2008 Freshman Learning Communities

Black Male Identity in Higher Education: The goal of this FLC is to understand how racial identity and academic success are related so that one can move from the negative to a positive parallel process.  Self-reflection and discussion of personal education development, including successes and challenges, are used to explore the validity of Black Male Identity theory and the under representation of Black/African-American males on college campuses.  Positive role models and special activities are integrated into the curriculum.  This FLC includes LCED 100 Freshman Seminar: Black Male Identity in Higher Education and SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology.

Contemporary Moral and Social Issues: This FLC introduces students to the most prevalent arguments around such contemporary moral and social issues as euthanasia, abortion, stem cell research, health care disparities, and race and gender issues in scientific research.  Students will learn to identify deductively valid arguments and methods for testing soundness in arguments around these issues from different perspectives.  If you are interested in lively dialogue, real-life social issues, or contemporary events, this FLC is for you.  This FLC includes LCH 102 Freshman Seminar: Contemporary Ethical and Social Problems, EH 101 English Composition I, and SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology.

Dollars and Sense: An Introduction to Business, Economics, and Personal Finance (two sections):  This FLC introduces students to the fundamentals of business and economics as they relate to everyday life, to the programs in the School of Business, and to career opportunities for business majors.  Early financial literacy fosters lifetime personal financial planning and a practical understanding of supply, demand, and price determination. Curriculum includes a stock portfolio simulation.  This FLC includes LCB 101 Freshman Seminar: Dollars and Sense, BUS 101 Introduction to Business, EC 210 Principles of Microeconomics, and EH 101 English Composition I or CM 101 Public Speaking.

Engage in Blazer Engineering  (Engineering majors only) (four sections):  This FLC is required for all entering freshmen in the School of Engineering (with the exception of University Honors students) as essential preparation for any of the engineering disciplines.  Students gain a sound foundation in the academic skills, professional ethics, and teamwork necessary for success in the classroom and at work.  Curriculum includes an engineering design team project.  This FLC includes EGR 110 Introduction to Engineering and ME 102 Engineering Graphics.  Learning communities formed during fall semester will stay together during spring semester as students complete EGR 111 Introduction to Engineering II.

Exploring Birmingham: In Search of Community:  This FLC introduces students to the varied social, political and economic aspects of the largest city in Alabama through experiential learning.  Even students who grew up in the Birmingham metropolitan area will be astonished by this introductory survey of the city they’ve taken for granted.  Students will conduct empirical research doing field work in areas of the Birmingham community, evaluate historical visual documents, and relate their research to contemporary issues.  Curriculum includes City as Text© pedagogy and the Buying Birmingham game.  This FLC includes the Freshman Seminar LCS 101 Exploring Birmingham: In Search of Community, HY 121 US History Since 1877, and SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology.

Exploring Birmingham: Power Change, and Community:  This FLC is open only to students in the Global and Community Leadership Honors Program.  Using Birmingham as a place to explore, this course will examine the many ways that modern social, economic and political systems have allocated power and created societies that not always fulfill the promises of equal justice and democracy in America.  Through readings, films, discussions, lectures, and experiences in the city itself, you will learn how to gather and analyze information, think critically about tough and contentious issues, and gain new perspectives on seemingly intractable problems in urban communities. This FLC includes the Freshman Seminar LCS 103 Exploring Birmingham: Power, Change, and Community and SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology. 

Critical Thinking and the Freshman Experience (three sections):  This FLC's anchor is an interdisciplinary course in critical thinking developed by UAB faculty for UAB students.  The anchor course introduces students to critical thinking and its associated skills.  They will learn problem solving and decision making skills as well as exploring their learning styles and study hapits to help them be successful their freshman year and beyond.  There are three sections to choose from. The different sections include UNIV 101 The University Experience, EH 101 English Composition I, and either SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology or HY 102 Western Civilization II.

