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Foundational Studies Program Looks at the ‘Rise of the West’ in Beyond the Blue Podcast

By:    Published 10:02 am / April 2, 2012

The part of the world typically called “the West” suddenly experienced tremendous growth in population, changes in technology, and production of wealth in the 18th and 19th centuries. Associate Professor Rick Moore looks at this leap in modernity in this week’s Beyond the Blue podcast and Foundational Studies Program sample class, “The Rise of the West and Asia’s Resurgence.”

Listeners can access the website featuring a series of faculty podcasts at or go directly to Moore’s presentation. Visitors can download all podcasts and subscribe to receive automatic downloads of new content whenever they open iTunes.

In this podcast, Moore looks at why the West achieved this amazing level of change so quickly, when the East did not. It also examines the factors that may have been the most important causes of this phenomenon. Now the pendulum appears to be swinging the other way. In recent years, a handful of countries in Asia have seen tremendous vitality. Some observers believe that these countries will surpass the West in regard to economic and political power. What are the causes of this subsequent occurrence? This podcast and the Foundational Studies Program course that will be taught this fall with Moore and history professor Shelton Woods will intrigue those who enjoy the study of history, geography, technology, political science, communication, and other disciplines.

Moore teaches courses in mass media analysis and criticism for the Department of Communication, and his research investigates how media reflect, shape and challenge the dominant ideologies of the cultures in which they operate. Much of his recent publication has been related to how the media interact with religion. Moore has published articles in a number of periodicals, including The Journal of Communication, The Journal of Media and Religion, Mass Media and Society, and Journalism Studies. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Oregon.

This podcast is part of a series of presentations related to Boise State’s Foundational Studies Program. Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Martin Schimpf provides an introduction to the new general education program that focuses on essential learning and shared experiences. The Foundational Studies Program begins in fall 2012 and features an interdisciplinary curriculum that focuses on problem solving, communication, innovation and teamwork, ethics and diversity, and disciplinary outcomes. Upcoming podcast topics will be from faculty members on sample Foundational Studies Program classes.

The Beyond the Blue website has been developed to showcase the expertise and innovative spirit that exists in many fields at Boise State. Known for its unique blue turf and nationally ranked football program, Boise State is demonstrating creativity beyond the blue in faculty podcasts intended to introduce a variety of topics to casual listeners.

New faculty podcasts are being added on a regular basis, including:

The website contains bonus video and editorial content about the university, including its growth, research initiatives and student life. A related collection of faculty interviews also is accessible from the Reader’s Corner radio show hosted by Boise State President Bob Kustra on Boise State Public Radio.