Freshman Seminar Program

Fall Quarter 2017 Enrollment Information

Freshman Seminars are open first to all freshman including first-year freshman with sophomore standing during the freshman enrollment period. Incoming freshmen with sophomore standing should use the campus Course Pre-Authorization system to be cleared to enroll in a seminar and then use WebReg to enroll in seminars during your enrollment time.

Early enrollment is encouraged due to the small class size.

Visit the Schedule of Classes to see enrollments (select all departments and 87.) Use WebReg to enroll in seminars during your enrollment period.

Sophomores may enroll directly in freshman seminars by using WebReg after the freshman enrollment period and if seats are available.

Please use the campus Course Pre-Authorization system if you have an enrollment question.

Please use the Virtual Advising Center, VAC to contact the advisor of the department or program offering the seminar for all non-enrollment questions.




Department of Anthropology

Discover Anthropology
ANTH 87 B00
Section ID: 917782
Semendeferi, Ekaterini (ksemende@ucsd.edu)
Location: SSB 105
Mondays, 12:00 p.m. to 12:50 p.m.
Meeting Dates: TBA

The seminar introduces students to the various disciplines within anthropology, library and laboratory resources, faculty research and mentoring opportunities in the department.
Global Beauty
ANTH 87 A00
Section ID: 917781
Kang, Byung (kbyung@ucsd.edu)
Location: SSB 105
Thursdays, 4:00 p.m. to 4:50 p.m.
Meeting Dates: TBA

This first year seminar examines ideas around beauty, body modification, and social transformation with a focus on culture and power in the USA and East Asia. We will explore racialized practices such as skin lightening and darkening, cosmetic surgery of the eyes and nose, fatness, tattooing, hair styling, and the recent popularity of Korean beauty products.



Division of Biological Sciences

Earth's Fragile Biosphere
BILD 87 A00
Section ID: 916110
Saier, Milton (msaier@ucsd.edu)
Location: TBA
Date and Time: TBA
Meeting Dates: TBA

This seminar will address the consequences of human activity on the Earth's biosphere. Topics include species extinction, global warming, habitat destruction, individual responsibility to future generations, and human values/morals.
The Philosophy of Science and the Science of the Supernatural
BILD 87 B00
Section ID: 916111
Saier, Milton (msaier@ucsd.edu)
Location: TBA
Date and Time: TBA
Meeting Dates: TBA

This seminar will consider the philosophy of science and the science of faith. Topics to be included are: 1. The Creation Story 2. The Ptolemaic Universe 3. How to explain the supernatural 4. Copernicus and Galileo 5. Kepler's analyses 6. Sir Isaac Newton 7. Darwin and Evolution 8. Koch's Postulates 9. Mental illness 10. The Scientific Method.



Department of Cognitive Science

How Minds and Groups Make Religion and Superstition
COGS 87 A00
Section ID: 916113
Deak, Gedeon (deak@cogsci.ucsd.edu)
Location: TBA
Date and Time: TBA
Meeting Dates: TBA

Why do humans, individually and in groups, attribute natural events to supernatural agents? How does the human brain accept religious beliefs, even in the face of contradictory evidence? We will examine how cognitive, developmental, and cultural factors work together to cause humans to believe in the supernatural.
Knowing: Brain, Mind and The Limits of Science
COGS 87 B00
Section ID: 916114
Pineda, Jaime (jpineda@ucsd.edu)
Location: TBA
Date and Time: TBA
Meeting Dates: TBA

Can we develop an objective science of subjective experience? Can we ever know, as Thomas Nagle asked, 'What is it like to be a bat?' This class will explore the neural mechanisms engaged in 'what is it like to be?' and the limitations inherent in that. We will then consider ways of extending current scientific thinking about what we can know.



Department of Computer Science & Engineering

Neural Networks as Models of the Mind
CSE 87 A00
Section ID: 916115
Cottrell, Gary (gary@ucsd.edu)
Location: EBU3B B260
Wednesdays, 9:00 a.m. to 10:50 a.m.
Meeting Dates: TBA

We investigate how neural networks can be used to model how we see, read, remember, and learn. We use simple demonstration programs that implement these models. We teach a neural network to recognize faces, facial expressions, and gender. We also get some insight into the latest trends in neural networks, Deep Learning.



