Global and Local Cultures

University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Global and Local Cultures

  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Anthropology, Multicultural Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    An introduction to anthropological ethnographies and conceptual frameworks of contemporary cultural and social issues, both globally and locally.

    Teaching Arrangements
    Two 1-hour lectures per week plus one tutorial per week.

    Learning Outcomes
    -Understanding of how cultural diversity and homogeneity, respectively, are being produced in our 'global' world
    -Understanding of how human beings impact this new diversity and homogeneity and are, in turn, impacted by it
    -Exposure to some of the key theoretical, ethical and philosophical debates in the human sciences in order to prepare students for higher-level anthropology and archaeology papers
    -An appreciation for the importance of self-reflection in social scientific and humanistic inquiry

    There is no textbook for the paper. Students will be referred to electronic journal articles, as well as a range of other media sources (documentaries, movies, websites etc.) and contemporary journalism, including editorials. All key materials are available via library e-reserve and/or Blackboard. Lecture outlines/notes are provided in advance of class and most lectures are recorded and available via Otago Capture.

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Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.