This course is designed to introduce students who anticipate working with people from other societies to a range of topics and cultural phenomena they are likely to encounter. Although the course will introduce technical terminology and formal theories, the focus will be on promoting an exchange of ideas among students, leading to more holistic cross-cultural perspective on development and programs. Readings range from classical anthropological works to contemporary issues and case studies. Readings were selected to highlight clashes of expectations which people experience when cultures come into contact. The focus of this course is on identifying and understanding the sources of potential conflicts, many of which are situated within cultural systems, but expressed through worldview paradigms communicated through various modes, models, and agencies (including missions and NGOs), economic systems, and ideologies, such as gender, political representation, agency, and participation.
Course DetailsLevel: Master's Level
Credit hours: 3
Term(s) course is offered: Fall
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