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Focusing on exploration and discovery, this course introduces students to the academic expectations for college-level work and to the intellectual, communication and collaborative skills needed for academic success. Seminar format emphasizes active learning, with variable content in different Towson-Seminar courses. Introduces multiple perspectives and may draw from more than one discipline. Must be taken in your first two semesters. Must earn a 2.0 grade or higher.

       Towson Seminar Topics Spring 2015

TSEM 102.001, 002, 003 
Living a Meaningful Life: Well-Being and Occupation

Description: Introduces students to skills needed to function successfully at college, in the context of an exploration of the relationship of occupational engagement to well-being. Students will gain an understanding of the concept of occupation, and investigate the influence of various occupations on health, happiness, and well-being.


TSEM 102.004
Religion and Politics

Description: An examination of how religion and politics influence each other in the United States, with attention given to civil religion, the First Amendment, and religious activism, among other issues. Draws on materials from political science, history, and religious studies.


TSEM 102.005 
Vampires: Blood, Lust and the American Dream

Description: Emphasizes active learning with content focusing on representations of vampires in popular media from literary origins in the late 19th century through to recent incarnations on screen.


TSEM 102.006
Information Visualization: A Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Communicating Information

Description: As the power and pervasiveness of computers increase, we are able to capture growing amounts of data about numerous aspects of our daily lives. Such data often remains useless until we are able to give it meaning by interpreting it correctly and transmitting its essence to others through simple yet effective visualizations. Survey multiple approaches to working with information, from the technical perspective of collecting and managing data to social and psychological aspects involved with the design of graphics and the different visualizations unique to various domains.


TSEM 102.007
Can We Talk? Communication, Gender, and the Family

Description:  Ways that verbal and nonverbal communication styles have an effect on the roles and status of women and men within the family and relationships. Emphasis on issues relating to power, language, sexism, authority, and interpersonal issues and how communication style impacts the ways we relate to one another around these and other issues. The media’s impact, which includes social networking, cell phone and computer usage, and TV and movies, will also be highlighted. Observational and experiential exercises will be highlighted.


TSEM 102.008 
Green Eating on a Blue Planet

Description: An examination of food: what we eat, where we eat, how we eat, and what are the industrial, economic, technological, social and political factors that shape the production of food, and what these mean for the planet. An introduction to student research and writing at the university level. Through readings, discussions, and assignments students will learn about food production and distribution in order to feed nearly seven billion people and about the nature of scholarship.


TSEM 102.009  
Islam and the West

Description: Exploration of differing perspectives on the relationship between the modern Muslim world and the West.


TSEM 102.010, 011 
Maryland Plantations: Then and Now

Description: Focuses on the plantations of Maryland and the larger Chesapeake from the seventeenth to the nineteenth centuries. It investigates complexes of planters’ houses and slave quarters to uncover the material reality of plantation life, for both men and women in the elite planter class as well as those who were enslaved. Its primary approach is historical, but it also employs perspectives and approaches drawn from the disciplines of material culture, art history, architectural history, gender studies, anthropology, and museum studies. A primary component of the course will be analysis of museums’ interpretation of plantations to the general public. A trip to Hampton Plantation will allow students to consider museums’ decisions about what to preserve and how to interpret the lives of masters, mistresses, and slaves. Students will be expected to read critically, participate in class discussions of readings, films, and historic sites, and be willing to work interactively and collaboratively. Topics covered include slavery, southern architecture, women’s history, rising levels of consumption, the making of historical memory, and public history.


TSEM 102.012 
African American Contributions to the Arts: 20th Century

Description: Unpack the enormous, and often unsung, contributions by African Americans to various artistic disciplines in the 20th century.


TSEM 102.013 
Body Image Through History

Description: A survey of attitudes toward the human body in different fields, eras, and cultures.


TSEM 102.014 
Journey of Self-Discovery

Description: The theme of the journey as the most enduring and complex in the literature of Western civilization. The epistemological value of the journey as exploration of self and others’ identities, the notions of quest and epic hero, the issue of ancient and modern migrations as a crossing of geographical and cultural borders.


TSEM 102.015, 102.016 
The
Senses

Description: Asks students to think critically about the sense experiences – their cultural significance, political consequences, and representations in written texts and visual media. Students will observe how representations of sense experiences shift through stylistic choices in the descriptive writing of marketers, artists, filmmakers, and social critics.


