The present course intends to make the students familiar with differences and similarities of pluralism and individualism taking into account the values provided by anthropological culture, high culture, or popular culture. The lectures and discussions will identify the ways that people behave in terms of individualism and collectivism in multilingual and multicultural societies, the activities of the art, literature, music, theater created by culture versus the contemporary trends of popular culture. The course also analyzes the cultural stereotypes from ancient myths to contemporary visions, appealing to the imagology for determining how national stereotypes are influenced by historical, social, and ideological conventions.
Learning Outcomes: Upon successfully completing the course, the students will be able to -identify differences and similarities of pluralism and individualism - find ways in which cultural knowledge can be acquired - see individuals and organizations prepared for cross-cultural interaction - understand cultural differences and the ways they manifest themselves - determine similarities across cultures by referring to the following elements: (verbal and nonverbal) language, social institutions, values and attitudes, manners and customs, material elements, education, religion, aesthetics - locate contemporary controversies
Who can participate: The course is open to undergraduate and graduate students in social sciences, humanities, arts, communication, political sciences, philology, journalism, business, marketing
Prerequisites: The students have already studied elementary elements of culture, communication, and cross-cultural interaction Participation Limit: 20 students