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Written Assignments

Library Projects I: North American Native Americans

Library Projects II: Traditional African Culture

Multimedia Final





Unit One
What is Culture?


Readings


Internet Reader: "What is Culture?," by Richard Law, Eric Miraglia
World Cultures Glossary: "world view," "culture," "tradition," "modernity"

Written Assignments

Internet essay on the world view of American popular culture

Learning Skills Assignments

Complex Definitions





Unit Two
The Farthest Recesses of the Human Past


Readings


World Cultures: "The Long Foreground: Human Prehistory," by Richard Law; The Agricultural Revolution," by Richard Law


Written Assignments

Short essay on the relationship between the human body or human agriculture and culture.

Learning Skills Assignments

Significance





Unit Three
An Early Map of the Human Landscape: Sumerians, Assyrians and Gilgamesh


Readings

World History: 9-17, "Mesopotamian Civilization," 32-35 "The Assyrian Empire"
or
World Cultures: "Mesopotamia"

World Cultures Reader: Gilgamesh summary
World Cultures Glossary: "Cuneiform," "Law"

Written Assignments

Defining Concepts Culturally: Gilgamesh the Hero

Learning Skills Assignments

Study Guides Part One: Topics





Unit Four
At Home in the Universe: The Egyptian World View


Readings

World History: 17-26, "The Egyptian Civilization,"
or
World Cultures: "Ancient Egypt"

World Cultures: "The Story of Writing" (under construction)
World Cultures Reader: The Book of the Dead, chapter 125
World Cultures Glossary: "Ma'at,"Hieroglyphics"

Written Assignments

Egyptian Underworld Thesis and Essay

Learning Skills Assignments

Study Guides Part Two: Thinking in Theses





Unit Five
Seeing the World through Hebrew Eyes: Genesis


Readings

World History: 27 "The Role of Nomadic Peoples," 28-32, "The Hebrews"
or
World Cultures: "The Hebrews"

World Cultures Reader: Genesis: The Creation, The Flood, The Tower of Babel
World Cultures Glossary: "Torah," "covenant,"

Written Assignments

Introduction to literal reading: constructing a literal interpretation of Creation and the Tower of Babel

Learning Skills Assignments

Constructing knowledge, part one: reflective assignment on the difference between the literal and the interpretive; what are preconceived interpretations?





Unit Six
The Obedient, The Heroic, The Prophet, The King: Law and History in the Judaic Tradition


Readings

World Cultures Reader: Genesis 22, Exodus (The Decalogue) and Judges (Gideon)
World Cultures Glossary: "Gibbor"

Written Assignments

Internet debate on the Hebrew notion of a state

Learning Skills Assignments

The Miracle Question, Part One





Unit Seven
Bureaucrats and Barbarians: Mycaeneans, Minoans, and Homeric Greece


Readings

World History: 26-27, "New Centers of Civilization," 112-115 "Early Greece," 115-116 "The Greek Dark Age"
or
World Cultures: "Bureaucrats and Barbarians: Minos and Mycenae"

World Cultures Reader: "Homer," "Polyphemos"
World Cultures Glossary: "areté,"

Written Assignments

Polyphemos as the "Other"

Learning Skills Assignments

Applying analytical skills





Unit Eight
Athenian Chauvinism and the Idea of Democracy


Readings

World History: 116-135 "An Age of Expansion," "Classical Greece"
or
World Cultures: "Ancient Greece"

World Cultures Reader: Thucydides, "Pericles's Funeral Oration," The Melian Controversy," Plato, "Democracy and Democratic Man"
World Cultures Glossary: "Democracy," "Aristocracy," "polis"

Written Assignments

Internet debate essay on Athenian democracy

Learning Skills Assignments

Constructing knowledge, part two: speculative essay on why some knowledge is preferred over others





Unit Nine
The One and the Many: Presocratic Thought and Science and Socrates


Readings

World History: 130-132, "Greek Philosophy"
or
World Cultures: Read the Greek Philosophy chapters in the learning module, "Ancient Greece"

World Cultures Reader: "Pre-Socratics" (first chapter in "Greek Philosophy" on the Internet); The Apology of Socrates

World Cultures Glossary: " "The One and the Many,"

Written Assignments

Internet debate essay on Socrates

Learning Skills Assignments

Composing a study guide on pre-Socratic philosophy





Unit Ten
Plato and Aristotle


Readings

World Cultures Reader: Plato, "The Divided Line," "The Allegory of the Cave," Aristotle, "The Four Causes," "The Doctrine of the Mean"

Learning skills assignment

Representing complex ideas. Short essay explaining two of the passages in a coherent, ordered way.





