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General Education

Current Course Offerings

Course Listing for Spring 2020

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FYEN 103 01  The Working World: College and Transition

Schedule: TUES/FRI 2:50 - 4:10 Professor(s): C. Taylor

Course Description:

This course will examine and analyze our perceptions of the working world: what does “work” actually mean? How can we make our eventual work successful? How can we make our employment part of an overall goal for life satisfaction? We will also examine the pre-existing assumptions about work, employment, and college. Does college “only” prepare one for the working world? If not, what other purposes does it serve? What might certain literary works tell us about American assumptions about work, class, labor, and college life? In recent history, we have seen the fallout of troubling issues surrounding Wall Street and corporate practices. How can we understand the ethics around these issues? What impact do these practices have on ordinary Americans? We will entertain these questions, as well as examine more pragmatic considerations, such as study skills, time management skills, stress management skills, and life skills. Lab Fee: The laboratory fee for this course will be used to pay for transportation and resources to support a collaborative project with a local high school.

FYSW 104 01  Playing in the Dirt

Schedule: WED/FRI 10:05 - 11:25 Professor(s): R. Mama/G. Bonadonna

Course Description:

This First Year Seminar course teaches gardening and food sustainability and how these are linked to communities worldwide. The seminar style course will be taught by an interdisciplinary team of faculty from the School of Social Work and the School of Science and includes a lecture/activity component in the School of Science greenhouse and the Monmouth University Community Garden. The course will expose students to all aspects of community gardening, from understanding soil preparation to harvesting vegetables. The course will also introduce the student to the University Community with special emphasis on resources, responsibilities and ethics.  Lab Fee: The lab fee will be used to support the expenses in the greenhouse for the purchase of seeds and plants that the students will use in the garden.

The Virginia A. Cory Community Garden at Monmouth University is a group of citizens who work together to create a successful garden and improve their community. The garden provides the opportunity for participants to grow their own produce, following organic practices, and donate produce to local organizations for individuals in need. The garden provides educational opportunities for all ages to learn about gardening, sustainability and wellness. It also serves as a resource for the University for student learning.

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FYSW105 01  Is Anybody Out There? Mental Health, Artistic Expression and Audience

Schedule: MON/WED 8:30 - 9:50 Professor(s): R. Cuseglio

Course Description:

This course will examine the relationship between mental health, creativity, and artistic expression. A central focus is to explore how mental health impacts both the creative process and artistic expression and how the public ultimately comes to perceive the artist as a result. A central theme will be the discussion of artists who experience mental health issues and the significant creative contributions they have made to their respective fields. This course will also introduce the student to the University community, with special emphasis on three components: academics, ethics, and transition to college life.

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