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Below is a list of the First Year Seminars available in the Fall of 2012.  Students will be asked to select their top three choices at Orientation.  Although every effort will made made to provide one of your top choices, this schedule is subject to change.  MWF = Monday, Wednesday, Friday/ MW = Monday, Wednesday/ TTH = Tuesday, Thursday

FYS 1100-01: Environmental Conservation vs. Preservation
MWF 11:30 to 12:20, Belknap G-2 - Jennifer Demchak
This course investigates the history of two environmental movements: preservation vs. conservation. It looks at John Muir and Gifford Pinchot and how their diaries tell the story of the similar, but opposing ideas of environmental protection that existed 100 years ago. The course will then look at a manifesto written using both men’s ideas (along with others) and how human choice can affect such large scale problems as global climate change and species extinction. The first-year seminar focuses on ethical frameworks for evaluating human decisions and what effects may be seen in the natural world.  It will also encourage students to become engaged members of the university learning community, exploring the context of the Mansfield University experience through the perspective of a liberal arts education. It also will help students explore the means by which they can succeed as students at the university.

FYS 1100-03: Science in History and Culture
MWF 9:30 to 10:20, Grant 122 - Barry Ganong
This course explores the concept of science, its role in our contemporary society, and how it has affected history and culture over the course of four millennia. Particular attention will be paid to significant advances in science and how they have contributed to the evolution of our self-consciousness, our worldviews, and the ways in which we approach knowledge in general.

FYS 1100-04: The Art and History of the Book 
MW 6:15 to 7:30, Allen 213 - Kathryn Anderson
This course introduces first-year students to the changing historical perspectives and conceptual attitudes of the book as a work of art and an object of intellectual and multicultural significance. Students will explore scholarly and creative aspects of book structure and design, content and meaning, and hands-on artistic methods inherent to the development of books from the beginning of recorded time to present day.

Media Literacy (2 different sections of the same course)
FYS 1100-05  TTh 1:00 to 2:15, Allen 203 - Chuck Hoy
FYS 1100-06  MWF 2:30 to 3:20, Belknap G-2 - Chuck Hoy
Mass media is a pervasive and persuasive institution of society and is available instantaneously through a variety of different venues and technologies. The messages audiences receive can and do result in both negative and positive effects. Knowing and improving media literacy can help media consumers mitigate the negative effects while enhancing the positive effects of media content. This course serves to provide the knowledge and tools to allow for more informed and intelligent consumption of mass media.

Media and Pop Culture (2 different sections of the same course)
FYS 1100-07  TTh 10:00 to 11:15, Retan 109 - James Lohrey
FYS 1100-08  TTh 1:00 to 2:15, Retan 109 - James Lohrey
This course will present and evaluate current and relevant items in the news, media, and pop culture. Students will examine the role of media and how it impacts TV, future films, public relations, magazine sales, downloaded singles and/or radio airplay. Students will become more media literate and critical consumers of information.

Zombies! FYS 1100-09 TTh 10:00 to 11:15, Belknap 101--Daniel Mason

What's Your Brand? Developing Identity (2 different sections of the same course)
FYS 1100-10  MWF 1:30 to 2:20, Butler G-2 - Holly Pieper
FYS 1100-11  MWF 2:30 to 3:20, Butler G-2 - Holly Pieper
Who are you? What makes you different and unique? How will you stand out? Other’s perceptions of you, your actions, appearance, behavior, communication style and online conduct all play a role in defining your identity. Can you build your own personal brand? This course will prepare the first-year student to develop, manage, and market their own identity or "brand" on campus and in the community. The principles of public relations will be examined and applied to a student’s professionalism, ethical conduct, and social responsibility.

FYS 1100-13: Animal Minds and Morality
MW 2:30 to 3:45, Retan 106 - Ira Newman

An interdisciplinary study of moral behavior and concepts as they may appear in both human and animal behavior.  Questions to be considered: What are the philosophical concepts upon which human morality is based?  Is emotion or reasoning the dominant conception in human morality?  Do animals have the mentality to exhibit moral behavior?   Can animals, for example, feel empathy for one another?  Is it plausible to claim human morality evolved from animal morality?   What is special about literary treatments of complex moral problems, and can these be understood using animal behavior as a model?   Philosophical, scientific, and literary approaches will be compared and assessed on these issues, through primary source readings in each. 

FYS 1100-14:  There Are No Bears in Moscow
MWF 10:30 to 11:20, Belknap 101 - Jeff Bosworth
A generation ago, the USSR was a communist superpower aligned against the United States in the Cold War struggle. While communism and the Cold War ended, Russia remains a powerful country, with a significant military, a growing economy, and a massive source of raw materials (such as oil and natural gas). It is the largest country in the world by area (spanning 11 time zones), 9th largest by population, and 6th largest economy. For many Americans, Russia is the land of bears, snow and vodka. This course addresses the historical foundations and political system, as well as its varied and rich cultural heritage. It includes an examination of the economy, religion, population, literature, music, and language.

FYS 1100-15:  My Life in Pictures 
MWF 11:30 to 12:20, Butler 102 - Sheryl Monkelien
Photographs have always been used to record special events, places and people. Collecting and examining old family pictures can aid in the discovery of a person’s history. Taking photos of important aspects of life today can help define current and future life plans. Through photographs and written narrative, students will discover their own family history, discuss where they are today and describe their future.

