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Worldviews & Values in Conflict: Introducing Memes
(Worldviews & Values)

DIFS-200G this 7 wk survey course (3 credits) investigates the dynamics of conflict in the world based on new theories of memes, v-memes (Spiral Dynamics Integral), and worldviews as value systems of development and evolution. Many critics have argued that violence and wars have both external-material (e.g., economic, environmental) and internal-spiritual causal factors (e.g., psychological and cultural); both need to be analyzed for the best solutions. This course will focus on more internal factors (in individuals and groups) that drive politics and basic human actions of defense and offense. Examples (as case studies) of practitioners using these new theories will be included. Start-up date TBA. Instructors R. M. Fisher & Ken Markley