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Global Cultures
 

All readings except "TBA" are from the textbook listed on the textbook web page:

Text Reading Assignments

(along with Video Explorations and News-of-the Week features)

(assigned readings are in bold letters)

Week   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10   11  12  13  14  15  16

 "Sunday Memos"

 Semester Calendar f2022

 Major Due Dates

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Week 1
28 August - 3 September 2022
Textbook: Understanding Global Cultures

Preface: Understanding Cultures in Depth
 
PART I: INTRODUCTION
Chapter 1: Understanding Cultural Metaphors

(assigned readings are in bold letters)

In-the-News starts next week

Video
Many Ways to See the World: A Thirty-minute Tour of World Map Images
(30 min., 2005)
on-line access
course viewing guide
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Week 2
4 - 10 September 2022
Textbook: Understanding Global Cultures
 
PART XII: SAME METAPHOR, DIFFERENT MEANINGS
Chapter 34: The Spanish Bullfight
Chapter 35: The Portuguese Bullfight

(assigned readings are in bold letters)

In-the-News
(you need to report this week only if you signed up for one of these countries)

Video
Extranjeras
(Foreign Women [in Spain])
(74 min., 2005)
on-line access
course viewing guide
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Week 3
11 - 17 September 2022
     
Textbook: Understanding Global Cultures
Pick at least one of the following "Authority Ranking Cultures" . . .
 
PART II: AUTHORITY RANKING CULTURES
Chapter 2: The Thai Kingdom
Chapter 3: The Japanese Garden
Chapter 4: Bedouin Jewelry and Saudi Arabia
Chapter 5. Dòn Gánh: The Two Sides of Vietnam
Chapter 6: Kimchi and Korea

(assigned readings are in bold letters)

In-the-News
(you need to report this week only if you signed up for one of these countries)

     
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Week 4 
18 - 24 September 2022
     
Textbook: Understanding Global Cultures
 
PART III: SCANDINAVIAN EGALITARIAN CULTURES
Chapter 7: The Swedish Stuga
Chapter 8: The Finnish Sauna
Chapter 9: The Danish Christmas Luncheon

(assigned readings are in bold letters)

In-the-News
(you need to report this week only if you signed up for Finland)

Video
Aatsinki: The Story of Arctic Cowboys
(Reindeer Herders of Finnish Lapland)
(84 min., 2014)
on-line access
course viewing guide
     
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Week 5 
25 September - 1 October 2022
     
Textbook: Understanding Global Cultures
 
PART IV: OTHER EGALITARIAN CULTURES
Chapter 10: The German Symphony
Chapter 11: Irish Conversations
Chapter 12: The Canadian Backpack and Flag
Chapter 13. Australian Outdoor Recreational Activities
Chapter 14: French Wine (See Week 12)

(assigned readings are in bold letters)

In-the-News
(you need to report this week only if you signed up for one of these countries)

Video
Babakiueria
[Australia]
(30 min., 1986)
YouTube
course viewing guide
     
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Week 6
2 - 8 October 2022
     
Textbook: Understanding Global Cultures
 
PART V: MARKET PRICING CULTURES
Chapter 15: American Football
Chapter 16: The Traditional British House

(assigned readings are in bold letters)

In-the-News
(you need to report this week only if you signed up for the U.S.A.)

Video
The Split Horn:
Life of a Hmong Shaman in America
(58 min., 2001)
on-line access
course viewing guide

Recommended, but optional

Ch. 19 "The Sacrifice," from The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, pp. 278-288


 The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, by Anne Fadiman (NY: Farrar, Strauss and Biroux, 1977).
  Anne Fadiman
1953-

Google Drive Link (UM Only)


Lia LEe
     
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Week 7 
9 - 15 October 2022
     

Midterm Exam

f2022 Global Cultures Midterm Exam will be available Week 7, 10 - 15 October 2022 (up to 400 points)
NOTE: There will be at least one question in the pool from each of the assigned videos from Weeks 1-6, so be sure not to miss watching them.
Video Listings: <https://www.d.umn.edu/cla/faculty/troufs/anth1095/fsvideo_schedule.html#week01>


