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World Cultures 

NOTE: This course may be hazardous to your world view!


The WORLD CULTURES class is a people-centered study involving an in-depth look at the world's major cultures. The study of each of these cultures will focus upon historical and present-day culture and geography, family life and structure, social organizations, attitude on education, religious beliefs and institutions, economic life, political trends, and the intellectual and artistic accomplishments of men and women within the culture.

The purpose of this course is to help students gain an understanding of themselves as members of a global community. Through the examination of diverse world cultures, students will come to appreciate both their heritage and that of other peoples.


In addition this course will review some of the greatest challenges our world faces today. These challenges include climate change, fresh water scarcity, hunger, world population growth and global terrorism.

CURRENT EVENTS: Whenever appropriate, a part of each class will involve a discussion of important events that have occurred over the past 24 hours.
Goals of the Course
Develop an appreciation of the major features of the world’s cultures
Understand how different societies are organized and structured
Gain insight into the nature of contemporary world problems
Experience and understand the various expressions of different cultures
Develop an understanding of why cultural differences exist and how the world came to be as it is

Please remember that you are in control of your success in this class.
 Take responsibility for your work and be accountable for your actions.
DATECLASS CALENDAR / INFORMATION
Thursday
September 7
TOPIC: INTRODUCTION

1.
CLASS WEBSITE
2. EVALUATION
3. APPROACH
 

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT:
1. MATH & ENGLISH PLACEMENT? Here are the HISTORY/SOCIAL STUDIES PLACEMENT TESTS:
- Step 1 –
The Frog Test
- Step 2 (if you pass #1) –
The River Test
2. Current Events:
- Choose an ONLINE NEWS WEBSITE / REVIEW CURRENT EVENTS (World - U.S. - Business - Technology - Culture)
- Come to class ready to share your QUESTIONS & OPINIONS
Friday
September 8
TOPIC: So WHY do we have to study this stuff?
       
CLASS ACTIVITY: Using current events topics, we will see how & why changes and differences in "CULTURE" affect our lives.

CLASS PRESENTATION: YouTube clips - World's Most Typical Person / Future World Populations (2050) / Top 10 Leading Economies in 2050 / Top 10 Immigrant Countries / 10 Countries MOST LIKELY To Start World War III


ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: COMPLETE 
THEMES / TOPICS BALLOT = What do YOU want to study in this class?
Monday
September 11
TOPIC: CULTURAL VALUES - SHARED AND DIVERGENT

CLASS PRESENTATION:

1. Welcome to the World of WORLD CULTURES
2. THE MEANING OF CULTURE

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: COMPLETE
Definition of Culture CHART - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON WEDNESDAY
Tuesday
September 12
NO CLASS
Wednesday September 13TOPIC: CULTURAL VALUES - SHARED AND DIVERGENT

CLASS ACTIVITY: DISCUSSION OF OUR
Definition of Culture CHARTS

CLASS PRESENTATION: CULTURAL IMPERIALISM

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: READ The Gods Must Be Crazy Wikipedia page
Thursday
September 14
**TOPIC: CLASH OF MODERN AND TRADITIONAL CULTURES
       
CLASS PRESENTATION: The Gods Must Be Crazy 
Friday
September 15
TOPIC: CLASH OF MODERN AND TRADITIONAL CULTURES
       
CLASS PRESENTATION: FINISH / DISCUSS The Gods Must Be Crazy 
 
ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: COMPLETE The Gods Must Be Crazy WORKSHEET - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON MONDAY 
Monday
September 18
TOPIC: CURRENT EVENTS DAY

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT:  
Current Events ANALYSIS - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON WEDNESDAY
Tuesday
September 19
NO CLASS
Wednesday September 20TOPIC: CURRENT EVENTS DAY

CLASS ACTIVITY:
1. Share our articles
2. Today's Headlines
Thursday
September 21
**TOPIC: GLOBALIZATION - Multi-National Corporations   
       
CLASS PRESENTATION:
1. GLOBALIZATION - WHAT IT IS & WHAT IT ISN'T
2. Secrets of the Superbrands - FASHION

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: Write ONE paragraph for the topic, describing what you found most interesting / surprising 
Friday
September 22
TOPIC: GLOBALIZATION - Multi-National Corporations  
       
