First Year Seminar

Spring 2006

FYS 101B  First Year Seminar (AH) Science Verses                  3 credits
          Religion: The Battle of Evolution                 

(PermReq) Grade Method: REG
          GFR/GER:Meets  A/H. GDR:Meets H.  There is
          no  more  classic argument  than that over
          the    superiority   of   science   versus
          religion.    This   debate   has   sparked
          controversy  for centuries on many issues,
          but   has   been  most  prominent  in  the
          discussion  of evolution. Did Darwin empty
          the churches of Europe? Does the theory of
          evolution   point   to   a  world  without
          purpose?   Is   evolution   an   atheists'
          religion?  Should  "creation  science"  be
          taught  in state schools?  With both sides
          deeply  entrenched in  their perspectives,
          little  dialogue has actually taken place.
          This  interdisciplinary  course is  such a
          dialogue.  With reading  spanning history,
          biology,   sociology,   and  theology,  we
          explore the origins of modern science, the
          ideological  split between  the Church and
          science,  the rise of evolutionary theory,
          and  the  Creationist  response.  We  will
          trace  the debate from the 15th Century to
          present day. The goal of the course is not
          to resolve the debate on Evolution, but to
          understand  the origin,  construction, and
          impact  of both perspectives.  for some it
          will  be  an  intellectual  exercise,  for
          others   a  journey  into  their  personal
          beliefs.  Much class time will be occupied
          by  student presentations,  panel debates,
          and     class    discussions,    requiring
          everybody's  active  participation.  There
          will   also   be  regular  video  sessions
          looking  at  prominent  debates.  Students
          will  write  both  reflective  essays  and
          factual  reports, requiring  research from
          the  library,  internet,  video  and audio
[2981] 0101 TuTh.......2:30pm- 3:45pm (ACIV461)       FREELAND, S

FYS 104   First Year Seminar (C) Intercultural                    3 credits
          Exploration Through Film                          

(PermReq) Grade Method: REG
          GFR/GER:Meets  C. GDR:Not  applicable.  We
          find ourselves inundated with visual media
          whose  principle raison d'etre is to exert
          influence in subtle and often hidden ways.
          The  rigor with which we focus on in-depth
          analyses of text intended to elicit deeper
          meaning  and significance is not generally
          brought  to the task of deciphering visual
          material    that   surrounds   our   daily
          existence  in  a multliplicity  of formats
          through  the mass media.  At the same time
          we find ourselves thrust into a world that
          everyday  becomes  more  globally centered
          and  one  in which  cultural knowledge and
          sensitivity have never been more paramount
          to   the   survival   of   complex  modern
          societies.  Through an  intensive study of
          contemporary   intercultural   cinema  and
          readings  on  the  art of  film making, we
          will  confront both of these issues.  Film
          will  be grouped into  thematic units that
          include:   Unit   1:   The   Intercultural
          Experience  of the  Immigrant Family; Unit
          2:  The Intercultural  Experience in Times
          of   War;   Unit   3:   The  Intercultural
          Experience  in Times of Peace. Because the
          films themselves are the core materials of
          the course, it is mandatory to attend each
          class,  participate in discussions, and do
          the required reading for each session.
[2982] 0101 Tu.........4:30pm- 7:00pm (ACIV219)       BELL, A

FYS 105A  First Year Seminar The Voice of an Engaged              3 credits
          Citizen: Vote, Advocate, Volunteer,               
          Respond, Act...How?                               

(PermReq) Grade  Method: REG What does it mean to be
          a   knowledgeable,   active,  enthusiastic
          citizen? Often we take for granted that we
          live in a democracy, and we pay too little
          attention      to      exercising      our
          responsibilities    in   maintaining   our
          nation's  ideals and principles. Given the
          challenges  that we obviously  face now in
          this  new  millennium, a  renewed sense of
          the importance of citizenship and personal
          responsibility  is urgently required by us
          all.  How  can  the  individual's  role in
          decision-making be enhanced and practiced?
          How  have  individuals  made  a difference
          throughout  history? What  is different or
          the  same about then and now? This seminar
          course  will  address  these  and  related
          questions  and issues with  a focus on how
          the  Internet  is  used  as  a  medium for
          finding  information about citizenship and
          for  advocating  and  practicing citizenly
          conduct.  During  the  semester,  students
          will work individually and in small groups
          to   learn   about   the   definition   of
          citizenship and the use of the Internet to
          practice citizenship. Also considered will
          be  the  Internet's  impact  on democratic
          governance.  Students  will: learn  how to
          search   for   information  on  well-known
          Internet  sites  and  those that  are less
          frequently   used;  write  essays  on  the
          results  of those searches  and will learn
          to  critically  evaluate  the  accuracy of
          what  is  being  presented  on-line; share
          their  discoveries in  class through short
          presentations   and   group   discussions.
          Experiencing  how to write and speak about
          the variety of opinions that surrounds any
          kind   of   research   endeavor  within  a
          comfortable  setting  will  help  students
          gain skills and confidence in their use of
          these  essential  tools  for  their future
          academic  and vocations  success.  It will
          bring   participants   a  step  closer  to
          understanding  how personal  decisions and
          understandings  are frequently not as much
          our own as we might perceive them to be.
[2984] 0101 TuTh......11:30am-12:45pm (ITE 469)       EMURIAN, H

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