     

Midterm Exam

f2022 The Live Chat for the Midterm Exam will be from 07:00-08:00 CST, on Tuesday, 11 October 2022

f2022 Global Cultures Midterm Exam will be available Week 7, 10 - 15 October 2022 (up to 400 points)

NOTE: There will be at least one question in the pool from each of the assigned videos from Weeks 1-6, so be sure not to miss watching them.
Video Listings: <https://www.d.umn.edu/cla/faculty/troufs/anth1095/fsvideo_schedule.html#week01>


After the Midterm Exam>
Textbook: Understanding Global Cultures
 
PART VI: CLEFT NATIONAL CULTURES
Chapter 17: The Malaysian Balik Kampung
Chapter 18: The Israeli Kibbutzim and Moshavim
Chapter 19: The Italian Opera [as a case study in Metaphorical Analysis]
Chapter 20: Belgian Lace

(assigned readings are in bold letters)

In-the-News
(you need to report this week only if you signed up for one of these countries)
Video
Great Gatherings
[Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Peru, U.S.A.]
(55 min., 2018)
on-line access
course viewing guide
"The greatest gatherings on Earth are rituals. They bind us together and keep communities alive. In Siena rival districts battle for supremacy in a 700 year-old horserace. In Japan, two thousand men perform a chaotic fire ritual to be renewed; while in Malaysia, one devotee joins millions to fulfill a grueling vow to god. At the world's highest mass ritual in the Peruvian Andes, men are initiated into their ancient clan; and in the desert, Burning Man's new rituals fulfill our desire to belong."
     
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Week 8 
16 - 22 October 2022
     
Textbook: Understanding Global Cultures
 
PART V: MARKET PRICING CULTURES
Chapter 21: The Mexican Fiesta
Chapter 22: The Turkish Coffeehouse

(assigned readings are in bold letters)

In-the-News
(you need to report this week only if you signed up for one of these countries)

Video
I Named Her Angel
[Türkiye, fka Turkey]
(29 min., 2008)
on-line access
course viewing guide
Work on Readings for Your Project
     
 

Fall Break
27 - 28 October 2022

 
     
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Week 9 
23 - 29 October 2022
     
Textbook: Understanding Global Cultures
 
PART VIII: THE BASE CULTURE AND ITS DIFFUSION ACROSS BORDERS (CLUSTERS OF NATIONS): THE EXAMPLE OF CHINA
Chapter 23: China’s Great Wall and Cross-Cultural Paradox
Chapter 24: The Chinese Family Altar: The Expatriate Chinese Outside of China
Chapter 25: The Singapore Hawker Centers

(assigned readings are in bold letters)

In-the-News
(you need to report this week only if you signed up for one of these countries)

Video
The Pig Commandments
[Chinese and Malay in Malaysia]
(72 min., 2005)
on-line access
course viewing guide

Food for Body and Spirit
[China]
(29 min., 1984)
on-line access
course viewing guide
     
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Week 10 
30 October - 5 November 2022
     
Textbook: Understanding Global Cultures
 
PART IX: INDIA, TRADITION, MODERNITY, AND DIVERSITY
Chapter 26: India: The Dance of Shiva
Chapter 27: India: A Kaleidoscope of Diversity

(assigned readings are in bold letters)

In-the-News
(you need to report this week only if you signed up for India)

Video
Ganges: River to Heaven
[India]
(52 min., 2003)
on-line access
course viewing guide
     
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Week 11 
6 - 12 November 2022
     
Textbook: Understanding Global Cultures
 
PART X: AN AFRICAN PERSPECTIVE
Chapter 28: The Nigerian Marketplace
Chapter 29: South African Townships
Chapter 30: The Sub-Saharan African Bush Taxi

(assigned readings are in bold letters)

In-the-News
(you need to report this week only if you signed up for one of these countries)

Video
A little "Romantic Love" from Strange Relations
(60 min.,1992)
on-line access
kanopy access
Youtubeaccess
course viewing guide
     
     
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Week 12
13 - 19 November 2022
     
