2020 Spring SOCIOL 180C 001 LEC 001

Comparative Perspectives on U.S. and European Societies: Culture

Course Level
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Term Reference
2020 Spring
Course Times
MoWeFr 1:00pm - 1:59pm
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Course Location
North Gate 105
Course description

This survey course explores difference between the US and European countries in the cultural domain. It starts by discussing American Exceptionalism, focusing on 1) individualism versus collectivism, 2) liberal market ideology versus social democracy, and 3) religiously versus secularism. Subsequent topics are: differences in the mind and psyche, focusing on substance use and abuse, the role of self-fulfillment, and of therapy, as well as moral judgment and the visions of the good life, systems of classification and evaluation, family, abortion and sex, and the cultural integration of immigrants.