Understanding World Cultures

Osher Course
Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh
John Hooker, Study leader

3:00 4:30 pm
6 Tuesdays, 12 Jan 16 Feb 2021

Course description Study leader bio

Course objectives

Tentative Schedule

Click on the links to view or download slides (as pdf files) used in class.
Slides are provided 1 per page and 6 per page.




Week 1

1 per page
6 per page

Introduction to the course.
An intellectual framework for understanding world cultures.

Week 2

Germany 1 per page
Germany 6 per page
Denmark 1 per page
Denmark 6 per page
UK 1 per page
UK 6 per page

Begin a world tour of world cultures that starts with Western countries, moves into culturally more distance countries, and eventually cycles back to the West (USA).
In-depth look at Germany, Denmark, UK

Week 3

China 1 per page
China 6 per page

Moving from Europe to Asia.  
In-depth look at China

Week 4

India 1 per page
India 6 per page
Turkey 1 per page
Turkey 6 per page
Gulf states 1 per page
Gulf states 6 per page

Visit India, then move to Middle Eastern and Islamic countries.

Week 5

Zimbabwe 1 per page
Zimbabwe 6 per page
Mexico 1 per page
Mexico 6 per page

On to Africa: in-depth look at Zimbabwe, the most culturally distant destination in the course.
Move back toward Western culture.
Visit Mexico.

Week 6

Brazil 1 per page
Brazil 6 per page
USA 1 per page
USA 6 per page

Visit Brazil.
Finish in USA, see it with new eyes.
Global perspective on ethnic and racial conflict.