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Human Rights and the United Nations (World Cultures)
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Human Rights and the United Nations (World Cultures)

The essential question of this three-part unit is "How can humans resolve ... (more)

The essential question of this three-part unit is "How can humans resolve global and intra-national conflict short of resorting to violent war and conflict?" The final part is a mock session of the United Nations. The exposition is a oral presentation of a written policy proposal arguing a particular country's position on a current human rights issue and designed to avoid violent intra-national or global conflict. The two lessons before the Mock Session are designed to scaffold learning by teaching the purpose of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the procedures of the United Nations, the elements of an excellent oral presentation and the process of writing a good term paper, the written proposal. (less)

Subject:
Social Sciences
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Homework and Assignments
Lesson Plans
Unit of Study
Provider:
Oakland Unified School District
Provider Set:
Urban Dreams - Core Literature
Author:
P. Arabia
Exploring Ancient World Cultures: An Introduction to Ancient World Cultures on the World-Wide Web
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Exploring Ancient World Cultures: An Introduction to Ancient World Cultures on the World-Wide Web

Exploring Ancient World Cultures, provided by University of Evansville, "is an introductory, ... (more)

Exploring Ancient World Cultures, provided by University of Evansville, "is an introductory, on-line, college-level 'textbook' of ancient world cultures, constructed around a series of cultural pages consisting of: The Ancient Near East, Ancient India, Ancient Egypt, Ancient China, Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome, Early Islam, and Medieval Europe." Each home page may contain essays by subject specialists, an anthology of readings from the period, a chronology, bibliographic resources, hypertext links to related sites, and computer graded quizzes. Interested users can also navigate the site by topic across cultures. A highlight of the site is the ability it gives the user to view the entire chronology, or to click on a year and culture and then another culture, in order to compare cross-cultural developments at the same time period. The site is a work in progress that promises maps and images in the near future. (less)

Subject:
Education
Provider:
Internet Scout Project
Provider Set:
Internet Scout Project
Foundations of World Culture I: World Civilizations and Texts, Fall 2011
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Foundations of World Culture I: World Civilizations and Texts, Fall 2011

This course aims to introduce students to the rich diversity of human ... (more)

This course aims to introduce students to the rich diversity of human culture from antiquity to the early 17th century. In this course, we will explore human culture in its myriad expressions, focusing on the study of literary, religious and philosophical texts as ways of narrating, symbolizing, and commenting on all aspects of human social and material life. We will work comparatively, reading texts from various cultures: Mesopotamian, Greek, Judeo-Christian, Chinese, Indian, and Muslim. Throughout the semester, we will be asking questions like: How have different cultures imagined themselves? What are the rules that they draw up for human behavior? How do they represent the role of the individual in society? How do they imagine 'universal' concepts like love, family, duty? How have their writers and artists dealt with encounters with other cultures and other civilizations? (less)

Subject:
Humanities
Material Type:
Full Course
Homework and Assignments
Readings
Syllabi
Provider:
M.I.T.
Provider Set:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Author:
Ghenwa Hayek
Foundations of World Culture II: World Literatures and Texts, Spring 2012
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Foundations of World Culture II: World Literatures and Texts, Spring 2012

This class continues our study of the foundational texts of human culture, ... (more)

This class continues our study of the foundational texts of human culture, focusing on early modernity until the recent past. In many ways, this includes several questions such as: Why did these works achieve the fame and influence they achieved? How do they present what it means to be a human being? How do they describe the role of a member of a family, community, tradition, social class, gender? How do they distinguish between proper and improper behavior? How do they characterize the members of other groups? However, in several ways, these texts are also iconoclastic, breaking with centuries of established tradition to shed light on previously unexplored subjects, such as the status of women in society or the legacy of the colonial expansion of European countries. They also question well-established social beliefs like religion, monarchical rule and human nature in general. (less)

