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First Year Seminars
2012-2013
Summer 2012 | Fall 2012 | Spring 2013

Spring 2013:

FYS 101 T Discussing Classics
(AH) GEP

Tues/Thurs 1 - 2:15 p.m.
Location: Math & Psychology 102
Instructor: David Irvine

Epictetus, Second Century AD: Some things are up to us and some are not up to us. Our opinions are up to us, our impulses, desires, aversions; in short, whatever is our doing. Our bodies are not up to us, nor are our possessions, our reputations, or our public offices, or, that is, whatever is not our own doing. The things that are up to us are by nature free, unhindered, and unimpeded; the things that are not up to us are weak, enslaved, hindered, not our own. So remember, if you think that things naturally enslaved are free or that things not your own are your own, you will be thwarted, miserable, and upset, and will blame both gods and men. But if you think that only what is yours is yours, and that what is not your own is, just as it is, not your own, then no one will ever coerce you, no one will hinder you, you will blame no one, you will not accuse anyone, you will not do a single thing unwillingly, you will have no enemies, and no one will harm you, because you will not be harmed at all. First paragraph of the first reading of Discussing Classics.The objectives of this class are twofold: To discuss excerpts of twenty classics (such as The Handbook of Epictetus) and to develop discussion skills. To that end, each reading is preceded by a short piece pointing out its relation to some aspect of discussion groups.


FYS 102G Sexuality, Health, and Human Rights

(SS) GEP, (SS) GFR

Tues/Thurs 1 - 2:15 p.m.

Location: Public Policy 203
Instructor: Ilsa Lottes

Who has the right to access scientific information about individuals' sexuality and sexual health? What privacy rights do people have in their sexual relationships? Who controls when and if one has children? In the last decade, scholars and advocacy organizations have been asking such questions that link sexuality, health, and human rights. Increasingly, these linkages are made by human rights advocates, those marginalized by their gender and/or sexuality, feminists, and professionals in the health and family planning fields. Students will become sensitized to issues that have become increasingly important to the international community in the areas of sexuality, health, and human rights. They will also become familiar with steps in the social science research process, including background literature review, survey construction, data collection and analysis and reporting of findings.


FYS 102K: Passive-Aggressive Behavior
(SS) GEP
Tues/Thurs 8:30-9:45 a.m.
Location: Academic IV 108
Instructor: Karen Freiberg
This semester long course will provide information about the developmental pathways to passive aggressive (P/A) behavior, or to a passive aggressive personality as well as identifying five distinct and increasingly pathological levels of passive aggressive behavior. The course will help students distinguish between situational and pathological passive aggression and identify specific reasons why people use passive aggressive behaviors. Passive aggression will be examined across the lifespan and in four distinct contexts; home, school, marriage and extended family. Students will learn the different ways that passive aggressive behavior is exhibited across these settings.


FYS 102M: Conflict Resolution Education: Handling Conflict Constructively
(SS) GEP
Thursdays 4:30-7:00 p.m.
Location: Academic IV 208
Instructor: Sue Small
A key component to successful and meaningful educational experiences is related to conflict resolution education. This course introduces students to the broad field of CRE (including social and emotional learning, anti-bullying programs, peer mediation, negotiation processes, expressive arts, restorative justice programs, and bias awareness programs). The course provides students with examples of programs and encourages them to consider how they can support and utilize these programs first in their personal lives, and then as future leaders. Throughout the course there are opportunities for reflection about how the principles of CRE apply on an individual level in one’s life. There are many applications for CRE across careers from the business world to public service.


FYS 102S: The Deaf Community and Its Culture
(SS) GEP
Wed 4:30-7:00 p.m.
Location: Math & Psychology 102
Instructor: Denise Perdue, Suzanne Braunschweig

Through lectures, directed readings, attendance at deaf community events, and student research presentations, this course will introduce students the American Deaf Community, their unique culture, history and language. This course will also highlight significant impacts that American education systems, laws, and technologies have had on the Deaf Community¿s social status. The course will have several guest speakers, both Deaf and hearing, who will explore specific topics in depth such as CODA, Deaf Education, Interpreting, and Audism.


FYS 103B Paradigms and Paradoxes: An Attempt to Understand the Universe

Tues/Thurs 10-11:15 a.m.

Location: Math & Psychology 102
Instructor: Joel Liebman

There are at least two kinds of scientific activities: acquiring and generating data, and inquiring and generating general modes of understanding. The latter activities will dominate this course. The course contents include discussions of some remarkable features of the universe: the class discussions will require no more scientific background than gained from high school chemistry and mathematics.


FYS 103C Issues in Biotechnology

Tues/Thurs 2:30PM - 3:45 p.m.

Location: Biological Sciences 461
Instructor: Nessly Craig

Through directed readings, class discussions, and student presentations, this seminar will focus on understanding these various aspects of modern biotechnology with an emphasis on its scientific basis. Practical demonstrations and visits to UMBC labs using biotechnological techniques will be an important part of the course to illustrate how the methods theoretically discussed in class are actually done.


FYS FYS 103O Microbes, Humans, and History: How microorganisms have shaped World History
(S, non-lab)
Mondays 4:30-7:00 p.m.
Location: Math & Psychology 102

Instructor: Susan Schreier

Microorganisms have been on Earth far longer than humans. Bacteria, viruses, and other microbes have caused many devastating diseases, often changing the nature of society and influencing politics as well as the outcome of wars. Yet, microorganisms have also provided untold benefits to human societies. This First Year Seminar will focus on the various ways our human history has been influenced by microorganisms. Through a variety of formats, students will focus on exploring the impact of microorganisms and their interrelationships with humans from an historical perspective.

For More Information, Please Contact:
Jill Randles
Assistant Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education
jrandles@umbc.edu | (410) 455-3715