Fall 2013 Courses

FS 111, 121, 131, 141 are 3 unit courses designed for first year students for Liberal Studies distribution block credit.

FS 111 = Science (non-lab)
FS 121 = Aesthetic & Humanistic Inquiry
FS 131 = Cultural Understanding
FS 141 = Social & Political Worlds

CRAFTS / Community Engagement Initiative course with an Action Research Team
These Seminars may require students to work together in Action Research Teams on projects identified in consultation with community partners.

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Science (non-lab) Liberal Studies distribution block

FS 111 Global Sustainability (Stefan Sommer, Biological Sciences)
This Seminar will present our cutting edge understanding of environmental sustainability. Students will learn how sustainability is understood by ecological, social, economic, and engineering experts. We will explore the ways in which people are working to create a more sustainable society.  Course fee required.

Contact: Stefan.Sommer@nau.edu

Global Sustainability Sub-sections: 

  • New Mind (Dr. Stefan Sommer, MPCER, Biological Sciences)

Description: This section will focus on discussion of current presentations and publications by experts with the goal of understanding the breadth and depth of sustainability issues. We will work on formulating solutions to individual problems as well as means by which we might create a new culture of sustainability.  Course fee required.

  • Education & Outreach (Dr. Emily Evans, MPCER, Biological Sciences)

Description: This section will focus on different methods for education and outreach about issues related to sustainability. We will explore ways that environmental education programs have attempted to change how people think and act in relation to their environment and its resources. We will also discuss current research evaluating these practices as well as job and career opportunities in the field.  Course fee required.

FS 111 Dinosaurs Past, Present, Future (David Gillette)
Dinosaurs dominated the Earth in the Mesozoic Era, but became extinct at the end of the Cretaceous Period 65 million years ago. Their reign began with small, nimble predators that eventually led to some of the most bizarre animals ever to live on land, and the largest, some as large as 20 elephants. This Seminar course explores the science of dinosaur paleontology, the importance of dinosaurs in education, and their place in the modern world. Subject material includes geologic time, dinosaur classification, anatomy, ecology, distribution, evolution, education, exhibits, and pop culture.  Course fee required.

Contact: David.Gillette@nau.edu

FS 111 Endangered AZ Wildlife At Risk (Lynne Nemeth First Year Seminar and Biological Sciences)
What do the black-footed ferret, Mexican wolf, and California condor have in common? All are endangered species that Arizona and the federal government have reintroduced in Arizona. Why have these species, and others, been reintroduced? How did they become endangered?
This course will allow students to synthesize information from a number of fields, learning about how science and politics intersect to create endangered species. Students will explore the natural history and ecology of endangered Arizona wildlife, visiting reintroduction sites and learning from biologists working in the field. From there, students will delve into the larger issues affecting endangered species, including human activities, the history of US environmental policy, and the Endangered Species Act.  Course fee required.

Contact: Lynne.Nemeth@nau.edu

FS 111 Western and Alternative Medicine (Alison Adams)
This Seminar will study Western and Alternative Medicine, with an emphasis on examining the evidence for effectiveness of these various forms of treatment. For example, how well do anti-depressants work, compared with placebos? How well does acupuncture work, when fake needles are used instead of real needles? Might crystals, magnets and other types of alternative therapies be useful? How does a sugar pill or other form of placebo help people feel better? How should you choose what form of treatment to use?  Course fee required.

Contact: Alison.Adams@nau.edu

Aesthetic & Humanistic Inquiry Liberal Studies distribution block

FS 121 Understanding Risk (Peter Friederici)
Why do people seek out activities that can harm or kill? How do communities or entire societies balance risk and reward? Why are human beings so good at sensing and dealing with risk in the short term, but so bad at it in the long run? Based on new research from fields as diverse as psychology and climate science, this highly interdisciplinary Seminar will examine how individuals and societies understand risk and incorporate it into their lives. We will look at how gender roles influence the perception of risk, how cultures control risk through initiation rites and other activities, how societies deal with disasters before or after they strike, and how societal efforts to control risk through insurance and regulation may sometimes backfire. We will use films and readings to examine how to better understand a complex, multifaceted issue that touches everyone.  Course fee required.

