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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
Monday
February 4
TOPIC: CURRENT EVENTS DAY 
Tuesday
February 5
NO CLASS
Wednesday February 6TOPIC: CULTURAL ECONOMICS

CLASS PRESENTATION:
1.
GLOBAL 500 - The World's 500 Largest Companies / Visualize the GLOBAL 500
2.
2019 Index of ECONOMIC FREEDOM
Thursday February 7 **TOPIC: CHANGE IN PLANS ... so, let's learn a little about the DPRK

CLASS PRESENTATION: Michael Palin in North Korea    
Friday February 8TOPIC: CULTURAL ECONOMICS

CLASS PRESENTATION:
1.
The World Economy
2. Cultural Economics 
Monday
February 11
TOPIC: CULTURAL ECONOMICS

CLASS ACTIVITY: International Trade - Globalization WEBQUEST - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON FRIDAY 
Tuesday February 12NO CLASS
Wednesday February 13TOPIC: CULTURAL ECONOMICS

CLASS ACTIVITY: Work on International Trade - Globalization WEBQUEST (QUESTIONS 1-3) - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON FRIDAY  
Thursday February 14**TOPIC: CULTURAL ECONOMICS

CLASS ACTIVITY: Work on International Trade - Globalization WEBQUEST (QUESTION 4) - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON FRIDAY 
Friday February 15TOPIC: Film in World Popular Culture / BOLLYWOOD 

CLASS PRESENTATION:
1.
THE BRITISH IN INDIA [Background for Lagaan]
2. LAGAAN, Once Upon a Time in India 
Monday
February 18
Presidents’ Day – NO CLASSES 
Tuesday February 19NO CLASS
Wednesday February 20TOPIC: Film in World Popular Culture / BOLLYWOOD 

CLASS PRESENTATION: LAGAAN, Once Upon a Time in India
 
Thursday February 21**TOPIC: Film in World Popular Culture / BOLLYWOOD 

CLASS PRESENTATION: LAGAAN, Once Upon a Time in India

Friday
February 22
LOTS OF SNOW, NOT ENOUGH ELECTRICITY
Monday
February 25
TOPIC: Film in World Popular Culture / BOLLYWOOD 

CLASS PRESENTATION: LAGAAN, Once Upon a Time in India

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: BE READY for LAGAAN Discussion/Worksheet on WEDNESDAY 
Tuesday February 26NO CLASS
Wednesday February 27TOPIC: Film in World Popular Culture / BOLLYWOOD 

NOTES:
Conflict in LAGAAN
 
CLASS ACTIVITY: Work on LAGAAN 
Worksheet - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON THURSDAY 
Thursday
February 28
**TOPIC: Film in World Popular Culture 

1.
Introduction to MOVIES AND CULTURE AWARENESS PROJECT
2.
GUIDELINES for MOVIES AND CULTURE AWARENESS PROJECT
3.
DUE DATES for MOVIES AND CULTURE AWARENESS PROJECT 
 
ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: Select Country / Culture for Research by START of Class on FRIDAY
 
Friday
March 1
TOPIC: Film in World Popular Culture

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: Submit List of Issues / How Movies Affect Your Culture by END of Class on MONDAY [check
GUIDELINES for MOVIES AND CULTURE AWARENESS PROJECT]
Monday
March 4
TOPIC: Film in World Popular Culture

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT:
1. Submit List of Issues / How Movies Affect Your Culture by END of Class TODAY

2. Select Movie for Research / Presentation by START of Class on WEDNESDAY 
Tuesday
March 5
NO CLASS
Wednesday March 6 TOPIC: Film in World Popular Culture 

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: RESEARCH QUESTIONS 1 - 3 DUE by END of Class on THURSDAY

Thursday March 7**TOPIC: Film in World Popular Culture 

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT:
1. RESEARCH QUESTIONS 1 - 3 DUE by END of Class TODAY
2. RESEARCH QUESTIONS 4 - 6 DUE by END of Class on FRIDAY
 
Friday
March 8
TOPIC: Film in World Popular Culture 

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT:
1. RESEARCH QUESTIONS 4 - 6 DUE by END of Class TODAY

2. Work on MOVIE PRESENTATION  
Monday
March 11

TOPIC: Film in World Popular Culture

CLASS ACTIVITY: 
Work on MOVIE PRESENTATION
Tuesday
March 12
NO CLASS
Wednesday March 13 TOPIC: Film in World Popular Culture 

STUDENT PRESENTATIONS:
BETTY - INDIA - PK / Dangal
HAN - THAILANDBad Genius / Pee Mak Phrakanong
Thursday March 14**TOPIC: Film in World Popular Culture

CLASS PRESENTATION: HAN PRESENTS Bad Genius
Friday
March 15
TOPIC: Film in World Popular Culture

CLASS PRESENTATION: HAN PRESENTS Bad Genius 
Monday
March 18
TOPIC: Film in World Popular Culture

