3 Why Study Cultures and Values Because they are IMPORTANT Oswald Spengler The

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Why Study Cultures and Values? Because they are IMPORTANT!! Oswald Spengler: The Decline of the West Cultures as meaningful units for history High Cultures (Eight) are “living” things and have life cycles; the culture ” phase is followed by the “civilization” phase. Civilization symbolizes the decline and decay of a Culture. 4
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The Nature of This Course Humanities based Multidisciplinary (historical narratives, philosophical writings, literary texts, filmic representations) Comparative perspectives (Chinese and Western; cultural norms and specificities; avoid stereotypes) 5
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Three Key Values: Self, Family, and Society “cultivate the self, regulate the family, govern the state, and bring peace to the world.” 修身齊家治國平天下 6
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Three Key Values: Self, Family, and Society Topics to be covered (Self) conceptions of the self/individual; the celebration of the autonomy of an individual; individualism in American Culture; technology and individualism; national strengthening and individualism; 7
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8 Lonely cowboy is a powerful icon for American individualism
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Topics to be Covered (Family) Why are family values important? Do family values have cultural differences or similarities? Does feminism enhance the healthy development of the family or harm the family? How should we understand the gender roles in the family?
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