Enduring Knowledge – Understandings
Cultures and Societies
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culture is a system of beliefs, knowledge, institutions, customs/traditions, languages and skills shared by a group of people.
cultures develop social institutions (e.g., government, economy, education, religion, family) to structure society, influence behavior, and respond to human needs.
interactions among individuals and groups assume various forms (e.g., compromise, cooperation, conflict, competition).
a variety of factors promote cultural diversity in a community.
an understanding and appreciation of the diverse complexity of cultures is essential to interact effectively and work cooperatively with the many diverse ethnic and cultural groups of today.