This course will introduce students to the anthropological approach to multi-cultural communication by exploring the ways that unique social and historical experiences shape human diversity within local and global circumstances. This course will pay particular attention to the role of power and inequality in shaping cross-cultural encounters and will introduce key theoretical tools to assist students in identifying and understanding the mechanisms that contribute to intercultural differences and cross-cultural conflicts. By the end of this course, students are expected to develop a deeper understanding of diversity and difference within an increasingly globalizing world and to become better prepared for cross-cultural interactions within professional and academic environments.
Goals: At the conclusion of the semester, students will be able to;
- Understand how human diversity and cultural phenomena are shaped by unique social and historical circumstances,
- Recognize how structural forces shape human experiences and worldviews in diverse and dynamic ways,
- Identify how individuals and groups exert agency and initiate change both locally and globally,
- Critically examine how socially-constructed ideas (such as gender, race, nationality, etc.) generate real effects on human realities,
- Develop a deeper understanding of the complexity of cross-cultural interactions and encounters,
- Appreciate human difference and cultural diversity.