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

    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

    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 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 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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    FSEM 100KK | Banned and Dangerous Art

    Can a work of art really be dangerous? Why do we ban some art? This course will consider these and other philosophical questions about art, particularly art that has been judged dangerous or has been censored or banned.

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    FSEM 100L1 | The Beatles in the 21st Century
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    The Beatles were four boys from a small English city, who had no formal music education, and who only released about nine hours of music while they were together, but their cultural impact cannot be overstated. This course looks to explore what the Beatles meant to our culture both in the Sixties and now, and to track the artistic evolution and inheritance of the Fab Four.

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