Cultures in Globalization     
      Spring 2009







Class meets Wednesdays 6:00 - 8:50 pm in LANG 214
You can find SUPPLEMENTAL READINGS for our class
by
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  • DESCRIPTION
    In this course we will explore why and how culture matters in a
    globalizing world.  Through the books, lectures, films and class
    discussions we will trace the shift from modern political movements
    to the place of policy in a postmodern era.  This also entails a shift in
    the conceptualization of culture from a static one to an inherently
    dynamic one.

  • TEXTS
  1. Appadurai, Arjun. 1996.  Modernity at Large: Cultural
    Dimensions of Globalization. Minneapolis:  University of
    Minnesota Press.
  2. Rao, Vijayendra and Michael Walton (eds), 2004. Culture
    and Public Action. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press.  
    See: http://www.cultureandpublicaction.org/
  • ASSIGNMENT   ( You can find SUPPLEMENTAL READINGS for our
    class by clicking here).
  • WEEK I:  WED, JAN 21:
  • Introduction and Overview of Course
  • Documentary: FLOW: For Love of Water, Director:
    Irena Salina. global water crisis.   www.
    flowthefilm.com/

  • WEEK II: WED, JAN 28:
  • Appadurai, Modernity at Large: Cultural
    Dimensions of Globalization.
  1. Chapter One.
  2. Chapter Two.
  3. Endnotes.
  • Documentary:  Cadillac Desert IV: Last Oasis.  
    PBS Doc 1997 How America’s Dams became
    examples for large water projects abroad,
    particularly in developing countries.  Moving from
    India and China, Mexico, the Middle East, back to
    the American West

  • WEEK III: WED, FEB 4:
  • Appadurai, Modernity at Large.
  1. Chapter Three
  2. Chapter Four

  • WEEK IV: WED, FEB 11:
  • Appadurai, Modernity at Large,
  1. Ch 5
  2. Ch 6
  • WEEK V: WED, FEB 18:
  • Catch up on whatever Appadurai we have already
    read.

  • WEEK VI: WED, FEB 25:
  • Appadurai, Modernity at Large, Part III
  1. Ch 7
  2. Ch 8
  3. Ch 9
  • Week VII: Wed, MAR 4
  • Week VIII: Wed, MAR 11
  • Week IX: Wed, MAR 25
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Professor:
Dr. Irene J. Klaver,
klaver@unt.edu
940-565-3331
Office Hours: by appointment.
Assistant:
Keith W. Brown
pahndeepah@gmail.com
940-206-9354
Office Hours: by appointment