Textbook: Understanding Global Cultures
 
PART XI: THE STRUGGLE FOR CULTURAL IDENTITY AND THE SPLINTERING OF NATIONS: THE CASE OF THE RUSSIAN EMPIRE
Chapter 31: The Russian Ballet
Chapter 32: Estonian Singing
Chapter 33: The Polish Village Church
 
PART IV: OTHER EGALITARIAN CULTURES
Chapter 10: The German Symphony
Chapter 11: Irish Conversations
Chapter 12: The Canadian Backpack and Flag
Chapter 13. Australian Outdoor Recreational Activities
Chapter 14: French Wine

(assigned readings are in bold letters)

In-the-News
(you need to report this week only if you signed up for one of these countries)

Video
Après l'hiver, le printemps:
(After Winter, Spring)
(74 min., 2013/2015)
on-line access
Bullfrog Film's viewing guide
     
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Week 13 
20 - 26 November 2022
     
See Student Presentations in Your Canvas folder
     
Textbook: Understanding Global Cultures
 
PART XII: SAME METAPHOR, DIFFERENT MEANINGS
Chapter 34: The Spanish Bullfight (Review)
Chapter 34: The Spanish Bullfight (Review)
 
Pick at least one of the Modern-day Latin American cultures with a musical metaphor . . .
 
PART IV: OTHER EGALITARIAN CULTURES
Chapter 36: The Brazilian Samba
Chapter 37: The Argentine Tango

(assigned readings are in bold letters)

In-the-News
(you need to report this week only if you signed up for one of these countries)

Video
"Weaving Stories"
(56:56 min., 2015)
 [Aymara; Bolivia]
On-line Access
click  here
course viewing guide
Work on Readings for Your Term Paper
(which is due next week)
     
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Week 14
27 November - 3 December 2022
     
See Student Presentations in Your Canvas folder
     
Textbook: Understanding Global Cultures
 
PART XIV. OVERLAPPING CULTURAL METAPHORS FOR GEOGRAPHICALLY RELATED NATIONS
Chapter 38. Cultural Metaphors for the Caribbean

(assigned readings are in bold letters)

In-the-News
(you need to report this week only if you signed up for the Caribbean)

Video
Watch at least one of the three
full-length presentations on the Caribbean . . .


Caribbean . . . “Episode 1”
[The island of Hispaniola (Haiti and the Dominican Republic), Puerto Rico]

Episode 1:
preview
(02:54 min., 2015)

Full feature Episode 1:
on-line access
(59:22 min., 2015)

Caribbean . . . “Episode 2”
[Barbados, St. Vincent, Venezuela, Colombia]

Episode 2:
preview
(02:37 min., 2015)

Full feature Episode 2:
on-line access
(59:37 min., 2015)

Caribbean . . . “Episode 3”
[Nicaragua, Honduras (mainland and Roatan Island), Jamaica]

Episode 3:
preview
(02:49 min., 2015)

Full feature Episode 3:
on-line access
(59:53 min., 2015)

course viewing guide

BBC Caribbean with Simon Reeve Homepage

 Q&A with Simon Reeve

 How well do you know the Caribbean?
(Take the Quiz)

     
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Week 15
4 - 10 December 2022
     
See Student Presentations in Your Canvas folder
     
Textbook: Understanding Global Cultures
 
PART I: INTRODUCTION
Conclusions

(assigned readings are in bold letters)

News-of-the-Week
 

Video
 
     
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Week 16
11 - 17 December 2022

Final Exams Week

Catch up, and Review for Final Exam

     

Final Exam

f2022 The Live Chat for the Final Exam will be from 07:00-08:00 CST, on Tuesday, 13 December 2022

f2022 The Global Cultures Final Exam is scheduled for Monday-Friday, 12 - 16 December 2022 (up to 400 points)

NOTE: There will be at least one question in the pool from each of the assigned videos from Weeks 7-15, so be sure not to miss watching them.

Video Listings: <https://www.d.umn.edu/cla/faculty/troufs/anth1095/fsvideo_schedule.html#week07>


     
     
     
     

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