- cross-cultural comparisons
- Guide to the Program in Comparative Culture Records, University of California, Irvine AS.014
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Instructor: Jeanett Castellanos, Ph.D. Office: Social Science Plaza B 2231 Office Hours: Wednesdays, 1-2pm (via eee) Office Phone: (949) 824-6298
Meeting Day: Wednesday 4:00 - 7:00 pm Place: SSL 228 TA: Hesam Rahmani || Office: SSL 640 Office Hours: Thursdays, Noon - 1pm
This course introduces students to the scope of cross-cultural comparisons by analyzing the theories, methodologies, problems, and ethical issues encountered by anthropologists, sociologists, psychologists, political scientists, and historians as they compare cultures and sub-cultures. More specifically, the class will present the historical development of the dominant American culture and society. The readings will have an emphasis on people in distinctly different societies throughout history, and students will be exposed to concepts that cross all social science disciplines. Themes that will be discussed and used as a basis for writing include democracy, elitism, power, social class, and race.
Comparing cultures is a lower division class geared toward freshman and sophomores. The focus of this course is to present an opportunity for discussion of current social problems (prejudice, discrimination, ethnic identity, race relations, etc.) in the United States.
People often have strong opinions about the topics discussed in a comparing cultures course. Many people have ideas about race and ethnicity that are based on misinformation, stereotypes, and prejudices which are prevalent in our society. We will try to help each other come to a better understanding of different cultures by engaging in active discussions about the various topics involved. In the process, it is possible that members of the class will make comments or voice opinions that are based on misinformation or an interpretation that other members of the class may find objectionable. Given the volatility of the subject matter, it is essential that we treat each other with respect, that we do not demean or devalue the comments of classmates, and that we stick to the issues rather than engage in personal attacks. While you are not expected to agree with everything your classmates may say, you are expected to respect them and their opinions and treat them accordingly. If you disagree with a classmate, respond in a calm, respectful manner in class or speak with me personally. It is a learning experience to try and see the world from different perspectives, whether or not we agree with them.
STUDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO
Read the textbook and assign supplemental materials, and come to class each session prepared to discuss the selected topic(s). Attend class sessions regularly and punctually. Participate actively in group problem solving/work sessions. Complete and present assignments on time.