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Fall 2007


General Education Info: GFR | GEP (for students starting Fall 2007)



FYS 101A  The Divine Comedy                                       3 credits

(PermReq) Grade Method: REG
          GEP/GFR:Meets  AH.  Dante's  Divine Comedy
          is   one  of  the  great  works  of  world
          literature.  Containing numerous allusions
          and  references, it paints the historical,
          political,  and  sociological  portrait of
          Florence  and other areas  of Italy during
          the  author's lifetime. Above all, Dante's
          trip through Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise
          represents  the journey the soul must make
          to find God.
[7855] 0101 TuTh......10:00am-11:15am (FA  530)       ROSENTHAL, A


FYS 101D  Turning to One Another: Beliefs and                     3 credits
          Behaviors                                         

(PermReq) Grade Method: REG
          GEP/GFR:Meets AH.  This course is oriented
          toward  the exploration  of questions that
          are  both  personal  and  global  in their
          orientation.   What  do  I  believe  about
          others?  What  is the  relationship I want
          with  the  earth?  When  and  where  do  I
          experience   sacred?   Conversations  will
          occur  around  topics  such  as  these  to
          expand and inform our understanding of how
          our  beliefs and behaviors  have the power
          to transform.
[7856] 0101 TuTh.......2:30pm- 3:45pm (ITE 239)       LEE, D


FYS 101P  Arts, Humanities, or Sciences: Which Road               3 credits
          to Reality?                                       

(PermReq) Grade Method: REG
          GEP/GFR:Meets   AH.    Students   in  this
          course,  irrespective  of  their  academic
          majors,  are taken on  an exploratory path
          of   study  that  attempts  to  provide  a
          balanced   intellectual   picture  of  the
          essence  of knowledge  and the acquisition
          of  knowledge. We ask  the bseic question:
          Which   view  of  humanity  and  nature  -
          science, poetry, or art - is right?
[7863] 0101 TuTh......10:00am-11:15am (SOND209)       WELCH, G


FYS 102A  Images of Madness                                       3 credits

(PermReq) Grade Method: REG
          GEP/GFR:Meets  SS.   This  course  reviews
          Academy   Award  winning  films  depicting
          mental  illness to  consider the influence
          of   motion   pictures   on   the   public
          perception of social issues, policies, and
          services.  We  will analyze  films using a
          historical  framework  and  with  assigned
          readings     that     address     cultural
          stereotypes,  societal attitudes,  and the
          public's   response   toward  people  with
          mental illness.
[7858] 0101 Tu.........4:30pm- 7:00pm (SOND203)       TICE, C


FYS 102C  Diversity, Ethics and Social Justice in                 3 credits
          the Context of                                    

(PermReq) Grade Method: REG
          GEP/GFR:Meets  SS.   We  will  explore and
          mediate the tensions that exist in current
          reform efforts as schools endeavor to meet
          the needs of diverse students. This course
          will  use  an  inquiry-based  approach  to
          examine federal and local policies and how
          they impact students, schools and society.
[7859] 0101 MW.........3:00pm- 4:15pm (ACIV121)       OLIVA, L


FYS 102F  Contrasting Visions of Society                          3 credits

(PermReq) Grade Method: REG
          GEP/GFR:Meets  SS.   This  course  will be
          based  on reading  four influential works,
          Adam  Smith's  Wealth of  Nations, Plato's
          Republic,   Marx   and  Engels'  Communist
          Manifesto,   and  Max  Weber's  Protestant
          Ethic  and the Spirit of Capitalism, which
          set  forth contrasting visions of society.
          It will aim to develop an understanding of
          each  of  these  texts  and  the contrasts
          betwen the visions of society.
[7857] 0101 TuTh.......4:00pm- 5:15pm (SOND204)       MITCH, D


FYS 103A  Computation as an Experimental Tool                     3 credits

(PermReq) Grade Method: REG
          GEP/GFR:Meets  M.   The  course introduces
          students  to  the ubiquity  of mathematics
          and  its applications in the modern world.
          Covered topics such as chaos, fractals and
          automata  theory are used to model various
          natural  and  scientific  phenomena  -  in
          fact, they are inherent in nature itself.
[7860] 0101 MW.........2:30pm- 3:45pm (ENGR333)       SURI, M


FYS 103B  Paradigms and Paradoxes: An Attempt to                  3 credits
          Understand the                                    

(PermReq) Grade Method: REG
          GEP:Meets                    Sci(non-lab).
          GFR:Biol/PhySci(non-lab).   There  are  at
          least  two kinds of scientific activities:
          acquiring   and   generating   data,   and
          inquiring  and generating general modes of
          understanding.  The latter activities will
          dominate this course.  The course contents
          include  discussions  of  some  remarkable
          features   of   the  universe:  the  class
          discussions    will    require   no   more
          scientific  background  than  gained  from
          high school chemistry and mathematics.
[7861] 0101 MW.........2:30pm- 3:45pm (MP  102)       LIEBMAN, J


FYS 103C  Issues in Biotechnology                                 3 credits

(PermReq) Grade Method: REG
          GEP:Meets                    Sci(non-lab).
          GFR:Biol/PhySci(non-lab).          Through
          directed  readings, class discussions, and
          student  presentations, this  seminar will
          focus   on   understanding  these  various
          aspects  of  modern biotechnology  with an
          emphasis    on   its   scientific   basis.
          Practical  demonstrations  and  visits  to
          UMBC     labs    using    biotechnological
          techniques  will  be an  important part of
          the  course to illustrate  how the methods
          theoretically   discussed   in  class  are
          actually done.
[7862] 0101 TuTh.......2:30pm- 3:45pm (BIOL461)       CRAIG, N


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