Unit Eleven
Aesthetes and Ascetics in Hellenistic Greece


World History: 35-40, "The Persian Empire," 135- 146 "The Rise of Macedonia," "The World of the Hellenistic Kingdoms," "Hellenistic Culture"
or
World Cultures: "Hellenistic Greece"

World Cultures Reader: "Hellenistic Philosophies"

Written Assignments

Hellenism and Judaism
Learning skills assignment

Evaluating successes





Unit Twelve
Lefty Scaevolo, or Why Does Being Roman Hurt So Much?


Readings

World History: 149-178, The Roman World
or
World Cultures: "Rome"

World Cultures Reader: Epictetus, selections; Cicero, "The Dream of Scipio"
World Cultures Glossary: Officium, Pietas, Virtus

Written Assignments

Internet discussion essay, "From Rome to Christianity"

Learning Skills Assignments

Learning from your successes





Unit Thirteen
Sages and Kings: From the Beginnings in Ancient China


Readings

World History: 77-85 "The Land and People of China," "The Dawn of Chinese Civilization," 99- 110 "Daily Life in Ancient China," "The World of Culture"
or
World Cultures: "Ancient China"

World Cultures Glossary: "T'ien," "T'ien ming," "Tao"

Learning Skills Assignments

Applying your successes
Study Guides Part Three





Unit Fourteen
The One Hundred Schools: Confucius, Taoism, Moism, Legalism


Readings

World History: 85-90 "The Hundred Schools of Ancient Philosophy"
or
World Cultures: "Chinese Philosophy"

World Cultures Reader: Selections from The Analects , selections from Lao Tzu
World Cultures Glossary: "jen," "Tao"

Written Assignments

Discussion essay on Confucianism and democracy

Learning Skills Assignments

Using knowledge: definition-based arguments.





Unit Fifteen
Ways of Seeing: Chinese Physics and Neo-Confucianism


Readings

World History: 90-99, "The Rise of the Chinese Empire"
or
World Cultures: The Chinese Empire

World Cultures Reader: "Neo-Confucianism,"
World Cultures Glossary: "wu hsing"

Written Assignments

Chinese Landscape Painting

Learning Skills Assignments

Visual Knowledge





Unit Sixteen
The Dream: Hinduism and Empire


Readings

World History: 43-73 Ancient India, 339-345 "The Gupta Dynasty"
or
World Cultures: "Ancient India"

World Cultures Glossary: "Atman," "atmansiddhi," "Brahmin," "Brahman," "dharma," "karma"

Learning Skills Assignments

Assessment: Learning to Negotiate Possibility





Unit Seventeen
Ways of Seeing: The Baghavad Gita


Readings

The Bhagavad Gita

Written Assignments

Internet discussion essay on Indian music

Learning Skills Assignments

Representing long, complex, book-length arguments: note-taking assignment on the Bhagavad Gita





Unit Eighteen
Neither Strung too Tight nor too Loose: Buddhism


Readings

World History: 61-66 "Buddhism," "Asoka," especially 63, "An Early Buddhist Scripture," 342-345 "The Decline of Buddhism"
or
World Cultures: "Buddhism"

World Cultures Reader: selections from The Dhammapadha

Written Assignments

Buddhism and Hinduism

Learning Skills Assignments

Study Guides: Building in Contrast





Unit Nineteen
The Center of Creation: Seeing the World through Shinto and Early Japanese Culture


Readings

World History: 405-407 "Land and People," Prehistoric Japan," 408-428 "The Rise of the Japanese State," Economic and Social Structures," "Religion and Culture in Early Japan"
or
World Cultures: "Ancient Japan," "Feudal Japan"

