First Year Seminar 301: ASTRONOMY AND THE HUMANITIES

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Unique number: 66845

Course number: FS 301

Description: Astronomy, one of the original seven liberal arts, has been integrated by countless generations of artists, authors, and musicians into their works. Examining astronomy's deep influence on other areas of human culture helps illuminate our understanding of the universe. In this course we'll explore astronomical examples in the visual arts, fiction (including science fiction), poetry, music, and drama and the underlying science concepts found in these works.

The class meets Monday from 3-5 PM in ETC 2.114 and Wednesday from 3-4 PM in RLM 7.114
In addition, the class will attend the University lecture by Stephen Weinberg on Tuesday, October 2, in the Erwin Center.

Some field trips will be arranged during classtime or as individual assignments.

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    Fall Semester 2007

    Originated on 10 April 2007
    Revised 29 August 2007