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CLS 210 - Cultures in Transition


Last Date of Approval: Spring 2021

3 Credits
Total Lecture Hours: 45
Total Lab Hours: 0
Total Clinical Hours: 0
Total Work-Based Experience Hours: 0

Course Description:
This course is an interdisciplinary introduction to a world region in cultural transition. Students will explore topics relating to the region’s historical development and social change; geography and the environment; philosophy and religion; literature, music, and other fine arts; economic development and commerce; politics and foreign relations; science and technology; media and popular culture; and gender, ethnicity, and cultural identity. The course investigates how the region’s place in the world has changed through the historic and contemporary transmission of culture.  Knowledge of diverse cultures and an understanding of global interconnectedness are important skills for achieving success in many occupations and professions, thereby directly contributing to a higher quality of life.

Prerequisites/Corequisites: None 

Mode(s) of Instruction: traditional/face-to-face

Credit for Prior Learning: There are no Credit for Prior Learning opportunities for this course.

Course Fees: None

Common Course Assessment(s): None

Student Learning Outcomes and Objectives:
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of specific information as it relates to inferences about history, culture, and human behavior of a world region in transition.
    • Define the world region and explain the historic and sociocultural origins of the region’s name.
    • Define the term, “culture,” and explain how the concept of culture applies to a world region in transition.
    • Explain why it is important to understand the history and culture of a world region.
    • Identify and describe the main component nation-states and other areas of a world region.
    • Provide specific examples of a world’s region’s historical development and its influence on human behavior in the contemporary era.
  2. Describe the diverse sociocultural and demographic attributes of a world region in transition.
    • Summarize the racial, ethnic, and linguistic diversity of a world region.
    • Describe the religious diversity of a world region, including the role of religion on the region.
    • Identify significant examples of a world region’s cultural norms and values, such as those relating to marriage and family, gender roles, social networks, recreation and leisure, political authority, economic relations in the workplace and society, etc.
    • Explain how the arts and humanities, music, popular culture, media, and social movements have influenced the sociocultural evolution of societies within a world region.
    • Compare and contrast the primary sociocultural and demographic features of a world region to those of North America and other regions around the world.
  3. Explain how geography and the natural environment have impacted the sociocultural, economic, and political development of a world region
    • Describe the physical geography of a world region and how it varies by nation-state.
    • Provide examples of social problems and political issues in a contemporary world region that are related to the natural environment.
    • Analyze the impact of geography and the natural environment on the economic and sociocultural development of a world region.
    • Explain how geography and the natural environment have influenced agriculture in a world region.
    • Compare and contrast poverty and social inequality in a world region with that of the United States and other developed societies.
  4. Describe and assess the historical evolution of major civilizations of a world region.
    • Describe the early origins and cultural commonalities of societies in a world region.
    • Trace the historical, socioeconomic, and political development of civilizations in a world region.
    • Trace the historical, socioeconomic, and political development of colonialism and imperialism on a world region.
    • Describe the main historic sociocultural and political structures of societies in various civilizations.
    • Evaluate the impact of international trade and globalization on civilizations in a world region.
  5. Identify and describe major events leading to the rise and fall of colonial regimes, post-colonial regimes, and military juntas and/or other authoritarian regimes, in a world region.
    • Identify and describe major events, ideas, and practices leading to the rise and consolidation of colonial regimes in a world region.
    • Describe the main sociocultural and political structures under colonial rule and the impact of social stratification systems and nationalist movements, on colonial regimes in a world region.
    • Identify and describe major events, ideas, and practices leading to the decline and fall of colonial regimes in a world region.
    • Describe the sociopolitical role of the military (including military juntas) in the colonies and/or regimes of a world region.
    • Explain why societies within a world region have experienced political instability and/or civil wars in their history.
  6. Explain how modern global events and phenomena, such as American interventionism, imperialism, the Cold War, international trade and neoliberalism, and migration, have impacted and influenced a world region.
    • Provide examples of how American and European interventionism and imperialism have impacted and influenced societies in a world region.
    • Provide examples of how the Cold War has impacted and influenced a world region.
    • Explain how neoliberalism and international trade have impacted and influenced world region.
    • Explain how internal migration and international immigration have impacted and influenced a world region.
    • Explain how healthcare, business and industry, education, and/or science and technology have impacted and influenced a world region.
  7. Compare and contrast the political and economic systems of democratic and authoritarian nation-states in a world region.
    • Describe the main political and economic systems found in authoritarian states of a world region.
    • Describe the main political and economic systems found in democratic nation-states of a world region.
    • Compare and contrast the political and economic systems of authoritarian and post-authoritarian nation-states in a world region.
    • Evaluate the political role of ethnicity and religion in a world region.  
    • Evaluate the political role of social movements, mass media, and social media in a world region.



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