CLASS PRESENTATION: BETTY PRESENTS Dangal 
Tuesday
March 19
NO CLASS
Wednesday March 20 TOPIC: Film in World Popular Culture

CLASS PRESENTATION: BETTY PRESENTS Dangal   
Thursday March 21**TOPIC: Film in World Popular Culture

CLASS PRESENTATION: BETTY PRESENTS Dangal 
Friday
March 22
TOPIC: Celebrating Women's History Month

CLASS PRESENTATION:
1.
TEN WOMEN WHO RULED THE WORLD
2.
HOW WOMEN CHANGED THE WORLD 
Monday
March 25
NO CLASSES - Trip to MUSICAL INSTRUMENT MUSEUM & HEARD MUSEUM
Tuesday
March 26
NO CLASS
Wednesday
March 27
TOPIC: Celebrating Women's History Month

CLASS PRESENTATION: INTRODUCTION - Women's Rights

CLASS ACTIVITY: WOMEN'S RIGHTS PROJECT - A Compendium of Unsung Women

Categories:
- Artists and Writers
- Business
- Health and Medicine
- Politics and Government

- Science and Math
- Sports

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT:
1. Selection of Section/Category
2. Starting Points:
    a. Distinguished Women of Past and Present
    b. The World's Richest Women in 2018
3. Pick your ONE WOMAN for Research and Presentation - DUE TOMORROW
Thursday
March 28
**TOPIC: Celebrating Women's History Month

CLASS ACTIVITY: Work on RESEARCH for project

RESEARCH LINKS:
Betty - AUDREY HEPBURN: Audrey Hepburn Biography / Audrey Hepburn   
Han - COCO CHANEL - The Woman Who Changed The World of Fashion / Coco Chanel Biography
Friday
March 29
TOPIC: Celebrating Women's History Month

CLASS ACTIVITY: Work on RESEARCH for project

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: WRITTEN RESEARCH, Parts A & B - DUE ON MONDAY
Monday
April 1
TOPIC: Celebrating Women's History Month

CLASS ACTIVITY: Work on RESEARCH for project

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: WRITTEN RESEARCH, Parts C & D - DUE ON WEDNESDAY
Tuesday
April 2
NO CLASS
Wednesday
April 3
TOPIC: Celebrating Women's History Month

CLASS PRESENTATION: Ladies First

CLASS ACTIVITY: Work on PRESENTATION for project 

SPRING VACATION ASSIGNMENT: COMPLETE Distinguished Women of Past and Present RESEARCH PRESENTATION - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON WEDNESDAY, 4/17
Thursday
April 4
**TOPIC: Celebrating Women's History Month

CLASS PRESENTATION: Samurai Warrior Queens

CLASS ACTIVITY: Work on PRESENTATION for project 

SPRING VACATION ASSIGNMENT: COMPLETE Distinguished Women of Past and Present RESEARCH PRESENTATION - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON WEDNESDAY, 4/17 
Friday
April 5
TOPIC: Celebrating Women's History Month

CLASS ACTIVITY: Work on PRESENTATION for project 

SPRING VACATION ASSIGNMENT: COMPLETE Distinguished Women of Past and Present RESEARCH PRESENTATION - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON WEDNESDAY, 4/17

SPRING VACATION
Tuesday
April 16
NO CLASS
Wednesday April 17 TOPIC: Celebrating Women's History Month
STUDENT PRESENTATIONS

Betty - AUDREY HEPBURN
Han - COCO CHANEL

Share your presentations with each other. You can give me the file tomorrow in class.

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: Check out the GIRL RISING website - we will watch this video tomorrow and Friday
Thursday  April 18**TOPIC: Education and Empowerment of Girls

CLASS PRESENTATION: Girl Rising  
Friday 
April 19
TOPIC: Education and Empowerment of Girls

CLASS ACTIVITY: Mr. Leyden's SPECIAL ASSIGNMENT
Monday
April 22
TOPIC: Education and Empowerment of Girls

CLASS PRESENTATION: Girl Rising + Student Updates (about 2-3 minutes on each girl) 
Tuesday
April 23
NO CLASS
Wednesday April 24 TOPIC: CHANGING CULTURE - Media, Technology, Relationships

CLASS ACTIVITY: Share our research on VIRTUAL RELATIONSHIPS

1. Psychology Today - Virtual vs Real-World Relationships
2.
Psychology Today - Is Virtual Love Sexier Than Real Love?
3. The Atlantic - Online Relationships Are Real
4. YouTube - Is social media destroying real-world relationships?
5. Youth Incorporated - Relationships Over The Net
6. Pink Pinjra - The Thin Line Between Virtual and Real Relationships

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: Film Review - In the bleak, fascinating People's Republic of Desire, the techno-dystopian future is now 
Thursday April 25**TOPIC: CHANGING CULTURE - Media, Technology, Relationships

CLASS PRESENTATION: People's Republic of Desire (class meets in my cottage) 
Friday
April 26
 
TOPIC: This Week's Topics

GIRLS' EMPOWERMENT + EARTH DAY / SAVE THE PLANET???
Do some research on GRETA THUNBERG!!!

