Towson Seminar

Focusing on exploration and discovery, TSEM 102 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 during either of your first two semesters. Must earn a 2.0 grade or higher. 

Towson Seminar Topics SPring 2021

TSEM 102.001, 002, 003 - Journey and Quest in World Literature:Life At and Beyond Borders

 The theme of the journey as the most enduring and complex in world literature. 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 102.003 - Journey and Quest in World Literature: Adolescent Migration

The theme of the journey as the most enduring and complex in world literature. 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 102.004, 005 - America's War on Drugs

Exploration on American drug policies. Emphasis America in the 1960s: Decade of Conflict and Changeon treatment and prevention options, debates regarding decriminalization and legalization, and the domestic and international drug trade. Attention to popular perceptions of addicts, the flaws in those perceptions, and how perceptions shape policies. The historical context of current drug policy.

TSEM 102. 006, 008 - America in the 1960s: Decade of Conflict and Change

An introduction to the cultural, political, social conflicts of the 1960s in America, with emphasis on development of research and critical thinking skills. Through their study of major figures, movements and events of this period, as well as through guided study of research methodology, students will become acquainted with historical ways of thinking and writing.

TSEM 102.007 -  Re-Fighting the Civil War: History, Memory,and the Continuing Struggle over America's Past

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 102.009  -  Notable Music Makers:  Duke Ellington:  Beyond Category

Immersive study of composers / performers / improvisers, their creative output, their historical and cultural context, and their continuing relevance in today’s music cultures. A study of the life and key musical works of composer Duke Ellington, grounded in historical and social context.  No musical experience necessary.

TSEM 102.010 - Notable Music Makers: John Williams

Immersive study of composers / performers / improvisers, their creative output, their historical and cultural context, and their continuing relevance in today’s music cultures.A study of film composer John Williams’ career and influential film soundtracks, grounded in historical and social context.

TSEM 102.011, 012, 013, 014, 015, 016, 017, 018  - The Limits of Reason

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 102.019, 020, 021 - Current Issues in Education: Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns

Explores current issues in education related to how students learn and the need for a customized learning approach to maximize each student's ability to learn. Technology's role, in the process of individualizing learning for students will be explored. Students will examine reasons why technology has not been the panacea to improve academic achievement it was first touted to be by applying the theory of disruptive innovation to technology implementation in schools. Students will be introduced 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 their topics.

TSEM 102.022, 024, 026, 027, 028, 036 - 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 102.020, 023, 025 - Current Issues in Education: Excitement and Challenge of Extreme Teaching

Explores teaching - a most exciting and challenge 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 communication information. Students will use critical thinking, team collaboration and problem solving to examine the most current scholarship surrounding these topics.

TSEM 102.029, 030 - Green Eating on a Blue Planet

 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 102.031 - Islam and the West

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

TSEM 102.032, 033 - Understanding Globalization

Introduction to globalization and its interrelated dimensions; the effect of globalization on how people live and think; the creation of a new global world society; world-wide debates and controversies over globalization, its social processes, and its consequences.

 TSEM 102.034, 035 - Innovation Through the Ages

An integrated /  multi-disciplinary perspective of institutional structure, innovation, and the process of economic change intended to provide insight into the 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 102.038- Sleep-Who Needs It and Why?

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, 041 - Mass Media and Medicine

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.

This class will take place "live" online using a synchronous meeting tool such as WebEx, Collaborate, Zoom or Skype. You will meet with your classmates and professor at regularly scheduled class times, able to interact in real time, just as you would in a face-to-face course.

TSEM 102.042 - War in Literature

By studying evocative poems, plays, short stories, and novels, the seminar will examine the seeming paradox of war and literature, of violence, and art by understanding how battle is depicted in literature and how literature is often an aesthetic battleground of conflicting personal and national ideals.

 TSEM 102.043, 044, 046 - Writing Baltimore

Baltimore is a city of connections and contradictions. This class looks closely at texts written about the city from diverse perspectives: historical, sociological, environmental, journalistic, and literary. Approaches the city itself as a text to be explored; students will generate their own texts in response to their encounters with the city. Various themes will include Chesapeake Bay, the sights and sounds of Baltimore, and urban history.

TSEM 102.045 - The Harlem Renaissance: A Modernist Collection of Literature, Art, Music, Film and Dance

An inter-disciplinary exploration of the Harlem Renaissance, a literary, artistic, cultural, and intellectual movement of the early 20th century.

TSEM 102.047, 048, 049, 050, 051 -  Living a Meaningful Life: Well-Being and Occupation

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 102.052 - Getting Down To Business

Provides an integrated view of business organizations and prepares students to critically analyze business problems and develop effective solutions. Includes study of the structure and organization of business, common business processes, and the interrelationships among business functions.

TSEM 102.053 - American Murals

Murals are paintings placed on culturally meaningful walls. “American Murals” will examine the creation and use of murals across many American ethnic and racial groups from pre-Colonial Native Americans, through the Colonial period, to the 21st Century including the 1930s Mexican Mural Movement, Works Progress Administration and mid-20th-century Civil Rights Movements.

TSEM 102.056 -  Physics & Metaphysics

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.