Contact: Peter.Friederici@nau.edu

FS 121 Politics of Dr. Seuss (Lela Montfort)
To what extent do books such as Horton Hears a Who!, The Lorax, or The Sneetches influence thoughts and beliefs? This Seminar will explore the intersections between creative expression and our political world. We will use books by Dr. Seuss along with research and discussion about topics such as sustainability, discrimination, and advocacy to explore how these works reflect various political values and perspectives. Students will further develop their capacities for analysis, critical thinking, and ethical reasoning through class participation and effective writing.  Course fee required.

Contact: Lela.Montfort@nau.edu

FS 121 Animal Performers and Performance (Season Ellison, Theatre)
The human animal relationship with non-human animals is incredibly complex and oftentimes contradictory. As Hal Herzog’s title to his newest non-fiction book illustrates: “Some We Love, Some We Hate,” and “Some We Eat.” In this course, we will use film and television viewings, fiction literature, philosophical lectures and treatises, and our own experiences to interrogate our human relationships with non-human animals. We will look at filmed animal performers and consider the ethics of employing animals for entertainment purposes; (2) We will examine how animals perform in their daily lives and consider what the concept of “performance” can teach us about our animal-human experiences; (3) We will examine the ethics and performance components of using animals for training, sport, research, and the food industry; and, (4) We will consider how we human-animals might perform non-human animals to garner a better understanding of varies species both different from and similar to, us.  Course fee required.

Contact: Season.Ellison@nau.edu

FS 121 Comics: Pow! Bam! Biff! (Kevin Ketchner, First Year Seminar Program and Honors)
This course will explore comics as a reflection of society from their humble origins in the 1930’s to the best-selling graphic novels of today through their visual representation and interpretation of our changing social, political and national identity. This course emphasizes in class participation and students will need to demonstrate the essential skill of critical thinking as demonstrated through effective writing and class discussion off a variety of topics based upon contextual analyses of the comic book medium including graphic novels, manga, film and supporting materials.  Course fee required.

Contact: Kevin.Ketchner@nau.edu

FS 121 Communication & NAU Community (Emilly Borthwick-Wong, First Year Seminar Program)
Communication is integral to every facet of our society. Students in this Seminar will attend activities such as guest lectures, athletic events, films and theater performances on the Northern Arizona University’s campus. You will have the opportunity to explore and analyze how communication helps to create, maintain and challenge share beliefs. Students will attend 15 NAU events and then as a class will work to make sense of NAU’s community and analyze how communication helps shape campus culture.  Course fee required.

NOTE: Students enrolled in this course should be prepared to attend an event once a week. The events may take place on weeknights or during the weekend. Attendance at events outside of class is a mandatory portion of the course.

Contact: Emilly.Borthwick@nau.edu

FS 121 Ecology of Mind (Jeffrey Warren Bloom, Education)
From aboriginal cultures to the “big” thinkers of today, “ecology of mind” has been an important perspective on people’s relationships to the Earth, to themselves, and to others. This Seminar focuses on using systems thinking and pattern thinking to explore how we can connect to a deeper sense of being, to others, and to our environments. As we proceed with our explorations, we will find interconnections across various disciplines (e.g., the arts, sciences, humanities, etc.) and contexts (e.g., cultures and everyday experiences). Through a variety of inquiries students will examine a number of key aspects of such thinking, including: (a) relationships between objects and concepts of various kinds; (b) feedback loops and other non-linear cycles of information and/or materials flow; (c) transformation and change; (d) patterns that extend across and characterize different disciplines; (e) patterns of organization; (f) coordination; (g) continuity; (h) separation and unification; (i) regulation; (j) epistemology or how we see the world; (k) double binds; (l) ecology of mind and nature); and (m) aesthetics and beauty. In examining various objects and phenomena, students will engage and develop skills in the basic aspects of systems thinking and pattern thinking, which include taking multiple perspectives, developing models and explanations, inviting a diversity of ideas, analyzing functions, analyzing meanings, and evaluating the applicability of explanations across contexts. Student work will focus on group and individual inquiries and the development of a major project in an area of individual interest.  Course fee required.

