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 100C7 | Sexuality in Southern Literature

      This section of FSEM is designated as an honors course and satisfies the requirements for students enrolled in the University Honors Program. This Honors first-year seminar will explore how southern literature of the twentieth and twenty-first c …

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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

    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. 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 | 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 100J9 | History of Genocides
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    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 100M6 | The Grail Legend

    The origins of the Grail Legend are buried too deeply in our mythographic history to be clearly established. Students will examine how the Grail Legend takes on a life of its own in the literary history of Europe, and they will develop an independent project that reflects solid methodology appropriate to their topic.

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