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Summer Session - 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.
DATE
CLASS CALENDAR / INFORMATION
 Monday - June 18
MORNING CLASS
TOPIC: INTRODUCTION

1.
CLASS WEBSITE
2. EVALUATION
3. APPROACH
 

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

AFTERNOON CLASS: World Cup!

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT:
1. COMPLETE THEMES / TOPICS BALLOT = What do YOU want to study in this class?
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
 
Tuesday - June 19  
MORNING CLASS
TOPIC: CULTURAL VALUES - SHARED AND DIVERGENT

CLASS PRESENTATION:

1. Welcome to the World of WORLD CULTURES
2. THE MEANING OF CULTURE 
AFTERNOON CLASS
CLASS PRESENTATION: Millennium - The 20th Century

NOTES: CHARACTERISTICS OF CULTURE

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: REVIEW NOTES: CHARACTERISTICS OF CULTURE Bring to class any questions you have on vocabulary and concepts   
Wednesday - June 20 
MORNING CLASS
TOPIC: MODERNIZATION AND CULTURAL CHANGE

 CLASS PRESENTATION:  Urbanization and Migration
AFTERNOON CLASS
TOPIC: MODERNIZATION AND CULTURAL CHANGE

CLASS PRESENTATION: CHINA BLUE

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT:
1. COMPLETE
CHINA BLUE QUESTIONS
2. 
READ: The Gods Must Be Crazy Wikipedia page 
Thursday - June 21  TOPIC: CLASH OF CULTURES - CULTURAL IMPERIALISM

CLASS PRESENTATION:
1. FAST FORWARD - The Last 70 Years of Change
1.
CULTURAL IMPERIALISM
2. The Gods Must Be Crazy

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: COMPLETE The Gods Must Be Crazy WORKSHEET
Friday - June 22 TOPIC: CULTURAL CHANGE

CLASS PRESENTATION:
The Fastest Changing Place on Earth
  Monday - June 25
MORNING CLASS
TOPIC: WORLD CITIES

CLASS PRESENTATION:
1. INTERACTIVE - the history of urbanization, 3700 BC - 2000 AD
2. The Challenge of the 21st Century City  

AFTERNOON CLASS 
CLASS PRESENTATION: Sample City #1 - World's Busiest Cities, Mexico City

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: Travel Around the World PROJECT 

Step 1: Select 3 cities you would like to visit - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON TUESDAY MORNING
Step 2: Complete research for your presentation -
GUIDELINES - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON
Step 3: PRESENTATION DUE AT START OF CLASS ON THURSDAY
Tuesday - June 26
MORNING CLASS
TOPIC: WORLD CITIES

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

AFTERNOON CLASS
CLASS PRESENTATION: Sample City #3 - World's Busiest Cities, Hong Kong
ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: Travel Around the World PROJECT 

Step 2: Complete research for your presentation - GUIDELINES - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON
Step 3: PRESENTATION DUE AT START OF CLASS ON THURSDAY
Wednesday - June 27  
MORNING CLASS
TOPIC: WORLD CITIES

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

AFTERNOON CLASS
CLASS ACTIVITY: Work on Travel Around the World PROJECT
ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: Travel Around the World PROJECT 

Step 3: PRESENTATION DUE AT START OF CLASS ON THURSDAY
Thursday - June 28   TOPIC: SPORTS - An Important Part of Culture

CLASS PRESENTATION:
1.
Sports in Society: Issues and Controversies
2. Sports as a Reflection of Society
3.
PERFORMANCE ENHANCING DRUGS Timeline
4. Sports Doping: Winning At Any Cost

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT:
Sports Doping DISCUSSION QUESTIONS - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON FRIDAY
  Friday - June 29   TOPIC: SPORTS - An Important Part of Culture

CLASS PRESENTATION:
1.
Timeline of SPORTS HISTORY
2. PEOPLE'S CENTURY - Sporting Fever

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT:
PEOPLE'S CENTURY - Sporting Fever DISCUSSION QUESTIONS - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON MONDAY
Monday - July 2 TOPIC: SPORTS - An Important Part of Culture
MORNING CLASS
CLASS PRESENTATION: PBS, The Nazi Games - Berlin 1936 ... OR ...
AFTERNOON CLASS
ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: Sports and Culture WEBQUEST
- Part 1 DUE ON TUESDAY
- Part 2 DUE ON THURSDAY
Tuesday - July 3 TOPIC: SPORTS - An Important Part of Culture

