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2021-2022 Catalog

FYS 118 Fear

Fear is a pervasive aspect of society. Since the events of 9/11, issues surrounding fear, terror, and personal and national security have become nightly news as well as the foundation for a new national policy. TV shows with fear-based plot features have proliferated. This seminar takes an interdisciplinary approach to the understanding of fear as a primary emotion and as an influence in society. Through discussion, reading, writing, presentation, and other assignments, students examine fear critically from scientific and sociological perspectives.