An interdisciplinary course that draws on literature, history, anthropology, sociology, philosophy, psychology, film, and cultural studies, Teaching Asia in the K-12 Curriculum provides an introduction to aspects of history, politics, economics and international relations in Asia from Japan to Pakistan (about 20 countries), between 1400 and the present. It surveys major civilizations, particularly China, that has made major influences across Asia. The focus is on key political, social, and cultural developments of these people, how they were colonized and de-colonized, how they were influenced by western ideologies yet developed a strong spirit of nationalism, and how they interact with Western Civilization in modern times. Recent past and current policy issues will constitute topics for deepening understanding engaging critical thinking, complex reasoning, and constructive inquiries. By providing K-12 students with an acute awareness of the increasing importance of this region- politically, economically, and culturally- the meanings and processes of development in the context of globalization and regionalism will unfold through a critical analysis and evaluation of the actions of those who have power, and still do today, and a realization that humanitarianism is a living concept of the East as well. Content, critical thinking, and multicultural perspectives are embodied in this course.
This course can either be taken for credit or clock hours. Credit is available under EDCN 5774.
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