First Year Inquiry (FYI)

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FYI 169A HEALTH CARE I: A CHOICE OR A RIGHT3 Credits

Study of health care from multiple perspectives, including those of the patient, the practitioner and the policy-maker. This first course in the two-course sequence will focus on health care delivery systems. Students will consider issues of access, affordability and quality in the delivery of health care. They will also consider the ethical dimensions of health care choices. To explore these issues in depth, and to develop critical thinking, information literacy and inquiry skills, students will engage in an in depth and collaborative investigation of particular health care issues.

Essential Studies Outcome: ES1

Co-requisites: FYI 169R

Drop Consent: Department Consent

FYI 169AA HOME ON THE RANGE6 Credits

The course will be divided into three thematic units, all focusing on the relations and interactions between organisms and their environment, with an emphasis on human ecology, as explore and expressed through disciplines in both the arts (writing, film, the visual and performing arts, etc.) and the sciences (especially in the arena of agriculture and rangeland management). Wherever possible, emphasis will be placed on examples from the Great Plains Region and close to home. The three thematic units include: The Land (rangeland ecology); The Homestead (animal science and livestock management); and The Wilderness (hunting, recreation and wildlife management).

Essential Studies Outcome: ES1

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FYI 169AB LEARNING TO SERVE3 Credits

Our inquiry will focus on experiential learning that engages in service opportunities within our community as an integral part of our course. According to a recent study, "Service-learning enhances a 'traditional learning' course by allowing students the opportunity to link theory with practice, apply classroom learning to real-life situations, and provide students with a deeper understanding of course content" and that "service-learning may strengthen students' sense of civic responsibility as well as aiding them in dispelling any stereotypes they may hold regarding the population in which they are interacting." Students in such courses benefit from increased awareness of career options to which they might apply their learning, reinforcement of career choices, greater civic responsibility and commitment to service, enhanced critical thinking, communication skills, leadership, awareness of social responsibility and respect for cultural diversity.

Essential Studies Outcome: ES1

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FYI 169AC THE 20TH CENTURY AMERICAN ROAD6 Credits

This course examines the history of the American highway in the twentieth century--how highways came to be and what consequences they had for American history, literature and film. The road has been the means by which the western frontier has been expanded; it has also been the locus of escape, exile, dispossession and self-discovery. The road, both actual and imagined, has created a body of literature and film that is distinctly American.

Essential Studies Outcome: ES1

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FYI 169AD FOOTBALL, AMERICAN STYLE6 Credits

The purpose of this course is to use the phenomenon of American football as a lens through which to examine issues in American culture, as well as to use methods and practices of inquiry associated with Literary, Gender, Film, and Cultural Studies as a means of examining American football. In order to engage in an interdisciplinary and multi-modal exploration of American football in Fiction, Non-fiction, and Film, students will:

*Examine the literary character of short stories and novels in which American football provides the setting, themes, and/or plotlines; *Examine the relationship between American culture and American football, esp. in journalistic and other non-fiction writing, and in documentaries; *Examine issues of gender (esp. masculinity), race, poverty, and education as they relate to high school., college, and pro football; *Use writing as a tool for reflection and analysis regarding intersections of American culture and American football.

Essential Studies Outcome: ES1

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FYI 169AE HAPPINESS6 Credits

Everyone wants to be happy. But what is happiness? How do we achieve happiness? Humans have been wrestling with these questions for millennia, from Greek philosophers to modern psychologists to fiction writers to filmmakers. In this course, we will be joining this discussion. We will be examining and practicing various accounts of what happiness is and how best we can achieve it.

Essential Studies Outcome: ES1

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FYI 169AF STUDY THE WORLD3 Credits

As our world becomes increasingly more accessible and interconnected, and as Chadron State College continues to increase its international component, the need for our students to understand international affairs, to recognize and accept cultural values of other nationalities, and to view world events from other viewpoints has become increasingly necessary. Students will be exposed to basic world geography, languages, international politics and conflict, global economics, cultural histories, environmental and agricultural issues, social justice issues, and sustainable development. The students in this FYI will meet international students and faculty, research other countries and cultures, and learn about and how to plan for study abroad opportunities, internships, and career opportunities. This class should prepare students for a senior capstone study abroad/away experience.

Essential Studies Outcome: ES1

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FYI 169AG ANALYZING ADOLESCENCE3 Credits

Adolescence spans the years from eleven to nineteen, a time of dramatic physical, emotional, and intellectual changes. Early, middle and late adolescent development is a unique time of life as puberty, changing gender roles, and more autonomous relationships with parents and peers grow and develop. Adolescent development will be explored from a variety of interdisciplinary perspectives.

