wake. This class addresses the way writers, philosophers, and historians have taken up the term since the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. To capture what it means to proclaim a'universal human right, we will study a range of works from different regions and conflicts. Because the places our readings come from and the conditions they describe are so various, we will ask what one needs to know of political and historical context. We will inquire, does context matter when it comes to determining whether rights have been violated? Are literary characters in these works'human, and are they all'human in the same way? How does a'universal declaration shape the way we see the worlds populations? If it makes them equivalent, does that bar us from recognizing their differences? From Holocaust memoirs and Chilean dramas to South African science fiction films and Iranian graphic novels, we will be analyzing how various writers use geography, history, and form to narrate human rights abuses.

Course #: FSP 114-05/06
Professor: McMann, Mindi
Day/s & Time/s: MR: 10 - 11:20 AM
Day/s & Time/s: MR: 12:30 - 1:50 PM
11 - Worldviews and Ways of KnowingGlobal Awareness

Harlem Renaissance: "Black Paris"

This course focuses on the international elements of the Harlem Renaissance, the resonance of which was particularly important in Paris during and after the First World War. Paris became the capital of the Black Diaspora hailing from America, and from Africa and the Caribbean as well. Foundational Diasporic ideas sprung out of the "city of lights" to shape the future of people of African descent. The Pan-African Congress meetings led by Dubois gave birth to the Panafricanist movement, which in turn led to the movement of decolonization. This seminar questions external constructions of race, gender and class between the two World Wars in Paris. This course also offers students an in-depth exploration of the diverse ways that persons of African descent, and others, articulated and analyzed the key issues of their time. Pan-Africanism, Garveyism, The Negritude movement, and "The African Personality" are thoroughly explored, as well as the role of Paris as a crossroad of African cultural production and political consciousness.

Course #: FSP 102-03
Professor: Sow, Moussa
Day/s & Time/s: M: 5:30 - 8:20 PM
10 - Literary, Visual, and Performing ArtsRace and Ethnicity

Constructing/Deconstructing An Icon: Che Guevara in Art & Visual Culture

Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, Bob Marley, John F. Kennedy, Gandhi, Barack Obama icons of popular and political culture litter the popular imagination. This seminar selects Ernesto”Che Guevara as its icon of choice. History has given Guevara many guises, among them revolutionary, guerilla fighter, murderer, doctor, political theorist, and writer. This seminar examines the man *and* the t-shirt to analyze how Guevara crafted his own political image, and how, in turn, Guevara became an iconic image in fashion, art, cinema, and other forms of popular and material culture. We ask: What is the iconization process and how does it take place, particular in the realm of the visual?

Course #: FSP 101-05
Professor: Shestakow, Stephanie
Day/s & Time/s: W: 5:30 - 8:20 PM
10 - Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts

Making Sense of Life--for Life

What does it mean to be a human being? Where is my life going? Is there meaning and purpose to my life? These are the kinds of questions we think about all the time. In this class we will explore some possible answers to these questions by examining worldviews. A worldview is just how someone puts the pieces of life together. We will consider some of the most significant components or areas of any worldview: metaphysics, human nature and ethics, the problem of evil, and the problem of good. We will first examine our contemporary culture and consider some of the underlying assumptions that are presented to usÑthe air that we breathe every day. Then we will explore these prominent areas of a worldview through classic literature, philosophy and film. The emphasis for the course is on thinking, reading, discussion and writing.

Course #: FSP 111-03/04
Professor: Govantes, Pedro
Day/s & Time/s: (FSP 111-03) M: 5:30 - 8:20 PM
Day/s & Time/s: (FSP 111-04) T: 5:30 - 8:20 PM
11 - Worldviews and Ways of Knowing

Leadership for Social Justice

This course examines the critical role of leadership in advancing social justice, with particular attention to successful and failed efforts to address social problems such as poverty, oppression, and civil rights in America. Students probe and critically evaluate various theories and models that attempt to define effective leadership for the public good. The course utilizes an evidence-based, case study analysis of selected leaders, including internationally recognized and lesser known citizen activists, elected public officials, and corporate entrepreneurs. Students investigate the values, traits and competencies demonstrated by effective and ineffectual leaders for positive social change. Texts and supplemental readings include non-fiction and fictional works examining complex problems rooted in social injustice, and the attempts of leaders to ameliorate or eliminate their symptoms. The course also integrates the community engaged learning experiences of students as part of their development as emerging leaders in the Bonner Community Scholars program.

