The term, ¿civilisation¿ has aroused powerful responses since its emergence in the 18th century as a means of identifying large-scale human cultural identities. When US political scientist Samuel Huntington introduced the idea of the 'clash of civilisations' as the key to international relations in the 21st century, a storm of controversy arose. How do we compare and contrast societies, civilisations and cultures? What is ¿civilisation¿? Is it valid to judge one culture or civilisation by the standards of another? Is objectivity possible? In this unit we familiarise ourselves with, and critically question, influential modes of comparative analysis with respect to global regions, civilisations and cultures.
3 hr seminar/wk
1 x Assignment (1000 words), 1 x Presentation (500 words), 1x Essay (2300 words), Discussion boards (700 words)
12 credit points at 2000 level from European Studies