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R Kent Guy
SIS 302
Seattle Campus

Intercultural Relations

Perspectives on foreign cultures through literary example. Interdisciplinary approaches to the study of culture as such and problems of intercultural relations. Prerequisite: either one 200-level ANTH course, LING 203 or SIS 202.

Class description

This course wlll explore the ways in which phenomena we call cultural -- common habits of thought and behavior, common modes of expression, common vocations and avocations, and assumptions about the role of the individual in society -- have come to be undersood in international studies, and how such phenonmena unite and divide societies in an interdependant world.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Students will read works of "cultural studies" and descriptions of different cultural environments. There will be three lectures per week, exploring the assigned readings. There will be opportunity for student discussion of the reading; and written assignments.

Recommended preparation

SIS 202 recommended but not required.

Class assignments and grading

There will be two papers (4-6 pp) dealing with the assigned readings, and a number of smaller assignments. There will also be a final examination.

The papers will be graded on their originality, coherence and effectiveness. The final exam will test the students' familiarity with the assigned readings.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by M Jane Meyerding
Date: 10/08/1998