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Section Information for Fall 2017
Why do societies, sometimes rather suddenly, change their attitudes about a group or a behavior? Can workplace cultures change to become more emotionally congenial? What kinds of culture change does globalization entail - and how important is cultural resistance? Culture change constitutes an important and complex phenomenon, both in human societies and in organizations. Changes in culture, and resistance to change, deeply affect a variety of contemporary issues. This course assesses several types of culture change, both American and international, in an interdisciplinary context, drawing from psychology, sociology, business, conflict analysis, and history. Case studies will range from religious conversions to corporate settings to conflict management, toward finding common patterns and best practices in implementing and analyzing culture change. Students, drawn from several relevant majors, will develop research topics and group discussions to explore additional themes in the field.
Satisfies the general education requirement in global understanding.
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