Fall Term, 1997

First-Year Seminars


The First-Year Seminar Program offers entering LS&A students a small group learning experience. Students participate in groups of approximately 18-25 and explore subjects of particular interest in collaboration with a faculty member who has chosen to work with first-year students in a seminar setting. It is hoped that students who take a seminar will find in it a sense of intellectual and social community that will make the transition from high school to a large university easier. First-Year Seminars are taught through the University Courses division of the College (Division 495) or individual departments and programs. Course descriptions can be found later in this Course Guide. First-Year Seminars are 3- or 4-credit courses which may be used toward fulfillment of the Area Distribution requirement in Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, or the Introductory Composition requirement.

The following First-Year Seminars will be offered by departments and programs in the Fall Term, 1997. Although First-Year Seminars are generally restricted to first-year students, some are also open to upper-level students. Course descriptions appear in the departmental listings of this Course Guide.

This list is subject to change.

Afroamerican and African Studies 103. (SS).
001. Barrel of a Pen: African Politics in Literature. (Twumasi). M 1-4.

Astronomy 120. (NS).
001. Frontiers of Astronomy. (Bregman). MWF 3-4.

Astronomy 122. (NS).
001. The Origin of the Elements and the History of Matter. (Cowley). MWF 2-3.

Astronomy 125. (NS).
001. Observational Astronomy. MWF 11-12 & Lab M 9-11 pm.

Bio-Anthropology 168. (NS).
001. Behavior of Non-Human Primates. (Mitani). W 2-5.

Chinese 250. (HU).
001. Looking at Traditional China Through Its Most Famous Novel: The Story of the Stone . (Rolston). MWF 3-4.

Classical Civilization 120. (HU).
001. Sex and Gender in Ancient Greece and Rome and Beyond. (Gagos). MWF 11-12.

Classical Civilization 121. (Intro. Comp.).
002. Women and Society in Greek and Roman Egypt and the Eastern Mediterranean. (Hanson). TTh 1-2:30.

Economics 195. (SS).
001. The United States in an Asia-Pacific-Centered Global Economy. (Saxonhouse). MW 4-5:30.

English 124. (Intro. Comp.).
051. Writing for a Specific Audience. (Thomas). TTh 1-2:30.
052. Literary Responses to Bigotry. (Fader). MW 1-2:30.
053. Film and Society. (Howes). T 2-4, Th 3-4.
054. Arthurian Literature, Medieval and Modern. (Tanke). TTh 4-5:30.
055. Writing and Literature. (Zafar). TTh 11:30-1.

English 140. (HU).
002. Trading Places. (Norich). MW 2:30-4.

Geological Sciences 269. (NS).
001. Evolution of the Earth. (Halliday). TTh 8:30-10.

Geological Sciences 271. (NS).
001. Natural Hazards. (Lange). TTh 10-11:30.

Geological Sciences 273. (NS).
001. Contemporary Dinosaurs. (Cox). MWF 12-1.

Geological Sciences 283. (NS).
001. Evolution of North America. (Essene). TTh 1-2:30.

History of Art 194. (HU).
001. Artemisia Gentileschi: A Woman Painter in 17th-Century Italy. (Bissell). MW 10-11:30.

History 197. (HU).
001. Sex, Gender, and Race How They Made America. (Smith-Rosenberg). W 2-5.
002. European Intellectual History from the French Revolution to the First World War. (Becker). W 2-5.
003. Gender, Race, and Class in American History. (Morantz-Sanchez). T 2:30-5:30.
004. Consuming the World and the World of Consumption. (Frost). MW 11:30-1.
005. Intimate Histories and Historical Immensities. (Pincus). Th 2-5.

Institute for Humanities 104. (Intro. Comp.).
001. Writing With, From, and Against Pictures. (Gere). MW 3-4:30.

Italian 150. (HU).
001. Writing Women in the Renaissance. (Cornish). MW 8:30-10.

Japanese 250. (HU).
001. Reiterations: Filming Fiction in Japan. (Ito). Th 1-4.

Linguistics 102. (HU).
001. Languages of Asia. (Hook). MW 4-5:30.
002. Words and Their Uses: Studying Vocabulary in Time, Space and Social Life. (Milroy). TTh 10-11:30.

Math 127. (NS). (QR/1).
001. Geometry and the Imagination. MTWF 10-11.

Math 128. (NS) (QR/1).
001. Explorations in Number Theory. MTWF 12-1.

Physics 112. (NS).
001. Cosmology: The Science of the Universe. TTh 1-2:30.