CLASS PRESENTATION: Secrets of the Superbrands - TECHNOLOGY

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: Write ONE paragraph for the topic, describing what you found most interesting / surprising
Monday
September 25
TOPIC: GLOBALIZATION - Multi-National Corporations  
       
CLASS PRESENTATION: Secrets of the Superbrands - FOOD

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: Write ONE paragraph for the topic, describing what you found most interesting / surprising
Tuesday
September 26
NO CLASS
Wednesday September 27TOPIC: GLOBALIZATION - Multi-National Corporations  
       
CLASS ACTIVITY: GLOBALIZATION WEB QUEST - DUE AT END OF CLASS ON THURSDAY
Thursday
September 28
**TOPIC: GLOBALIZATION - Multi-National Corporations  
       
CLASS ACTIVITY: GLOBALIZATION WEB QUEST - DUE AT END OF CLASS ON THURSDAY
Friday
September 29
TOPIC: CULTURAL VALUES EXPERIMENT

CLASS ACTIVITY: Values Clarification Exercise #1 - "RANK ORDER"
Monday
October 2
TOPIC: PRESENT/FUTURE ISSUES - WORLD POPULATION

CLASS PRESENTATION:
World Population Problems
Tuesday
October 3
NO CLASS
Wednesday
October 4
TOPIC: PRESENT/FUTURE ISSUES - WORLD POPULATION

CLASS PRESENTATION: Africa's Population Explosion
  
ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: WORK ON
POPULATION WEBQUEST - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON MONDAY
Thursday
October 5
**TOPIC: PRESENT/FUTURE ISSUES - WORLD POPULATION

CLASS PRESENTATION: How Many People Can Live On Planet Earth?

NOTES: INFO SHEET for How Many People Can Live On Planet Earth? 

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: 
POPULATION WEBQUEST
WORLD MAPPER POSTERS:
1.
Purchasing Power
2.
$ 10 / DAY
3. HUMAN DEVELOPMENT INDEX

Bring in any questions / problems to class tomorrow morning!
Friday
October 6
TOPIC: PRESENT/FUTURE ISSUES - WORLD POPULATION

CLASS ACTIVITY: WORK ON POPULATION WEBQUEST

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: POPULATION WEBQUEST - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON MONDAY
Monday
October 9
TOPIC: EXPERIMENT #2 - PERSONAL / CULTURAL CHARACTERISTICS 

CLASS ACTIVITY:
SUPER SEVENS - Africa / World Cultures Class / Beaver Creek Ranch Campus - YOUR SELECTIONS DUE AT START OF CLASS ON THURSDAY 
Tuesday
October 10
NO CLASS
Wednesday
October 11
TESTING: PSATs

Thursday
October 12
**TOPIC: WORLD CITIES

CLASS PRESENTATION: Sample City #1 - World's Busiest Cities, Hong Kong

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: Travel Around the World GROUP PROJECT
- Group I: Jojo, Kevin, Pep
- Group II: Ivan, Lily, Maxwell

Step 1: GROUP - Select 10 cities you would like to visit - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON MONDAY
Step 2: INDIVIDUAL - Each person in the group picks 3 cities to research - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON WEDNESDAY
Step 3: INDIVIDUAL - Complete research and prepare your part of the presentation - GUIDELINES
Step 4: GROUP - Presentation of your group's trip - IN CLASS ON FRIDAY, 10/20 
Friday
October 13
TOPIC: WORLD CITIES

CLASS PRESENTATION: Sample City #2 - World's Busiest Cities, Mexico City

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: Travel Around the World GROUP PROJECT
- Group I: Jojo, Kevin, Pep
- Group II: Ivan, Lily, Maxwell

Step 1: GROUP - Select 10 cities you would like to visit - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON MONDAY
Step 2: INDIVIDUAL - Each person in the group picks 3 cities to research - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON WEDNESDAY
Step 3: INDIVIDUAL - Complete research and prepare your part of the presentation - GUIDELINES
Step 4: GROUP - Presentation of your group's trip - IN CLASS ON FRIDAY, 10/20
Monday
October 16
TOPIC: WORLD CITIES

