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Fall 2008


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



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 basic question:
          Which   view  of  humanity  and  nature  -
          science, poetry, or art - is right?
[3210] 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.
[3211] 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.
[3212] 0101 M..........3:00pm- 4:15pm (ACIV208)       WILLIAMS, V
            W..........3:00pm- 4:15pm (ACIV121)


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.
[3213] 0101 TuTh.......2:30pm- 3:45pm (SOND207)       MITCH, D


FYS 102I  The United States and Iran Since World War              3 credits
          II                                                

(PermReq) Grade Method: REG
          GEP/GFR:Meets SS.  The next U.S. president
          will  face  no more  vexing foreign policy
          challenge    than    managing    America's
          difficult relationship with Iran. Timed to
          coincide  with  the  2008  elections, this
          course   will  examine  the  evolution  of
          U.S.-Iranian    relations    since   1945,
          focusing  closely  on  the  roots  of  the
          differences   separating   the  two  sides
          today,  as  well as on  potential paths to
          dÅtente.   These   perspectives   and  the
          bridges  we build between  them will allow
          us  the  richest possible  picture of this
          complex relationship.
[7742] 0101 W..........4:30pm- 7:00pm (PUP 354)       HAGERTY, D


FYS 102J  France Under German Occupation:                         3 credits
          Collaboration, Resistance, Survival               

(PermReq) Grade Method: REG
          GEP/GFR:Meets  SS.  The  German occupation
          of  France during the Second World War was
          one of the most devastating events in that
          country's  history.  Its  effects are felt
          even  today. In this course, we will study
          the period of the occupation and will look
          at the noteworthy individuals involved and
          the   ordinary  people  whose  lives  were
          turned  upside down. We will also consider
          the  vexing question of  who resisted, who
          collaborated,  and  who  simply  tried  to
          survive.   From all this,  we will attempt
          to  draw lessons regarding the behavior of
          people under extreme stress.
[7741] 0101 TuTh......10:00am-11:15am (FA  530)       ROSENTHAL, A


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.
          Required: Math placement above MATH 106.
[3214] 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.
[3215] 0101 MW.........2:30pm- 3:45pm (MP  102)       LIEBMAN, J


FYS 103K  Chasing Lightening: Sferics, Tweeks, and                3 credits
          Whistlers                                         

(PermReq) Grade Method: REG
          GEP:Meets                    Sci(non-lab).
          GFR:Biol/PhySci(non-lab).    We  all  know
          what   lightning   looks   like  during  a
          thunderstorm, but the visible flash we see
          is only part of the story. This is because
          lightning  also generates light with other
          frequencies  that we from lightning, these
          other    frequencies    can    carry   the
          lightning's  energy hundreds  or thousands
          of  miles across the  surface of the Earth
          in  the  form  of  special  signals called
          "tweeks"  and  "sferics".  Some  of  these
          signals  can even travel tens of thousands
          of  miles out into  space before returning
          to  the  Earth  as  "whistlers".  In  this
          seminar,  you  will learn  about the basic
          physics  of  lightning,  thunderstorms and
          the  Earth's atmosphere and  then you will
          build  a special  electronic receiver that
          will  allow  you to listen  to the signals
          generated  by  lightning  as  far  away as
          other continents.
[7743] 0101 TuTh.......4:30pm- 6:00pm (PHYS209)       ROUS, P


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