First Year Seminars

Below you will find a list of fall 2014 First Year Seminars

ANTH-150-03 Introduction to Forensic Osteology (3 credits)
Professor Connie Anderson
Working in pairs in the anthropology laboratory, students will receive a whole or half-skeleton which they will analyze and describe. They will learn about the information that can be gleaned from bones and about some exemplary cases, including the remains from Stonehenge, Inca tombs in the Andes, the 1607 Jamestown settlement, and other examples that come up during the semester. We will discuss and write about contentious issues, and each student will give a presentation on some issue or method. Evaluation will be based on regular quizzes dealing with the bones themselves and two or three tests dealing with cases and theories.

ART-250-Fh$ Beginning Photo Workshop/Women in Photography (4 credits)
Professor Kath Kreisher
Through this studio course students learn traditional silver photography techniques (film camera and wet darkroom) while exploring the history of photographic images made by women working in the field from 1839 to the present. Research projects and presentation will assist class members to understand historical trends and contemporary issues of the medium, as well as to define some of the unique aspects of photography by women and consider how gender may affect art-making. Students will produce a portfolio of their own images influenced by their research and new understanding. Film camera with variable aperture and shutterspeed. required. Digital point-and-shoot or cell phone camera useful for color work.

ART-250-Fh$ 2-D Design & Drawing (4 credits)
Professor Rich Barlow
A multidisciplinary approach is taken as students learn the basic design elements and principles common to all two-dimensional art, while also developing many basic drawing skills. The elements and principles will be explored through reading, lecture, discussion and exercises; this design vocabulary will be put to use in discussion, critique, and written assignments. By integrating these concepts into drawing projects students will learn to put the theory into practice. Students will explore the possibilities of drawing materials by making compositions from observation and from the imagination. They will learn to render basic formal elements (line, shape, value, color, texture, mass, color) as they investigate perspective, composition, and pictorial space. Using various combinations of media, subject and approach to drawing students become aware of the relationship of the whole to the parts by working on numerous compositional and design ideas. Students will also learn to view and analyze works of art, and how to present finished artwork professionally. Open to students with no previous experience or with some art background. This course fulfills the ART 113 & 115 pre-requisites for further study in the Art Department.

BIOL-101-3FH Biology in Practice: Salamanders (4 credits)
Professor Stan Sessions
Amphibians include three groups of vertebrate animals: salamanders, frogs, and caecilians. Salamanders are distinguished from frogs and caecilians by having two pairs of legs plus a tail (although some salamanders species have reduced or lost limbs). This course will focus on salamanders as a kind of "model organism" in order to learn how modern biology is done. Salamanders can regenerate their body parts, such as legs, tails, and even hearts and brains, and so they are of great interest in biomedical research. We will also study why salamanders have more DNA in their genomes than humans have, so they are also interesting at the molecular level. One of the goals of this course will be to become familiar with all of the kinds of living salamanders, how to tell them apart from each other, where they are found, how they live (their ecology), their physiology, their anatomy, and behavior. We will especially focus on those species of salamanders that are found in New York State, so the class does feature field trips to various localities where we are likely to find salamanders. This course will hopefully help you gain a good understanding of what biology is all about.

BIOL 101 Biology in Practice: Microbiology of Food (4 credits)
Professor Mary Allen

Biology in Practice is designed to introduce doing biology with less emphasis on the "facts" that science accumulates. As such multiple opportunities will be provided throughout the course for the gathering, analysis, interpretation and communication of biological information. Emphasis will also be placed upon connections between science and society. The topic specifically explored will be the relationship between microorganisms and food. For example, how microbes contribute to the production of food (e.g. yogurt, cheese), infectious diseases transmitted by the consumption of food, and spices used in food preparation that prevent the growth of microbes.

