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Cultures & Politics


Cultures
Adventures Through China
In this course of fun lessons and projects, students embark upon a vivid tour of China and its multifaceted culture. They study cuisine, geography, current affairs, history, language, art, mythology, and other integral aspects of the Chinese experience. Specific regions of this vast nation are given a closer look, through beautiful multimedia presentations and the live accounts of seasoned travelers.

Exploring the Middle East
Given the United States’ current international political climate, it is vital for people to possess an informed understanding of the Middle East, its religions, and its cultures, and to know how this region of the world affects us as Americans. This class discusses the political and cultural ties and differences between the Middle East and the West, and addresses the role of gender. We also explore the manner in which Arabs and Iranians are portrayed by the U.S. media.

Wonders of Africa
Students in this course enjoy the treat of our staff’s firsthand accounts of Africa and its cultures. While studies will trek primarily through West Africa, students will explore various cultures, religions, and geographical regions throughout this great continent. Participatory lessons include: daily life, dance, harvesting and farming, food preparation and cooking.

Cool Light: An Icelandic Voyage
Through hands-on lessons and activities, students will be transported to Iceland in their imaginations: scaling the Highlands, viewing the majestic landscapes and geysers, and sampling of the great culture of this unique country. Geography, climate, history, and art are key areas of study in this course.

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Ethics & World Politics
Peace and Conflict Studies
This class provides a lively introduction to the field of peace and conflict studies through discussion, games, and exercises. Students are encouraged to discover different approaches to creating and perpetuating peace, resolving conflict, and exploring the benefits and hardships of peace maintenance. The spiritual use of compassion and social justice will be explored as alternative paths to bringing peace and stability to our world.

Ethics 101: Great Debates
Are you a person of passion and conviction, with a love for critical thinking and dialogue? Get into debate! In this class, students learn to use logic and other rhetorical tools to support their positions and to express themselves succinctly and skillfully. Debate topics that are likely to touch students’ own lives are used, such as drug and alcohol issues, school uniforms, politics, and other social problems.

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