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LSIC -179 Colloquia (Freshman)

Freshman Colloquium (LSIC 179) for Spring 2014


ATMS 179.001 Global Climate Change and China

Alex Huang
TR 10:50 am-12:05 pm

Students will learn the science of global climate change and its impacts to China. The subjects will also include the geography, climate zones, and historical climate of China. Additionally, the environmental challenges of China in the modern century will be discussed. (WI)

DRAM 179.001 British Humor: From Orton to Monty Python

Rob Bowen
MWF 9:25 am-10:15 am

The subversive plays of Joe Orton begin a trend of changing humor in British society that extends to the counter-culture skits of Monty Python. Both challenge the status quo and show a greater depth of perception beyond the label of sophomoric humor. This course will explore the humor of this time period and how they may have been influenced through the liberal arts. Students will get the opportunity to perform across the campus while studying this period of British Humor. (WI)

HWP 179.001 Weighing In: Body Fat, Body Image, Body Identity

Aubri Rote
MWF 1:45 pm-2:35 pm

This issue of fat is pervasive within our society. Given the current obesity epidemic, getting rid of body fat is a billion-dollar business. However, are we on the right track? Why isn't anything really working? Some researchers believe we are approaching the issue in the wrong way and by doing so, we have turned body fat and obesity into a moral issue. That is, those who have excess body fat are often perceived as lazy and gluttonous. In this course, we will examine weight and body fat from all angles including physiological, environmental, and psychological. We will also tackle the continual juxtaposition of body fat/obesity with body image. That is, how do we combat the obesity epidemic while keeping our ability to see the importance of facilitating a positive body image? Finding a way to do this is imperative as a negative body image can be as detrimental to health as excess body fat. (WI)

LIT 179.001 Literary and Artistic Asheville

Anne Jansen
TR 10:50 am-12:10 pm

Asheville has been named one of the "Top 10 Literary Destinations" (USA Today 2002) and in September 2013 the famous Thomas Wolfe House was ranked #4 of the Top Literary Landmarks of the South by Publishers Weekly. Many authors have found their inspiration in our little city and the surrounding environs. More than just an inspiration to writers, the Asheville area also has a thriving cultural scene, as evidenced by its many live music venues and annual arts festivals. The natural beauty of the Asheville area has even caught Hollywood's eye (most recently in the nearby filming of The Hunger Games). In this course, we will study the literature and arts of the Asheville area - past and present - and will engage directly with ongoing traditions of literature, film, music, and art in this region of Western North Carolina. Using an interdisciplinary approach, we will learn about the rich histories of various creative forms. (WI)

MGMT 179.001 Leadership through Film

Bryan Schaffer
TR  3:10 pm-4:25 pm

This course will offer students an opportunity to examine stories of leadership as portrayed primarily in films widely considered timeless and essential in this field. The course is designed to give all students with more than a passing interest in leadership a fundamental familiarity with various leadership ideas, issues, and theories.Students taking MGMT 179 will be able to experience leadership from a first person perspective. Leadership is a personal and individual thing, which may be internalized. Using contemporary articles and films, students will be able to understand the person, the context, and the individual struggles that accompany the role of the leader. Through reflection and introspection about the lives of leaders, students should expect to gain insight into leadership issues, values, and paradoxes in their own lives. (WI)

MUSC 179.001 Creative Listening

Matthew Richmond
MWF 1:45 pm-2:35 pm

An overview of musical materials, structures, and styles from the Middle Ages to the present. This course stresses the listener's role as co-creator of the meaning of music, and music's function within society. (WI)

NM 179.001 Introduction to Video

Peter Kusek
TR 9:25 am-10:40 am

Using a series of tutorials,short projects, readings, and writings, students will explore contemporary moving image production strategies that include: internet remix culture, animation (GIFs into longer works), motion graphics, and the relationship of sound to video.(WI)

PHIL 179.001 Buddhism as Philosophy

Keya Maitra
MW 10 am-11:15 am

Even though certain kinds of Buddhism have gained popularity in the Western hemisphere, Buddhism is often not recognized as a system of philosophy within the canons of mainstream philosophy. To remedy this we will focus on the main philosophical themes, arguments and analyses presented in the different versions of Buddhism, including Theravada Abhidharma, and Mahayana schools like the Madhyamaka and Zen. One of the goals of this course is to articulate the world view reflected in the Buddhist philosophical themes and ideas. As an Inquiry ARC course, this course will focus not only on the content of Buddhist philosophies but also incorporate the frameworks of critical thinking and contemplative class room practices to engage with Buddhist ideas discursively and experientially. Philosophical themes from contemporary Buddhist movements like Socially Engaged Buddhism will be discussed along with the traditional Buddhist themes of impermanence and no-abiding-self. (WI)


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