CISC-118-3Ab Computer Game Programming (4 credits)
Professor Robert Gann
An introductory course in computer programming with an emphasis on game programming. Students will learn to program while creating simple computer games. Structured programming and object-oriented programming will be stressed. Students will learn how to deal with graphics and sound, and handle mouse and keyboard events. There will be a project at the end of the course. Prerequisite: Level 3 on the Math Placement Exam.

ECON-150-Cd The Marketplace (4 credits)
Professor Carli Ficano
A significant portion of time is spent each day acquiring the food, clothing, shelter, and entertainment goods and services that we need and want. The activity of engaging in exchange to meet basic needs and less basic wants occurs across the globe and has occurred since the dawn of time. However, the manner of exchange takes many different forms, dictated by the particular cultural context of a given time and place. In this class, we will draw upon data, movies, and published articles and engage first-hand in exchange locally to examine the nature of exchange in contemporary U.S. society. We will then draw upon a variety of ethnographic, sociological, historical, and economic sources, and interview Oneonta residents to understand the nature of exchange in other cultures and in earlier time periods. The course will culminate in the production of a research paper and multi-media video presentation that evaluates the positive and negative implications of contemporary U.S. consumption patterns through a topic of interest to the student.

EDUC-150-Gh Fys:Learning and Memory (3 credits)
Professor Greg Smith
This course provides an in-depth exploration of the classic and current issues in the study of learning and memory. Emphasis will be placed on the structure and organization of human memory, and how effective teaching strategies can aide in this process. Topics will include: Habituation, classical conditioning, instrumental conditioning, verbal learning, short-term retention, encoding, and storage and retrieval. This course is open to all students.

ENGL-150-Ab$ On Being a Man (Honors, 3 credits)
Professor Susan Navarette
This course takes as its subject the content and import of select representations of "masculine" behavior in contemporary American popular culture, with feature films, documentaries, fiction, and essays constituting course content. The works of writers such as Ernest Hemingway, William Tenn, James Thurber, Margaret Talbot, Judith Butler, and Norah Vincent, and films such as Tarzan the Ape Man (Van Dyke, 1932), Shane (Stevens, 1953), On the Waterfront (Kazan, 1954), The Graduate (Nichols, 1967), Do the Right Thing (Lee 1989), Reservoir Dogs (Tarantino, 1992), and Fight Club (Fincher, 1999) serve as so many "opportunities"--disguised as cultural artifacts--to examine the myths, models, and modes of masculine behavior that are circulated through a culture, establishing popular conceptions and constructions of men, their manhood, and the competing masculinities that constitute a contemporary sense of what it means to be "a real man"--or, at least, to act like one. This course carries a nominal fee. Please note that although the course has a fee, there are no textbooks required for purchase.

ENGL-243-02 Novellas & Short Novels (3 credits)
Professor Brent DeLanoy
An introductory course focusing on novellas and short novels as forms of fiction that may be distinguished from their cousins, the novel and short story, by subject matter, style, and length. The course may include such authors as Leo Tolstoy, Italo Calvino, Katherine Anne Porter, William Maxwell, Stanley Elkin, George Saunders, Jane Smiley, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Andrea Barrett, and Laurie Colwin, among others. Students will engage in a series of close readings of the texts and will conclude the course with a larger research project.

GEOL-150-78 Geological History of the Catskills (3 credits)
Professor Robert Titus
This course combines an introduction to Catskills-vicinity geology with learning to write and speak well. During the warm season, the course consists of field trips which explore the bedrock and glacial geology of the region. Other trips are about landscape and environmental geology. After the weather gets too cold for outdoor work, the course switches to the learning of public speaking. Students prepare oral presentations about various scientific topics. Student performance is evaluated through the quality of field trip reports and the oral presentations.