Course #: FSP 125-02
Professor: Scarpati, Antonino
Day/s & Time/s: TF: 12:30 - 1:50 PM
12 - Behavioral, Social, and Cultural PerspectivesCommunity Engagement Learning

Literature Saves the Earth

Beginning with the premise that our planet’s health is in a state of grave crisis, this seminar focuses on literature and techniques of literary analysis that can help us understand and address that crisis. Sub-topics covered include food and agriculture, cyborgs and genetic modification, wilderness preservation, and human/animal relations. Texts include novels such as Frankenstein and Prodigal Summer, non-fiction such as The Omnivore’s Dilemma and Never Cry Wolf, and films such as Into the Wild and Blade Runner.

Course #: FSP 101-06
Professor: McCauley, Lawrence
Day/s & Time/s: MR: 12:30 - 1:50 PM
10 - Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts

The Cultural Phenomenon of Harry Potter

There is much debate about the literary merits of the Harry Potter series. This course investigates those debates and focuses on the novels as a cultural phenomenon. The books have become symbols in larger cultural battles about religious values, literacy and the role of childrens literature in shaping the next generations beliefs about gender, social class, race, imperialism, capitalism and spirituality. Students engage in discussions about complex cultural artifacts that affect ideology and about the ways we define literary merit within contemporary consumer contexts.

Course #: FSP 101-16
Professor: Morgan, Cait
Day/s & Time/s: T: 5:30 - 8:20 PM"
10 - Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts

After the Wall: German and Other Former Soviet Union Films At and After the Collapse

A seminar investigating cinematic representations of the collapse of the Soviet empire: we will focus on the fall of the Berlin wall both as an iconic event and as a real milestone in the genesis of the new Europe in cinematic terms. As such, well center our film study on three German films dealing specifically with the moment: The Lives of Others, Goodbye Lenin! and Herr Lehmann. Then well branch out to some other former FSU states and their films: Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic. The course will aim to generate some original study and research and each student may pursue the subject in a different way.

Course #: FSP 124-01
Professor: Byrne, Terrence
Day/s & Time/s: T: 5 8:50 PM
12 - Behavioral, Social, and Cultural PerspectivesGlobal Awareness

Identity Management

This course will provide students with opportunities to gain insights about different dimensions of their identity. Through readings, class discussions and course assignments, students will be encouraged to explore different lenses for viewing the self and other. Students will examine the role of social statuses such as gender, social class, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, vocation and religion/faith on identity formation. In doing so, this course provides students with a unique opportunity to share their experiences, attitudes, thoughts and emotions regarding how they have come to view themselves and how they perceive themselves to be viewed by others, while in the company of peers with similar and dissimilar backgrounds. Important interpersonal skills are fostered throughout the discussion including .self-awareness, perspective-taking, empathic listening and assertive self-expression.

Course #: FSP 121-18/20
Professor: Zamel, Pamela
Day/s & Time/s: (FSP 121-18) M: 5:30 - 8:20 PM
Day/s & Time/s: (FSP 121-20) W: 5:30 - 8:20 PM
12 - Behavioral, Social, and Cultural Perspectives

The Hero and Trauma

While the hero's journey includes a trajectory from death to redemption, our post 9/11 heroes offer a different kind of traumatic past. Whether it is based from helplessness, chaotic behaviors, unethical decisions, or lack of control over their bodies, our postmodern heroes walk a blurred line between good and evil. Students will be asked to explore how this change in the cultural narrative changes the way we, on a cultural and personal level, view the "true hero." This course will explore the origin story and behaviors of famous heroes such as Gilgamesh, Beowolf, and Odysseus, along with their contemporaries such as Batman, the Hulk, Iron Man, Spiderman and Harry Potter using a post 9/11 lens. Lesser known heroes such as The Piemaker from Pushing Daisies and Katniss from The Hunger Games will be thrown into the mix as newer heroes who must make tough decisions in a world similar to ours (but missing the actual 9/11 event). Issues to be explored will include: what makes this hero postmodern? How does trauma in the hero's world (and in ours) change the way we view the battle of good vs. evil? How does this postmodern condition teach us to explore our own fatal flaws? Discussions will draw from mythological and literary conversations as well as gender, history, and cultural studies. The class will focus on a number of academic readings, novels, comic books, films and TV shows that will explore the new world in which we reside and why a particular group of heroes have decided to join us on this journey, and what messages they are trying to give our post-postmodern world.