Subject:
Humanities
Material Type:
Full Course
Homework and Assignments
Readings
Syllabi
Provider:
M.I.T.
Provider Set:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Author:
Ghenwa Hayek
World Cultures Grade 3
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World Cultures Grade 3

Students will learn to identify elements of cultures in the seven different ... (more)

Students will learn to identify elements of cultures in the seven different continents. Assignment: You have just been hired to be a travel agent. Your first customer wants to take a trip around a continent. To be a good travel agent. (less)

Subject:
Social Sciences
Education
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Provider:
Instructional Architect
Provider Set:
Instructional Architect
Author:
Mrs. Mitchell
Ms. Shunn-Mitchell
World Cultures and Music
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World Cultures and Music

Students will learn about how music can reflect a culture's traditions. They ... (more)

Students will learn about how music can reflect a culture's traditions. They will also be able to identify different instruments these cultures use, and classify them into categories. (less)

Subject:
Arts
Humanities
Material Type:
Lesson Plans
Provider:
Curriki
Provider Set:
Curriki
CultureTalk - Arab World
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CultureTalk - Arab World

CultureTalk - Arab World features a very extensive selection of filmed interviews ... (more)

CultureTalk - Arab World features a very extensive selection of filmed interviews with people from different countries in the Arabic speaking world. While some interviews are in English, the vast majority are in Arabic. Translations and usually transcripts are provided for all non-English video clips. Topics include family, food, education, religious and cultural customs, work, art, sport, travel, etc. The regions covered are the Levant, North Africa, Egypt, and Mauritania, with an Iraqi section on the way. (less)

Subject:
Humanities
Social Sciences
Material Type:
Reference
Teaching and Learning Strategies
Other
Provider:
Five College Center for the Study of World Languages
Provider Set:
Arabic Language Learning
The Arab World: Society, Culture, and State
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The Arab World: Society, Culture, and State

This book presents a comprehensive portrait of Arab society and culture without ... (more)

This book presents a comprehensive portrait of Arab society and culture without overlooking its complexity, specificity, and inner dynamics. The purpose is to provide a theoretical framework that contributes to a deeper understanding of Arabs and their place in the modern era and this text provides scholarly analysis and social criticism from an Arab perspective. (less)

Subject:
Humanities
Social Sciences
Material Type:
Readings
Provider:
Regents of the University of California
Provider Set:
Individual Authors
Author:
Halim Barakat
List of 100 Most Endangered World Cultural Sites Released
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List of 100 Most Endangered World Cultural Sites Released

A concern for preserving features of the built and natural environment stretches ... (more)

A concern for preserving features of the built and natural environment stretches back for several millennia, but only over the past century or so has there been a concerted and systematic effort to work towards saving these types of places. Many such Top 10 endangered places or buildings lists are released every year, but one of the more intriguing is the biennial list of the top 100 most endangered sites issued by the World Monuments Fund, headquartered in New York. This year the list includes sites on all seven continents -- as one of the sites is the expedition hut of the noted explorer Ernest Shackleton, located in Antarctica. The list of sites is compiled from hundreds of local nominations, and selected by a panel of 10 international experts. The list also includes such sites as Lower Manhattan, the entire steam-powered former railway system of Paraguay, and the Nineveh and Nimrud Palaces in Iraq. All of the sites on the list are threatened in some form or fashion, ranging from such conditions as war, general neglect, and encroachment from an influx of tourists.The first site will take visitors to a news piece from the online edition of Archeology Magazine about the recent list. The second link leads to another news piece from the Voice Of American news service that includes an audio version of the report by journalist Barbara Schoetzau. The third link leads to the homepage of the World Monuments Fund where visitors can learn about outreach programs and peruse the complete list of the 100 most endangered sites. The fourth link leads to the 2003 list of America's Most Endangered Historic Places, as selected by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. That list includes the Modernist TWA Terminal at JFK International Airport, the historic bathhouses in Hot Springs National Park, and the Ocmulgee Old Fields in Macon, Georgia. The fifth link takes visitors to a list of the 24 new sites added this past July to the World Heritage list roster, which includes Franciscan missions in Mexico and the wooden churches of southern Little Poland. The final site takes users to the homepage of the Edinburgh World Heritage Site, which is one of the few major urban areas to be so designated (along with parts of Prague) in the Western world. (less)

