Fall 2014 First Year Seminar Topics

BU101E – Food for Thought – Leonilde Beals
This course explores the various business and social implications of the Farm to Table movement. Farm to Table and the Local Food Movement is interrelated socially, culturally and economically to create and sustain a productive and healthy food supply for communities and the environment.  This grass-roots movement includes the study of current organic and sustainable agribusiness with a weekly experience preparing and eating food from local farms and green markets.  A comparison of various environmental, economic and health perspectives, in support of this movement, will be researched through on-line data bases and interviews.  Content topics will be directly related to weekly food preparation assignments.  Weekly written visual and media assignments will support course topics and focus on the Farm to Table movement.
BU101G – Building Sport Organizations – Michelle Brimecombe
Through this course we will view organizational theory and behavior related to sport. Students examine organizational structures (e.g., club and hierarchy) pertaining to “traditional” sports such as baseball and soccer.  Students will learn how to build teams through a recently developed theory-based approach commonly known as “Moneyball.”
BU101J – The Marketing of Relaxation: Spa Management – Francine Varisco
This course is designed to give the student an overview of the managing and marketing of a Spa.  With a global trend toward health and wellness we find the concept of mind/body connection an integral part of ones’ life and a balancing act for organizations to implement opportunities for more health and wellness on site. Current trends in the Spa industry will be reviewed focusing on consumer needs, product development and services offered.
CJ101B - Prohibition – Clairissa Breen
The history, politics, crime and science of the noble experiment – speakeasies, gangsters, bootleggers, the rise of the FBI, untouchable treasury agents, temperance workers and rumrunners. From 1920 to 1933 the sale, distribution, manufacture and consumption of alcohol was illegal, but that didn’t stop anyone who wanted a drink. From dangerous and lethal cocktails that led to new discoveries in forensic science to gun battles over territory, from the real Real McCoy to flappers in the U.S. and their bright young thing counterparts in the U.K. join this FY Seminar to study life and death under the only amendment to the U.S. Constitution to ever be repealed.
CM101B – Signs of Sex – Heather Ferrara
Scholars in communication studies are increasingly interested in topics previously seen as taboo or impolite. Topics to be explored include gender and identity construction, sexuality, sexual orientation, pornography, infidelity, and alternative marriage structures such as polygamy. This course is dedicated to unveiling these topics through discussion, reading of scholarly texts, and writing.
EN101B – Civil Rights/Cinema Wrongs – David Eye
We will screen a variety of films that feature events from, about, and inspired by the Civil Rights Era (approx. 1955-1975). We will consider: What are the advantages of mainstream, independent, and documentary films, and what are the limitations of each form? What did Hollywood get right? Where were they afraid to go? And what difference does it make? Can a narrative be “true” even it if it isn’t “accurate”? We will pair film analysis with popular and scholarly critical response. Representative offerings: The Long Walk Home; Norma Rae; The Life and Times of Harvey Milk.
EN101K – The Highest Office – Christine Geyer
Louis Brandeis is frequently quoted as saying the highest office in a democracy is that of private citizen. At a time when a college education is viewed as a stepping stone to a successful career, how does this claim fit? Is citizenship still relevant in the globalized economy of the 21st century? What does the future hold for your country? your job prospects? your success? In this seminar, we’ll explore these questions as part of your roadmap to success at Caz and beyond.
EQ101F - Horses, Humans, Politics and Pressure – Karin Bump
Students examine the social and political forces that impact on our interactions with horses in American society.  Escalating concerns surrounding unwanted horses and the varying views on why unwanted horses are unwanted, and what should, and could, be done about this epidemic are of particular focus.
EQ101G – Current Hot Topics in the Horse Industry – Amy Sherrick-Von Schiller
The purpose of this course is to increase the student’s awareness and understanding of issues that are currently affecting the horse industry; and to examine the place that these issues hold in the external social, economic, ethical and legal environments.  Subject matter may include equine health issues & their place in the agricultural environment; United States Equestrian Federation concerns and their impact on sports and society in the United States; matters affecting the equine competition arena and how they are perceived by the public; employment issues in the horse industry and immigration concerns; and other relevant topics that are being addressed in the media.  Students will be required to research current issues in the horse industry and the course will facilitate discussion and possible debate of these issues.  Individual and group oral presentations will be emphasized.  This course counts as EQ elective credits.