TSEM 102.017 
“By Any Means Necessary”: African-American Literature and Social Activism in the 20th Century United States

Description: Examines the ways in which authors, writers, and activists have conceptualized the meaning of race throughout the 20th century. Beginning with the work of Anna Julia Cooper and W.E.B. Du Bois, we will chart the evolution of the idea of race and explore the ways in which race—and particularly Black identity—have shaped the very definition of America(n)/the United States and its relationship to its own citizenry. Reading various genres of literature (creative non-fiction, novels, journalistic essays), we will document the converging and diverging social, political and aesthetic movements that helped define the 20th century.


TSEM 102 sections:  018, 021, 022 
Current Issues in Education: Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns

Description: Current issues in education related to living and learning in a digital society. This course emphasizes that critical, self-reflective understanding of the contexts of our technology use is central to becoming digital practitioners and effective teachers in a participatory culture. Students will be introduced to effective strategies for gathering, evaluating and communicating information.


TSEM 102 Sections: 019, 020, 023, 025, 027, 030, 033 
Current Issues in Education: Excitement and Challenge of Extreme Teaching

Description: Explores teaching - a most exciting and challenging profession – through inspiring examples of excellent teaching practices in order to incorporate these best practices into every challenging teaching situation. Introduction to effective strategies for gathering, evaluating and communicating information. Students will use critical thinking, team collaboration and problem solving to examine the most current scholarship surrounding these topics.


TSEM 102 Sections: 024, 026, 028, 029, 031, 034  
Current Issues in Education: Living and Learning in a Digital Society

Current issues in education related to living and learning in a digital society. This course emphasizes that critical, self-reflective understanding of the contexts of our technology use is central to becoming digital practitioners and effective teachers in a participatory culture. Students will be introduced to effective strategies for gathering, evaluating and communicating information.


TSEM 102.032 
Literacy for Life

Description: Students will examine their own literacy, the literacy interactions of career paths they are interested in, and the role literacy plays in the world in which we live. Reading critically, writing effectively to different audiences, and sharing verbally supported views to both real and virtual audiences will be examined.


TSEM 102.037, 038 
Sleep - Who Needs It and Why?

Description:  Effects of sleep and sleep deprivation on optimal functioning. Exploration of sleep, sleep disorders, long term effects of sleep deprivation and treatment options.


TSEM 102.039, 040 
Stem Cell Research: Evidence versus Hype

Description: An investigation of the controversy involving stem cell research. Students will explore the scientific, religious, ethical, and political issues impacting decision-making regarding stem cell research.


TSEM 102.041, 103, 104
Mass Media and Medicine

Description: Through reflective writing, roundtable discussions, skills workshops, a research paper, and a group presentation, students will be introduced to the rigors of academic scholarship, explore collaborative learning, and engage in critically evaluating the content and impact of mediated messages on the practice and consumption of health care across cultures.


TSEM 102.042, 043
The Origins of America’s War on Drugs

Description: Exploration of American attitudes toward habitual drug use since 1800. Emphasis on the drug trade and drug addiction in different nations; addicts’ experiences; popular perceptions of addicts; various recommended approaches to addressing the problem of addiction; and reasons for the move toward legal bans in the U.S.


TSEM 102.044
Re-Fighting the Civil War: History, Memory, and the Continuing Struggle over America's Past

Description: Examination of the ways in which Americans have remembered the Civil War, their reasons for doing so, and the uses that memory has served. Historians’ interpretation of the war will be considered, but particular emphasis will be on the popular memory of the war, especially relating to issues of race and slavery.


TSEM 102.045, 046 
Facing the Inquisitor: Religious Persecution in Pre-modern Times

Description: Based on translated documents from the archives of the Inquisition. The goal is to understand how religious and cultural differences were defined and repressed in pre-modern societies (13th to 18th centuries). Students will work throughout the semester in pairs by taking the perspective of either one specific inquisitor or one of his victims after they reconstruct, directly from the sources, each individual’s actions and reasons. Each team of two students will thus research one inquisitorial trial, and each individual student will present conclusions in a research paper and two aural reports to the class. Topics to be discussed: the origins of the medieval inquisitions in contrast with their later developments in Spain, Portugal and Italy; the debates surrounding the Inquisition since its origins and how its activities were perceived over time; the worldview of the inquisitor and that of the heretic in European and non-European colonial pre-modern societies; ideas of collective security, religious enforcement and social discipline in pre-modern societies. Will draw upon tools and research methods from disciplines such as history, anthropology, religious studies, and art history.