Critical Gender Studies

Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Studies
CGS 87 A00
Section ID: 916112
Serlin, David (dserlin@ucsd.edu)
Location: TBA
Date and Time: TBA
Meeting Dates: TBA

This seminar will introduce students to important historical discussions and theoretical frameworks that have been central to the development of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) studies over the past three decades. Meeting Location: LGBT RC, Conference Room



Education Studies

Learning How to Learn: The Science of Learning
EDS 87 A00
Section ID: 916116
Simon, Elizabeth (bsimon@cs.ucsd.edu)
Location: TBA
Date and Time: TBA
Meeting Dates: TBA

Ever wondered what happens in your brain when you learn? In this course, you will apply evidence-based techniques to learn more effectively and efficiently. This course will be offered in a "flipped" model, with required videos to be watched before class and an "active learning" approach to help you personalize and practice skills in class.



Eleanor Roosevelt College

Disability and the Struggle for Inclusion
ERC 87 A00
Section ID: 916117
Herbst, Matthew (mtherbst@ucsd.edu)
Location: TBA
Date and Time: TBA
Meeting Dates: TBA

What is disability? This seminar offers an overview of the topic, providing an historical perspective and an introduction to contemporary issues, including the legacy of exclusion and discrimination and the struggle for inclusion, equal rights, and opportunity.
God, Satan, and the Desert - $95 field trip fee required
ERC 87 B00
Section ID: 916118
Herbst, Matthew (mtherbst@ucsd.edu)
Location: TBA
Date and Time: TBA
Meeting Dates: TBA

This seminar offers an introduction to cultural and religious perspectives on the desert, which has been viewed as a cursed wasteland, but also as source of enlightenment. This course includes a weekend trip in the desert . Website: http://ucsdherbst.org/wilderness-seminars/



Department of Ethnic Studies

Listening to the World: Hearing Difference in Music
ETHN 87 A00
Section ID: 916119
Kheshti, Roshanak (rkheshti@ucsd.edu)
Location: TBA
Date and Time: TBA
Meeting Dates: TBA

This seminar explores the history of listening to the music of the world. We will engage in active listening by critically examining how musical composition, arrangement, recording and production direct us to listen for familiar and different sounds in music. No musical training required.



Film Studies

Banned Films
FILM 87 A00
Section ID: 916120
Rahimi, Babak (brahimi@ucsd.edu)
Location: TBA
Date and Time: TBA
Meeting Dates: TBA

This seminar examines the relationship between law, politics and cinema and why governments have banned certain films throughout history. We will examine films such as This is Not a Film, Sweetness of Spirit, Battleship Potemkin, LAge dOr, The Bohemian Girl, Clockwork Orange, Goldfinger and others.
Cult Films of 1950s-2000s
FILM 87 D00
Section ID: 916123
Havis, Allan (ahavis@ucsd.edu)
Location: TBA
Date and Time: TBA
Meeting Dates: TBA

Cursory look at enigmatic cult film classics from 1950 to today. Basic aesthetics and ideas of cult films will be celebrated. Films will probably include PSYCHO, THE WICKER MAN, ROAD WARRIOR, BLADE RUNNER, DELICATESSEN, RUN LOLA RUN, HAROLD & MAUDE.
Fantasy, Sci Fi, & Horror the Last 60 Years
FILM 87 C00
Section ID: 916122
Havis, Allan (ahavis@ucsd.edu)
Location: TBA
Date and Time: TBA
Meeting Dates: TBA

An entertaining and analytical survey from the 1950s to today of memorable and strange feature films probably including THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING MAN, PSYCHO, RUN LOLA RUN, ROAD WARRIOR, BLADE RUNNER, METROPOLIS, DARK CITY, and THE RING. Technical achievement, visual power, and personal nuance will be emphasized.
What Film Could Teach Us About Life
FILM 87 B00
Section ID: 916121
Rahimi, Babak (brahimi@ucsd.edu)
Location: TBA
Date and Time: TBA
Meeting Dates: TBA

This seminar is about how film can reflect and change our lives. We will discuss movies such as: I Love you, Beth Cooper,American Beauty, Sliding doors, Seventh Seal, Happiness, La Dolce Vita, Taste of Cherry, Do the Right Thing, Christmas Story and others.



