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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
January 30
TOPIC: Cultural Traditions

CLASS PRESENTATION: Cultural Awareness

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: New Year Webquest - PART 1 PRESENTATION DUE AT START OF CLASS ON FRIDAY
Tuesday
January 31
NO CLASS
Wednesday February 1TOPIC: Cultural Traditions

CLASS ACTIVITY: Work on
New Year Webquest - PART 1 PRESENTATION DUE AT START OF CLASS ON FRIDAY
Thursday February 2 **TOPIC: Cultural Traditions

CLASS ACTIVITY: Work on
New Year Webquest - PART 1 PRESENTATION DUE AT START OF CLASS ON FRIDAY
Friday February 3TOPIC: Cultural Traditions

CLASS ACTIVITY: Chinese New Year / Spring Festival Presentation

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: New Year Webquest - PART 2 PRESENTATIONS DUE AT START OF CLASS ON THURSDAY
- Skye: GERMAN SPEAKING
- Susan: JAPANESE
Monday
February 6
TOPIC: Cultural Traditions

CLASS ACTIVITY: Work on 
New Year Webquest - PART 2 PRESENTATIONS DUE AT START OF CLASS ON THURSDAY
- Skye: GERMAN SPEAKING
- Susan: JAPANESE
Tuesday February 7NO CLASS
Wednesday February 8TOPIC: Cultural Traditions

CLASS ACTIVITY: Work on 
New Year Webquest - PART 2 PRESENTATIONS DUE AT START OF CLASS ON THURSDAY
- Skye: GERMAN SPEAKING
- Susan: JAPANESE
Thursday February 9**TOPIC: Cultural Traditions

CLASS ACTIVITY: New Year Webquest, PART 2 Presentations

TOPIC: CURRENT EVENTS
Friday February 10TOPIC: Film in World Popular Culture / BOLLYWOOD

CLASS PRESENTATION: THE BRITISH IN INDIA [Background for Lagaan]
Monday
February 13
TOPIC: Film in World Popular Culture / BOLLYWOOD

CLASS PRESENTATION: LAGAAN, Once Upon a Time in India
Tuesday February 14NO CLASS
Wednesday February 15TOPIC: Film in World Popular Culture / BOLLYWOOD

CLASS PRESENTATION: LAGAAN, Once Upon a Time in India
Thursday February 16**TOPIC: Film in World Popular Culture / BOLLYWOOD

CLASS PRESENTATION: LAGAAN, Once Upon a Time in India
Friday
February 17
TOPIC: Film in World Popular Culture / BOLLYWOOD

CLASS PRESENTATION: LAGAAN, Once Upon a Time in India
Monday
February 20
Presidents’ Day – NO CLASSES 
Tuesday February 21NO CLASS
Wednesday February 22TOPIC: Film in World Popular Culture / BOLLYWOOD

CLASS ACTIVITY: Work on LAGAAN Worksheet, Part 1 - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON THURSDAY
Thursday February 23**TOPIC: Film in World Popular Culture / BOLLYWOOD

NOTES: Conflict in LAGAAN
 
CLASS ACTIVITY: Work on LAGAAN Worksheet, Part 2 - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON FRIDAY
Friday February 24TOPIC: Film in World Popular Culture 
       
CLASS PRESENTATION:
1.
Movies as a Tool for Socialization and Persuasion (+ Making Money)
2.
Introduction to MOVIES AND CULTURE AWARENESS PROJECT
3.
GUIDELINES for MOVIES AND CULTURE AWARENESS PROJECT
4.
DUE DATES for MOVIES AND CULTURE AWARENESS PROJECT 
 
NOTES:
Movies and their Impact on Societies

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: Select Country / Culture for Research by START of Class on MONDAY [1st Come, 1st Serve]
Monday
February 27
TOPIC: Film in World Popular Culture

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: Submit List of Issues / How Movies Affect Your Culture by END of Class on WEDNESDAY
Tuesday
February 28
NO CLASS
Wednesday March 1 TOPIC: Film in World Popular Culture

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT:
1. Submit List of Issues / How Movies Affect Your Culture by END of Class
2. Select Movie for Research / Presentation by START of Class on THURSDAY
Thursday March 2**TOPIC: Film in World Popular Culture 

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

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT:
1. RESEARCH QUESTIONS 1 - 3 DUE by END of Class
2. RESEARCH QUESTIONS 4 - 6 DUE by START of Class on WEDNESDAY 
Monday
March 6
TOPIC: Film in World Popular Culture 

CLASS ACTIVITY: Work on RESEARCH QUESTIONS 4 - 6 DUE by START of Class on WEDNESDAY
Tuesday
March 7
NO CLASS
Wednesday March 8 TOPIC: Film in World Popular Culture 

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: PRESENTATIONS DUE FOR POSTING TO WEBSITE* at START of Class on FRIDAY 
Thursday March 9**TOPIC: Film in World Popular Culture 

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: PRESENTATIONS DUE FOR POSTING TO WEBSITE* at START of Class on FRIDAY
Friday
March 10
TOPIC: Film in World Popular Culture 

STUDENT PRESENTATIONS:
SUSAN -  - 

SKYE -  - 

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT:
1. PRESENTATIONS DUE FOR POSTING TO WEBSITE at START of Class TODAY
2.
PROJECT EVALUATION SHEET DUE at END of Class TODAY
Monday
March 13
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Tuesday
March 14
NO CLASS
Wednesday March 15 TOPIC:
Thursday March 16**TOPIC:
Friday
March 17
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Monday
March 20
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Tuesday
March 21
NO CLASS
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Friday
March 24
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Monday
March 27
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Tuesday
March 28
NO CLASS
Wednesday March 29 TOPIC:
Thursday
March 30
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March 31
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Monday
April 3
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Tuesday
April 4
NO CLASS
Wednesday April 5 TOPIC:
Thursday  April 6**TOPIC:
Friday 
April 7
TOPIC:
SPRING VACATION
Tuesday
April 18
NO CLASS
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Thursday April 20**TOPIC:
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Monday
April 24
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Tuesday
April 25
NO CLASS
Wednesday
April 26
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Thursday
April 27
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April 28
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Monday
May 1
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Tuesday
May 2
NO CLASS
Wednesday
May 3
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May 4
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May 5
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May 8
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Tuesday
May 9
NO CLASS
Wednesday
May 10
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Thursday
May 11
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May 12
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May 15
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Tuesday
May 16
NO CLASS
Wednesday
May 17
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May 18
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May 19
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May 22
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Tuesday
May 23
NO CLASS
Wednesday
May 24
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May 25
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May 26
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Monday
May 29
MEMORIAL DAY – NO CLASSES
Tuesday
May 30
NO CLASS
Wednesday
May 31
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Thursday
June 1
**TOPIC:
Friday
June 2
SEMESTER EXAMINATIONS
Monday
June 5
SEMESTER EXAMINATIONS
Tuesday
June 6
SEMESTER EXAMINATIONS
Thursday
June 8
GRADUATION DAY = FREEDOM
"You don't have to go home, but you can't stay here"