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UF 200 Themes

All sections of UF 200 explore the common theme, “With Liberty and Justice for All.”  In addition, all sections have a similar workload and focus on building student skills in the same areas: writing, ethics, diversity, and internationalization.

However, since our faculty come from a variety of disciplines across the humanities and social sciences, each instructor explores our common theme in a different way, bringing a unique disciplinary expertise and perspective to the civic engagement and ethics focus of UF 200. Explore the table below to learn more about individual section topics.

Search by Faculty or by keyword/theme/big ideas: (hip-hop, self-expression, deviance, safety, justice, self-awareness, immigration, censorship, refugees, culture, courage, veterans, food, beliefs, human rights, childhood, inequality, intercultural, empathy, water, strangers, environment, inclusive, community, service, tolerance, openness, history, internet, freedom, religion, hospitality, identity)


Benjamin BrandonThe study of diversity requires that we go beyond our own society and civilization to different worldviews: we will be exploring the beliefs of a variety of civilizations, including China, India, the Middle East, and Ancient Greece. Then we will study modern concepts of diversity and ethics as they relate to the most pressing ethical issues of our own day and age.
Beret NormanThrough the varying lenses of hip hop--including street murals, rap and poetry--we will examine contemporary issues of liberty, justice, power, and self-expression from society’s “margins.” Interactive instruction includes three or more hours of community engagement, discussion, and presentations.
Carrie SeymourUsing theoretical ideas from the fields of philosophy, cultural anthropology, and sociology, we will explore the moral and ethical implications of the labels and stereotypes surrounding “acceptable” social traits. After looking at various “deviant” categories, and studying the social codes and contexts that inform the perception of those categories, we will then examine the penal system in America as a case study.
Chris KloverUsing the idea that safety is the right of every person, we will study the ethical and civic issues that result from lack of safety for diverse populations. As a learner-centered instructor, I provide opportunities for students to discover and process ideas and information about issues with global implications.
Christopher MichasStudents in this course will explore the ethical problems and obligations created by the adoption of new technologies.
Christy BowmanDid you know that the average person now sees over 3,000 advertising messages a day? In this course, we will approach the UF 200 theme of “liberty and justice for all” through the lens of media communication. Through class assignments, discussions, research, and civic engagement, we will consider the role that media communication plays in our lives and the lives of others.
Corinna Provant-RobishawWe live in an interconnected world, and global knowledge is important in today's classroom and workplace. In this class, we will study the ethical problems raised by different forms of oppression through a global lens.
Elizabeth CookWinston Churchill once stated, “Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” This course melds moral philosophy, memoir, and storytelling as we examine moral courage through the lens of the veteran’s experience. Students will create independent field studies that draw on community engagement, the BSU Veteran’s Services Center and make use of Albertson Library’s Special Archives and the Vietnam Experience Collection.
Elizabeth HuntWe will approach issues of ethics, diversity, and civic engagement through the lens of "Museums in Society." The class will visit various museums and consider the roles they play in their communities.
Elizabeth SwearingenThis course builds on the framework of Paolo Friere’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed that demands a de-centered classroom in which students actively shape their own education. We explore the questions of civic engagement and ethical foundations through critical reflection, case studies, evidence based research, and collaborative civic-engagement projects.
Erik HadleyThis UF200 section analyzes how ethics, diversity and internationalization relate to food availability, production and quality. We will discuss the concept of ‘food justice’ and apply it to different ethical situations and social issues.
Francisco SalinasThe questions we explore in this course are: "Why do you believe what you believe about what is right and wrong? And what are you going to do about it?" We will do this through discussion, community engagement opportunities, reflective writing, and individual and group essays and presentations.
Greg HeinzmanThis class addresses the question “What can we do as citizens in a diverse democracy to creatively address human rights issues?" A civic engagement project assisting refugees will encourage personal connections with a global community.
Janet KaufmanStudents in this course will investigate their own identities, relationships, and ethical responsibilities by reading and creating short letters, poems, essays, videos, and podcasts. We will examine the "I, You, and We" of the work we read and create.
Jim WilliamsThis course will examine the concepts of freedom and equality in relation to the direct interactions students have with each other and with the larger global community.
Joachim AgambaThe course explores the phenomenon of diversity relative to questions about ethics. It examines what it means to be a global citizen in the 21st Century.
John McGuireWe live in an interconnected world, and global knowledge is important in today's classroom and workplace. In this class, we will study the ethical problems raised by different forms of oppression through a global lens.
Jonathan KrutzThis course will consider the ethics of gambling and the impacts gambling has on people, economies, and governments.
Kristina JensenStudents will explore issues of ethics and diversity related to the United States military through a sociological lens. Topics will include: justifications for the formation of the military; reasons people join; the demographics of those who serve; the ethical dilemmas soldiers face during war and peace time; the institutional ethics of the military holistically; the ethics surrounding the treatment and release of military veterans; and the impact of the military on civilians.
Mari Rice“Is access to clean water and sanitation a human right?" "How do perceptions of water guide management?” This course approaches ethics, diversity, and civic engagement through the lens of water, considering global issues such as access to clean water, privatization, pollution, drought, and the impending water crisis. This is a highly interactive class that combines discussions, field trips, in-class projects, and service learning as we explore solutions to global water issues.
Margaret SassIntercultural knowledge and competence is important in today’s classroom and workplace. We will be exploring intercultural openness, intercultural curiosity, and intercultural empathy through different mediums, such as group presentations and the creation of an illustrated cultural diversity book for elementary students.
Mike StefancicStudents in this course will explore biking as a vehicle for social change. For example, how does biking affect different different socioeconomic groups and community resources? You will consider the ethical choices and civic responsibilities involved in biking--and engage in direct service projects outside of the classroom.
Refik SadikovicThis online section asks students to examine the importance of building diverse and inclusive communities. Students will apply principles of civic responsibility to issues and policies raised by diverse populations (refugees, immigrants, etc.) by doing an “In-Depth Interview” civic engagement project.
Robert ReedThis class looks at global poverty and asks what ethical responsibilities individuals and governments have in addressing it.
Sara FryThe question, "What motivates individuals to be actively involved in their local and/or global communities?" guides our exploration of the contexts and ethics that inspire people to take action. Interactive instruction includes three or more hours of community engagement, discussion, and presentations.
Tiffany HitesmanThe class will reflect on personal and collective histories in order to navigate shared spaces, both inside and outside the classroom. Theories on the contact zone and borderlands will frame discussions on our evolving identity in a society vested in the phrase “with liberty and justice for all.”
Tiffany Seeley-CaseThis intentionally online course will analyze the communication potential and peril of the internet as we look at issues of access, privacy, corporate control, and governmental regulation while, at the same time, we work to recognize our own culpability and potential to affect positive, and much needed, change.
Tom LobaughFor centuries, global religions have practiced hospitality as way to identify their community by defining relationships with strangers. Through in-depth studies of ancient religious acts of being guest, host, alien, and friend you will discover your own personal understanding and responsibility of welcoming others in a selfie world.
Tom TurcoStudents will examine what "equality and justice for all" means in relation to various public health issues.