Spring 2018 UB Seminar Courses (3-credit)

The following are approved 3-credit UB Seminar courses for Spring 2018 with open seats. Incoming first-year and transfer students with less than 45 domestic credits will take a 3-credit UB Seminar. 

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AAS 199SEM - The American Image:Art, Media

How do images affect culture, society, and identity in America? As Americans, how do we sort out whom we are, while constantly bombarded with images and symbols telling us who we should be? These are a few of the questions we will explore in this cross-cultural course on American Diversity. Investigating the roles of race, class, religion, gender, and sexuality in the world of images. Throughout the semester we will pay particular attention to visual mediums such as art, television, movies, printed images, and a host of cultural symbols affecting us everyday. Readings and other course materials are interdisciplinary, including anthropological and historical perspectives, documentary films, literary material and most of all, art.

Section: NEZ
Registration Number: 22024
Instructor: Zarragoitia,Nestor E
Schedule: MWF 11:00am - 11:50am
Location: Alumni 90 (North Campus)
Seats Available: 27

AAS 199SEM - The African American Artist

Section: ZAR
Registration Number: 23516
Instructor: Zarragoitia,Nestor E
Schedule: MWF 9:00am - 9:50am
Location: Talbrt 112 (North Campus)
Seats Available: 28

BCH 199SEM - Dancing DNA;Embodying the Hum

Section: BCH
Registration Number: 23342
Instructor: Surtees,Jennifer A.
Schedule: MW 12:00pm - 1:20pm
Location: Alumni 188 (North Campus)
Seats Available: 28

CL 199SEM -

Explore the highly contentious and volatile nature of ancient Greek politics. Topics discussed include: civil war, foreign war, amnesty, revolutionary ideology, political amorality, imperialism, and the origins of democracy. Through an analysis of several case studies, students will understand why the Greeks often encountered great difficulties in their attempts to limit domestic conflict and promote large-scale cooperation. This is a central question for students of ancient Greek politics. But ? as you will see, grappling with it also will provide new and interesting insights into domestic and international politics in the modern world.

Section: BOYD
Registration Number: 21908
Instructor: Boyd,Timothy
Schedule: TR 2:00pm - 3:20pm
Location: Clemen 117 (North Campus)
Seats Available: 23

CL 199SEM - The Ancient World in the Movie

This course will explore the representation of the ancient Greek and Roman worlds in modern cinema, focusing on films made between 1960 and the present. We will pay attention not only to what these films show us about modern attitudes toward the ancient world, but also to how modern filmmakers use these films, set in antiquity, to talk about our modern world. Students will explore works of literature, ancient and modern, that offer our discussions rich context and further into how narratives reflect and shape cultural values.

Section: MCG
Registration Number: 21918
Instructor: McGuire,Donald T.
Schedule: TR 12:30pm - 1:50pm
Location: Filmor 319 (Ellicott Complex)
Seats Available: 28

COL 199SEM - Literature and/of Human Rights

What is dignity? What is the relationship of dignity to what Victor Hugo calls the inviolability of life, but also and no less trenchantly to both the death penalty and the right to die? How does the concept of dignity work both to defend and to challenge both the death penalty and the right to die? On Dignity and Death explores these questions through readings of philosophy (Cicero, Kant, Hegel, Foucault), criminology (Beccaria), legal and medical accounts (Dworkin, Cohen-Almagor), literature (Hugo, Camus, Capote, Mailer), and abolitionists (Badinter, Prejean). We will also read the Universal Declaration of Universal Human Rights (1948) and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (proposed 1966, ratified 1976) in order to examine the paradox of a universal human right to life that coexists with the death penalty. In addition, we will read several United States Supreme Court decisions concerning both the States right to put to death and its right to make live.

Section: SI
Registration Number: 22011
Instructor: Irlam,Shaun A.
Schedule: 11:00am - 12:20pm
Location: Clemen 640 (North Campus)
Seats Available: 28

COM 199SEM - Getting to Yes: Influence

This course teaches the main ingredients in persuasive communication contexts. What makes some communication strategies or form more or less persuasive than other communication ones? What are the various forms of persuasion? Major theories and experiments in the field of persuasion will be reviewed. Students will also gain a practical context for persuasion by participating in a group project that requires students to research a campus-wide problem and persuade a panel of experts of the importance of their solution to the problem.