Essential Studies Outcome: ES1

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FYI 169AH FASHIONOMICS3 Credits

A study of the historic, political, economic, psychological, and social influences of fashion in the global community. Critical thinking and practical reasoning skills will be incorporated with the inquiry process to develop informed, conscientious consumer decisions.

Essential Studies Outcome: ES1

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FYI 169AI RELATIONSHIPS 2.03 Credits

Human relationships in the 21st century will be explored in all dimensions: Social and familial, biological and physical, cognitive and psychological. Development of positive interpersonal relationships, improved communication skills, personal sexual health awareness, responsible decision-making and critical thinking skills will be the focus of this study.

Essential Studies Outcome: ES1

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FYI 169AJ INTO THE MARTIAL ARTS6 Credits

Students will explore the martial arts through study of their history, culture, and literature, and through practice of one or more of the martial arts. Students will need to purchase a uniform or provide their own, including a beginner's white belt. Belt advancement will be recognized with certificates unless students wish to purchase the appropriate belt.

Essential Studies Outcome: ES1

FYI 169AK TOPICS IN FIRST YEAR INQUIRY3-6 Credits

Each section of this course will focus upon an interdisciplinary issue or theme that students will engage collaboratively and respond to through critical inquiry and creative problem solving. Each FYI course must be approved by the Essential Studies Program Committee.

Essential Studies Outcome: ES1

FYI 169AL MATTERS OF OPINION3 Credits

Opinions-we all have them. They vary widely on many topics and issues. But how do we form them and how well do we express them? Our opinions say a lot about who we are and what we stand for. In this course, we will explore the critical thinking skills necessary to develop informed opinions. In honestly evaluating our beliefs and those of others, we will also be on the lookout for the emergence of surprising and unexpected insights for it is in the examination of these new insights that we reaffirm current opinions or begin to shape new ones. Students will develop skills to enhance critical thinking and communication by engaging in such activities as reading and writing opinion columns, documentary film reviews, and social problems perspectives. Students will also read, listen to, write, and record personal philosophy essays for submission to National Public Radio.

Essential Studies Outcome: ES1

FYI 169AM ZOMBIEPOCALYPSE; ZOMBIES IN POPULAR CULTURE3 Credits

This course will explore zombies in popular culture and address a broad range of zombie representations: race, gender, war, the other democracy, wealth inequality, family, loss and trauma and the pleasure of consumption. The course will incorporate readings from a variety of disciplines: media studies, political economy, film studies, consumer culture, and philosophy. Students will produce critical essays and a group project presentation.

Essential Studies Outcome: ES1

FYI 169AN GAZE ANATOMY: GENDER, RACE, SEXUALITY AND CLASS IN MEDIA3 Credits

This course is designed to teach students to be literate consumers of media in its multiple forms. The course situates media in the capitalist economic system and provides students with techniques of interpretation and analysis of media texts and practices. Students will analyze various media content through group discussions, exercises and essays that will culminate in the production of a digital media critique.

Essential Studies Outcome: ES1

FYI 169AO MUSIC AND THE MIND3 Credits

Music is omnipresent in film, television, and advertisements. Artists, cinematographers, and advertisers all use music to influence their target audience. This course examines the fundamentals of music, the psychology of music, and how music is used and manipulated to illicit an emotional response in the listener. Your Brain on Music explores the psychology of music and the connection between music and the human brain. This course culminates with a project combining music and images.

Essential Studies Outcome: ES1

FYI 169B ENEMY MINE: THE EXTREME OTHER6 Credits

Explores the construction of "enemy" in different levels of human consciousness and existence. We intend to generate critical thinking and problem solving skills among students as they explore the concept of "enemy" as represented in selective fields of philosophy, religion, political science, literature, art, and media.

Essential Studies Outcome: ES1

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FYI 169C THE NATION AND THE GLOBE6 Credits

Investigates into the historic development of the nation and analyzes its role in the international realm. This course evaluates the interconnectivity of the world and specifically contextualizes the role of the nation under modern globalization. The course takes an interdisciplinary approach to understanding both the historical antecedents and the current problems of the relationship between the nation and the globe.

Essential Studies Outcome: ES1

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FYI 169D MONSTERS AND MAGIC6 Credits

The purpose of this course is to examine our culture's fascination with monsters and magic in film, TV, literature, and other mediums of entertainment, using methods and practices of inquiry from literary, gender, film, and race studies.