Course #: FSP 101-22
Professor: Athzeni, Samantha
Day/s & Time/s: TF: 2:00 - 3:20 PM
10 - Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts

Music and the Holocaust: Culture, Identity, and Ideology

In early twentieth-century Germany, musical culture was a central component of national pride and identity. For many of Germanys Jews, this classical music heritage was a core element of their own identification as German citizens. Indeed, many of Germanys leading singers, conductors, violinists, and pianists were of Jewish background, not to mention such prominent composers as Felix Mendelssohn and Gustav Mahler. With the rise of religious and 'racial anti-Semitism in the later nineteenth century and the institution of anti-Semitic legislation by the Nazi regime of Adolf Hitler music became a principal battleground of cultural and 'racial ideology. In short order classical music became, for some, an arbiter of what it meant to be German, and, for others, pushed to the point of extinction, what it meant to be a human being. This course begins by examining some of the controversies surrounding music as a means of commemorating the Holocaust before addressing the larger historical perspective of Jewish experience within German culture from the late eighteenth to the early twentieth centuries. There follows an examination of the nature of right wing music ideology and the means by which it was transformed into state policy after 1933. The central focus of the course rests upon the years of the Nazi regime from 1933 to 1945, during which Jews were first ejected from public musical life and finally either forced into emigration or hiding, or herded into concentration camps. Throughout this period the Jews themselves continued to cultivate a vibrant musical life, first through the officially sanctioned Jewish Cultural Association in Germany (1933-1941) and then, after the annexation of Austria and Czechoslovakia in 1938 and 1939, within the concentration camps themselves, including the notorious death camp of Auschwitz. Particularly significant is the flowering of cultural activity in Theresienstadt near Prague, where the Nazis created a self governing 'city for the Jews intended to show the world that their racial policies were benign. Theresienstadt was in fact a potemkin village whose facade of normalcy masked the fact that it was little more than an antechamber to the death camps in the east. Nevertheless, under primitive conditions, the concerts, opera, theater, and cabaret within Theresienstadt were of the highest quality and give evidence of the way the inmates used culture as a form of spiritual resistance. The final section of the course returns to an examination of the role of music in post war commemorations of the Holocaust in film and concert life.

Course #: FSP 134-04
Professor: Hailey, Chris
Day/s & Time/s: MR: 12:30 - 1:50 PM
13 - Social Change in Historical PerspectiveGlobal Awareness

Ability and Dis/Ability: Deconstructing and Disrupting the Social and Cultural Gaze

Disability is ubiquitous and permeates literary narratives, medical narratives, films, television, common discourse and other spaces. Disability tends to be subjected to our'gaze in some way or the other and continually captures our curiosity. Interestingly while it evokes fascination, it also disrupts closely held notions of health, normalcy, ability and the body. This disruption is typically dealt with by finding a way to'reign in the difference, situate it in a specific space, or identify a rational explanation. Paradoxically, although disability is visible everywhere and evokes our curiosity, it is rendered invisible in other ways. This course is about the social and cultural gaze directed towards disability and what that tells us about our assumptions on binaries such as ability/disability, our notions of body and movement as well as our perceptions of normalcy. The course introduces students to the field of Disability Studies and encourages them to critically examine their gaze and challenge and deconstruct the taken for granted assumptions about disability. The course focuses on how disability is presented in literary narratives, films, as well as other forms of discourse. Issues of agency and citizenship are examined through personal narratives and the accounts of people with disabilities on the web and blogosphere. Embracing an interdisciplinary approach, the course traces the origins of disability studies in the UK and the US and the intersectional conversations with critical studies, feminist disability studies, post colonial disability studies and disability studies in education.

