Course module - Cultural Diversity in Global Perspective (2013-2014)
Code : SOAN10312 Credit rating: 10 Semester : 2
This course aims to provide an introduction to questions of cultural diversity primarily from a social anthropological perspective.
Objectives (Learning Outcomes)
On successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
• demonstrate knowledge of some of the key concepts that social anthropologists employ to understand cultural diversity
• demonstrate knowledge of a range of relevant empirical examples from different parts of the world
• demonstrate the ability to use concepts and examples from the course through independent critical thinking and portfolio tasks.
75% - 1.5 hour examination - Semester 2
25% - tutorial tasks
Length of course: 12 weeks
This course examines three, often interrelated, aspects of cultural diversity in global perspective:
• examples of diverse ways in which people in different parts of the world may perceive, experience and act within it.
• the assumption that the spread of communication technologies, such as the internet, of long-distance forms of transport and of mass-produced consumer goods will inevitably lead to a loss of cultural diversity around the world (in a process sometimes called ‘global homogenization’, ‘cultural imperialism’ or ‘Coca-colonisation’).
• the notion of ‘cultural diversity’ itself, examining how it may be produced, marketed, consumed and put to political use.
As a course in social anthropology, it puts particular emphasis on in-depth empirical studies from different parts of the world.
Martin, Dr Keir
Lectures, Tutorials, Film
Delaney, Carol 2011 Investigating Culture. An Experiential Introduction to Anthropology, London: Blackwell
Eriksen, Thomas H. 2007 Globalization: Oxford and New York: Berg
Hendry, Joy 1999 An Introduction to Social Anthropology: Other People’s Worlds, Basingstoke: Macmillan
Inda, Jonathan X. and Renato Rosaldo (eds) 2002 The Anthropology of Globalization, Oxford: Blackwell
Miller, D 2010 Stuff, Cambridge: Polity