Essential Studies Outcome: ES1

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FYI 169E ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY: BEYOND THE SOUND BITES6 Credits

For some years there has been a public debate about concerns for the environment. Terms like "Global Warming", and more recently, "Climate Change", reflect that debate. However, too often the science associated with environmental concerns is lost amidst the rhetoric of public political discourse, and, subsequently, environmental policy has been shaped more by political rhetoric than by science. The purpose of this course is to investigate both the rhetoric of public debate about environmental policy and the science of environmental concerns.

Essential Studies Outcome: ES1

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FYI 169F A POX ON YOU: THE BIOLOGICAL, LEGAL AND SOCIAL CONSEQUENCES OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES6 Credits

Exploration of the dynamics of an infectious disease outbreak, the various societal responses, and the resulting tension between individual rights and public health, safety and welfare. Topics include: cause of epidemics, government preparedness, public health laws, use of quarantines and vaccinations, medical privacy, control of antibiotic resistant organisms, and dangers posed by bioterrorism/bioweapons.

Essential Studies Outcome: ES1

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FYI 169G DO YOU SEE WHAT I SEE: THE SCIENCE OF ART AND THE ART OF SCIENCE3 Credits

Exploration of the science of art and the artistry involved in scientific exploration. Topics include: the biology of sight, color theory, the history of scientific illustration and modeling, the use of natural products and scientific technology to develop artistic representations, and the creation of videos and animations to artistically illustrate scientific processes. Students will be expected to develop a scientific project and to document and explain the results. Students will also create artistic projects using a variety of techniques including drawing, sculpture, painting, collage, and microscopic and non-microscopic photography.

Essential Studies Outcome: ES1

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FYI 169H MATHLETICS: NOT FOR SPECTATORS6 Credits

Discussion of various sports and the relationships of the sports to exercise science and mathematics. We will explore how the body works when hitting a baseball, hitting a golf ball, playing billiards, shooting a basketball, and playing tennis. From this, we will integrate mathematics through the use of statistics, geometry, and trigonometry. Students will be asked to participate in various aspects of each of the above named activities.

Essential Studies Outcome: ES1

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FYI 169I WE ARE WHAT WE EAT3 Credits

Investigation of the multiple inputs that make up the contemporary food system. This is not primarily a study of the nutritional aspects of food, but examines the production and consumption of food more broadly. Students working as permanent teams will develop questions and investigate issues important to them.

Essential Studies Outcome: ES1

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FYI 169J THE HIDDEN LIFE OF EVERYDAY THINGS3 Credits

Investigation of the infrastructural aspects of everyday life that exist largely unnoticed. Students working as permanent teams will develop questions and investigate issues important to them within the course.

Essential Studies Outcome: ES1

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FYI 169K A BETTER YOU-THROUGH FINANCIAL AND PHYSICAL HEALTH6 Credits

This course aims to give students the needed foundation for both a physical and financially healthy life by addressing the components of each and how they are interrelated.

Essential Studies Outcome: ES1

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FYI 169M IMPROVING YOUR INFLUENCE: THROUGH THE POWER OF INFORMATION AND KNOWLEDGE6 Credits

Students will describe and practice skills involved in critical inquiry and creative problem solving through interdisciplinary, collaborative engagement of information and knowledge as power in the business and educational setting.

Essential Studies Outcome: ES1

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FYI 169MU OPENING PANDORA'S MUSIC BOX3 Credits

Music is universal to world cultures, and music can act as a language. However music is not a universal language. How is music produced? What are the fundamental components? What is common to different cultures? Opening Pandora's Music Box explores the physiology and cultural aspects of creating music. Students will explore the motivation for the creation and appreciation of music. The course culminates with a project creating new sounds.

Essential Studies Outcome: ES1

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FYI 169N VIRTUE AND THE WARRIOR SPIRIT6 Credits

In this course, we will inquire about the nature of "warrior spirit," with an emphasis on the virtues of courage, loyalty, and duty traditionally associated with military service. We will also explore viewpoints that question the value of a "warrior spirit.

Essential Studies Outcome: ES1

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FYI 169O 10,000 B.C., GREAT PLAINS, NORTH AMERICA: HUMAN SURVIVAL AND THE ENVIRONMENT6 Credits

Examination of the challenges of answering questions about prehistoric people's adaptation to a changing environment through the application of historical and earth science tools and techniques. Ultimately, you will explore the dynamics of communicating scientific information in the form of natural and cultural history with the public.