Section: MCG
Registration Number: 22028
Instructor: Green,Melanie Colette
Schedule: TR 9:30am - 10:50am
Location: Alumni 90 (North Campus)
Seats Available: 25

EAS 199SL - Grand Challenges for Engineeri

Engineers are problem solvers. Problem solving in engineering practice (i.e., industry) differs from the problems typically encountered in the classroom. Notably, "real world" problems are ill-structured, have multiple conflicting objectives, non-engineering standards and constraints, require knowledge from multiple disciplines (even beyond engineering!) and necessitate working on a team. The objective of this course is to allow students with an interest in engineering to explore an engineering identity. Through this exploration, students will gain an appreciation for the characteristics of good engineers: (1) Technical competence (technical knowledge, problem-solving skills, creativity; (2) Interpersonal skills (strong technical communication, effective teamwork); (3) Work ethic (attention to detail, diligence, persistence); and (4) Moral standards: honesty, integrity. This exploration will be facilitated through team projects, individual assignments and a professional development and career planning portfolio. The theme for this course will be consideration of the "Grand Challenges for Engineering" as defined by the National Academy of Engineers (www.engineeringchallenges.org).

Section: I
Registration Number: 21796
Instructor: Latorre,Julia Talarico
Schedule: MW 11:00am - 11:50am
Location: Baldy 101 (North Campus)
Seats Available: 79

EAS 199SL - Grand Challenges for Engineeri

Engineers are problem solvers. Problem solving in engineering practice (i.e., industry) differs from the problems typically encountered in the classroom. Notably, "real world" problems are ill-structured, have multiple conflicting objectives, non-engineering standards and constraints, require knowledge from multiple disciplines (even beyond engineering!) and necessitate working on a team. The objective of this course is to allow students with an interest in engineering to explore an engineering identity. Through this exploration, students will gain an appreciation for the characteristics of good engineers: (1) Technical competence (technical knowledge, problem-solving skills, creativity; (2) Interpersonal skills (strong technical communication, effective teamwork); (3) Work ethic (attention to detail, diligence, persistence); and (4) Moral standards: honesty, integrity. This exploration will be facilitated through team projects, individual assignments and a professional development and career planning portfolio. The theme for this course will be consideration of the "Grand Challenges for Engineering" as defined by the National Academy of Engineers (www.engineeringchallenges.org).

Section: I1
Registration Number: 21797
Instructor: Latorre,Julia Talarico
Schedule: F 11:00am - 11:50am
Location: Clemen 119 (North Campus)
Seats Available: 26

EAS 199SL - Grand Challenges for Engineeri

Engineers are problem solvers. Problem solving in engineering practice (i.e., industry) differs from the problems typically encountered in the classroom. Notably, "real world" problems are ill-structured, have multiple conflicting objectives, non-engineering standards and constraints, require knowledge from multiple disciplines (even beyond engineering!) and necessitate working on a team. The objective of this course is to allow students with an interest in engineering to explore an engineering identity. Through this exploration, students will gain an appreciation for the characteristics of good engineers: (1) Technical competence (technical knowledge, problem-solving skills, creativity; (2) Interpersonal skills (strong technical communication, effective teamwork); (3) Work ethic (attention to detail, diligence, persistence); and (4) Moral standards: honesty, integrity. This exploration will be facilitated through team projects, individual assignments and a professional development and career planning portfolio. The theme for this course will be consideration of the "Grand Challenges for Engineering" as defined by the National Academy of Engineers (www.engineeringchallenges.org).

Section: I2
Registration Number: 21799
Instructor: Latorre,Julia Talarico
Schedule: T 9:00am - 9:50am
Location: Baldy 110 (North Campus)
Seats Available: 27

ELP 199SEM - Afr Amer Struggle for Equal Ed

Section: 0
Registration Number: 23952
Instructor: Durand,Henry J
Schedule: T 1:00pm - 3:40pm
Location: Capen 108 (North Campus)
Seats Available: 30

ENG 199SEM - Media CSI:50 Shades of Fake Ne

Section: JKB
Registration Number: 23784
Instructor: Kleinberg Biehl,Jody
Schedule: TR 11:00am - 12:20pm
Location: Park 143 (North Campus)
Seats Available: 28

ENG 199SEM - Watching Television

WATCHING TELEVISION explores the history and aesthetics of television genres from the beginning of commercial television broadcasting in the post-World War II United States to the present day. The class will focus on genres such as drama, soap opera, comedy, news, documentary, reality television, children's television, animation, prime time, and day time, paying due attention to the beginnings of these genres, their maturation and development, and the reasons for their eventual decline or remarkable persistence. Along the way, we will discuss who watches television and why, how television shapes our view of the world and of each other, how television provides a window on a society's values, and how and why those values change over time.