FA101F – Knitting: Functional/Craft/Social Commentary – Karen Steen
Students will explore the craft and social context of hand knitting, including, a study of current writings about this popular pastime and the creation of knitted projects. A variety of insights into the art form and expression of knitting will be explored through readings from the book Knit Lit: Sweaters and Their Stories….and Other Writing about Knitting. Knitting projects will be adapted for students from novices to experienced knitters. A substantial number of written assignments and other forms of class assignments will support the course content focusing on the craft and social context of knitting.
HG101C – “Freedom for the Thought We Hate": A History of the First Amendment – John Robert Greene
This seminar will be reading and briefing Supreme Court opinions on the First Amendment, debating those decisions, and discussing both their historical development and present day relevance.  We will discuss the limits and expectations of First Amendment rights in our political society. The history of the “Four Freedoms” will be discussed, as will 21st Century applications of these debates.  Start working on your Pre-Law Minor!
HG101K – I Am Woman, Hear Me Roar – Erica Miller
The goal of this course is to sharpen students' critical awareness of how gender operates in institutional and cultural contexts and in their own lives. In this course, the historical and contemporary experiences of women in private and public spaces  will  be explored through a  review of historical events and pop culture. Students will  examine the social, political, and economic issues that have been significant in influencing women's lives in the past and learn how such issues continue to shape the roles and opportunities of women today. Strategies for promoting women’s empowerment on the personal, institutional, societal, and global levels will be discussed with the goal of inspiring future social change. Topics covered include: work; sexuality/sexual identity; health; gender relations, motherhood and images of women in pop culture.
HU101F – Stages – Roxana Spano
This theater-based course will follow the textbook The Theatre Experience by Edwin Wilson, but our class time will involve playing theater games, making masks, as well as writing and performing our own monologues and scenes. Field trips will include live performances at local venues, specifically a show at Syracuse Stage.

SA101G – 100 Days, 100 Photos – Sarah Stonefoot
Following in the footsteps of photo projects such as 52 weeks or Project 365, this seminar will focus on photographing the first 100 days of your fall semester at Cazenovia College. Through photography, communication with others and writing you will document your personal transition to college life on your own personal blog.  We'll discuss the fundamentals of photography including camera operations, photo editing, composition and concepts of style and vision.  You will learn how the world is transformed through the viewfinder of your camera and what reflection upon photographs can do to both your experience and your memory.  We will work primarily with digital cameras but will also experiment with homemade pinhole cameras and smart phones. 
SA101I – Book Arts – Anita Welych
Perhaps you have entertained the thought of writing a book. Perhaps you’ve thought about illustrating a book. But have you ever thought about making a book? In this hands-on course, we will explore the world of handcrafted books – a world that toes the line between art and craft. Together we’ll explore all facets of book-making, including: creating the very paper you’ll use; ways to create sequence and narrative; the use of traditional and novel materials; the integration of text and image; a variety of book-binding techniques; and an exploration of formats and subject matter. By the end of this course, you will be able to create books that can serve as journals, scrapbooks and gifts, as well as fine art and social expression. Above all, you will become ever more conscious of the conceptual, expressive and perceptual qualities of your aesthetic decisions, so you can more effectively communicate visually.
SB101D – Paris Hilton, Duck Dynasty and Food Stamps: America's Growing Class Divide – Rebecca Johnson
This course will explore the lives of the very rich and the very poor in America with the aim to understand how wealth and poverty impact the structure of our society.  From debates about raising the minimum wage and soaring student loan debts to pleas of "affluenza" for wealthy teenagers who commit crimes, the growing divide between the super elite and the rest of us is changing the landscape of American society.  Utilizing economic, historical and sociological perspectives we will define and explore understandings of socioeconomic class and observe how status and power are conferred.
SM101F – Science is Fun – Venera Jouraeva
Science is an exciting and active process for discovering how the world works, but you don’t need to be a scientist to enjoy science or to contribute to a scientific debate or discussion. In this fun-filled course, you will learn about science without complex mathematical equations and jargon. After taking this course, you will be able to impress others with information about black holes, toxic metals, nutrients essential for your health, the fate of our planet and the Sun, the benefits and dangers of genetically modified food, the frequencies and causes of ice ages, pest management without pesticides, and more. You will be exposed to the richness and diversity of the various scientific disciplines and will get practical advice on how to utilize your scientific knowledge in everyday life.
SM101J – Nature's Underworld – Barb Hager
While most of us readily appreciate and identify with large organisms like trees, birds and mammals, it is the smaller and generally unnoticed “underworld” of nature that comprises most of life on earth and runs earth’s life systems.  In this field-based course, we will explore the CNY forests and fields for the little things that run the world – worms, snails, arthropods, terrestrial amphibians, moss, lichens, and fungi. The goals are to gain a greater understanding of the basic biology of each of these groups of organisms and to understand the broader ecological picture of their place and importance in nature.  This is a laboratory science class. 
SM101M – Mathematical Mysteries – John Livermore
Archimedes said that if we gave him a large enough lever and a place to stand he could move the world.  In fact, he helped develop the real lever, mathematics.  This course will be a fun look at the history and development of mathematics from Archimedes and his lever through Cantor and his infinities and beyond.  Topics will include the development of counting with the Natural numbers.  The addition of zero and other strange numbers, algebra, geometry, modern mathematics and also the men and women who helped us to know what we know!
VC101A – Cartooning & Humorous Illustration – Scott Jensen
This course will provide an introduction to the practice of cartooning and humorous illustration. Students will begin with a brief overview of the humorous cartoon’s history in this country. Then they will learn techniques, tools and practices for the primary forms of humorous cartooning, including strip, panel, editorial, greeting card, caricature and general humorous illustration (but not including manga).