CLASS PRESENTATION: Sample City #3 - World's Busiest Cities, Moscow

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: Travel Around the World GROUP PROJECT

Step 2: INDIVIDUAL - Each person in the group picks 3 cities to research - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON WEDNESDAY
Step 3: INDIVIDUAL - Complete research and prepare your part of the presentation - GUIDELINES
Step 4: GROUP - Presentation of your group's trip - IN CLASS ON FRIDAY
Tuesday
October 17
NO CLASS
Wednesday
October 18
TOPIC: WORLD CITIES

CLASS PRESENTATION: Sample City #4 - World's Busiest Cities, Delhi

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: Travel Around the World GROUP PROJECT

Step 3: INDIVIDUAL - Complete research and prepare your part of the presentation - GUIDELINES
Step 4: GROUP - Presentation of your group's trip - IN CLASS ON FRIDAY
Thursday
October 19
**TOPIC: WORLD CITIES

CLASS ACTIVITY: Work on Travel Around the World GROUP PROJECT

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: Presentation of your group's trip - IN CLASS ON FRIDAY
Friday
October 20
TOPIC: WORLD CITIES

CLASS ACTIVITY: Travel Around the World GROUP PROJECT PRESENTATIONS
Monday
October 23
TOPIC: WORLD CITIES

CLASS ACTIVITY: Travel Around the World GROUP PROJECT PRESENTATIONS
Tuesday
October 24
NO CLASS
Wednesday
October 25
TOPIC: Current Events - SLAVERY in the 21st CENTURY

CLASS PRESENTATION: Modern Slavery

NOTES:
- FACT SHEET #1
- FACT SHEET #2

CLASS ACTIVITY: [Online Games for Global Education]
- Slavery Footprint
1. Start by reading "Our Story" and "Your Story" at the bottom of the page
2. Then take the Slavery Footprint Survey
3. Be sure to read all the notes - VERY INFORMATIVE!

Thursday
October 26
ARIZONA STATE FAIR
Friday
October 27
END OF FIRST QUARTER

TOPIC: Current Events - SLAVERY in the 21st CENTURY

CLASS PRESENTATION: SLAVERY, A 21st Century EvilChild Slaves

NOTES:
- FACT SHEET #1
- FACT SHEET #2


ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: Human Trafficking / Modern-Day Slavery - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON WEDNESDAY
Monday
October 30
TOPIC: Current Events - SLAVERY in the 21st CENTURY

CLASS PRESENTATION: SLAVERY, A 21st Century Evil
1. Sex Slaves
2. Bridal Slaves


ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: Human Trafficking / Modern-Day Slavery - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON WEDNESDAY
Tuesday
October 31
NO CLASS
Wednesday November 1TOPIC: Current Events Day

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: READ What You Need to Know About the World's Water Wars
Thursday
November 2
**TOPIC: Current Events - THE WORLD'S WATER DILEMMA

CLASS PRESENTATION: Water Wars

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: PLAY Quandary - EPISODE 2, Water War [INTERNET PERMITTING!?!]
Friday
November 3
TOPIC: The Culture of TEENAGERS?!?

CLASS PRESENTATION: Surviving the Teenage Brain

NOTES:
Observations/Conclusions from Surviving the Teenage Brain

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: TEENAGE CULTURE
Written Assignment - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON
MONDAY
Monday
November 6
TOPIC: HUMAN RIGHTS  
       
CLASS PRESENTATION: INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS
Tuesday
November 7
NO CLASS
Wednesday November 8TOPIC: HUMAN RIGHTS - Case Study #1  

CLASS PRESENTATION:
1. Human Rights Watch
2.
Amnesty International
       
CLASS ACTIVITY:  
1.
Case Study DIRECTIONS
2.
Case Study WORKSHEET 

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: Case Study #1 - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON MONDAY
Thursday
November 9
**TOPIC: HUMAN RIGHTS   
       
CLASS PRESENTATION: The Tank Man - Tiananmen Square

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: The Tank Man -
Tiananmen Square DISCUSSION QUESTIONS - DUE AT END
OF CLASS ON FRIDAY
Friday
November 10
TOPIC: HUMAN RIGHTS   