Contact: Jeff.Bloom@nau.edu

FS 121 New Mind Yourself (Barbara Sheeley, First Year Seminar Program and Art)
There’s a mismatch between the high-tech world we’ve created and the ‘old mind’ we inherit as humans. Contemporary culture requires ways of thinking and responding in alignment with the high stakes of the new century. To ‘new mind yourself,’ students learn about how the mind creates, modifies and recreates experience using an innovative method of examining art as the starting point. Through guided analyses of different forms of creative expression, we develop active thinking skills that enable more clarity and flexibility. We use these skills to spotlight some important trends within society and around our planet and develop written, visual and verbal presentations focused on issues of local, national and global importance.  Course fee required.

Contact: Barbara.Sheeley@nau.edu

FS 121 Noir in Film & Literature (Bruce Fox, Forestry)
In this Seminar we will discuss the characteristics and import of noir as it reflects societal values and perspectives—or does not—using a variety of scholarly texts and articles, books, and films. We will use texts from the Brothers Grimm, Mark Twain, and hard-boiled detective novels from the 1940s and 1950s. Some classic film noir include, but will not be limited to, Chinatown, High Noon, Double Indemnity, Dirty Harry, and I am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang.  Course fee required.

Contact: Bruce.Fox@nau.edu 

FS 121 – Slam Poetry, Art, and Activism (Jeff Meilander, First Year Seminar)
CRAFTS / Community Engagement Initiative course with an Action Research Team
Art, poetry, and music have the amazing potential to energize, engage, and shape the world we live in. These artistic mediums have a long history of being critical in large social justice and environmental organizing efforts. This Seminar will provide a narrative history and give students a chance to develop their own skills of artistic impression as a way to spark social movements and find their own voice. This Seminar will have a community engagement component that will require students to be involved in local open mic, slam poetry, concerts, and live art events in the Flagstaff community outside of class time.  Course fee required.

Contact: Jacob.Dolence@nau.edu

FS 121 Social Justice – Youth Empowerment (Jacob Dolence, First Year Seminar Program)
CRAFTS / Community Engagement Initiative course with an Action Research Team
Young people have the opportunity to shape the world around them. This Seminar will serve as a space for inquiry development, teaching methods, and a gained understanding of democracy through the Public Achievement model. NAU students will serve as coaches and teachers in one of two elementary schools in Flagstaff to highlight the voices of their students through a community based project. Core concepts such as power, community, engagement, and grassroots organizing will be practiced and discussed throughout the semester.  Course fee required.

Contact: Jacob.Dolence@nau.edu

FS 121 Social Justice-Youth Empowerment (Lauren Berutich, First Year Seminar Program)
CRAFTS / Community Engagement Initiative course with an Action Research Team
Young people have the opportunity to shape the world around them. This Seminar will serve as a space for inquiry development, teaching methods, and a gained understanding of democracy, public work, and citizenship through the Public Achievement (PA) model. NAU students will serve as coaches and teachers at Kinsey Elementary School in Flagstaff to highlight the voices of their students through a community based project. Student concerns addressed during the after school program will lead to issue identification and grassroots democracy participation. Core concepts such as power, community, engagement, and grassroots organizing will be practiced and discussed throughout the semester. Students will engage in hands-on learning through field work and leadership development. They will not only develop crucial critical thinking and leadership skills while gaining a deeper understanding of who they are in the world, but will have the opportunity to pass this knowledge down to the next generation of thinkers, doers, and civic agents of change.  Course fee required.

Students are required to be available one day a week (flexible) on a weekly Monday through Thursday basis from 3:00-5:00 p.m. to attend Kinsey as a PA coach.

