Cultures do not develop in a vacuum. World History is punctuated with moments of great demographic or cultural movement, episodes when societies change rapidly as a result of the influx of new ideas, products, and peoples. Such new influences may change economies, affect agriculture and dietary customs, overturn dominant worldviews, incite revolutions, introduce new pathogens, challenge dominant models of morality, alter ideals of beauty and fashion, or lead to violent military conflict. For a given people or culture, the results of these events may range from the beneficial to the disastrous. This course will examine a series of such cultural contacts, and explore the complex consequences that transformed the lives of people and nations.
Plunder on the High Seas was written by students in the History of Cultural Contact Course.
Crusades Primary Source Quest
Crusades Primary Source Quest: Lesson Plan, Kitty Lam
Crusades Primary Source Quest: Student Handouts, Kitty Lam
Silk Road Traveler Identity Quest
Silk Road Traveler Identity Quest: Lesson Plan, Kitty Lam
Silk Road Traveler Identity Quest: Text, Kitty Lam
Silk Road Encounters
Diary of Joe and Josephine Nomad Assignment, Kitty Lam
Silk Road Encounters: Real and/or Imagined?, Kitty Lam