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT:
1.
The Tank Man - Tiananmen Square DISCUSSION QUESTIONS - WE WILL FINISH IN CLASS ON FRIDAY
2. Case Study #1 - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON MONDAY
Monday
November 13
TOPIC: HUMAN RIGHTS - Case Study #2  

CLASS PRESENTATION:
1. Human Rights Watch
2.
Amnesty International
       
CLASS ACTIVITY:  
1.
Case Study DIRECTIONS
2.
Case Study WORKSHEET 

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: Case Study #2 DUE AT START OF CLASS ON WEDNESDAY
Tuesday
November 14
NO CLASS
Wednesday November 15TOPIC: The Power of CULTURAL DIPLOMACY

CLASS PRESENTATION: Cultural Diplomacy

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: Start building your Cultural Diplomacy Vocabulary
- Using the
CULTURAL DIPLOMACY DICTIONARY, select ONE term under each letter and BRIEFLY DEFINE (1-2 sentences) it IN YOUR OWN WORDS!!!!
- DO NOT SELECT INDIVIDUAL PEOPLE
- 26 LETTERS = 26 TERMS / DEFINITIONS
- DUE AT END OF CLASS ON MONDAY (in case there are "questions")
 
Thursday
November 16
**TOPIC: The Power of CULTURAL DIPLOMACY

CLASS PRESENTATION:
1. YES - China's Pop Idols
2. NO - The Lovers and the Despot

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: Start building your Cultural Diplomacy Vocabulary
- Using the
CULTURAL DIPLOMACY DICTIONARY, select ONE term under each letter and BRIEFLY DEFINE (1-2 sentences) it IN YOUR OWN WORDS!!!!
- DO NOT SELECT INDIVIDUAL PEOPLE
- 26 LETTERS = 26 TERMS / DEFINITIONS
- DUE AT END OF CLASS ON MONDAY
Friday
November 17
TOPIC: The Power of CULTURAL DIPLOMACY

CLASS PRESENTATION: Finish NO - The Lovers and the Despot

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: Start building your Cultural Diplomacy Vocabulary
- Using the
CULTURAL DIPLOMACY DICTIONARY, select ONE term under each letter and BRIEFLY DEFINE (1-2 sentences) it IN YOUR OWN WORDS!!!!
- DO NOT SELECT INDIVIDUAL PEOPLE
- 26 LETTERS = 26 TERMS / DEFINITIONS
- DUE AT END OF CLASS ON MONDAY
 
Monday
November 20
TOPIC: The Power of CULTURAL DIPLOMACY 

CLASS PRESENTATION:
1. Finish
CULTURAL DIPLOMACY DICTIONARY (if necessary)
2. INTRODUCTION TO
CULTURAL DIPLOMACY PROJECT

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: Presentation DUE START OF CLASS ON MONDAY
Tuesday
November 21
NO CLASS
Wednesday November 22TOPIC: The Power of CULTURAL DIPLOMACY

CLASS ACTIVITY: Work on CULTURAL DIPLOMACY PROJECT DUE START OF CLASS ON MONDAY
THANKSGIVING BREAK
Monday
November 27
Tuesday
November 28
NO CLASS
Wednesday November 29
Thursday
November 30
**
Friday
December 1
Monday
December 4
Tuesday
December 5
NO CLASS
Wednesday
December 6
Thursday
December 7
**
Friday
December 8
Monday
December 11
Tuesday
December 12
NO CLASS
Wednesday
December 13
Thursday
December 14
**
Friday
December 15
WINTER VACATION
Tuesday
January 16
NO CLASS
Wednesday
January 17
Thursday
January 18
**
Friday
January 19
Monday
January 22
Tuesday
January 23
NO CLASS
Wednesday
January 24
Thursday
January 25
**
Friday
January 26
Monday
January 29
Tuesday
January 30
SEMESTER EXAMINATIONS
8:30 - 
1:00 - 
Wednesday
January 31
SEMESTER EXAMINATIONS
8:30 - 
1:00 - 
Thursday
February 1
SEMESTER EXAMINATIONS
8:30 - 
1:00 - 
Friday
February 2
POST-EXAM BREAK: NO CLASSES