Cultural Diversity

 

Theme Description: Examines the nature of culture and the diverse ways in which societies make meaning and are organized across time and space. Topics include cultural and religious values and beliefs, modern historical influences on cultural variation, and the impact of gender, ethnicity, and inequality on the cultural experience.

Theme Coordinator:   Dr. Cameron Lippard

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Courses:

ANT 1415. Understanding Culture (3). F;S
GEN ED: Historical and Social Perspective (Theme: "Cultural Diversity"); Local to Global Perspective (Theme: "Empire, Colonialism, and Globalization")
This course explores the diversity and unity of human experience through the lens of cultural anthropology. Using case studies and other texts, students will gain familiarity with different cultural worlds. As they do so, they will be asked to think critically about their own cultural ideas and actions, to reflect on problems facing humanity in the contemporary world, and to understand the various ways in which they are historically and socially connected to other people in other places. (MULTI-CULTURAL) (CORE: SOCIAL SCIENCES)

ART 2011. Introduction to Visual Arts (3). F;S
GEN ED: Fine Arts Designation; Historical and Social Perspective (Theme: "Cultural Diversity"); Local to Global Perspective (Theme: "Identity, Culture, and Media")
This course covers selected historical and contemporary issues, the formal structure and critical analysis of the visual arts and an examination of art’s relationship to ideas, beliefs and culture. Students will develop a critical understanding of art as a manifestation of broader social, historical, and contemporary issues in a global context. Lecture three hours. (CORE: HUMANITIES)

SOC 4560. Race and Minority Relations (3). F
GEN ED: Historical and Social Perspective (Theme: “Cultural Diversity”) Examination of intergroup relations, including racial, ethnic, and women's issues; the bases of conflict, accommodation, and assimilation; the nature and consequences of prejudice and discrimination; evaluation of proposals for reduction or elimination of prejudice and discrimination. (MULTI-CULTURAL) [Dual-listed with SOC 5560.]

GHY 1040. Introduction to Human Geography (3). F.
GEN ED: Historical and Social Perspective (Theme: "Cultural Diversity")
This course examines the spatial patterns of human society. By focusing on the description and analysis of the spatial dimensions of human language, economy, religion and government, this course is a celebration of human diversity. Lectures, readings, films, slides, writing exercises, map quizzes and class discussions will help the student to understand and appreciate the geography of the human mosaic. (MULTI-CULTURAL) (CORE: SOCIAL SCIENCES)

HIS 1120. Society and History (3). F;S.
 GEN ED: Historical Studies Designation; Historical and Social Perspective (Theme: "Cultural Diversity")
An examination of selected themes in world or regional history with an emphasis on the historical context of various social, political, cultural, and economic processes. NOTE: HIS 1120 DOES NOT COUNT TOWARD THE REQUIREMENTS FOR A HISTORY MAJOR OR MINOR. (MULTI-CULTURAL) (CORE: SOCIAL SCIENCES)

MUS 2023. Music and Gender (3). S.
GEN ED: Fine Arts Designation; Historical and Social Perspective (Theme: "Cultural Diversity")
An investigation of the social constructions of gender and how they are reflected in music. Topics will include how gender constructions operate in compositional, performance and teaching practices.

REL 1110. Religions of the World (3).F;S
GEN ED: Historical and Social Perspective (Theme: "Cultural Diversity" and "Religion, Myth, and Society")
This course introduces the major living religions of the world. (MULTI-CULTURAL) (CORE: HUMANITIES)

SOC 4560. Race and Minority Relations (3).F.
GEN ED: Historical and Social Perspective (Theme: "Cultural Diversity")
Examination of intergroup relations, including racial, ethnic, and women's issues; the bases of conflict, accommodation, and assimilation; the nature and consequences of prejudice and discrimination; evaluation of proposals for reduction or elimination of prejudice and discrimination. (MULTI-CULTURAL) [Dual-listed with SOC 5560.] Dual-listed courses require senior standing; juniors may enroll with permission of the department.

WS 2421. Sex, Gender, and Power: Introduction to Women’s Studies for the Social Sciences (3). F.
GEN ED: Historical and Social Perspective (Theme: "Cultural Diversity")
This course will provide an introduction to the study of gender and a diversity of women, both historic and contemporary, using a variety of methodologies and materials drawn primarily from the social sciences. It will also serve as an introduction to the interdisciplinary discipline of Women’s Studies for the major and the minor in Women’s Studies. Students who take WS 2421 cannot take WS 2420 for credit. (WRITING; MULTI-CULTURAL; CROSS-DISCIPLINARY) (CORE: SOCIAL SCIENCES)

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How These Courses Integrate into Theme:

Students in each course will examine five key topics through different questions and points of view: culture, categories of difference, ethics and politics of diversity, power, and culture contact and communication. All students will organize, interpret and compare knowledge from each course in order to gain a broad understanding of culture. Diversity events on campus will be further enable students to integrate their knowledge of culture in the real world.