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Political Science (PL SC)

PL SC 459 (IL) (AFR 459) Culture and World Politics (3) Role of culture in world politics.

PL SC (AAA S) 459 Culture and World Politics (3)

This course examines the role of culture in world politics through an analysis of the varying dimensions of culture and their respective impact on the likelihood of cooperation and conflict among the state and non-state actors in the global system. Specifically, we examine the impact of culture in terms of social boundaries, political associations and the likelihood of an emergent global culture defined largely in terms of customs and practices related to international trade and economic production. We also examine the role of culture as a mechanism for the dissemination and maintenance of patterns of hierarchy. Integrating these different conceptions of culture, we examine the relationship between culture and foreign policy in the US.

General Education: None
Diversity: IL
Bachelor of Arts: Social and Behavioral Science
Effective: Spring 2013

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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