FSEM Courses

Welcome! Here you'll find a full list of all Fall 2018 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 100F7 | No Place Like Home: Housing and Society

    Suburb or city? Single-family home, row house or apartment? Where we live influences our access to schools, jobs, transportation options, safety (or crime), and many other life-altering opportunities. We will also think about how inequality is woven into all of these housing situations; examining how race, class, gender, age, and sexuality may each influence our housing choices, or contribute to our lack of choices.

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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 100H3 | Representing the Holocaust in German and American Culture

    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 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 100K9 | Past, Present, and Future Trends in Commerce*

    This course examines how commerce has been conducted in the past and present. Students will review the evolution of commerce and will review, discuss, and theorize how it will change in the future. Students will evaluate historic and current patterns of trade, research the potential of expected changes to the business environment, and summarize the advantages and disadvantages of a potential change.

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    FSEM 100L4 | So You Think You Want to be a Teacher?

    The topic of education continues to be a hot topic with parents, community members, politicians, media, and corporations. This seminar explores current issues in education using information presented in the media and in peer-reviewed educational research, including, but not limited to, topics such as special education, high-stakes testing, Common Core, English Language Learners, and learning through play.

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    FSEM 100M7 | Beyond the Selfie: Exploring Digital Identities

    This class is an exploration of how digital technologies and networked culture are influencing our sense of self and community, from the crafting and presentation of personal identity, to the empowerment of individual voices to create and affect change, to the building of communal narratives and spaces in an increasingly global and networked society.

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