The mission of this course is to help you to develop tools to both appreciate and analyze a wide variety of fairy tales and fairy tale revisions; to understand and be able to explain why the study of fairy tales and other popular culture entertainments (especially for children) is valuable; to evaluate and/or create interesting and rich fairy-tale based entertainments; and to develop the skills to pursue further research in the areas that interest you.
In addition, all first-year seminar courses share a set of common and interlocking goals for students. They will:
- expand and deepen students’ understanding of the world and of themselves
- enhance their ability to read and think critically
- enhance their ability to communicate effectively, in writing, speech, and other appropriate forms
- develop the fundamentals of information literacy and library research
- provide the opportunity for students to work closely with a faculty mentor
These goals support and complement the specific learning goals for this seminar.
We will discuss and perhaps revise or supplement these goals as the semester goes on: what are your goals for the course? What do you hope to learn?