Instructor: Jessica Santos López                     Email: Jessica.Santos@brooklyn.cuny.edu 

Class meets: Tuesdays and Thursdays                  Rooms: 

Office hours: Thursdays at 4pm, & by appointment   Office: James Hall 3301C

Course Description:

This course will be a thematic exploration of culture and transformation in two distinct non-US and non-European areas. We will discuss the meanings of culture and ways cultures are studied and portrayed. We will explore the major drivers for cultural change in the modern world such as colonization, modernization, development, and globalization. We will use two case studies to examine important themes related to cultural transformation such as gender, race and ethnic relations, religion, nationalism, power relations, cultural encounter, and constructions of tradition and modernity.

Common General Education Learning Outcomes addressed by this Course:

  • To gather, interpret, and assess information from a variety of sources and points of view.
  • Evaluation evidence and arguments critically and analytically.
  • Produce well-reason written and oral arguments using evidence to support conclusions
  • Identify and apply the fundamental concepts and methods of a discipline or interdisciplinary field exploring human and cultural diversity, including but not limited to anthropology, communications, cultural studies, economics, history, political science, psychology, public affairs, sociology, and literature.
  • Analyze and explain one or more major themes of history from more than one informed perspective.
  • Evaluate how indigenous populations, slavery, or immigration have shaped the development of modern societies.
  • Analyze and discuss common institutions or patterns of life in contemporary society and how they influence, or are influenced by, race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation, belief, or other forms of social difference.