A reoccurring theme in Sociology that I learned about was Cultural Relativism. This core concept talks about how “all cultures have intrinsic worth and should be evaluated and understood on their own terms” (Ravelli 81). Culture has such a great influence on how people act and think. It really affects how you perceive the world. For many people culture is all they have. If someone is ethnocentric they won’t be willing to enjoy other cultures, or think they have any fundamental worth. This course has helped me open up my mind to other cultures and think about them on their own terms.
In this course I’ve learnt that it’s good to be open-minded to other cultures and to be open to learning about other cultures that are not your own. Whereas if you’re ethnocentric then you don’t get to enjoy other cultures and learn about them either. I’ve learnt not to judge other cultures before truly getting to know them and understanding them. Even though some cultures may be completely different from your own and challenge the way you think about your own, I believe its stills best to be open to other cultures. What I’ve unlearned in this course is to not be ethnocentric. To not focus on only your culture, but as well as the other ones around you.
Cultural Relativism enhanced my understanding of the sociological issues that were covered in the course by helping me understand more clearly how society works as a whole. If people are not willing to learn out other cultures, there wouldn’t be much diversity in the world we live in today.
This course helped shatter my preconceived notion about other cultures and how it is so important to have a broader understanding of other cultures. A social justice event that I attended about student who went to Ghana and experienced what Ghanaian culture was like opened my mind up more. When they talked about their experiences it made me realize how similar some cultures can be and how different they can also be. The students shared their experiences and how they’ve learnt a lot. This made me want to go there and experience that culture for myself. This course has helped me shatter the way I view other cultures. It makes me want to expose myself to something so different from the usual.
Before taking this course I didn’t believe everyone’s culture was just as good as my own, but by learning about Ghana and other places and the traditions they have made me realize how alike our cultures really are. It great how there is, so much diversity in the world. It keeps it interesting and learning about different cultures is really cool. It gives you new experiences and different stories to tell. It’s great to get out and be involved in different cultures. You can learn a lot.
In conclusion, this course really helped me look at culture through a different lens. Learn about something different and experience something different from the usual things made me less ethnocentric. Living in Canada, such a multicultural place makes me realize how lucky I am to experience all this on a daily basis.