HIST 387: Topics in Global History

HIST 387-005: Organizing Culture Change
(Fall 2022)

01:30 PM to 04:10 PM W

Krug Hall 242

Section Information for Fall 2022

Culture change, or significant shifts in basic beliefs and values, is an important phenomenon, both in the past and today; but it is not always easy to understand and explain. It’s much harder to pin down, for example, than policy change. This course uses a case study method to provide greater experience in evaluating culture change. As we watch possible culture changes in our own society (and resistance to change), for example in racial attitudes, greater familiarity with patterns of this sort has obvious contemporary relevance.

Culture change constitutes an important and complex phenomenon, both in human societies and in organizations. This course assesses several types of culture change, both American and international, in an interdisciplinary context, drawing from psychology, sociology, business, conflict analysis, and history. Case studies will range from religious conversions to corporate settings to conflict management, toward finding common patterns and best practices both in analyzing and in implementing culture change. Students, drawn from several relevant majors, will develop research topics and participate in various discussions to explore additional themes in the field.

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3-6

Study of historical topics or periods of special interest in global, Latin American, African, Asian, or Middle Eastern history. Notes: Topics announced in advance. May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the term.
Mason Core: Mason Core (All)
Specialized Designation: Topic Varies, Non-Western Culture
Schedule Type: Lecture
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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