History and Art History
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

HIST 387: Topics in Global History

HIST 387-002: Organizing Culture Change
(Fall 2017)

01:30 PM to 04:10 PM M

Nguyen Engineering Building 1103

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.

Topic Varies

Satisfies the general education requirement in global understanding.

Non-Western Culture

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3-6

Study of historical topics or periods of special interest in global, Latin American, African, Asian, or Middle Eastern history. Notes: Topics announced in advance. May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the term.
Mason Core: Global Understanding
Specialized Designation: Non-Western Culture
Schedule Type: Lecture

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