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1Themes and Essential QuestionsChaos and OrderWhat is the importance of civilization and what factors support or destroy its fabric?What are the positive and negative aspects of both chaos and order?What are the responsibilities and consequences of this new world order described as “global”?What role does chaos play in the creative process?What are the politics and consequences of war, and how do these vary based on an individual or cultural perspective?Constructing IdentitiesHow do we form and shape our identities?In a culture where we are bombarded with ideas and images of “what we should be,” how does one form an identity that remains true and authentic for her/himself?What turning points determine our individual pathways to adulthood?In a culture where we are bombarded with other people trying to define us, how do we make decisions for ourselves?CreationWhat is creativity and what is its importance for the individual / the culture?What is art and its function in our lives?Does a culture / community / institution have the right to censor its artists?Freedom and ResponsibilityWhat is freedom?Is freedom ever free?What is the relationship between freedom and responsibility?What are the essential liberties?Is liberty and justice for all attainable?Should people sacrifice freedom in the interest of security?When does government have the right to restrict the freedoms of people?When is the restriction of freedom a good thing?Good and Evil in the WorldIs humankind inherently good or evil?Have the forces of good and evil changed over time and if so, how How do different cultures shape the definitions of good and evil?Heroes and SheroesDo the attributes of a hero remain the same over time?When does a positive personality trait become a tragic flaw?What is the role of a hero or “sheroe” (coined by Maya Angelou) in a culture?How do various cultures reward / recognize their heroes and “sheroes”?Why is it important for people and cultures to construct narratives about their experience?What is the relevance of studying multicultural texts?How does the media shape our view of the world and ourselves?In a culture where we are bombarded with other people trying to define us, how do we make decisions for ourselves?
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