Department of History

A Teenage Spy in British India: Reading Kipling's Kim
HITO 87 D00
Section ID: 917743
Schneewind, Sarah (sschneewind@ucsd.edu)
Location: TBA
Date and Time: TBA
Meeting Dates: TBA

Rudyard Kipling's best-selling novel _Kim_ (1901) is a thrilling spy story and portrayal of India under British rule that turns out to have drawn on real events Kipling knew about because of his work as a journalist. We will read the novel itself, Edward Said's mendacious Introduction to the Penguin edition, and adventure journalist Peter Hopkirk's _Quest for Kim_.
Piracy in Popular Culture
HITO 87 C00
Section ID: 916126
Hanna, Mark (m1hanna@ucsd.edu)
Location: TBA
Date and Time: TBA
Meeting Dates: TBA

The course explores the depiction of pirates and piracy in the United States in both literature and film following the Age of Sail in the late nineteenth century. We will trace the transformation of piracy from a real terror to American society to the subject of children's stories and dramatic comedies. We finish with a study of modern piracy.
Sun, Sea, Sand & Sex: What Do Tourism and Tourists Really Do?
HITO 87 A00
Section ID: 916124
Patterson, Patrick (p1patterson@ucsd.edu)
Location: TBA
Date and Time: TBA
Meeting Dates: TBA

Major issues and hot topics relating to the impact of tourism and tourists in the contemporary world, including environmental impacts, sex tourism, economic development and underdevelopment, "cultural imperialism," sustainability.
Why Do Europeans Love and Hate America?
HITO 87 B00
Section ID: 916125
Patterson, Patrick (p1patterson@ucsd.edu)
Location: TBA
Date and Time: TBA
Meeting Dates: TBA

"Americanization" and "McDonaldization" in Europe spark controversy and even violent protests. Many treat imports of American culture with disgust. Yet the US is also admired, even loved, and demand for American things remains strong. We will study key forms of and resistance to Americanization.



Department of Literature

Dystopia in Film and Literature
LTWL 87 B00
Section ID: 917744
Lampert-Weissig, Lisa (llampert@ucsd.edu)
Location: TBA
Date and Time: TBA
Meeting Dates: TBA

George Orwell’s dystopian classic, 1984, recently shot to the top of Amazon’s bestseller list. What does this novel, written in 1949, have to say to us today? We will explore political, environmental, and technological dystopias in works such as Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, Butler’s The Parable of the Talents, Collins’ The Hunger Games, and the UK television series Black Mirror.
Television and American Identity
LTCS 87 A00
Section ID: 916127
Wesling, Megan (mwesling@ucsd.edu)
Location: TBA
Date and Time: TBA
Meeting Dates: TBA

This course examines aspects of how TV shapes our perceptions of the world we live in. We will focus on questions of race, gender, and sexuality in popular media and politics. Students will participate in selecting shows to analyze and discuss.
Zombies: An Unnatural History
LTWL 87 A00
Section ID: 916128
Lampert-Weissig, Lisa (llampert@ucsd.edu)
Location: TBA
Date and Time: TBA
Meeting Dates: TBA

Why is imagining a zombie apocalypse so compelling? Is the recent craze just mindless fun or are there political and social subtexts? We'll examine the origins of the zombie, early films from the 1940s, George Romero's Night of the Living Dead (1968), The Walking Dead and World War Z. More information at www.talesofthenight.org



Department of Mathematics

Math in the Movies
MATH 87 A00
Section ID: 916129
Bunch, James (jbunch@ucsd.edu)
Location: TBA
Date and Time: TBA
Meeting Dates: TBA

Does studying math lead to mental instability and madness, or to social awkwardness and nerdiness? We will view four films and discuss the portrayal of math and mathematicians in them.



