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2015-2016 Catalog

FYS 172 Adventure and Exploration Meet the 21st Century

Why do people seek out adventure? How do they justify the risks? This seminar explores the challenges adventurers face and the sacrifices they make. Personal and biographical accounts of polar, desert, and mountain explorations are critically analyzed, including the 1996/2006 Everest expeditions. Students will examine personal and societal pressures that compel individuals to risk all, along with the importance of leadership and teamwork. Modern adventures, including extreme sports and virtual worlds, will also be discussed.