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Understanding Other Cultures

3 Credits
Stimulate your thinking about cultural differences and how we and our students can be enriched by them instead of seeing them as mysterious or problematic. In our increasingly diverse social environment, it is vitally important that educators recognize their own cultural biases and also embrace individuals who come from very different backgrounds. This is not a course about any one culture or set of cultures. Rather, it is an interdisciplinary course designed to develop multicultural skills and attitudes that will enhance our ability to understand and interact effectively with our fellow human beings regardless of cultural differences.

NOTE: Required textbook must be purchased separately.

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Dr. Allen Carden

As both a teacher of history at the college and university level for over four decades, and a researcher and writer of history, my love for studying the past and sharing my insights has only increased with time. A great history class in my junior year of high school grabbed my interest and helped establish a trajectory that has been so much more than a job; it has been an adventure, a passion, and I would even say a ministry in which the search for truth and exposure of historical error has fascinated me. I love taking complex historical events and persons and trying to make them understandable and relevant to my students. It is my privilege to be not only an instructor of continuing education courses for Fresno Pacific University, but also to be a full-time professor of history at this fine institution. One of the joys of my professional life life has been developing 17 courses for FPU's continuing education offerings, primarily in history but also in education and cross-cultural studies. Enriching the fund of knowledge for teachers through these courses has been very satisfying.