CC 325 C: Encountering Others: Difference at Home & Abroad (Cultural Diversity)

3 Credits
Professor Prough
TR 10:30-11:45 am

In this course we will think about the variety of ways that we humans have encountered people who are different than us. Through interdisciplinary readings from around the globe, both historical and contemporary, we will analyze ways to navigate cultural, economic, and religious differences. The first half of the semester will be spent reading travelers from the past including Herodotus, Ibn Battuta, early anthropologists along with post-colonial fiction, all illustrating the ways that for centuries people encountered difference when one party or the other was travelling, conquering, or living far from home. These readings will provide us with a range of potential approaches for engaging with people who are different. Building on these historical encounters, in the second half of the semester, we will focus on the challenges and benefits of living in a pluralist society where we encounter difference on a regular basis at home. Guided by readings from contemporary thinkers such as Kwame Anthony Appiah, Amartya Sen, Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, and Eboo Patel we will think about what it means to live together today with difference. In the final assignment, students will put these social theories in dialogue with contemporary social phenomena and national conversations to think concretely about encountering difference in our own context. Major assignments will likely include a short paper (4-6 pages), a mid-term, and an interdisciplinary final paper (12-15 pages).

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