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: Sports and Culture WEBQUEST
- Part 1 DUE TODAY
- Part 2 DUE ON THURSDAY
Wednesday - July 4  
INDEPENDENCE DAY - NO CLASSES
Thursday - July 5TOPIC: SPORTS - An Important Part of Culture

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: Sports and Culture WEBQUEST
- Part 2 DUE TODAY

TOPIC: GLOBALIZATION - Multi-National Corporations  
        
CLASS ACTIVITY: GLOBALIZATION WEB QUEST - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON
MONDAY
Friday - July 6   TOPIC: GLOBALIZATION - Multi-National Corporations  
     
CLASS ACTIVITY: GLOBALIZATION WEB QUEST - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON
MONDAY
Monday - July 9 TOPIC: GLOBALIZATION - Multi-National Corporations   
MORNING CLASS
CLASS ACTIVITY: Catch up on CURRENT EVENTS with focus on MULTI-NATIONAL CORPORATIONS

AFTERNOON CLASS       
CLASS PRESENTATION:
1. GLOBALIZATION - WHAT IT IS & WHAT IT ISN'T
2. Secrets of the Superbrands - FOOD

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: Write ONE paragraph for the topic, describing what you found most interesting / surprising - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON TUESDAY
Tuesday - July 10   TOPIC: GLOBALIZATION - Multi-National Corporations   
MORNING CLASS
CLASS PRESENTATION: Secrets of the Superbrands - TECHNOLOGY

AFTERNOON CLASS
CLASS PRESENTATION: Secrets of the Superbrands - FASHION

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: Write ONE paragraph for EACH of the 2 topics, describing what you found most interesting / surprising [2 TOPICS = 2 PARAGRAPHS] - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON WEDNESDAY 
Wednesday - July 11   TOPIC: GLOBALIZATION

CLASS PRESENTATION: WHAM! BAM! ISLAM!
  Thursday - July 12  TOPIC: World Cultures Semester Exam Project  
       
CLASS ACTIVITY:
1. 
EXAM PROJECT GUIDELINES
2. 
EXAM PROJECT PACKET

COUNTRY CHOICES
- RAMIRO: Turkey / Mexico / China / Sudan

- DUE BY END OF THE EXAM PERIOD ON FRIDAY
Friday - July 13 
END OF FIRST SEMESTER
SEMESTER EXAM PROJECT
  Monday - July 16
MORNING CLASS
TOPIC: CONFLICT - Online Games for Global Education

CLASS ACTIVITY:
1. Online Game - Against All Odds [Life as a Refugee]
2. Online Game - iCivics Crisis of Nations
- PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE Read the Directions/Rules!
- Show me OR Send me a Screen Capture of Your Results!


AFTERNOON CLASS
CLASS PRESENTATION: FRONTLINE, Losing Iraq
Tuesday - July 17   TOPIC: CONFLICT
MORNING CLASS
CLASS PRESENTATION:
1. CURRENT EVENTS
2.
The Good Country
3. SPREAD OF WORLD RELIGIONS
4. RELIGIOUS CONFLICT

AFTERNOON CLASS
TOPIC: MIDDLE EAST CONFLICT
       
CLASS PRESENTATION:
1. 
MIDDLE EAST - PROFILE AND GEOGRAPHY
2. MODERN MIDDLE EAST - Forces for Change & Conflict
3. 
SUMMARY OF CONFLICTS IN THE MIDDLE EAST

NOTES: LIST OF CONFLICTS IN MIDDLE EAST

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: CONFLICT IN THE MIDDLE EAST WEB QUEST - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON THURSDAY
Wednesday - July 18  TOPIC: MIDDLE EAST CONFLICT

CLASS PRESENTATION:
1. 
AI / Robotics / Cyber Warfare
2. Zero Days [U.S. and Israel CYBER-ATTACK vs. Iran]

CLASS ACTIVITY: Work on CONFLICT IN THE MIDDLE EAST WEB QUEST - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON THURSDAY
  Thursday - July 19  TOPIC: WHISTLEBLOWING/The Case of Edward Snowden

CLASS PRESENTATION:
1. Whistleblowing
2. Snowden

NOTES:
Legal Dictionary - WHISTLEBLOWER

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: Snowden DISCUSSION QUESTIONS - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON FRIDAY
Friday - July 20 TOPIC: Technology - PAST - PRESENT - FUTURE