From Reformation to Revolution:  This FLC employs Reacting to the Past simulation pedagogy to engage students through elaborate role-playing and close reading of primary texts.  The curriculum consists of complex games set during the Protestant Reformation and the French Revolution, two crucial turning points in the history of Western Civilization.  If you enjoy a challenge and want a fun and unique learning experience, then sign up for this FLC, which includes LCS 106 Freshman Seminar: From Reformation to Revolution and HY 102 Western Civilization II.

Health Care Professions:  Although many students are interested in health care, they are unaware of the wide variety of career opportunities. This FLC introduces students to the health care system and the roles of various health care professionals. Students will learn about twelve different health professions, educational and credentialing requirements for various professions, and current issues in health care like patient interaction, end of life issues, workforce shortages and health care disparities.  Taking this FLC can help students make more informed course choices, decreasing their time towards graduation and a fulfilling professional career.  This FLC includes LCHP 101 Freshman Seminar: Survey of Health Professions, EH 101 English Composition I, and PY 101 Introduction to Psychology.

Health without Borders:  Issues of health are no longer concerns of single nations or communities since such illnesses as SARS, Avian flu, West Nile virus, and Mad Cow Disease transcend national boundaries.  Students will learn how globalization, environmental changes, population dynamics, political systems, tradition, culture, natural resources, and economic development impact current and emerging public health issues around the world.  The curriculum has particular relevance for those interested in international relations, pre-health, nursing, environmental science, anthropology, sociology, biology, and economics.  This FLC includes LCS 104 Freshman Seminar: Health without Borders, EH 101 English Composition I, and ANTH 101 Introductory Cultural Anthropology.

Impacting Community Through Service Learning:  This FLC is a hands-on, experiential study of the helping professions in the classroom and through on-going service within the community through community agencies.  Curriculum introduces sociological connections between race, class, and other social identities of gender, age, and ability.  Students are introduced to basic skills in counseling, crisis intervention, and working with special populations. This FLC includes LCSL 101 Freshmen Seminar: Impacting Community through Service Learning, EH 101 English Composition I, and SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology.

I’ve Got a Secret: Making & Breaking Codes:  An introduction to encryption (code-making) and decryption (code-breaking), this FLC requires only basic math skills and basic computer science knowledge.  Curriculum ranges from the writing of lost civilizations through the role of Navajo code talkers in WWII to the current debate over individual privacy vs public security.   If you like puzzles, are interested in electronic crime, or love scavenger hunts, this FLC offers a lively and intriguing introduction to college.  This FLC includes LCH 101 Freshman Seminar: Making & Breaking Codes, EH 101 English Composition I, MA 105 Precalculus Algebra, MA 105L Precalculus laboratory, CS 101 Computing Fundamentals, and CS 101L Computing Fundamentals laboratory.  [NOTE: students may substitute a different math course with the consent of their advisor.]

Place as Identity:  This FLC focuses on fiction and non-fiction works by writers who draw inspiration from physical places.  What is the price paid for our culture’s enhanced mobility?  Is romance of place any longer relevant?  Is a physical place necessary for a sense of home?  What does “Home is where the heart is” mean?  The curriculum promotes self-reflection for students who may be living away from family for the first time. This FLC includes LCH 104 Freshman Seminar: Place as Identity, EH 101 English Composition I, and ANTH 101 Introduction to Anthropology.

Student Success in Nursing:  This FLC is committed to the success of first year pre-nursing students, guiding them in their transition to college and educational goal achievement of attaining a degree in nursing at UAB.  The Freshman Seminar course includes strategies for a common foundation of learning every freshman should share, as well as an introduction to the profession of nursing and nursing academics. Different sections of this FLC include two of the following courses: EH 101 English Composition I, PY 101 Introduction to Psychology, CH 105 Introduction to Chemistry I, PHL 115 Contemporary Moral Issues, HY 121 United States Since 1877, and SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology.

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