TSEM 102.047, 048 
Social Media versus Dictators in the Middle East: The Arab Uprisings in Historical Perspective

Description: Examines contemporary society’s fascination with vampires, and explores how the lore of the vampire, from Count Dracula to Edward Cullen of the Twilight series, captivates our attention. The vampire, as a liminal figure, embodies or symbolizes a myriad of wide-ranging social themes including capitalism, human sexuality, life/death, illegal immigration, racism, HIV/AIDS, feminist ideologies, good vs. evil, identity, and adolescent angst. This reading- and writing-intensive course includes in-depth critical analysis and research projects.


TSEM 102.049 
Water - A Multi-Faucet Resource

Description: An interdisciplinary examination of water: its nature, uses, and abuses, and an introduction to student research and writing at the university level. Through readings, discussions, and assignments students will learn about the nature, behavior, and uses of water and about scholarship.


TSEM 102.050 
There and Back Again: A Supply Chain Tale

Description: Explores contemporary supply chains through in-class presentations, guest speakers, site visits, individual research, and group projects/presentations. The concept of a supply chain - the series of organizations which process and transform inputs from raw materials up to the end customer - is central to our economic processes. Each supply chain is unique in the number of organizations involved, the types of processes used, the transportation methods applied, the products and services produced, and the type of customer served.


TSEM 102.051 
Manage your Money and Beyond

Description: The financial environment is continuously changing. This seminar provides you with an opportunity to learn how these changes affect your own life, the economy and other aspects of the society— career, family, health- through an active learning process.  You are exposed to many difficult financial challenges through this course and will be expected to explore and discover multiple ways to resolve the dilemmas, and come up with an informed and educated decision. You are expected to use various resources to do research on multiple perspectives so as to identify the optimal solution for issues relating to financial and economic situations.


TSEM 102.052 
World Business Environment and the United States

Description: World business environment affecting the United States including economic and financial integration, international competitiveness, energy, labor force adjustment, demographic diversity and immigration, educational differences, cultural and geographic challenges, climate change, national security, ethical adaptation. Research paper required.


TSEM 102.053, 054 
Innovation Through the Ages

Description: An integrated / multi-disciplinary perspective of institutional structure, innovation, and the process of economic change intended to provide insight into basic principles of economic reasoning applied on a comprehensive span of human history. Incorporates theories and examples from a number of social sciences and will demonstrate the advantages of liberal arts based education.


TSEM 102.055 
Vampires on Campus: Exploring the Roles of the Vampire in Social Issues of Western Culture

Description: Examines contemporary society’s fascination with vampires, and explores how the lore of the vampire, from Count Dracula to Edward Cullen of the Twilight series, captivates our attention. The vampire, as a liminal figure, embodies or symbolizes a myriad of wide-ranging social themes including capitalism, human sexuality, life/death, illegal immigration, racism, HIV/AIDS, feminist ideologies, good vs. evil, identity, and adolescent angst. This reading- and writing-intensive course includes in-depth critical analysis and research projects.


TSEM 102.056 
Science of Healthy Habits

Description: Students will explore, analyze, and critique the science behind public health recommendations from the United States Department of Health and Human Services and the World Health Organization. This includes developing an understanding of culturally diverse perspectives on lifestyle changes that promote wellbeing.  Student will learn to apply critical thinking and scientific rational to their personal wellness choices and the wellness of the Towson community.


TSEM 102.057 
Play: It’s Not Just Fun and Games

Description: Examination of the theory of play. A review of the historical sources, values, and interests that influenced the development of various forms of play.


TSEM 102.058 
Physics and Metaphysics

Description: Seminar format emphasizing active learning, with content drawn from primarily from physics and astrophysics, along with current scientific controversies.  Introduces multiple perspectives (e.g. Aristotelian vs. Newtonian). Does not count toward a major in physics or astrophysics.


TSEM 102.059, 060 
The Limits of Reason

Description: The role of reason throughout the history of Western philosophy, beginning with the Platonic formalism of the ancient era, continuing into the Renaissance and Age of Enlightenment with Rene Descartes’ rationalism, David Hume’s empiricism, and Immanuel Kant’s transcendentalism, and culminating in the contemporary perspectives of Friedrich Nietzsche, Jean-Paul Sartre, Emmanuel Levinas, and Alphonso Lingis on the limits of reason.

TSEM 102.062, 063
Food Politics: Agriculture, Industry, Policy and Health

Description: Explores various aspects of food politics, including issues surrounding how and where food is grown, sustainability, genetically modified food, the food industry, the obesity epidemic, food insecurity, food policy and national dietary guidelines.

 

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