CLASS PRESENTATION: MASDAR: Exploring Our Future (Building the world's first zero-carbon city)
  Monday - July 23
MORNING CLASS
TOPIC: Technology - PAST - PRESENT - FUTURE

CLASS PRESENTATION:
1.
Are you ready? Here is all the data Facebook and Google have on you
2. BBC - The Rise and Fall of Nokia

AFTERNOON CLASS
TOPIC: PRESENT/FUTURE ISSUES - WORLD POPULATION

CLASS PRESENTATION:
1.
World Population Problems
2. Africa's Population Explosion
Tuesday - July 24 TOPIC: PRESENT/FUTURE ISSUES - WORLD POPULATION

CLASS PRESENTATION:
1.
How Many People Can Live On Planet Earth?
2. INFO SHEET for How Many People Can Live On Planet Earth?
3. CALCULATIONS / PROJECTIONS for How Many People Can Live On Planet Earth?

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: POPULATION WEBQUEST - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON THURSDAY

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

Bring in any questions / problems to class tomorrow morning!
Wednesday - July 25 TOPIC: PRESENT/FUTURE ISSUES - WORLD POPULATION

CLASS ACTIVITY: WORK ON
POPULATION WEBQUEST

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: POPULATION WEBQUEST - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON THURSDAY
Thursday - July 26 TOPIC: Current Issue - SLAVERY in the 21st CENTURY

CLASS PRESENTATION: SLAVERY, A 21st Century Evil
1. 
Food Chain Slaves [U.S.]
2. Sex Slaves [global]
3. Child Slaves [global]
4. Charcoal Slaves [Brazil]
5. Prison Slaves [China]

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

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

2. Human Trafficking / Modern-Day Slavery - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON MONDAY
  Friday - July 27 TOPIC: Current Issue - THE WORLD'S WATER DILEMMA

CLASS PRESENTATION:
1.
What You Need to Know About the World's Water Wars
2. Water Wars

Optional - IF you are interested: PLAY Quandary - EPISODE 2, Water War

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT #1: Human Trafficking / Modern-Day Slavery - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON MONDAY 
Monday - July 30 TOPIC: HUMAN RIGHTS

CLASS PRESENTATION:
1. INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS
2. The Tank Man - Tiananmen Square

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: 
The Tank Man - Tiananmen Square DISCUSSION QUESTIONS - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON TUESDAY  
Tuesday - July 31 TOPIC: 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 WEDNESDAY
  
Wednesday - August 1 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 THURSDAY
Thursday - August 2   TOPIC: Film in World Popular Culture / BOLLYWOOD [REQUIRED for EVERY World Cultures Student!!]

CLASS PRESENTATION:
1.
THE BRITISH IN INDIA [Background for Lagaan]
2. LAGAAN, Once Upon a Time in India 
Friday - August 3 TOPIC: Film in World Popular Culture / BOLLYWOOD [REQUIRED for EVERY World Cultures Student!!]

CLASS PRESENTATION: LAGAAN, Once Upon a Time in India

NOTES: Conflict in LAGAAN

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: 
LAGAAN Worksheet - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON MONDAY   
Monday - August 6 TOPIC: World Cultures Semester Exam Project

CLASS PRESENTATION:
1.
INTRODUCTION TO CULTURES PROJECT
2. PROJECT GUIDELINES SHEET
3.
Research Form (optional)

FINAL EXAM PROJECT - DUE AT END OF EXAM PERIOD
Tuesday - August 7  TOPIC: World Cultures Semester Exam Project

CLASS ACTIVITY:
1. CULTURES PROJECT
2. PROJECT GUIDELINES SHEET
3.
Research Form (optional)

FINAL EXAM PROJECT - DUE AT END OF EXAM PERIOD
Wednesday - August 8  TOPIC: World Cultures Semester Exam Project

CLASS ACTIVITY:
1. CULTURES PROJECT
2. PROJECT GUIDELINES SHEET
3.
Research Form (optional)

FINAL EXAM PROJECT - DUE AT END OF EXAM PERIOD
Thursday - August 9
END OF SECOND SEMESTER
FINAL EXAM PROJECT - DUE AT END OF EXAM PERIOD

PROJECT PRESENTATION IN CLASS
 
[YOU have SURVIVED the 8 WEEKS of TORTURE!!!!]