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Global Cultures, Local Traditions: creating and consuming (popular) culture (6 points)


Leader: Dr Alison Tokita

Berwick Second semester 2004 (Day)
Caulfield Second semester 2004 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2004 (Day)
Malaysia Second semester 2004 (Day)
South Africa Second semester 2004 (Day)

Synopsis: Consumption (and re-creation) of Jazz in Japan, McDonalds in Madrid and karaoke in Kuala Lumpur are just a few of the examples of transnational cultural flows which are visible the world over. The mass electronic media of cinema, television, and the Internet have speeded up the transnational flow of images of modernity and created local desires to consume cultures originating in distant places. Unit looks at the implications of globalisation for a variety of cultural phenomena, tracing transitions from local to global cultural practices. It looks at specific cases of local consumption of global cultures, including television, video games, popular music, fiction and comics, and the Internet.

Assessment: On-line discussion and group project (1000 words): 25% + Website analysis: 25% + Oral presentation in class: 10% + Journal or essay (2000 words): 40%

Contact Hours: 1 hour lecture and 1 hour tutorial per week

Prerequisites: First year INT sequence or permission.

Prohibitions: INT3060

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