Department of Music

Anatomy of the Groove
MUS 87 A00
Section ID: 916130
Dresser, Mark (mdresser@ucsd.edu)
Location: TBA
Date and Time: TBA
Meeting Dates: TBA

The groove is a multi-dimensional musical device, a propulsive rhythmic feel or sense of swing that is found internationally. The course will examine these different musical and social perspectives through listening, reading, discussing, collecting, and creating grooves. No previous musical knowledge is required.



Department of Philosophy

A Lost Work of Greek Philosophy
PHIL 87 B00
Section ID: 916132
Johnson, Monte (mrj001@ucsd.edu)
Location: TBA
Date and Time: TBA
Meeting Dates: TBA

We will read (in translation) my reconstruction of a lost work of Greek philosophy: Aristotle's Exhortation to Philosophy. Topics for discussion include: Why get an education? How do science and value relate? Is pleasure more valuable than justice or wisdom? What is the ultimate purpose of human existence?
Reacting to the Past: Revolution in France, 1791
PHIL 87 A00
Section ID: 916131
Lamey, Andy (alamey@ucsd.edu)
Location: TBA
Date and Time: TBA
Meeting Dates: TBA

Reacting to the Past (reacting.barnard.edu) is a historical role-playing game. Students acting in character make speeches, hatch plots and form alliances to achieve shared goals such as passing a bill in a simulated assembly. Our setting is 1791 Paris.



Department of Physics

Introduction to LaTeX: typeset your own science/engineering papers
PHYS 87 A00
Section ID:
Grinstein, Benjamin (bgrinstein@ucsd.edu)
Location: MYR-A 4623
Mondays, 1:00 p.m. to 1:50 p.m.
Seminar will meet Weeks 1-10

LaTeX is the standard mark-up language for professional typesetting of scientific and engineering documents (from papers to books). This is a hands on seminar, covering from LaTeX and editor installation to producing a document with tables, figures and equations. Students have a choice to work on their laptops or use computers in the computer lab.



Department of Scripps Institution of Oceanography

An Introduction to Volcanoes
SIO 87 B00
Section ID: 916134
Cook, Geoffrey (gwcook@ucsd.edu)
Location: TBA
Date and Time: TBA
Meeting Dates: TBA

Students will be introduced to the fascinating world of volcanoes using a combination of hands-on activities, analogue demonstrations, and a wide variety of multimedia including videos, photos, and computer simulations.
Drugs from the Sea, Fact or Fantasy?
SIO 87 C00
Section ID: 916135
Gerwick, William (wgerwick@ucsd.edu)
Location: TBA
Date and Time: TBA
Meeting Dates: TBA

This seminar and discussion course will present the most interesting cases wherein the chemical compounds of marine life, including such agents as venoms and other toxins, have contributed to useful pharmaceutical agents. Future prospects of the field will discussed, and the contribution of Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the UCSD campus will be highlighted.
Weather in San Diego
SIO 87 A00
Section ID: 916133
Norris, Joel (jnorris@ucsd.edu)
Location: TBA
Date and Time: TBA
Meeting Dates: TBA

This seminar will discuss types of weather in the San Diego region, their causes, and how to read weather maps and satellite images. Topics include Santa Ana winds, marine layer clouds, winter rain, summer thunderstorms, high wave events, and others.



Department of Theatre & Dance

Speak Up: My Authentic Voice
TDGE 87 A00
Section ID: 917745
Barnes, Eva (evbarnes@ucsd.edu)
Location: GH 320
Thursdays, 2:00 p.m. to 3:50 p.m.
Seminar will meet Weeks 1-4

Your voice is your power. This seminar will help you discover and build your speaking voice. Learn to unlock your voice and speak with freedom, clarity, conviction, and power. Build your Professional Voice. Fluency in English is a requirement of this seminar.

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