The Global Viewpoints RAP is designed for students interested in learning and thinking about the relationship between culture and people from a variety of perspectives.
Gorman Hall has the option for students to remain in residence during breaks so it is popular for out-of-state and international students. So, students who join Global Viewpoints RAP in Gorman will be part of a cross-cultural community of in-state, out-of-state and international students as they transition to college life. Joining this program will provide students with a unique opportunity to meet and make new friends, and live and learn with students from Massachusetts as well as all over the country and the globe. In addition to the connections that will be made in classes, programming will be provided through Residence Life and the International Programs Office.
See specific course descriptions below.
Read what Fall 2022 instructor Catherine Kitrinos has to say about the course:
This course explores the diversity of cultural practices and beliefs throughout human history and how they shape the world we live in. By the end of the semester you will have an appreciation for the commonalities, contrasts, and complexities of human culture across space and time that stem from humans having had to address age-old questions.
Specifically, we will engage in a broad survey across human cultures by examining the four subfields of anthropology: sociocultural, biological, archeological, and linguistic. Combined, these subfields provide anthropologists with a rather impressive “toolbox” which you will be using to explore various themes and issues that have arguably been endemic to humans since the dawn of our species:
You will also learn various anthropological theories and perspectives on human culture. The ultimate goal however, will be to give you maximal freedom to evaluate how well any given perspective fits the examples we will be discussing and what this all says about:
Read what Fall 2022 instructor Meredith Degyansky has to say about the course:
What is "culture"? What role does culture play in creating the lived conditions we find ourselves in, and how do these lived conditions impact the way we see, do, be, feel, and know the world? How might we negotiate and/or transform these conditions? Anthropology equips us with tools that can provide great insight into these fundamental questions and can help us to make sense of the broader human condition.
We will survey mixed media; film, audio pieces, performance artwork, readings both creative and scholarly, and more to employ anthropological concepts and knowledge to explore how culture is imagined and practiced. In an effort to embody what it means to be an anthropologist, we will approach our questions, content, and assignments using a research method called "ethnography". This method often requires getting out of the classroom or doing homework in unexpected places, spending less time in front of a laptop and more time out in the field, building sensory awareness of the acts of seeing, listening, being with, and documenting.
We will touch on a variety of content including but not limited to: cultural difference, power and inequality, identities and subjectivity, climate change, and alternative futures. Activities and assignments will be collaborative and creative in an effort to understand the worlds we are in and the worlds we might imagine otherwise.
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