Dialogue Among Civilizations - POS 337

This course introduces the concepts of tolerance and dialogue and demonstrates how they are the prerequisites for peaceful coexistence. It also emphasizes that terrorism represents the very embodiment of intolerance, thus raising awareness for the need for core values within the national and international communities. Moreover, makes students aware that in our globalizing and increasingly inter-connected world, diverse cultures can provide a needed source of stability and continuity. The challenge is to balance this need against the risk of cultural stagnation. This course assumes that there is no simple solution. Students must always understand that cultures are living, evolving entities, not lifeless artifacts.