R Kent Guy
Cultural interaction among societies and civilizations, particularly Western and non-Western. Intellectual, cultural, social, and artistic aspects; historical factors. Offered: Sp.
SIS 202 examines the ways in which phenomena we call cultural - common habits of thought and behavior, common vocations and avocations, deep seated assumptions about the role on individual, family and society - have served both to unite societies and to divide them in an interdependent world. The first half of the course will consider how the concept of culture has developed in the post-Enlightenment west. The second half of the course will consider various representations of world cultures.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
The course will have four lectures and one section meeting a week. The lectures, which will include both historical background and discussions of the process of reading, prepare the students to do the assigned readings, which are discussed in sections.
There are no prerequisites for the course. Students should have an openness to reading and writing about foreign cultures and the way they have been understood.
Class assignments and grading
There will be short, one paragraph weekly assignments, two longer essays and a final examination.
The two longer essays and the final exam will each count for one quarter of the final grade. The short weekly assignments, and participation in discussion sections will count for one quarter.