FSEM Courses

Welcome! Here you’ll find a full list of all Fall 2020 First-Year Seminar (FSEM) offerings. Browse through the pages of classes, select a course from the first drop down 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 100 | Sinatra’s America

    Frank Sinatra was a dominant figure in American culture for much of the twentieth century, embroiled in everything from music and film to politics and the mafia. He was an embodiment of American complexities, and he is worth talking about.

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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 100J2 | Creating Arts and Ideas

    This course is an introduction to the formulation of ideas for making art. Through research and discussion, students will develop their ability to use visual art as a means of communication.

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    FSEM 100L6 | It’s Alive! Horror on the Stage

    Haunted houses, dismemberment on stage, audience “splash zones” for blood…. Live performers have been terrifying audiences long before the advent of the horror film, and they continue to explore new ways to pull the audience into their horror fantasies. This seminar will explore horror in live performance, which includes traditional theatre (Shakespeare), interactive performances (haunted houses), and popular culture events (historical freak shows).

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    FSEM 100N7 | Architecture Now

    This FSEM is an introduction to current and cutting edge developments in contemporary architecture. Except for a historical background survey, this discussion-based course focuses on the architecture of the late 20th and 21st century.

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    FSEM 100Q2 | The Beauty that Differences Give Us: Art, Art History, and Disability Studies

    In this course we will explore ideas about ability and disability, how that relates to artists’ lives and their artmaking, and notions about problematic terms such as “normal,” “disabled,” and “disability.” We’ll try to understand the ways in which we are different and differently abled, the ways in which art can help us to see and understand those ideas, and the ways in which those ideas can change how we move in, interact with, and structure our lives and worlds.

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