This course is designed to provide the student with an "insiders" perspective of the various cultures of the world. Specifically, it encourages the student to view civilizations very different from his own with a sensitivity and appreciation for the richness and diversity of mankind. In short, the course has as its focus the exploration of the various customs, values, histories and lives of the world's peoples. Such an exploration is intended to challenge the student to reflect on his own Western culture as well as on our common humanity. The contents of this course are examined through lectures, readings, films, discussions and activities.