Explores world-wide cultural interaction and exchange from the 14th century to the late 19th century. Examines 'culture' and how ideas, values, artistic understanding and methods of communication are transferred, both locally and globally - both across time and across space. Discusses how historians have defined key periods of cross-cultural contact and new scholarship on the identification of zones of interaction. Investigates methods of transfer (diffusion, synthesis and syncretism) so that we can understand how sharing information, technology and innovations across regional boundaries have shaped our human past. Through various case studies, interprets the changing role of the individual, the family, the community and the nation in formulating culture, both personal and public within a global context. Fall of odd years and Spring of odd years. (SSDI)
*All course information is from the 2014-2015 Catalog.