Essential Studies Outcome: ES1

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FYI 169P MAKING CENTS OF PETROLEUM6 Credits

Examination of the challenge of meeting the demand for petroleum resources both nationally and globally. You will explore the dynamic balance between supplying a petroleum product and protecting the environment while utilizing ethical business practices. Ultimately you will explore how we can provide sustainable energy resources.

Essential Studies Outcome: ES1

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FYI 169Q PRIVATE PARTS: THE PSYCHOSOCIAL AND BIOLOGICAL ASPECTS OF SEXUALITY6 Credits

Various aspects of human sexuality will be examined from a biological, socio-cultural, and psychological viewpoint. Students will engage in critical and analytical thinking regarding sexual culture and its implications. The course will be delivered in a blended format with participation in online forums, online blogs, and on-campus class time.

Essential Studies Outcome: ES1

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FYI 169R HEALTH CARE II: A CHOICE OR A RIGHT3 Credits

Students will study health care from multiple perspectives, including those of the patient, the practitioner and the policy-maker. This second course in the two-course sequence will focus on policy issues that arise from problems identified during the study of health care as a social and economic activity. Students will explore issues of access, affordability and quality in the delivery of health care, and consider how government policy might best address these issues. They will also consider the ethical dimensions of public policy health care choices. To explore these issues in depth, and to develop critical thinking, information literacy and inquiry skills, students will engage in an in depth and collaborative investigation of particular health care issues.

Essential Studies Outcome: ES1

Drop Consent: Department Consent

FYI 169S WITHOUT THE ARTS, YOU'RE ONLY HALF A BRAIN6 Credits

Students will explore the dwindling support for the arts in American society and discover reasons for encouraging active participation in the arts. During the course students will work in teams to create digital materials (YouTube video commercials, radio ads, print ads, web sites, blogs, and news releases) to advocate for the arts.

Essential Studies Outcome: ES1

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FYI 169U STUDY OF NATURAL DISASTERS3 Credits

Students will choose a natural disaster and make a detailed study. The study will include understanding the cause of the disaster, computing social, physical and economic costs, and finding techniques for prevention and/or preparation for future events.

Essential Studies Outcome: ES1

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FYI 169V NUTRITION, WEIGHT LOSS & WELLNESS3 Credits

A recurring issue in American life is overweight and obesity. This course provides the opportunity for you (students) to inquire and come to conclusions about weight loss methods and diets (weight management), based on the science of nutrition and the theme of wellness. Whether you desire to lose weight, or you want to work with others in resolving their weight issues and maximizing wellness, this course may be for you! This course will help you unlock the mysteries of nutrition, weight, and wellness.

Essential Studies Outcome: ES1

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FYI 169W LITERATURE AND PRACTICE OF WORLD RELIGIONS6 Credits

This course is designed to introduce students to the practice of inquiry through various modes of exploring six of the world's religions. In order to engage in an interdisciplinary and multi-modal exploration of world religions through the following activities, students will read and analyze primary literature of those religions as literature, and especially as religious literature; to the degree possible in such a context, understand those religions through their rituals and practices; and write reflectively about their experiences exploring these religions through their literature and practices.

Essential Studies Outcome: ES1

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FYI 169X SURVIVAL SKILLS 1013 Credits

A common theory studied in developmental courses is Abraham Maslow"s Hierarchy of Basic Needs. This course is a study of Maslow's theory as it applies to the traditional college age student. From the basic needs of food, clothing, and shelter, to the higher needs of esteem and self-actualization, this course asks students to discover the methods and means of making considered choices, regarding basic needs.

Essential Studies Outcome: ES1

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FYI 169Y PLANTS, BEVERAGES-HUMAN HISTORY3 Credits

The interaction of mankind and plant-derived products will be explored in a critical inquiry of conditions and issues of cultivation, harvesting, and preparation; religious and medicinal use; trade and economics; and social and societal consequences.

Essential Studies Outcome: ES1

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FYI 169Z FORGIVENESS3 Credits

Humans are social creatures. We live our lives in community with others. We are also imperfect creatures. We continually make mistakes, and these mistakes often bring harm to other humans within our communities, thereby damaging those social relationships on which we depend. As a result, we engage in various practices aimed at repairing this damage. One of these reparative practices is the practice of forgiveness. In this class, we will examine this human practice of forgiveness from a variety of different perspectives: psychology, religion, politics, and philosophy. We will consider questions about the value of forgiveness and the challenges of forgiving.

Essential Studies Outcome: ES1

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