AZA2627 - Global and local cultures: Creating and consuming - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

South Africa School of Social Science


Dr Joseph Minga

Not offered in 2017


Music, food, fashion, architecture and cinema are just a few of the cultural products that can be studied to analyse contemporary transnational cultural flows which are visible the world over. The unit looks at the implications of globalisation for a variety of cultural phenomena, tracing transitions from local to global cultural practices and investigating specific cases of local consumption of global cultures.


Students successfully completing the unit should have:

  1. A deeper knowledge of the concepts of modernity and tradition, and the problems of cultural ownership and authenticity;
  2. Acquired knowledge about the challenges to cultural nationalism by transnational cultural flows;
  3. Studied some cases of cultural production and its local consumption, and critically analysed material relating to these case studies;
  4. Improved their oral skills by participating in tutorial debate on specific instances of cultural flows and local identities created through their consumption;
  5. Improved their written skills;
  6. Developed independent research skills;
  7. Developed the ability to critically assess the ideological implications of global cultural flows.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


AZA3627, ATS2627, ATS3627