Contact: Lauren.Berutich@nau.edu 

FS 121, FS 121H Tolkien and Lord of the Rings (Rosalinda Haddon, First Year Seminar)
This Seminar focuses on the works of J.R.R. Tolkien and how his culture and beliefs influenced his writings and teachings. We will examine how he and others define myth, truth and the characteristics of heroes. We will focus on how myth can be truth and truth can be myth and explore the symbolism and meaning behind the characters and events in the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings trilogy. We will also explore the need for heroes in Tolkien’s time and for us today.  

The texts and other media will serve as the foundation for class conversation and all written assignments. Learning approaches will include class conversation, individual and group activities and written assignments.  Course fee required.

Contact: Rosalinda.Haddon@nau.edu

FS121 Public Art as Community Change (Elisabeth Sims, Civic Service Institute)
CRAFTS / Community Engagement Initiative course with an Action Research Team
Students will actively participate in the Flagstaff PAWS public art project while deeply exploring the impacts the project has had/ will have on the community at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels.  Course fee required.

Contact: Elisabeth.Sims@nau.edu

FS 121 Environment & Social Change (Jeffrey Meilander, First Year Seminar)
CRAFTS / Community Engagement Initiative course with an Action Research Team
These Seminars will require students to work together in Action Research Teams on projects identified in consultation with community partners

Want to learn about the environment through the exploration of social, cultural, political, and economic perspectives? Ready to have your voices heard and share in dialogue around issues that matter to YOU and the PLANET? This course will explore community through a very new lens, one that connects living and non-living worlds and addresses how having the right tools to organize can bring about real, on-the-ground positive community change. How do you feel about renewable energy use on NAU campus, drug and alcohol use, student government sponsored activities, recycling and compost initiatives, LGBT equity issues, sustainable food systems, immigration and civil rights in Arizona, college tuition fees, campus transportation issues, student accountability and waste, accessibility to campus and community services? Deepen your understanding of citizenship and democracy by practicing it, and by becoming participants and agents of civic change on campus, in Flagstaff, and in your communities at large. This course is hands-on and exploratory and will ask the students to think through an experiential, learning lens. The students will have the opportunity to discover the surrounding Flagstaff community and its diverse landscapes on and off campus to establish various areas of interest and identify issues they would like to address and CHANGE. You have a voice and it can be heard!

Sign up today for a fun, engaging, and truly meaningful exploration of community through ecological, environmental and social change.  Course fee required.

Contact: Jeffrey.Meilander@nau.edu

FS 121 In the Business of Change (Jacob Dolence, First Year Seminar)
In an ever changing world we often wonder how we can make a living and follow our passions. This course will address topics of how to make money and change the world. Business has the potential to create lasting and meaningful change in the world. This course will utilize guest speakers from the community, graduate students, and professors in the college of business to give students a full view of how to successfully take their ideas, learn about the community, and create successful businesses. In the course you will work with your classmates on business plans that could turn into the next big thing!  Course fee required.

Contact: Jacob.Dolence@nau.edu

FS 121 Student Driven Campus Change (Jacob Dolence, First Year Seminar)
This course is linked to the SEEDS learning community.
Ever wanted to change something for the better? This course will empower and prepare students to work effectively in their communities, social groups and democracy to initiate and achieve social change. Students will learn and discuss topics such as, what makes a good citizen, activism, service and politics, and ways to become leaders in their community. This course will focus on how people organize to create and exercise power to make change. It will also focus on increasing our own toolbox of skills to lead and create movements. We will work to change the culture of engagement on campus and on projects of our choosing.  Course fee required.

Contact: Jacob.Dolence@nau.edu

FS 121 Aging in America (Dr. Carole Mandino, Director Civic Service Institute)
As our nation is aging, the implications can be many that affect all persons in America. As the population and ethnic make-up of America changes, what will it look like? Is aging in Arizona different than aging in Wisconsin? What does aging look like to you? Who’s the oldest person you know? What does aging have to do with your life? What will your life look like when you’re 75? Why should you care? These are questions we will be answering during the progress of this course.  Course fee required.

