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 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 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 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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    FSEM 100M8 | Passion to Action

    “What are you going to do with that?” If you haven’t been asked that about your college degree yet, you will be. The answer isn’t just about getting a job, though. This course will help you connect with UMW and to build the habits that make you a happy, productive member of your family, work group, and community

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    FSEM 100N5 | Economic Inequality: End of the American Dream?

    This section of FSEM is designated as an honors course and satisfies the requirements for students enrolled in the University Honors Program. The United States has long been thought of as a classless society—or more precisely, one in which nearly everyone is middle class. The average wage rate, adjusted for inflation, has remained stagnant, and the majority of income gains in the U.S. have gone to those already with the highest incomes. What has caused these trends? Most importantly, what, if anything, can and should be done about them?

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    FSEM 100P8 | Queer Space: The Geographies of Sexualities

    Instead of thinking about places as simply the background setting of our sexual identities, we will engage with the ways in which they actively aid in constituting our sexualities. As an exploration of “queer space,” this course will focus mainly on the construction of spaces, communities, and neighborhoods by sexual and gender minority LGBTQ-identified people.

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