FYS 1100-16: Ah-Choo!  - Why Do I Get Sick? (or What is Disease?)
MWF 1:30 to 2:20, Grant G-10 - Robert Maris

Disease is a fundamental component of civilization.  This process has influenced every aspect of human existence, since the beginning of time.  In this course, we will examine the basic processes that underlie disease to facilitate a better understanding of the causes, progression, and effects of specific diseases.  Topics covered include:  cancer, genetic diseases, bacterial infections, viruses, fungal disorders, animal parasites, systemic diseases, and immune diseases.  Focus will be given to diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, and possible prevention of diseases.

FYS 1100-17: Grimm Variations: Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm to the Present 
MWF 10:30 to 11:20, Belknap 102- Lynn Pifer

This course examines famous and not so famous stories from the oral tradition commonly known as Fairy Tales. Students will read, discuss, and write about fairy tales recorded by the Brothers Grimm and variations of these tales in other works of literature, film, and television.

FYS 1100-18: The Journey
TTh 10:00 to 11:15, Retan 105 Jessica Trump, Christina Hale:
This course explores the learning, growth, and development that take place along life’s journeys. Through various readings, dialogues, and personal reflections, students will be encouraged to examine their own journey, specifically as they transition to college, in comparison to the journey of others. It forces first-year students to consider how each decision we make influences the outcome of our journey and also how the decisions of others affect our own outcomes. The course also investigates the context of each person’s journey from the viewpoint of several disciplines, including history and political science, the social sciences, environmental science, and philosophy. This course encourages students to become engaged members of the university learning community, exploring the context of Mansfield University undergraduate experience through the perspective of the liberal arts curriculum. It also will help students explore the means by which they can succeed as students at the university and how to use the various support services of the university.

FYS 1100-19: Type and Clay: Creating Identity
MW 4:00 to 5:15, Allen 022 - Mardi Whitehouse
From the ancient Sumerian civilization in Mesopotamia, who made wedge-like marks in cuneiforms as a means of communication—to the decorated vessels from which we eat and drink today—typography and clay have been partners for thousands of years as they exist in our world as both functional objects and sculptural art. This First Year Seminar will explore the histories, forms, and artistic expressions associated with these two mediums, while examining the various ‘hats’ worn by students, which reflect and shape their identity. Readings, lectures, discussions, and projects will facilitate creative expression, information research, and the everyday hurdles of being a new college student.

FYS-1100-20: Courts and the Media:  Trials and Errors
TTh 4:00-5:15, Belknap G-3 – Nancy Clemens
An examination of the impact that advances in media are having on our nation’s courts.  It includes a survey of America’s court system and an in-depth analysis of three current issues:  (1) social media and the courts; (2) portrayal of courts in novels, on television, and in movies; and (3) cameras in the courtroom and access to justice.  Emphasis will also be placed on exploring these issues from perspectives other than those of criminal justice professionals. 

FYS 1100-21: Public Issues in a Global Economy
MWF 2:30 to 3:20, Elliot-101 - Carl Smith
This course is about public issues of our times. The class examines issues such as offshoring of business, pollution, wage differential between men and women, government debt, and other issues. Many issues may be considered non-economic and controversial however, applying basic economic analysis students will develop a new way of thinking about the important issues in today’s economy. The course will illustrate that economics is not only a new way to view and analyze todays issues but also entertaining and informative. Student will learn how to recognize the tradeoffs involved in every decision and conceptualize the cost and benefits of any actions or government policy. Students will develop basic study and research skills and other basic learning tools as they progress through the class to enhance their college learning progress while attending Mansfield University.

FYS 1100- 22: The Words Made Me Do It
TTH 1:00 – 2:15, Belknap 102 – Kristen Sanner

“Do this.” “Buy this.”  “Vote for me.”  “Believe this.”  Forces all around us convince us to make decisions about everything from what kind of car to drive to which candidate to support for president.  Though we tend to think of modern media and advertising as the most powerful, persuasive forces in our lives, Americans have actually been masters of written and oral persuasion since long before the advent of modern technology and ad campaigns.  In this course, we will look at some of the country’s earliest persuasive texts and will compare and contrast the techniques used in this early literature with an array of contemporary examples. We will apply what we learn about persuasion as we investigate the way literature, peers, and the media impacts each of us.

FYS 1100- 23 : Contemporary Issues in College Athletics
TTH  2:30 – 3:45, Elliott Jason Roscoe
This course examines the role intercollegiate athletics play in higher education. Topics will include diversity, the NCAA and other governing bodies, academics, sportsmanship and ethical behavior in sports and athletics, the history of college athletics in higher education, social changes and gender equity in and college athletics, the media, and the challenges and benefits of being a student-athlete.

FYS 1100- 24  The Story of Stuff
MWF 12:30 - 1:20 Lilace Guignard,

This course explores the lifecycles of stuff in our lives and environment, from what we put in and on our bodies, to what we put in the trash and flush down the drain. Combining the interdisciplinary approach of environmental studies with experiential education methods, students will explore these cycles (especially the parts hidden from daily view), how our culture influences us to think and act within these cycles, and how awareness allows us to make conscious choices about how we engage in these cycles (though we can never opt out of them). Students will share and compare lifestyles and values in order to broaden their perspectives, develop tolerance, and practice critical thinking. They will enact a lifestyle change (of their choice) for the semester, keep a journal, and compose a paper reflecting on and analyzing the experience. In addition to readings, class discussions, and papers, there will be guest speakers and field trips. Disciplinary approaches include visual art, creative writing, environmental science, social science, history, political science, and rhetoric. A class project engages the students as a group with their current environment—Mansfield University campus—collecting data and problem solving about an issue that concerns them. Students will explore the means by which they can excel as MU students by identifying and utilizing support resources as well as taking an active role in their community.

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