Contact: Carole.Mandino@nau.edu

FS 121 Black Film Moving Beyond the N-Word (Ricardo Guthrie)
This course explores cinematic representations of African Americans and examinations of race in the United States. A range of topics will be explored including the depictions of Blacks in stereotypical ways, challenges to conventional stereotypes, the construction of race, class, gender and identity, and the historical/cultural contexts in which representations of race take place. The hybrid course will feature film screenings, discussion and analysis of Black images through cinema.

This is a First Year Seminar Aesthetic & Humanistic Inquiry course. This course will focus on building students’ critical thinking skills through effective writing assignments.  Course fee required.

Contact: Ricardo.Guthrie@nau.edu 

FS 121 Civility, Reason, Engagement (Andrea Houchard, Philosophy)
We all recognize that our society has become increasingly fractured and politicized, with less space than ever for reasoned and deliberative debate. The most recent Arizona Town Hall proceedings on Civic Engagement found that Arizonans held a deep desire to increase civic engagement (described as participation in the life of one’s community in order to improve it and shape its future) and foster a sense of connection within communities, as well as a respect for human dignity and diversity of opinion. A majority of Arizonans in a recent survey were deeply unhappy about the nature of the state’s civic health. Similarly, Arizona ranked very low in terms of civic health, as measured by such things as voter turnout and participation in other civic activities.

In light of these findings, the purpose of this class is to build deliberative skills and give students opportunities to engage in deliberative democracy. Students will do this with each other in the classroom, and in the general public. We will spend the semester discussing “hot topics”. These topics have been identified by stakeholders in the NAU and Flagstaff communities as important concerns that warrant reasoned discussion. We will concurrently discuss topics in the class that are discussed in university and community forums. Students will attend community forums as observers. In the class, students will serve as facilitators. By the end of the class, students will have the opportunity to facilitate their own “hot topic”. To this end, the class has three broad purposes.

  1. To understand civility, deliberative democracy and civic engagement.
  2. To give students an opportunity to engage in civil discussions with members of the community.
  3. To develop students’ research and analysis abilities to critically and impartially evaluate political issues.

The types of issues we may discuss include topics such as taxes and the federal debt, the cost of higher education, climate change, health care access and coverage, and global citizenship in an age of globalization.  Course fee required.

Contact: Andrea.Houchard@nau.edu

FS 121 Leading Yourself (Dr. Craig Van Slyke, Dean of W.A. Franke Business of College)
How many courses impact every aspect of your life? If you put the work in, this one will. Taught by Dr. Craig Van Slyke, Dean of the W.A. Franke College of Business, “Leading Yourself” puts you on the path of living a purposeful, mindful, successful life (however you might define success). During the course you will learn and apply cognitive and behavioral strategies for directing yourself. You will also begin to develop the “why” of your life, which you can use to guide important decisions. You will also gain and apply skills that are transferable to all leadership situations. The course is delivered using active, learner-centered principles. (In other words, you’ll do more than just listen to lectures.) Be forewarned, this is not a touchy-feely kind of course. The course is a pragmatic look at the core tools you can use to live life well.  Course fee required.

Contact Craig.VanSlyke@nau.edu 

FS 121  Eco-Appeal/Aesthetics & Nature
Why is it that when we trace the spiral of a seashell in our hand, or sit within a Japanese tea garden, we sense beauty? In this Seminar, we will explore a range of art and beauty in the natural world, from naturally-occurring geometric forms, to elegantly cultivated gardens, to canyon wren melodies, to nature haiku. We will also consider how our evaluation of beauty with/in nature both reflects and influences culture and society. Expect to be out of the classroom, walking, drawing, writing, listening, and looking. Our learning together will give you the opportunity to intuitively find, critically analyze, and artfully create beauty with/in the natural world.    Course fee required.

