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Unit OneTradition, Modernity, and Culture



Readings


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

Written Assignments

The Culture Defense

Learning Skills Assignments

Introduce Yourself
The Miracle Question
Complex Definitions





Unit TwoBrave New Worlds: What is Reformation?



Readings


World History: 536-546, 549-566 576-589 or
World Cultures: "Brave New Worlds: Discovery and Reformation"
World Cultures Reader: Martin Luther, "The Freedom of a Christian"
World Cultures Glossary: "legitimation of authority," "crisis of legitimation," "indulgences, "voluntary associations""

Written Assignments

What is Freedom?

Learning Skills Assignments

Significance





Unit ThreeMonsters at the Edge of the World: Skepticism and Fragmentation

Readings

World Cultures Reader: Milton, Paradise Lost , Book 5: "Satan's Argument"; Descartes, Discourse on Method , part 2 and 4; Pascal, Pensees 198, 199
World Cultures Glossary: "philosophy," "epistemology," "skepticism"

Written Assignments

Defining Concepts Visually: Velazquez and the Seventeenth Century

Learning Skills Assignments

Thinking in Theses





Unit FourWhat is Enlightenment?

Readings

World History: 684-713 or
World Cultures: "The European Enlightenment"
World Cultures Reader: Rousseau, Discourse on Inequality , Book 2
World Cultures Glossary: "classical mechanics," "empiricism," "legitimation of authority," "social contract," "right"

Written Assignments

Imagining Individualism

Learning Skills Assignments

Complex Ideas





Unit FiveWhat is Capitalism?: The Invention of Economics, or "How Many Workers Can Dance on the Head of a Pin?"

Readings

World History: 717-723 or
World Cultures: "The Industrial Revolution," chapter in "Enlightenment Europe"
World Cultures Reader: Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations , Book I, Chapter 1
World Cultures Glossary: "capitalism," "economics"

Written Assignments

Capitalism Debate

Learning Skills Assignments

Constructing knowledge, part one: Literal Reading and Interpretation





Unit SixThe Idea of Revolution and Enlightened Women

Readings

World History: 728-756 or
World Cultures: "Revolution and After"
World Cultures Reader: Jefferson, The Declaration of Independence ; Declaration of Sentiments (Optional: Young Lady's Own Book )


Written Assignments

Revolutions Then and Now

Learning Skills Assignments

Applying analytical skills





Unit SevenThe Idea of America, The Idea of Democracy

Readings

World History: 800-803 or
World Cultures: "The Idea of America"
World Cultures Reader: "Plato," "The Character of Democracy"; Calvin, On Civil Government , (optional: paragraphs 1-3), paragraphs 8-9; Tocqueville, from Democracy in America, Book II. 2, 4, 8; Edgar Allan Poe, "The Man of the Crowd"

Learning Skills Assignments

Composing complete study guides





Unit EightWays of Seeing: Cultures in America

Readings

World History: 459-484 or
World Cultures: "Cultures in America"
World Cultures: "What is Language?," "Native American Languages"
World Cultures Reader: The Iroquois Creation
World Cultures Glossary: "Kinship," "Tradition"

Written Assignments

Interpreting Native American Stories

Learning Skills Assignments

The Miracle Question, Part Two





Unit NineNative American Society: Among the Iroquois

Readings

World Cultures: The Iroquois League
World Cultures Reader: The Iroquois Constitution

Written Assignments

Interpreting Native American Stories, Part Two





Unit TenCultures in Conflict: Three Views of the Conquest of America

Readings

World Cultures Reader: Andrew Jackson, "Second Annual Message," George Catlin, "The Story of Wijunjon," Memorial and Protest of the Cherokee Nation"

Written Assignments

Cultures in Conflict





Unit ElevenWays of Seeing: Islam and The Koran

Readings

World History: 199-204, 213-217, 217-226 or
World Cultures: "Islam"
World Cultures Reader: "Introduction to the Qur'an," "The Qur'an"

World Cultures Glossary: "Arabiyya," "islam," "iman," "The Five Pillars," "Shari'a," "tawhid," "wahdat al-wujud"

Written Assignments

Applying the Qur'an





Unit TwelveThe Ottomans

Readings

World History: 613-625 or
World Cultures: "The Ottomans"

Written Assignments

Interpreting Ottoman Culture

Learning Skills Assignments

Evaluating your successes





Unit ThirteenThe Experience of Shi'a and Islamic Republicanism

Readings

World History: 625-628 or
World Cultures: "Shi'a"World Cultures Glossary: "imam," "velayhat i-faqih"

Assignments
Internet Debate on Islamic Republicanism

Learning Skills Assignments

Learning from your successes





Unit FourteenThe Culture and Legacy of the Mughals

Readings

World History: 629-644 or
World Cultures: "The Culture and Legacy of the Mughals"
World Cultures: "What is Architecture?World Cultures Gallery: Fatehpur Sikri
World Cultures Glossary: "wahdat al-wujud"

