The Modern World and its Cultural Background
This course will give an introduction to the diversity of cultures in the world. The class will be divided into two parts. The first briefly examines different models of understanding human diversity: ethnicities, religions, languages, political forms, economic structures, cultures, and "civilizations". Students will learn to think about the world as an interconnected whole, and know the significance of culture on a global scale. The second part is an introduction to area studies, in which we undertake a survey of the different regions of the world. We will conduct a survey paying attention to the different aspects of human diversities, which we will examine in the first part of this course. Students will acquire a greater appreciation and understanding of cultural differences in the more comprehensive social context.