Contact: Nora.Timmerman@nau.edu 

FS 121 Hidden Messages of Place
We are continually being ‘taught’ by the built and more-than-human environments within which we immersed, whether we are aware of it or not. This exploratory Seminar studies how the structures and entities inhabiting these places impact how we learn, what we know, and what we value. Students enrolled in this Seminar will develop skills to both sense and interpret this type of place-based information that is all around us. Core questions we will address are in three parts: What do our buildings teach us about the world and about ourselves? What do outdoor learning centers teach us, and what messages exist in wilderness areas? On a deeper level, what are the cultural messages we carry with us and what is the human impact? This is a fun, experiential, hands-on course. Be prepared to investigate and explore our focus areas both in seminar and the outdoors. Please note that both day and overnight field trips away from NAU campus are required.
  Course fee required.

Contact: FYSeminar@nau.edu 

FS 121 The Bible and Social Justice

Many people have an ambiguous relationship with the Bible, as they may have both positive and negative perceptions and experiences with it.  Movements throughout the global south, while recognizing this ambiguity, are claiming the Bible for purposes of liberation, justice, equality, and empowerment, and using it to enact practical, positive change in their communities.  This Seminar will explore the role of the Bible in the midst of labor and economic issues in Latin America, poverty and discrimination in Africa, and postcolonial identities in Asia and beyond.  Students will gain strategies for confronting oppression that incorporate reading the Bible.  Course fee required.

Contact: Brooke.Isingoma@nau.edu 

FS 121 Is Civil Discourse Dead?
This is a highly interactive class that will trace the history or conversation in the United States from colonial times to present day. How we converse during expansion, wars, peace, colonialization and with technology will be explored. The end product will be a discourse on a controversial topic. 

Contact: Rosalinda. Haddon@nau.edu

Culture Understanding Liberal Studies distribution block

FS 131 Spirituality of Life (Kathleen Day) 

This seminar will explore various topics such as spirituality of work, place, food, joy, beauty, music, death and dying, compassion, and service through a wide selection of ancient and contemporary teachings from wisdom, religious, and spiritual traditions.  We will explore how we find meaning in life and how can we coexist with people who embrace different values in ways that promote pluralism and peace.   Course fee required.

* This class has both In-Person meetings and online Asynchronous (not Real-Time) components

Contact: Kathleen.Day@nau.edu 

FS 131  Sex, Power & Politics 

This Seminar explores sexuality  through a multi-cultural perspective.  Throughout the semester we will look at cultural influences that help to shape our world views on sex, power and politics.  The course will address the politics of sexuality through topics and issues including bodies; norms and values; race, ethnicity and gender; families; sexual orientation; LGBTQ (gay) rights; art; and religion.  The readings are a nice balance of scholarly work and popular sources including personal narratives that breathe life into the theories we will be discussing in class.  Course fee required.

Contact: TBD 

FS 131  Bodies, Media & Culture 

This Seminar is designed for students to explore the many ways in which the media informs how we understand and experience our bodies. Notions of the ideal body are shaped and formed by a media that is socially constructed, so that images and representations can change dramatically from culture to culture. We will examine the ways in which the idea of the perfect body is a powerful means of social control perpetuated through all forms of media from television, movies, music and art, to the internet.

FS 131   Indigenous / Immigrant Narrative (Christine Lemley) 
This Seminar will explore Indigenous and immigrant personal narratives. Students in the seminar will acquire narrative inquiry skills to (a) collect primary and secondary source artifacts, (b) conduct observations and (c) interview Indigenous and immigrant people in the community regarding their life stories. Students will identify themes and patterns found throughout the artifacts, observations and interviews. Students will present their research findings to a public audience at the end of the semester.
Contact:  Christine.Lemley@nau.edu   
FS 131  Gender, Race, & the Land  
This Seminar will introduce students to various perspectives regarding the land and the ways that it is honored, exploited, and thought about in relation to and by people.  We will read perspectives that critique the attitude of conquering, destroying, and exploiting the land and how this is tied to racism, white supremacy, and masculinity.  We will study Native American perspectives on the land as well as histories about the destruction of the land and the relationship between these to capitalism and corporate profits.  Assigned reading will include poetry, essays, novels, autobiographical excerpts, and histories about the above issues as well as ways that women have connected to the land as a healing space, and ways that women of diverse ethnicities and sexualities see the land and have survived independent of men on the land.  Part of the class will include analyzing queer poetry and thinking about the way that dominant conceptions of heterosexuality, race, economics, and gender identity in Western culture shape mainstream attitudes about the land and social justice responses and action.
Social & Political Worlds Liberal Studies distribution block

