Investigating World Cultures: A Systems Approach





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Overview for Teachers and Mentors (0.6 MB)

The following files contain both learner materials and notes for teacher or mentor. On request, we’ll supply links to files with learner materials only.

Unit 1: Introduction to Cultures  (1.4MB)

Unit 2: Systems and Societies (2.5MB)

Unit 3: Setting (3.3MB)

Unit 4: Demographics (1.7MB)

Unit 5: Action Patterns (1.2MB)

Unit 6: Shared Ideas (2.7MB)

Unit 7: System Change (1.6MB)

Unit 8: Status (4.5MB)

Unit 9: Social Control (2.5MB)

Unit 10: System Stress (1.8MB)

Note: Units previously under review are now completed.

What is it?

Investigating World Cultures is an introduction to systems-based learning (SBL) that uses anthropological data from many cultures as the primary learning resource. These data require “active learning” analysis, to help learners develop a full range of cognitive-processing skills, and simultaneously develop their understanding of the human systems we call “societies.”  The initial part of the course overlaps our Introduction to Systems course, and has many of the same introductory activities; it may be substituted for that course in situations where more-conventional course subject matter is required.