Out of America: Exploring Global Culture and Identity

Spring 2017

FRPG 2086
Instructors: Khalid Omar Kitito and Robin Rhodes-Crowell
Meeting Days/Times: Tuesday and Thursday 12:00 p.m. to 2:10 p.m.
This course fulfills the FYS and HU general education requirements.

Everyone belongs to different cultural groups but is rarely aware of how cultural identity influences his or her own perceptions of the world. Not being aware of the influence of cultural values often brings misinterpretations of others’ actions. In this course, students will become aware of their own cultural identities, and examine other cultures and cultural values to better understand how our cultural identities drive not only everyday actions but also those of communities and governments around the world. Students will explore how to engage in cultural relativism, the belief that we should view others in terms of their own culture, not through our own cultural lens. Students will explore the possibility and implications of a global culture and come to understand that culture is not static.

Students will engage in lively discussions based on course readings, video and film clips, participate in practical experiences such as cooking and dress, analyze music and dance, re-think love and marriage, and will engage in a research project on global culture and identity, ultimately sharing this research through a poster presentation. Co-taught by an American and a Kenyan professor, the course will be an exciting examination of cultural values and global life.

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