Course #: FSP 121-08
Professor: Rao, Shridevi
Day/s & Time/s: TF: 12:30 - 1:50 PM
12 - Behavioral, Social, and Cultural Perspectives

The Impact of Globalization

With the advancement of new technology, communications between people have been greatly enhanced. However, the initiatives and the practices of globalization, such as the results of exporting free market democracy, have created a complex series of economic, social, technological, cultural, and political changes in the world. This seminar addresses many relevant issues with respect to changes, conflicts, doubts, problems, and possible solutions. Students have a chance to read many resources as well as to watch many films to explore issues seriously, including the continuing struggle for development in poor countries; the relationship between globalization, inequality and poverty; the fate of cultural diversity in a globalizing world; and issues of gender, ethnicity, the environment, social justice, and human rights.

Course #: FSP 124-02/03
Professor: Pan,Chyuan
Day/s & Time/s: (FSP 124-02) W: 5:30 - 8:20 PM
Day/s & Time/s: (FSP 124-03) R: 5:30 - 8:20 PM
12 - Behavioral, Social, and Cultural PerspectivesGlobal Awareness

The Machine Stops: Dystopias, Real and Imagined

Will scientists really begin to breed human clones to be used as spare parts as we age? Will religious dogma some day supplant the US Constitution? Will gated communities eventually militarize their borders against newcomers? Is Big Brother still watching?

Over the past century, authors and film-makers have captured many of our communal anxieties about the future in both novels and films known as dystopias. This course will explore how real-life social unrest and anxieties about issues such as technological and medical innovations, religious and cultural trends, international conflicts, and political policies are reflected in fictional dystopic texts. We will focus on British and North American novels and films in addition to non-fiction works that complement each dystopia. The course will culminate in a special unit on the recent proliferation of young adult dystopias; course participants will partner with local middle school students for a culminating young adult book club project.

Course #: FSP 101-09
Professor: Peel, Anne
Day/s & Time/s: TF: 12:30 - 1:50 PM
10 - Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts

Life In, Out, and After College

Students often hear college will be'the best four years of your life, and it certainly can be. But most students fail to make the most of their college years, fall into common social patterns, rarely venture outside the'college bubble, and avoid thoughts of life after college. The reality, however, is that paths to adulthood have grown longer and more harrowing, and those who ignore these realities only make their path more difficult. This seminar will explore the sociology of American youth and young adults, examine changes to the social and cultural worlds that youth and young adults inhabit, and compare patterns of navigating our post-modern and globalizing world.

Course #: FSP 121-01/02
Professor: Clydesdale, Timothy
Day/s & Time/s: (FSP 121-01) TF: 8:30 - 9:50 AM
Day/s & Time/s: (FSP 121-02) TF: 10 - 11:20 AM"
12 - Behavioral, Social, and Cultural Perspectives

Children and the Arts

What constitutes authentic art experiences for children? How do the arts develop children cognitively, socially, emotionally and physically? Why is creativity and play important for children? How does culture influence childrens experiences with the arts? What can we learn from analyzing children's art? In this course, we will explore these questions and more as we discuss art theory and practice across four disciplines: aesthetics, art criticism, art history and art production. Through readings, class activities, speakers, and a museum trip, we will examine the role of the arts within various contexts of childrens lives, including: schools, homes, museums, outdoor spaces, as well as therapeutic environments.

Course #: FSP 101-13
Professor: Ammentorp, Louise
Day/s & Time/s: W: 5 - 8:00 PM
10 - Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts

Nature on your plate: connecting your food choices to the natural world

Humans have actively shaped natural resources to meet our needs for food, pleasure and comfort. Technological advances, particularly in the US, have allowed a few people to harvest food for many. That means that most Americans are far removed from the connection between nature and the food we eat. This course will explore the barriers between nature and your plate and the consequences of our industrialized food system. We will start with explorations of specific foods that most Americans eat to discover their connections to the natural world and how individual food choices make a difference. The course will build toward a broader discussion of our moral responsibility to take care of the natural world. We will read books and articles, watch documentaries, and discuss the complexities of our food choices.

Course #: FSP 121-19
Professor: Thornton, Leeann
Day/s & Time/s: TF: 10 - 11:20 AM
12 - Behavioral, Social, and Cultural PerspectivesCommunity Engagement Learning