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Human Rights and the United Nations (World Cultures)
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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

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World Cultures
World History
Political Science
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Oakland Unified School District
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Urban Dreams - Core Literature
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P. Arabia
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Foundations of World Culture I: World Civilizations and Texts, Fall 2011
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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

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Literature
Philosophy
Religious Studies
World Cultures
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M.I.T.
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MIT OpenCourseWare
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Ghenwa Hayek
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Foundations of World Culture II: World Literatures and Texts, Spring 2012
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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

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Literature
World Cultures
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M.I.T.
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MIT OpenCourseWare
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Ghenwa Hayek
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CultureTalk - Arab World
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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

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Languages
Religious Studies
World Cultures
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Reference
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Other
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Five College Center for the Study of World Languages
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The Arab World: Society, Culture, and State
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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

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World Cultures
World History
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Regents of the University of California
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Individual Authors
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Halim Barakat
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Arab Culture Through Literature and Film: Introduction to the Arab World
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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

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Languages
Literature
World Cultures
Cultural Geography
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Portland State University
Qatar Foundation International
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Middle East Studies Center
Middle East Studies Center
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Global Citizenship, Cultural Citizenship and World Religions in Religion Education
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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

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University of Capetown
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University of Capetown
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Chidester, David
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Foundations of Western Culture: The Making of the Modern World , Spring 2010
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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

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World Cultures
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M.I.T.
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MIT OpenCourseWare
Author:
Eiland, Howard
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11e. Clash of Cultures: Two Worlds Collide
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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

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World Cultures
Ancient History
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Readings
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Independence Hall Association
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Ancient Civilizations
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Read Arabic! - Culture: Rap Music in the Arab World
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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

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Languages
World Cultures
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Interactive
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National Foreign Language Center (NFLC) - University of Maryland
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Beyond Burma - Studying Buddhism and Buddhist Culture around the World
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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

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World Cultures
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New York Times Learning Network
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New York Times
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Javaid KhanAnnisa Hambouz
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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
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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

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World Cultures
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Readings
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American Social History Project / Center for History Media and Learning
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Many Pasts (CHNM/ASHP)
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Center for History and New Media/American Social History Project
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World Regional Geography
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A look at the physical and human characteristics that make the regions ... More

A look at the physical and human characteristics that make the regions of our world distinctive, placing particular emphasis on cultural and societal structures. Less

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World Cultures
Physical Geography
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Full Course
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The Saylor Foundation
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Saylor Foundation
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Multicultural Cross Grade Level Unit Plan
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This unit of study integrates reading, writing, math, and social studies. It ... More

This unit of study integrates reading, writing, math, and social studies. It is designed to help first and third grade students relate to other cultures of the world. They will understand and compare the similarities and differences of children, families, and communities in different times and places. They will analyze religious and other cultural traditions. They will apply basic geographic concepts. Less

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Religious Studies
World Cultures
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Lesson Plans
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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Education
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LEARN NC Lesson Plans
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Shirley Young
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Folklore and Mythology Electronic Texts
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Almost every culture throughout the world has a long tradition of folklore ... More

Almost every culture throughout the world has a long tradition of folklore and myths, with some of the tales having dozens of variations and permutations. Retired professor D.L Ashliman has placed hundreds of these tales on this well-designed website for the edification of the web-browsing public. While the site does not have an internal search engine, visitors can look through the available materials alphabetically. Here visitors can read the story of Androcles and the Lion, the Bear Trainer and His Cat, and the Hand of Glory, which includes legends about magic lights made from human hands. Professor Ashliman has also contributed a number of original thought-provoking essays on such topic as Censorship in Folklore, Aging and Death in Folklore, and the topic of changelings. Overall, this is a fine site for those looking to explore the vast world of folklore and its many manifestations through a number of varying cultural traditions. Less

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World Cultures
Education
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Internet Scout Project
University of Pittsburgh
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Internet Scout Project
D.L. Ashliman
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Ashliman, D. L.
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Pourquoi Stories: Creating Tales to Tell Why
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Where did the stars come from? What makes lightning and thunder? Pourquoi ... More

Where did the stars come from? What makes lightning and thunder? Pourquoi tales are narratives developed by various cultures around the world to explain natural phenomena. Students study three tales and learn about their cultures of origin, then work cooperatively to write and present an original pourquoi tale. Less

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World Cultures
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ReadWriteThink
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ReadWriteThink
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Aesop and Ananse: Animal Fables and Trickster Tales
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In this unit, students will become familiar with fables and trickster tales ... More

In this unit, students will become familiar with fables and trickster tales from different cultural traditions and will see how stories change when transferred orally between generations and cultures. They will learn how both types of folktales employ various animals in different ways to portray human strengths and weaknesses and to pass down wisdom from one generation to the next. Use the following lessons to introduce students to world folklore and to explore how folktales convey the perspectives of different world cultures. Less

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Literature
Visual Arts
World Cultures
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Activities and Labs
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Unit of Study
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National Endowment for the Humanities
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EDSITEment
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Individual Authors
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Français interactif
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Français interactif is a unique, award-winning 1st-year French curriculum used by learners ... More

Français interactif is a unique, award-winning 1st-year French curriculum used by learners all over the world. Students explore French language and culture by following the lives of real students who have participated in the UT Summer Program in Lyon, France. The online curriculum includes over 320 videos, vocabulary and phonetics audio, online grammar reference with self-correcting exercises and audio dialogues, verb conjugation and practice tools, internet activities, and a textbook of classroom exercises. Franais interactif was awarded the 2009 CALICO Esperanto Access to Language Education Award and the National Endowment for the Humanities EDSITEment Best of Humanities on the Web award (2005) Less

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Languages
World Cultures
Language, Grammar and Vocabulary
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University of Texas at Austin
Provider Set:
COERLL
Author:
Blyth, Carl
Guilloteau, Nancy
Kelton, Karen
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