Course Description: The First Year Experience Seminar (FYEX 101), requires students and the Instructor to participate in a variety of discourses related to the topics of the first year experience at Huntingdon College, including general college survival skills, such as coping with roommates, balancing academic and social activities in college, time management, study skills, preparation for examinations, and the Huntingdon Honor Code. The student will be exposed to a variety of paradigms, methodologies, knowledge bases, and texts, including the novel, Life of Pi. Through this exposure, the student will develop the skills needed to provide a solid foundation for success during the first year of college.
Course Objectives: Objectives of the First Year Experience Seminar (FYEX 101) include:
Required texts for the course are available in the college bookstore. Other required reading and texts are listed on the online schedule and will be provided in class.
Book: Life of Pi by Yann Martel (Harcourt, Inc. 2001). Winner of the "Man Booker Prize".
Pi Patel, a God-loving boy (later a double major in Religious Studies and Zoology) and the son of a zookeeper in India, has a fervent love of stories and practices not only his native Hinduism, but also Christianity and Islam. When Pi is sixteen, his family and their zoo animals emigrate from India to North America aboard a Japanese cargo ship. Alas, the ship sinks-and Pi finds himself in a lifeboat, with no parents or family, his only companions a hyena, an orangutan, a wounded zebra, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon the tiger has dispatched all but Pi. Can Pi and the tiger survive together for the next seven months and find their way to land? Can Pi’s fear, knowledge, wisdom from his parents, and cunning keep him alive until they do?
Attendance: is required and will be recorded by the Instructor at the beginning of each class or out-of-class event. Each student who attends at least 11 of the 13 classes and successfully completes the written assignments in these classes will receive a "P" (Pass) for the course. Failure to attend and successfully complete less than 11 of the 13 class meetings and associated writing/discussion assignments will result in an "NC (no credit)" for the course. Absences will be excused when the student is representing the College (a written notification is required).
Writing Assignments/Requirements: Each student is required to complete writing assignments based upon the week’s reading requirements and discussion. The assignment will occur during the first class meeting of each week. Each student is required to attend all out-of-class meetings, such as lectures, films, videos, etc. At the first class meeting after the out-of-class event, the student will be required to respond in writing to the lecture, film, video, etc. Each writing assignment will have a point value of 10 points.
Class discussion is encouraged and valued. No point of view will be dismissed, and all students are encouraged to think of issues related to the readings that they would like to see discussed in class.