Psychology 120. (SS).
001. Late Life Potential. (Perlmutter). M 2-5.
002. Language and Thought. (Gelman). MW 1-2:30.
003. Stress and Racism. (Inglehart). MW 1-2:30.
004. Thinking About Intergroup Relations. (Ybarra). MW 1-2:30.
005. Thinking About Self and Identity. (Fast). MW 2:30-4.
006. Freud's Revolution (And How It Changed Our Lives). (Adelson). F 9-11 & 1 hour TBA.
007. Dreams. (Wolowitz). TTh 11:30-1.
008. Attitudes and Stereotypes. (Manis). MW 1-2:30.
009. Psychology and Non-Ordinary Experience. (Mann). MW 1-2:30.
010. Leadership: Theory and Practice. (Morris). TTh 3-5.
012. Psychology and the Law. (Pachella). MTF 4-6.
014. Intergroup Relations. MW 1-2:30.
015. Intergroup Relations. MW 1-2:30.
016. Leadership: Theory and Practice. (Morris). TTh 1-3.

Psychology 120. (SS). (R&E).
011. I, Too, Sing America: Culture and Psychology. (Behling). MW 1-2:30.
013. The Psychology of Culture, Power, and Human Relations. (Beale). MW 1-2:30.


Psychology 121. (NS).
001. The Evolution of Consciousness and Cognition. (Meyer). TTh 1-2:30.
002. Consciousness. (Gehring). TTh 10-11:30.

Slavic Survey 150. (HU).
001. Cultural Diversity of Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia. (Shevoroshkin). TTh 1-2:30.
004. Love, Sex, and Marriage in Russian Literature and History. (Schönle). TTh 1-2:30.

Slavic Film 151. (Intro. Comp.).
001. Russian Film/Russian Life. (Eagle). TTh 10-11:30.

Sociology 105. (SS).
003. People and Global Environmental Change. (Rockwell). TTh 8:30-10.

Sociology 105. (SS). (R&E).
001. Transforming America Then and Now. (Pedraza). MW 2:30-4.
002. Intergroup Relations, Conflict and Community Building. (Schoem). MW 1-2:30.

South and Southeast Asian Studies 250. (HU).
002. Traditions of Poetry in Asia. (Hook). TTh 2:30-4.
004. Text, Performance and Politics in Island Southeast Asia. (Florida). TTh 10-11:30.

Statistics 125. (MSA). (QR/1).
001. Games, Gambling and Coincidences. MWF 2-3.

Women's Studies 150. (HU).
003. Sex, Gender and Race How They Made America. (Smith-Rosenberg). W 2-5.
004. Multicultural Women Writers and Narratives of Education. (Smith). TTh 10-11:30.

University Course 150. First-Year Seminar. (HU).
001. Fictional World of Ernest Hemingway. (Shafter). TTh 2:30-4.
002. Masterpieces of English Literature. (Steinhoff). TTh 10-11:30.
003. The Arts Alive: An Introduction to the Arts in Ann Arbor. (Nisbett). TTh 10-11:30.
004. Japanese Theater and Its Music. (Malm). TTh 4-5:30.

University Course 151. First-Year Seminar. (SS).
001. Women, Children, and Poverty in the 1990s. (Sarri). TTh 2:30-4.
002. Public Education for Blacks and Other Minorities. (Palmer). TTh 10-11:30.
003. Identity, Alienation, and Freedom. (Pachella). T 2:30-4, F 1-4.
004. Theories of Socioeconomic Class. (Weinberg). TTh 11:30-1.
005. Poetry in the City. (Jackson). TTh 10-11:30.
006. Race and Power in the Americas. (Skurski). MW 1-2:30.

University Course 153. First-Year Seminar. (Intro. Comp.).
001. Gibbon and the Decline of the Roman Empire. (Potter). TTh 10-11:30.



Fall Term, 1997

Interdisciplinary University Courses


As part of a special undergraduate initiative for first-and second-year students, the LS&A Dean's Office also sponsors a number of interdisciplinary courses that stretch across the traditional boundaries of the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. Housed in the University Courses Division (Division 495), these courses emphasize writing and critical thinking and may be used (as indicated) toward fulfillment of the Area Distribution requirements. These courses provide excellent opportunities to explore sundry fields in an innovative fashion.

This list is subject to change.

University Courses

110/AOSS 171/Biol. 110/NR&E 110. Introduction to Global Change I.
(4). (NS).
(Killeen, Allan, Teeri)

172/Asian Studies 111/Hist. 151. South Asian Civilization.
(4). (HU).
(Trautmann)

173/Slavic Surveys 225. Arts and Cultures of Central Europe.
(3). (HU).
(Carpenter, Toman, Eagle)

174/Russian 231. Russian Culture and Society: An Introduction.
(3). (HU).
(Bartlett)

182/Hist. of Art 211/WS 211. Gender and Popular Culture.
(3). (HU).
(Simons)

210. Perspectives on Careers in Medicine and Health Care.
(4). (Excl).
(Zorn)


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