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Sample Proposal: Global Cultures

College of Liberal Arts

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ANS 372: Global Markets and Local Cultures

Department of Asian Studies

Please describe specifically which non-U.S. community, country, or coherent regional grouping of countries, past or present, will be studied.

This course explores how flows of money and people transform the cultures and peoples of Asia. The class draws examples from a variety of places and populations including China, India, Japan, Korea, Sri Lankan factory workers, elite Chinese diaspora, Filipino overseas workers and Nepalese migrants in Iraq. Although much of the reading focuses on contemporary impacts of labor mobility and cultural exchange, several readings also address a longer history of exchange particularly in the Indian Ocean region.

What are typical readings or other materials in the course or class related to Global Cultures?

Students read articles on topics such as:

  • Ideas of propriety among Sri Lankan women that emerge through work in large factories.
  • Changing Korean attitudes towards beauty as a result of transnational advertising.
  • The “chain of love” generated by the migration of Filipino women to work as care givers in the Global North.
  • The marketing of Barbie in India.

Describe typical assignments related to Global Cultures.

Students are asked to bring in examples of cultural exchange in Asia from popular media and discuss their origin and effect. Students conduct a short research paper about the way in which cultural forms from abroad have changed and adapted in a new cultural context. In-class writings and exams are required, where students must discuss traditional culture in India and how it is changing.

Please explain how at least one-third of the course grade is based on content related to Global Cultures.

In the midterm (15%) students are required to discuss how economic policies set forth in global governance institutions impact the local culture in Nepal, the Philippines, India or Korea. In the “globalization in the media” exercise (10%) students will be required to look at media depictions of a given country in Asia – and maintain their focus and interest on that country throughout the course. The final paper (25%) will be about their country of interest in Asia and address how globalization has changed culture in the country.

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