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UB Undergraduate Academic Schedule: Spring 2018


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    COL 112LR - Cross-Cultural Explorations
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    Cross-Cultural Explorations G Enrollment Information (not real time - data refreshed nightly)
    Class #:   23684   Enrollment Capacity:   20
    Section:   G   Enrollment Total:   0
    Credits:   3.00 credits   Seats Available:   20
    Dates:   01/29/2018 - 05/11/2018   Status:   OPEN
    Days, Time:   W , 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM
    Room:   Talbrt 112 view map
    Location:   North Campus      
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      Course Description
    The principal objective of this course is the study of the diversity of Western, East Asian, and African cultures from the Renaissance to the Modern Age. Although we will explore cultural diversity in its various expressions?in politics, religious thought, social customs, everyday beliefs, and scientific advances?our primary focus will be the study of art, literature, and big ideas. One of the central concerns of this course will be different cultural and historical conceptions of the human and its relation to nature, politics, and science. In the first part of the course we will examine the different formations of humanism in the Western cultures from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment; from Romanticism to Marxism. In the second part of the course we will focus on the non-Western ideas of the human and humanity and their expression in religions, political organizations, and artworks. We will begin with Daoism and Confucianism and their impact on Chinese ethics, philosophy, politics, and culture during the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) Dynasties. We will also briefly discuss the Cultural Revolution and Maoism in 20th century China. We will follow the influence of Confucianism in Japanese culture and its confluence with Zen and the Shinto Revival. In the context of politics we will focus primarily on the Tokugawa Shogunate. In the context of the arts we will analyze the place of the human in nature as reflected in Japanese landscape paintings, poetry, and woodblock prints. We will conclude our course with the discussion of the devastation of colonialism and the struggle for independence in Africa. We will analyze the influence of traditional (for example, masks and music) and modern African cultures (Fanon, Achebe, and Soyinka) in the contemporary world.
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