Subject:
Education
Provider:
Internet Scout Project
Provider Set:
Internet Scout Project
Author:
Grinnell, Max
Arab Culture Through Literature and Film: Introduction to the Arab World
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Arab Culture Through Literature and Film: Introduction to the Arab World

The Arab world is a large and diverse region that spans from ... (more)

The Arab world is a large and diverse region that spans from Morocco in the west, through the Levant, and the Arabian Peninsula. It includes twenty-three countries and represents a wide range of customs, traditions, and cultures. This unit frames the region through the lens of cultural unity and diversity, a concept essential to this curriculum. The historical and cultural background provided in this unit serves as a foundation for students to identify and understand the nuances and complexities of the region. Additionally, students are introduced to the primary tool used for cultural analysis of the Arab world throughout the curriculum, the culture as an iceberg metaphor. (less)

Subject:
Arts
Humanities
Social Sciences
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Lesson Plans
Readings
Unit of Study
Provider:
Portland State University
Qatar Foundation International
Provider Set:
Middle East Studies Center
Middle East Studies Center
Global Citizenship, Cultural Citizenship and World Religions in Religion Education

Global Citizenship, Cultural Citizenship and World Religions in Religion Education

An examination of the reasons for studying religion and religions, and the ... (more)

An examination of the reasons for studying religion and religions, and the necessity for educator, student, administrative, or parental involvement in the process of teaching and learning about religious diversity. In this paper, Chidester tests one possible answer to these questions - namely citizenship - and suggests that the study of religion, religions, and religious diversity, can usefully be brought into conversation with recent research on new formations of citizenship. (less)

Subject:
Humanities
Social Sciences
Material Type:
Textbooks
Provider:
University of Capetown
Provider Set:
University of Capetown
Author:
Chidester, David
Foundations of Western Culture: The Making of the Modern World , Spring 2010
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Foundations of Western Culture: The Making of the Modern World , Spring 2010

This course comprises a broad survey of texts, literary and philosophical, which ... (more)

This course comprises a broad survey of texts, literary and philosophical, which trace the development of the modern world from the seventeenth to the early twentieth century. Intrinsic to this development is the growth of individualism in a world no longer understood to be at the center of the universe. The texts chosen for study exemplify the emergence of a new humanism, at once troubled and dynamic in comparison to the old. The leading theme of this course is thus the question of the difference between the ancient and the modern world. Students who have taken Foundations of Western Culture I will obviously have an advantage in dealing with this question. Classroom discussion approaches this question mainly through consideration of action and characters, voice and form. (less)

Subject:
Humanities
Social Sciences
Material Type:
Homework and Assignments
Readings
Syllabi
Provider:
M.I.T.
Provider Set:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Author:
Eiland, Howard
11e. Clash of Cultures: Two Worlds Collide
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11e. Clash of Cultures: Two Worlds Collide

In the wake of Columbus' historic voyage in 1492, expeditions, especially from ... (more)

In the wake of Columbus' historic voyage in 1492, expeditions, especially from Imperial Spain, swarmed into Aztec territory. They came in search of gold and souls — gold to enrich the coffers of the Spanish king (and their own), and heathen souls to rescue for Christianity. Within a generation, America's ancient civilizations were crushed. Both the Aztec and Inca Empires collapsed after campaigns lasting just a couple of years. How did they fall so fast? Historians suggest many causes. (less)

Subject:
History, Law, Politics
Material Type:
Images and Illustrations
Readings
Provider:
Independence Hall Association
Provider Set:
Ancient Civilizations
Read Arabic! - Culture: Rap Music in the Arab World
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Read Arabic! - Culture: Rap Music in the Arab World

