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 Course Title:   Cultural Interactions in an Interdependent World

 Title Abbreviation:   Cultural Int

 Department:    IS

 Course #:    202

 Credits:    5

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    5

 CIP:    n/a

 EPC:    n/a

 REV:    2014


 Course Description  

This course examines cultural interactions among societies and civilizations including intellectual, societal, artistic and historical factors. Particular emphasis will be placed on the interaction between Western and non-Western cultures. Required course for the International Studies Certificate.

 Prerequisite  

None

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 55

Lab: 0

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0


Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Academic Social Sciences, Required for certificate  

Equivalencies At Other Institutions

Other Institution Equivalencies Table
Institution Course # Remarks
UW SIS 202

Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Understand how different cultures organize and implement their experiences, ideologies and institutions of power at the local, national and/or international levels.
  2. Understand how differences in cultural context can enhance or inhibit effective inter-cultural exchange.
  3. Understand basic intellectual, historical, societal, artistic etc foundations of Western and non-Western cultures.
  4. Understand forces that create change in cultural contexts and the impact change has on those cultures and on those with whom they interact.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

1. Information Literacy

Definition: Recognizing when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
1.4 Evaluate issues (for example economic, legal, historic, social) surrounding the use of information.

2. Critical Thinking

Definition: The ability to think critically about the nature of knowledge within a discipline and about the ways in which that knowledge is constructed and validated and to be sensitive to the ways these processes often vary among disciplines.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
2.8 Describe how one’s own preconceptions, biases and values affect one’s response to new and ambiguous situations.

3. Communication

Definition: Understanding and producing effective written, spoken, visual, and non-verbal communication.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
3.4 Produce academic and/or professional writing and integrate it into written and spoken projects.

4. Community & Cultural Diversity

Definition: Recognizing the value of human communities and cultures from multiple perspectives through a critical understanding of their similarities and differences.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
4.3 Understand the historically and socially constructed nature of—and the meanings attributed to—human differences.
4.4 Demonstrate effective communication across differences in human communities and cultures.

5. Global & Local Awareness & Responsibility

Definition: Understanding the complexity and interdependence of, and stewardship responsibilities to, local and global communities and environments.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
5.2 Identify diverse communities and their shared/competing interests and develop strategies for prevention and resolution of conflict.

Course Contents

  1. Diversity amid globalization: introduction to concepts of geography, populations, cultural coherence and diversity, geopolitical frameworks, economics, social development
  2. Changing Global Environment: climate, food, water, environmental issues
  3. Analysis of environment, population, culture, geopolitical forces, economics, social development etc in major world regions e.g. North America, Latin America, Africa, Asia and Europe
  4. Introduction to contemporary examples of intercultural interactions