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    Otterbein University
  Dec 12, 2017
2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

FYS 1048 - Are We Alone Together? How Global Travel Impacts Your Identity

Hours: 4
Technological advances brought to sea, land, and air travel have led humans out of their comfort zones, out of their villages, towns, countries and continents, and have confronted them with cultures that were at the same time familiar and different. The question of identity has gradually become more and more important as humans have tried no only to define one another, but also to better understand themselves through the eyes of the others. This course investigates the many ways in which cultural encounters influence identity and asks questions such as: Can travelling enrich our understanding of the self and the world? Do intercultural encounters lead to mutual understanding or also to conflict? What do national identities mean in a global world? Is the individual identity threatened by other identities? You will reflect on a number of relevant resources, including books, films, and hybrid (web-based) sources.