FSEM Courses

Welcome! Here you'll find a full list of all Fall 2017 First-Year Seminar (FSEM) offerings. Browse through the pages of classes, select a course from the first dropdown menu, or browse by subject area. Please note that this site shows the FSEMs regardless of whether or not they are full, so there is no guarantee that a course will still be open at the time of your registration.

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    FSEM 100F | The French New Wave: Cinema and Society
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    In this FSEM, we will examine the major directors and films of this movement, as well as the the themes and social issues that animate these works. We will explore how these films revolutionized film production, form, and the portrayal of political and social changes.

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    FSEM 100G4 | Race & Revolution
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    A section of this FSEM is designated as an honors course and satisfies the requirements for students enrolled in the University Honors Program. In this course, we will explore the life and work of James Farmer, an exemplary leader of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement who taught at Mary Washington during the 1990s, the historical background to the black freedom revolution, and its ongoing relevance to our contemporary dialogues, interactions, and policies about race in the U.S. We will investigate the history of the concept of race and its impact on how we perceive ourselves and the world.

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    FSEM 100H3 | Representing the Holocaust in German and American Culture
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    Are the 2,711 monumental concrete steles of the recently opened Holocaust Memorial in Berlin an appropriate way to remember the victims? This seminar will investigate the particular strengths and limits of a wide range of texts and images, facts and fictions, that each in its own way claims to represent some “truth” of the Holocaust.

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    FSEM 100J9 | History of Genocides
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    This section of FSEM is designated as an honors course and satisfies the requirements for students enrolled in the University Honors Program. This FSEM is an exploration of the modern history of human rights, humanitarianism, and war crimes, conducted through the examination of several cases of mass violence, some of which have come to be labeled “genocide.”

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    FSEM 100K3 | Digital Don Quixote
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    In this course you will get to know more about what many consider the first modern novel—beyond windmills and Broadway’s “To Dream the Impossible Dream. In Digital Don Quixote we will use digital tools to aid us in the study of selections of Cervantes’ novel in English, and we will use the novel as a springboard into many of the major topics of digital studies (DS) and digital humanities (DH).

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    FSEM 100K8 | Who Am I This Time? Presenting the Self
    Presenting the Self

    Throughout time, people have crafted public selves that differ from their private and internal selves. This first-year seminar will draw on the fields of social psychology, English literature, art and art history, film studies, digital humanities, and education to investigate the ways that people construct varied selves in everyday life.

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