FSEM Courses

Welcome! Here you’ll find a full list of all Fall 2021 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 100A4 | Autism in Contemporary Literature and Film

    This course will explore how an intensive immersion experience with cinematic and literary representations of autism might serve as a test case for how the neurodiversity perspective may not only help increase our awareness of popular attitudes toward disability but also even lead to acceptance and appreciation of autism as a natural form of human variation and difference.

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    FSEM 100E7 | Finding Fashion

    Don’t think fashion is that important, or that you do not pay attention to fashion? Think again–fashion theory deeply affects how we portray ourselves to others and craft our personal images.

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

    In this course we will explore ideas about ability and disability and how those ideas relates to artists’ lives and their artmaking as well as to 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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    FSEM 100T3 | Disney’s America

    The name “Disney” may initially conjure fanciful images of Walt Disney theme parks, Mickey Mouse, or the Marvel Cinematic Universe. For some, the name “Disney” reflects decades of corporate greed, or troubling depictions of race and gender in film. Oth …

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    FSEM 100T8 | Irish Theatre and Political Reform 

    Interested in theatre, social justice, and the social history of Ireland? If so, then you’re in the right place. In this FSEM, students will learn about theatre and the political environment in Ireland by looking at key moments in the 20th century and …

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