HIST-251-05 Community in Resistance (3 credits)
Professor Edie Quinn
Inspired by Pierre Sauvage's film Weapons of the Spirit, documenting the resistance of the French villagers of Le Chambon who sheltered hundreds of Jews from the Holocaust, Professor Quinn will introduce students to other communities that have resisted injustice, e.g., Montgomery, Alabama, in, their bus boycott, 1955-56. While the main focus is on the history of American communities, the course also includes episodes of community resistance among indigenous communities in Canada and in Mexico, as well as the heroic story of Le Chambon itself. The class will also analyze communities that have failed in their resistance and why.

HIST-270-Gh Revisiting Roots (3 credits)
Associate Dean Harry Matthews
The primary objective of this course, combining historiography and genealogy, is to expose the similarities and differences in the portrayal of the slavery system, abolitionism, and the Underground Railroad and its impact upon the family structure of the enslaved Africans and their descendants in Great Britain, the British, West Indies, and the United States. Six personalities in the history of the Hartwick Seminary and Academy, the original institution of Hartwick College, will be identified as players in the abolitionist movement. This is done critiquing required readings, in-class discussions and presentations, interpretation and analysis of creative works, and a possible off-campus visit to a related site in the preparation of a sample grant, proposal for future collaborative research.

HUMA-150-Cd Reading With Machines (3 credits)
Professor Mark Wolff
This course is an introduction to computer-assisted methods of text analysis. Students will experiment with various digital tools to discover patterns in texts and use the results to inform their interpretations. Students will first read the novel Candide by Voltaire as a printed book or Kindle eBook. They will then use computer programs which they write to perform various analyses (word frequencies, distributions, co-occurrences, etc.) to determine whether and how computers can give them additional insights for understanding the novel. They will finally build collections of documents to see how computers can help them discover patterns on a larger scale. Once students become familiar with various computational techniques, they will apply them to a digital archive of Hartwick student newspapers. They will build a website allowing users to browse and search the newspapers, and they will run computational analyses to determine recurring topics and trends among Hartwick students over many decades. The results of this research will be of interest to other students, faculty, staff, and alumni. By experimenting with computers to read texts, students will learn the challenges and opportunities of project-oriented research in the humanities. Much of the work in the so-called "digital humanities" involves effective collaboration of people using machines to pursue a common goal. Students will develop skills in working as part of team as well as applying new technologies to humanities research.

INTR-150-01 Sports and the Media in Jim Crow America (3 credits)
Dean Bob Drake, PhD
This course will examine some of the many trials and tribulations that life in Jim Crow America posed for some of its pioneers, African American athletes. Athletes like Jesse Owens, Joe Louis, and Jackie Robinson not only possessed talent, they represented the hopes and dreams of African Americans in all regions of the United States. They were heroes. However, the white press provided important ways for the majority to maintain control over African Americans-especially in the American South. As such, many meaningful accomplishments were ignored or presented in stereotypical ways that supported the existing power structure. It is this interaction of positive and negative, as well as the African American response to it, that will be studied in this course.

INTR-201-Ef Ideas & Practices of Sustainability (Honors: 4 credits)
Professor Mark Davies
Sustainability represents much more than just saving the rainforests and recycling trash. The idea of sustainability invites bigger questions about who we are, why we act the way we do, how we got into this situation, and what we're going to do about it. Embedded within this broader definition are issues of equity, inclusivity, privilege, and access, as well as the nuanced decision-making processes that determine or undermine the capacity of human society to sustain itself. This FYS integrates the ideas, theories, and practices of sustainability in real-world applications to the student's living environment. Through an intentional living/learning community, students will reside in Robertson Lodge at the Pine Lake Environmental Campus and study the prospects for sustainability on both local and global scales. Participants will survey the interdisciplinary landscape of sustainability, research and praxis from myriad perspectives, such as the science of systems theory, the dynamics of organizations, the economics of cost-benefit analyses, and the concerns of social justice advocates. We will investigate the promises and pitfalls of sustainability on both individual and systemic levels. Class work will focus on practical aspects of sustainability, problems associated with implementing projects, and pathways to reducing our collective ecological footprint. By the end of the semester, students will be familiar with the epistemological frameworks and assumptions of numerous disciplines and have gained experience in communicating their ideas, engaging in decision-making processes, and contributing to potential long-term changes in community practices.

