Global and Multicultural Perspectives

Global and Multicultural Perspectives  (3 hours required)

These courses probe conflicts and creative resonances shaped by cultural difference, as well as bridges built by shared understanding.  Courses in this area should consider culture in terms of race, gender, ethnicity, religion, class, sexual orientation, or national origin; they should examine strategies of negotiation, resistance, or assimilation as these cultures interact with society's dominant structures.

Students in these courses will engage perspectives apart from their own and explore cross-cultural interactions.  They should also query the process of communicating across cultural boundaries, explore the literature and art of various cultures, or survey the religious, philosophical, economic or political systems of selected groups.

Learning Objectives

Courses in this area should incorporate three of the following learner objectives (#1 is required).

1.  Understand and examine the complex issues that result from interactions between different cultures whose relationships are characterized by privilege and vulnerability, dominance and subversion, or assimilation and resistance; these interactions may take place either within or across national boundaries

2.  Compare communication styles among cultures

3.  Assess how culture impacts and informs the development of creative expression/ movements, politics, economics, or philosophy

4. Analyze how concepts of "self" and individuals in various cultures differ and/ or intersect

5. Articulate how culture influences languages, societies, and institutions

New Learning Objective (Fall 2014)

Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of an outcome or consequence that results from interactions between different cultures or subcultures.

Accomplishing the Objectives

Instructors should clearly identify how the course will accomplish the above objectives.  Possibilities include:

  • Participating in class discussion and debate
  • Engaging in teamwork and other collaborative exercises
  • Writing analytical or evaluative papers, perhaps incorporating original research
  • Making oral presentations
  • Creating an artistic product or a performance
  • Participating in fieldwork