This online lesson teaches students about rap music in Arab culture. Activities ... (more)

This online lesson teaches students about rap music in Arab culture. Activities and sound files are designed to gauge comprehension. A glossary of terms is included, as well as grammatical notes and learning strategies. Vocabulary activated for this lesson includes basic music vocabulary such as 'beats' and 'influence'. (less)

Subject:
Humanities
Social Sciences
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Assessments
Homework and Assignments
Interactive
Readings
Teaching and Learning Strategies
Provider:
National Foreign Language Center (NFLC) - University of Maryland
Provider Set:
Arabic Language Learning
Beyond Burma - Studying Buddhism and Buddhist Culture around the World
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Beyond Burma - Studying Buddhism and Buddhist Culture around the World

In this lesson, students learn about the 2007 military violence against protesting ... (more)

In this lesson, students learn about the 2007 military violence against protesting monks in the devoutly Buddhist country of Myanmar. After investigating and “curating” an exhibit on the history, basic tenets, practices, and global influence of this ancient faith, students consider the implications of the military regime’s actions on Buddhist society in Myanmar. (less)

Subject:
Humanities
Social Sciences
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Assessments
Homework and Assignments
Lesson Plans
Readings
Teaching and Learning Strategies
Provider:
New York Times Learning Network
Provider Set:
New York Times
Author:
Javaid KhanAnnisa Hambouz
Culture and Science Education: A Look from the Developing World
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Culture and Science Education: A Look from the Developing World

The resource is useful in facilitating teachers' understanding of how science education ... (more)

The resource is useful in facilitating teachers' understanding of how science education that incorporates indigenous knowledge can: draw upon cultural experience and everyday life, access different ways of thinking about scientific concepts, and bridge the gap between the traditional and the conventional. (less)

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Reference
Provider:
BiosciEdNet (BEN): Digital Library Portal for Teaching and Learning in the Biological Sciences
Provider Set:
BiosciEdNet (BEN): Digital Library Portal for Teaching and Learning in the Biological Sciences
Author:
June George (The University of the West Indies (UWI), St. Augustine, Trinidad;)
"The Process of Coming Back into the World": An American Indian Movement (A.I.M.) Activist Advocates Cultural and Political Unification
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"The Process of Coming Back into the World": An American Indian Movement (A.I.M.) Activist Advocates Cultural and Political Unification

In 1968, young urban-based American Indians in Minnesota formed the American Indian ... (more)

In 1968, young urban-based American Indians in Minnesota formed the American Indian Movement (AIM) to fight mistreatment by police and to improve prospects for jobs, education, and housing. In 1972, AIM initiated "The Trail of Broken Treaties," and a subsequent march to Washington to present the Nixon administration with a 20-point sovereignty proposal. From its beginning, AIM suffered from disagreement between "traditionals" holding reservation-oriented agendas and urban-based "progressives". By the end of the 1970s, plagued by repression and internal disputes, AIM declined as a leading militant organization. In the following document written in 1974, Jimmie Durham of AIM's American Indian Support Committee, critically addressed attitudes of white progressives that had caused friction within the group. The paper, which Durham, a Cherokee Indian, has acknowledged was influenced by Marxist writers, was subsequently doctored by the FBI and submitted to Tribal Councils and the Senate Subcommittee on Internal Security to discredit him. (The version appearing below is excerpted from Durham's published original and reprinted with his permission.) In 1974, Durham founded the International Indian Treaty Council to lobby the United Nations towards decolonization of indigenous peoples worldwide. The Treaty Council helped create the 1977 UN conference on indigenous affairs, attended by representatives of 98 indigenous peoples. Durham subsequently resigned from the Treaty Council and he has become an acclaimed artist and poet, writing on cultural and political subjects. (less)

Subject:
Humanities
Material Type:
Primary Source
Readings
Provider:
American Social History Project / Center for History Media and Learning
Provider Set:
Many Pasts (CHNM/ASHP)
Author:
Center for History and New Media/American Social History Project
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