Written Assignments

The Meaning of Fatehpur Sikri





Unit FifteenIntroduction to China: Confucius and the Tao

Readings

World History: (Optional: 77-79), 82-90, 96, 101, 106-107or
World Cultures: "Ancient China," "The Chinese Empire"World Cultures Reader: "Pre-Confucian China and the Five Classics"; Confucius, Selections from The Analects , "Lao Tzu"World Cultures Glossary: "t'ien ming," "jen," "tao"

Learning Skills Assignments

Study Guides, Part Three: Hierarchies of Information
Applying Successes





Unit SixteenThe Emergence of Modern Chinese Society

Readings

World History: 386-392, 648-667, 968-971, 1101-1106 or
World Cultures: "Ming China," "Ch'ing China"
World Cultures Reader: "Neo-Confucianism," The Dream of the Red Chamber (abstract)
World Cultures Glossary: "The Han Synthesis," "wu-hsing"

Written Assignments

Interpreting Chinese Stories





Unit SeventeenChinese Democracy, Chinese Communism

Readings

World History: 968-971, 1101-1106 or
World Cultures: "Modern China"

Written Assignments

Confucius and Communism





Unit EighteenCultures in Conflict: Islam and the West

Readings

World History: 961-965, 1211-1229, 875-878, 887-897 or
World Cultures: "Modern Islam"

Written Assignments

Islam and Enlightenment





Unit NineteenIntroduction to Japan: Shinto and Buddhism

Readings

World History: 405-407, 420-428 or
World Cultures: "Ancient Japan," "Buddhism"World Cultures: Shinto, Amida Buddhism, Zen BuddhismWorld Cultures Glossary: "dharma," "kami," "karma," "samsara"

Learning Skills Assignments

Solutions Skills: Developing Alternatives





Unit TwentyFrozen Features in a Floating World: Ukiyo, Kabuki, and Ran

Readings

World History: 412-414, 667-680 or
World Cultures: "Tokugawa Japan Japan," "Kabuki"
You are to see the film Ran

Written Assignments

Kabuki and Ran





Unit Twenty-OneTokugawa Enlightenment: Inventing Japanese Culture and After

Readings

World Cultures: "Tokugawa Neo-Confucianism ," "Kokugaku," "Motoori Norinaga "World Cultures Glossary: "aware," "mono no aware," "philosophy"

Written Assignments

Japanese Economics/Japanese Business





Unit Twenty-TwoCultures in Collision: Modern Japan

Readings

World History: 917-931 or
World Cultures: "Modern Japan"

Written Assignments

Japanese Popular Culture

Learning Skills Assignments

Critical Thinking: Identifying Discourse Problems





Unit Twenty-ThreeCultures in Africa

Readings

World History: 857-859, 862-887 or
World Cultures: "Modern Africa"

Written Assignments

African Stories Project





Unit Twenty-FourTwo Perspectives: The Slave Trade

Readings

World History: 590-599 or
World Cultures: "The African Diaspora"
World Cultures Reader: Olaudah Equiano, Selections from The Life of Gustavus Vassa , William Henry Holcombe, Selections from The Alternative
World Cultures Glossary: Critical Race Theory

Written Assignments

The Meaning of Civil Rights






Unit Twenty-FiveAfrican Colonialism: Two Perspectives

Readings

World Cultures Reader: Rudyard Kipling, The White Man's Burden
Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart
World Cultures Glossary: "colonialism"

Written Assignments

Internet debate on Things Fall Apart

Learning skills assignment

Representing Book Length Arguments





Unit Twenty-SixColonies and Statehood in South America

Readings

World History: 728-734, 787-791, 833-836, 1074-1082 or
World Cultures: "South America"

Learning Skills Assignments

Critical thinking: Putting it all together





Unit Twenty-SevenWhat is Modernity: Labor, Commodities, and Alienation

Readings

World History: 769-781, 815-822 or
World Cultures: "The Industrial Revolution," in "The Modern World"
World Cultures Reader: Marx, "The Alienation of Labor," "The Fetishism of Commodities"

Learning Skills Assignments

Organizing complex arguments





Unit Twenty-EightWhat is Modernity? Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, Mass Culture

Readings

World History (optional): 781-800, 804-811, 822-833, 843-853 or
World Cultures (optional): The Nineteenth Century
World Cultures Reader: Friedrich Nietzsche, Selections from The Geneaology of Morals , Søren Kierkegaard, Selections from The Present Age >

Written Assignments

Applying Complex Thought





Unit Twenty-NineWorld Culture in Crisis: War, Abstraction, Fascism, Postcolonialism