Section: SCD
Registration Number: 22906
Instructor: Schmid,David F
Schedule: MWF 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Location: Park 143 (North Campus)
Seats Available: 25

ENG 199SEM - Myths of King Arthur

This course will explore cultural productions associated with King Arthur and his world, considering works of literature, mythology, visual arts, and film. After an introduction to the misty beginnings of Arthurian legend in early medieval history, we will engage with a survey of medieval Arthurian works (in translation) from a range of European cultures. Our course will explore chivalry and courtly love, tournaments, knights such as Gawain and Lancelot, and ladies such as Queen Guinevere and Morgan le Fay. We will also examine the modern reception of Arthur, by exploring images of Arthurian characters and texts, reading about modern vision, and by engaging with 2 films that deal (in very different ways) with King Arthur and his knights.

Section: SCF
Registration Number: 21452
Instructor: Schiff,Randy P
Schedule: TR 8:00am - 9:20am
Location: Alumni 90 (North Campus)
Seats Available: 28

GLY 199SEM - Global Warming

Section: BRI
Registration Number: 23874
Instructor: Briner,Jason
Schedule: TR 9:30am - 10:50am
Location: Talbrt 112 (North Campus)
Seats Available: 28

GLY 199SEM - Global Warming

Section: LAS
Registration Number: 23876
Instructor: Lasker,Howard R.
Schedule: MWF 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Location: Cooke 127B (North Campus)
Seats Available: 25

GLY 199SEM - Design Hearts and Minds

Section: MIT
Registration Number: 23875
Instructor: Mitchell,Charles E.
Schedule: TR 12:30pm - 1:50pm
Location: Cooke 434 (North Campus)
Seats Available: 28

MGG 199SR - Corp&Ind Social Respblity

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is when management decides to "do good for society". In other words, companies use some of their profits towards initiatives that benefit society. Some initiatives that are focused on include improving the environment, donating to charities (locally & nationally), and assisting community programs. These Corporate Social Responsibility actions obviously benefit our society. But, they also benefit corporations as more and more customers expect companies to act socially responsible. Satisfied customers can often mean more profit. We will examine specific examples of CSR. What has been successful? What has been unsuccessful? We will also debate why companies participate in CSR. Is it more socially-oriented or profit-oriented? Does that really matter as long as our communities and our world benefit? Furthermore, we will discuss social responsibility on an individual basis and how you can improve our society as a student, right now. In addition, this course will help freshmen students make the transition to higher education. College-level skills, including oral and written communication, study skills, time management, and library skills will be emphasized. These critical skills will help ensure the success of students during their freshman year, as well as their entire college career.

Section: A
Registration Number: 21537
Instructor: Grossman,Debora M
Schedule: MWF 9:00am - 9:50am
Location: Norton 216 (North Campus)
Seats Available: 23

MGG 199SR - Corp&Ind Social Respblity

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is when management decides to "do good for society". In other words, companies use some of their profits towards initiatives that benefit society. Some initiatives that are focused on include improving the environment, donating to charities (locally & nationally), and assisting community programs. These Corporate Social Responsibility actions obviously benefit our society. But, they also benefit corporations as more and more customers expect companies to act socially responsible. Satisfied customers can often mean more profit. We will examine specific examples of CSR. What has been successful? What has been unsuccessful? We will also debate why companies participate in CSR. Is it more socially-oriented or profit-oriented? Does that really matter as long as our communities and our world benefit? Furthermore, we will discuss social responsibility on an individual basis and how you can improve our society as a student, right now. In addition, this course will help freshmen students make the transition to higher education. College-level skills, including oral and written communication, study skills, time management, and library skills will be emphasized. These critical skills will help ensure the success of students during their freshman year, as well as their entire college career.

Section: A1
Registration Number: 21538
Instructor: Grossman,Debora M
Schedule: ARR -
Location: Arr Arr (North Campus)
Seats Available: 23

PSY 199SEM - Discover Mind and Brain

Section: A
Registration Number: 23239
Instructor: Paul,Matthew J
Schedule: TR 9:30am - 10:50am
Location: Park 143 (North Campus)
Seats Available: 26

TH 199SEM - Live Event Production

Section: DB
Registration Number: 23951
Instructor: Burlingame,Dyan L
Schedule: TR 2:00pm - 3:20pm
Location: Park 146 (North Campus)
Seats Available: 28

TH 199SEM - Sensory Stimulation & Overload

The popularity of IMAX, 3D films and television, and earth-shaking home and theatre sound systems has raised audience members? expectations for the sensory impact of their viewing experience. This course will investigate how theatre, the world?s oldest live mimetic form, first experimented with sensory stimulation and overload through avant-garde theatre performances starting in the early 20th century, and continues to compete with film in this arena by coupling found and environmental spaces with a ?liveness? that other media cannot provide.

Section: DR
Registration Number: 22300
Instructor: Rosvally,Danielle
Schedule: MWF 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Location: Clemen 103 (North Campus)
Seats Available: 28