FS 141 Political Philosophy: Building a Model Society (Daniel Robicheau)
This Seminar will explore alternative models of governance from around the world in order to construct what we might call an ‘ideal’ or ‘model’ society of the future. These alternative models of governance would include political and economic systems already in place; for example, with ‘proportional representation’ voting blocs replacing two-party systems; with required 50% representation of women in parliaments; with ‘progressive taxation’ replacing ‘over-taxation’ of the middle class; national healthcare systems replacing insurance-based health plans; and alternatives to ‘free market’ capitalism involving, for example, alternative arrangements of ‘job rotation’ or ‘bartering’ societal systems.  Course fee required.

Contact: Daniel.Robicheau@nau.edu 

FS 141 School Violence and Bullying (Alexander Alvarez)
This course is connected to the CCJ Learning Community
Violence is a problem that continues to plague our homes, communities, and our schools. Traditionally, we have cherished the notion that our schools were largely immune to the violence that is such a prevalent part of our society. We believed that our children were safe in their schools. In recent years, however, we have come to recognize that our schools are not as safe as we thought and that sometimes they can be very dangerous for the emotional and physical health of our children. The focus of this course is on exploring the nature and patterns of school violence from bullying to other forms of aggression including mass murder.  Course fee required.

Contact: Alexander.Alvarez@nau.edu

FS 141 Queer Identities (Adrianne Burford)
This Seminar invites students to join together in investigation, discussion, and action as informed by the historical, cultural, and political around queer issues. We will examine the cultural, religious, ideological, and historical underpinnings of oppressive normalization processes and analyze the roles of media, family, and social, cultural, and political institutions that shape and regulate the meanings of gender, gender performance, and sexual identity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and heterosexual allies. Importantly, this seminar will also provide opportunities to interrogate and act on the meanings and possibilities of equality and social justice as impacted by race, class, sexuality, and citizenship.  Course fee required.

Contact: Adrianne.Burford@nau.edu

FS 141 Investigating Human Rights (Cyndi Banks, University College)
CRAFTS / Community Engagement Initiative course
This is a Liberal Studies course in the Social & Political Worlds distribution block and will address the goal of applying appropriate perspectives to analyze a significant human problem. This course is a first year seminar that explores the applications of human rights theory and action research to issues globally and locally. The purpose of this course is to raise awareness about the applications of human rights and of human rights issues through the lens of active research approaches. Investigating Human Rights will examine issues such as poverty, intimate violence, punishment, education, and immigration from global and local perspectives. Building on an understanding of universal human rights theory and practice, the course will take an active research approach. During the semester students will partner with the Immigration Action Research Team (ART) to apply their knowledge of human rights to human rights issues reflected in the local context. Throughout the semester emphasis will be placed on critical thinking through the essential skills of effective writing and effective oral communication. The course is interactive and will follow a participatory model. You are expected to actively engage in analytical discussions that will depend on prior preparation of the assigned readings. You will also participate in an action research team that will work with a community partner on a contemporary human rights issue.  Course fee required.

Contact: Cyndi.Banks@nau.edu

FS 141 The Great Immigration Debate (Leah Mundell, First Year Seminar Program)
CRAFTS / Community Engagement Initiative course with an Action Research Team
Why has the issue of immigration inflamed the passions of so many across the political spectrum in recent years? In this Seminar, we will explore the history of U.S. immigration policy, the politics of immigration reform, and the cultural implications of immigration in the United States. Students will also have the opportunity to act on the issues discussed in the course by participating in an Immigration Action Research Team in collaboration with local community organizations. Students will choose specific research and action topics and develop strategies for communicating their research to a wide variety of audiences.  Course fee required.