Readings

World History: 837-843, 935-961, 975-1010, (Choose one culture): India: pages 1130-1146; China: pages 899-917, 965-971, 1101-1121; Japan: pages 1165-1180; Africa: pages 1173-12 or
World Cultures: Europe in Crisis: The Nightmares of Technological Humanity; Navigating the Postcolonial Future
World Cultures Glossary: abstraction, atonalism, postcolonialism, relativity

Written Assignments

Fascism, Technology and Modern Discourse






FinalMultimedia Final



Weekly Schedule

part one
the foundations of modernity

week 1
january 12-16
TuesDo Cats Know Gardening? The Course, Study Skills, and General Themes
ThursThe Culture Defense: What is Culture?
Unit One Readings Due





week 2
january 19-23
TuesBrave New Worlds: What is Reformation?
Unit One Assignments Due
Unit Two Readings Due
ThursMonsters at the Edge of the World: Skepticism and Fragmentation
Unit Two Assignments Due
Unit Three Readings Due





week 3
january 26-30
TuesWhat is Enlightenment? Individuals and Rational Societies
Unit Three Assignments Due
Unit Four Readings Due
ThursHow Many Workers Can Dance on the Head of a Pin?, or, What is Capitalism?
Unit Four Assignments Due
Unit Five Readings Due





week 4
february 2-6
TuesThe Idea of Revolution and Enlightened Women
Unit Five Assignments Due
Unit Six Readings Due
(Pay particular attention to "The Declaration of the Rights of Man" and "The Declaration of the Rights or Women" for class)
ThursThe Idea of America, The Idea of Democracy
Unit Six Assignments Due
Unit Seven Readings Due





week 5
february 9-13
TuesWays of Seeing: Cultures in America
Unit Seven Assignments Due
Unit Eight Readings Due
ThursAmong the Iroquois
Unit Eight Assignments Due
Unit Nine Readings Due





week 6
february 16-20
TuesCultures in Conflict: Three Views of the Conquest of America
Unit Nine Assignments Due
Unit Ten Readings Due
ThursWays of Seeing: Islam and The Koran
Unit Ten Assignments Due
Unit Eleven Readings Due





week 7
february 23-27
TuesThe Experience of Shi'a and the Islamic Republicanism
Unit Eleven Assignments Due
Unit Twelve Readings Due
Unit Thirteen Readings Due
ThursThe Culture of Mughal India
Unit Twelve Assignments Due
Unit Thirteen Assignments Due
Unit Fourteen Readings Due





week 8
march 2-6
TuesIslam
ThursIntroduction to China: Confucius and the Tao
Unit Fourteen Assignments Due
Unit Fifteen Readings Due





part three
understanding the conflict between tradition and modernity

week 9
march 9-13
TuesWays of Seeing: Chinese Physics and The Dream of the Red Chamber
Unit Fifteen Assignments Due
Unit Sixteen Readings Due
ThursCultures in Process: Chinese Democracy and Chinese Socialism
Unit Sixteen Assignments Due
Unit Seventeen Readings Due

spring break!
march 16-20





week 10
march 23-27
TuesIntroduction to Japan: Shinto and Buddhism
Unit Eighteen Assignments Due
Unit Nineteen Readings Due
Tues
Wed
Evening screenings of Kurosawa's Ran
ThursFrozen Features in a Floating World: Ukiyo, Kabuki, Ran
Unit Nineteen Assignments Due
Unit Twenty Readings Due





week 11
march 30-april 3
TuesTokugawa "Enlightenment": Inventing Japanese Culture and After
Unit Twenty Assignments Due
Unit Twenty-One Readings Due
ThursCultures in Collision: Modern Japan
Unit Twenty-One Assignments Due
Unit Twenty-Two Readings Due





week 12
april 6-10
TuesWays of Seeing: African StoriesUnit Twenty-Two Assignments Due
Unit Twenty-Three Readings Due
ThursTwo Perspectives: The Slave Trade
Unit Twenty-Three Assignments Due
Unit Twenty-Four Readings Due





week 13
april 13-17
TuesAfrican Colonialism: Two Perspectives
Unit Twenty-Four Assignments Due
Unit Twenty-Five Readings Due
ThursAmerican Colonialism: The Experience in the South
Unit Twenty-Five Assignments Due
Unit Twenty-Six Readings Due





week 14
april 20-24
TuesWhat is Modernity? Labor, Commodities, and Alienation
Unit Twenty-Six Assignments Due
Unit Twenty-Seven Readings Due
ThursWhat is Modernity? Nietszche, the Counter-Enlightenment, and Existentialism
Unit Twenty-Seven Assignments Due
Unit Twenty-Eight Readings Due





week 15
april 27-may 1
TuesEuropean and World Culture in Crisis: World War I and the Idea of Abstraction
Unit Twenty-Eight Assignments Due
Unit Twenty-Nine Readings Due
ThursThe Nightmares of Technological Humanity: What is Fascism?
Unit Twenty-Nine Assignments Due
FriLast day of classes
Final Project Due


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