World Cultures Reader: selections from the Nihongi
World Cultures Glossary: "kokugaku," "aware," "miyabi"

Written Assignments

First ibrary research projects due on Native Americans

Learning Skills Assignments

Evaluating sources: critiquing your research





Unit Twenty
Buddhism: The Japanese Version


Readings

World Cultures: Japanese Buddhism

Written Assignments

Internet discussion essay on Zen and Japanese landscape architecture





Unit Twenty-One
The World in a Sand Painting: The Universe of the Native American


Readings

You are to read all the library assignments on Native Americans by class
or
World History:: 460-462 "The First Americans," 482- 484"Stateless Socieities in the New World"
World Cultures Reader: Iroquois Creation
World Cultures: " "Native American Languages"

Written Assignments

Essay due on Native American concept of the self based on any of the readings in The Native American Anthology

Learning Skills Assignments

Evaluating Information





Unit Twenty-Two
Civilizations in the New World


Readings

World History: 462-482 "Early Civilizations in Central America," "The First Civilizations in South America"
or
World Cultures: "Civilizations in America"

Written Assignments

Research Project: Second library research project due on traditional cultures in Africa

Learning Skills Assignments

Evaluating sources: critiquing your research





Unit Twenty-Three
Civilizations and Traditional Culture in Africa


Readings

World History: 229-249 "The Land," "The Emergence of Civilization," "The Coming of Islam," "East Africa and the Indian Ocean Trade," "State Building in West Africa," "States and Stateless Societies in Southern Africa," 249-258 "Aspects of African Society," "Religious Beliefs in Traditional Africa," "African Culture"
or
World Cultures: "Civilizations in Africa"

Learning skills assignment

Writing a thesis: Paper thesis due





Unit Twenty-Four
Islam as Belief: The Qu'ran


Readings

World History: 199-213 "The Rise of Islam," "The Teachings of Muhammed," "The Arab Empire and its Successors"
or
World Cultures: "Islam"

World Cultures: "What is Science?"
World Cultures Reader: Selections from The Qur'an
World Cultures Glossary: "tawhid," "dhikr," "iman," "The Five Pillars"

Written Assignments

Internet discussion essay on Islam and science





Unit Twenty-Five
Islam as Culture: Language, Art, Architecture, Script


Readings

World History: 213-226 "Islamic Civilization
or
World Cultures: "Islam," "Shi'a Islam"

World Cultures: What is Architecture?

World Cultures Glossary: "wahdat al-wujud"

Written Assignments

Islamic architecture quiz





Unit Twenty-Six
A New Atlas of the Universe: Early Christianity


Readings

World History: 178- 185 "Religion in the Roman World: The Rise of Christianity," "The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire," 261-275 "The Role and Development of the Christian Church," 286-293 "The Byzantine Empire,"
or
World Cultures: "Early Christianity"

World Cultures Glossary: "Typology," "regio dissimilitudinis,"

Written Assignments

Internet essay on translating Christianity into Chinese.

Learning Skills Assignments

Identifying Discourse Problems





Unit Twenty-Seven
Ways of Seeing: The Medieval World View and Some Tensions


Readings

World History: 275-286 "The World of the Carolingians," "The Emerging World of Feudalism," 299-333 European Civilization in the High Middle Ages
or
World Cultures: "The Middle Ages"

World Cultures Reader: Boccaccio, "The Death," from the Decameron

Written Assignments

Multiculturalism medieval style





Unit Twenty-Eight
Remapping the Human Landscape: Boccaccio, Pico, and the Italian Renaissance


Readings

World History: 501- 505, "The Italian States," "Machiavelli," 509- 510 "Meaning and Characteristics of the Italian Renaissance," 512- 522"The Intellectual Renaissance in Italy," "The Artistic Renaissance"
or
World Cultures: "The Italian Renaissance"

World Cultures Reader: Pico della Mirandola, "Oration on the Dignity of Man," Leonardo da Vinci, "The Painter," "Linear Perspective"

Written Assignments

From Renaissance to world culture





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