MUSI-160-04 Music of World Wars I & II (3 credits)
Professor Diane Paige
This course is an exploration of the music of World Wars I and II and the many ways in which music was used by soldiers and civilians. Topics include music for and by soldiers, music as propaganda, music as a reaction to war, music on the home front and the civilian experience, music made for and by victims of atrocities, and music of remembrance.

NURS-134-12$ Fundamentals in Nursing Science (Nursing Majors Only, 5 credits)
Professor Cynthia Ploutz
Introduces Nursing as an art and a science that is distinguished by humanistic caring. Study will initially focus on the self and maximizing one's position on the health/illness continuum but will progress to the concept of client in the health system. This conceptual leap requires an understanding of individual differences, values, beliefs, culture, interpersonal communication, the health care system, nursing as a profession from a baccalaureate perspective, and as a unique change agent for the improvement of holistic health. In the laboratory, students are introduced to self-assessment tools to determine individual health status and will learn fundamental nursing skills basic to nursing practice. Students will also be engaged in observation and actual practice of nursing skills in acute and chronic care settings.

POSC-150-03 Political Change (3 credits)
Professor Amy Forster Rothbart
Questions of the causes and consequences of movements for political change have long been important to comparative politics. In the wake of American interventions in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as recent movements for democracy in the former Soviet Union, Middle East, and Southeast Asia, these questions are once again in the forefront of the minds of scholars and policymakers. This class will look at societal, elite and institutional dimensions of political transition and its aftermath. Through the study of both historical and contemporary examples, we will seek to understand how change comes about and what determines the forms it takes.

RELS-150-Cd Pluralism&Fundamentalism (3 credits)
Professor Lisle Dalton
How does the United States handle the challenge of religious diversity? On one hand, the American story is one of increasing religious diversification. Nearly every religion found anywhere in the world has come to the USA through migration or immigration, and some ambitious Americans have even invented new ones, like Mormonism and Scientology. Currently, scholars can identify literally thousands of different groups, all with distinctive beliefs, practices and organizations. On the other hand, some prominent types of American religion insist upon purity and absolute truth, or what some call "strong religion." These groups tend to focus on the authority of their scriptures, insist upon their exclusive access to religious truth, set rigid moral standards, and often assert their religious views in the public arena. Broadly termed "fundamentalism," this type of religion has been a powerful force in American life for almost a century. It deeply influences the daily lives of millions of Americans and, by extension, has the power to shape things like politics, education, and media. This seminar will explore the challenges of this "American paradox": the persistence of a determined religious traditionalism in the face of unprecedented religious diversity. Are these seeming opposites related? Is conflict between them inevitable? Can we ever hope to all get along?

SOCI-155-Gh Children's Lives (4 credits)
Professor Katherine O'Donnell
The course analyzes public policy regarding children at local, national, and global levels. It is a goal of this course to raise consciousness about the state of the world's children and to empower us to work effectively, cooperatively, and justly with one another and with children and organizations in our communities. Topics include structural violence; impact of war on children; intersection of race, class, gender impact on children; social construction of gender; child labor; poverty in the U.S. and Global South; children's human rights; social justice and public policy. Substantial community-based service learning is required.

THEA-140-Cd Fundamentals of Acting (3 credits)
Professor Mark Shaw
A practical investigation of the basic theories of acting as a fine art. Emphasis will be on training the actor in the use of physical and mental abilities as effective tools of dramatic expression.

THEA-150-05 Playwriting & Performance (3 credits)
Professor Malissa Kano-White
Experience the theatrical impulse by writing and performing original stage plays. This workshop course will introduce students to the art and craft of playwriting. Through creative writing, performance games and artistic inquiry, students will develop a variety of short dramatic works which will be showcased in a Playwright's Slam performance.