Contact: Leah.Mundell@nau.edu

FS 141 Healthcare – Right or Privilege? (Lanny Morrison, First Year Seminar Program)
This Seminar will allow students to explore how policy is formulated and implemented to address healthcare issues. Students will learn how healthcare policy, like the Affordable Care Act (often referred to as Obamacare), is made at the state or national level and what it takes to implement it. Historical examples will be considered for what has and has not worked including unintended consequences of well-intentioned efforts. Students will learn how they, or any other citizen, can act to influence policy.  Course fee required.

Contact: Lanny.Morrison@nau.edu

FS 141 Conspiracy Theories (Phillipa Winkler)
In this class, we will study the political context of a number of conspiracy theories, while debating two views, are historic events produced by social forces or by a small elite operating secretly to amass power? We will examine theories surrounding such events as 9/11, the NASA moon landing, and the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.  Course fee required.

Contact: Phillipa.Winkler@nau.edu

FS 141 The Logo (James I. Bowie, Sociology and Social Work)
As symbols of identity for organizations, products, people, and places, logos are ubiquitous in our world, and they have become a primary carrier of meaning in our increasingly visually-oriented culture. This Seminar will examine logos from a variety of perspectives, assessing their significance with regard to commerce, art, marketing, branding, design, and society in general.  Course fee required.

Contact: James.Bowie@nau.edu

FS 141 Music, Nature & Society (Thomas Sheeley, Music)
Beginning with a reading of C.S. Lewis’ “Abolition of Man,” and utilizing the examples of nature, this Seminar will explore the differences between natural and artificial orders as they exist in music, political philosophy and society.  Course fee required.

Contact: Thomas.Sheeley@nau.edu

FS 141 Trafficking of Women & Girls (Chineze Onyejekwe, First Year Seminar Program and Women’s & Gender Studies)
The trafficking of women and girls happens all over the world and yet remains hidden from public view. This Seminar explores the various issues related to the complex phenomenon of human trafficking of women and girls (also referred to as a form of modern day slavery). Case studies will include discussion of the problems of trafficking in women and girls in various countries such as Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Eastern to Western Europe and North America. Relevant topics include the commercial sexual exploitation and trafficking of women and girls for the purpose of prostitution, the role of the internet in the commercialization of sex, transnational marriages such as the mail-order bride industry, trafficking for other slave-like practices, forced labor, the exploitation of immigrant females for domestic services, the US Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 (TVPA), the U Visa for immigrants who are victims of crime, and the role of the international community in fighting this problem.  Course fee required.

Contact: Chineze.Onyejekwe@nau.edu

FS 141 21st Century US Foreign Policy (Daniel Robicheau)
In this Seminar, we examine President Obama’s foreign policy in the Middle East, Africa and Central and South Asia. We will evaluate President Obama’s strategy in several specific areas: wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan, Israel and sanctions against Iran, and an increased US military presence around the Horn of Africa. This will be assessed with reference to an emerging hegemony, the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China). Questions we will pose: should the US remain expansionist or become isolationist? What foreign policies can best promote the national security of the US?  Course fee required.

Contact: Daniel.Robicheau@nau.edu

FS 141 Beyond the Crooked Line ( Ryan Kashanipour)
An examination of immigration and the history of the US-Mexico border. This readings-based seminar examines contemporary controversies over the border and immigration from cultural and historical perspectives. Recent debates about immigration and integration will serve as contrast to the broader and distinctive history of the American Southwest. Specific issues will include Spanish colonialism and missionization, American imperialism and expansionism, and contemporary political movements of nativism and social justice. Through these themes, we will attempt to uncover human and humane perspectives on immigration, integration, and the migrant experience.  Course fee required.

Contact: Ryan.Kashanipour@nau.edu