The Uncanny Power of Greta Thunberg's Climate-Change Rhetoric
Greta Thunberg - Speech to UK Parliament (YouTube) 
Monday
April 29
TOPIC: Current Events Day 
Tuesday
April 30
NO CLASS
Wednesday
May 1
TOPIC: The Arts - FASHION

CLASS PRESENTATION:
HISTORY
- The History of Fashion: Trends & Design
- Fashion History
- Fashion Through the Decades

FUTURE
- Fashion 4K - Fashion's Future: Sustainable Fashion
Thursday
May 2
**TOPIC: The Arts - FASHION

CLASS PRESENTATION: Fashion's Dirty Secret  
Friday
May 3
TOPIC: The Arts - FASHION

CLASS PRESENTATION:
1.
Fashion 4K - Fashion's Future: Electric Fashions
2. Fashion 4K - Fashion's Future: Digital Marketing
Monday
May 6
TOPIC: Cultural Traditions

CLASS PRESENTATION:
Cultural Awareness

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: CULTURAL TRADITIONS WEBQUEST
1. Choose an important holiday / festival from your culture
2. RESEARCH - be sure to include:
- DATE
- ORIGINS
- TRADITIONS or CUSTOMS
- FOOD
- CLOTHING and GIFTS
3. PRESENTATION (Friday or Monday - depends on Han's schedule)
- You may want to include music, costumes, literature or stories, language phrases or vocabulary, related crafts or activities, decorations, and/or traditional foods and recipes.
Tuesday
May 7
NO CLASS
Wednesday
May 8
TOPIC: Cultural Traditions

CLASS ACTIVITY: Work on CULTURAL TRADITIONS WEBQUEST  
Thursday
May 9
**TOPIC: Cultural Traditions

CLASS PRESENTATION: NATURAL WORLD - Giant Otters of the Amazon

CLASS ACTIVITY: Work on CULTURAL TRADITIONS WEBQUEST  
Friday
May 10
TOPIC: Cultural Traditions

CULTURAL TRADITIONS STUDENT PRESENTATIONS
Monday
May 13
TOPIC: What the World Eats 

CLASS PRESENTATION:
1.
What the World Eats [National Geographic]
2.
Hungry Planet - What the World Eats

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: FOOD TOPIC #1 - Your Speciality! (What are you going to cook for lunch on Thursday?) - GET YOUR SHOPPING LIST READY!!!   
Tuesday
May 14
NO CLASS
Wednesday
May 15
TOPIC: What the World Eats

CLASS SHOPPING TRIP
 
Thursday
May 16
**TOPIC: What the World Eats

CLASS ACTIVITY: COOKING & EATING


1000% SUCCESS - CONGRATULATIONS!!!
Friday
May 17
TOPIC: ART

CLASS PRESENTATION: The Museum of Modern Art in Our Time
Monday
May 20
TOPIC: Travel / Geography / Cultural Enrichment

CLASS PRESENTATION: Along the Sparkling River into the Heart of Japan 
Tuesday
May 21
NO CLASS
Wednesday
May 22
TOPIC: Technology / Change / Space Exploration - Colonization

CLASS PRESENTATION: Mangalyaan - India's Mission to Mars
Thursday
May 23
**TOPIC: Growing Up in Different Cultures (with a Psychological Twist)

CLASS PRESENTATION: BBC, TWIN SISTERS: A World Apart
Friday
May 24
TOPIC: PLANNING for World Cultures FINAL EXAM PROJECT 
Monday
May 27
MEMORIAL DAY – NO CLASSES
Tuesday
May 28
NO CLASS
Wednesday
May 29
TOPIC: World Cultures FINAL EXAM PROJECT

CLASS PRESENTATION: INTRODUCTION TO MUSIC and CULTURE PROJECT

CLASS ACTIVITY: Work on MUSIC and CULTURE PROJECT  
Thursday
May 30
**TOPIC: World Cultures FINAL EXAM PROJECT

CLASS ACTIVITY: Work on MUSIC and CULTURE PROJECT

(We might watch a video about censorship of music, IF YOU WOULD LIKE!)

EMAIL - if you need / want to contact me:
kfarshtey@hotmail.com
kfarshtey@gmail.com
Friday
May 31
SEMESTER EXAMINATIONS
8:30 - Period 1 Exams
1:00 - Period 2 Exams - ECONOMICS
Monday
June 3
SEMESTER EXAMINATIONS
8:30 - Period 3 Exams
1:00 - Period 4 Exams - CURRENT EVENTS
Tuesday
June 4
SEMESTER EXAMINATIONS
8:30 - Period 5 Exams -
U.S. HISTORY
1:00 - Period 6 Exams - WORLD CULTURES
Thursday
June 6
GRADUATION DAY