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Understanding Global Cultures

 Spring 2021

 Summer 2021

List of countries of the world -- Wikipedia

language dictionaries and resources

International Development Indicators -- Human Development Reports, United Nations Development Programme

Global Open Data Index

OWL logo, Online Writing Lab, Purdue University.
topics and resources

World Clock Time

Video Schedule

 Semester Calendar s2021

 major due dates

  text readings schedule

  slides schedule

Weeks . . .

NOTE: Some Video Offerings are Currently being Re-negotiated with Providers


Video materials used in class illustrate many topics covered in this course. Consider these presentations similar to lab sessions, that is, watch them carefully and critically rather than simply watch another movie or video. The exams will include these materials, and it will be assumed that you have paid critical attention to them.

Dates and videos/films may change.

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-- The Guardian (Links to an external site.) (09 March 2020)


A-Z index

Week 1
10 -16 January 2021
  Many Ways to See the World: A Thirty-minute Tour of World Map Images
(30 min., 2005, CC) 

  on-line access

course viewing guide

(UM Duluth Library Multimedia - DVD GA105.3 .M35 2006) 

Week 2
17 - 23 January 2021
(Foreign Women [in Spain])
(74 min., 2005, CC)

 on-line access

Available at: Kanopy Streaming Videos (Duluth Campus) course viewing guide

REM: Turn on the Closed Caption (CC)

 course viewing guide

(UM Duluth Library Multimedia -- DVD HD8588.5.A2 E987 2003)
Week 3
24 - 30 January 2021
  En Tierra Extraña (In a Foreign Land): Struggles of the Spanish Community in Scotland
(74 min., 2014, CC)

 on-line access

transcript available on-line

 course viewing guide

REM: Turn on the Closed Caption (CC)

(UM Duluth Library Multimedia -- San Francisco, California, USA : Kanopy Streaming 2015)
Week 4 
31 January 6 February 2021


Aatsinki: The Story of Arctic Cowboys 
(Reindeer Herders of Finnish Lapland)
(84 min., 2014)

on-line access

 course viewing guide
Week 5 
7 - 13 February 2021
(30 min., 1986)

YouTube linkYouTube


 course viewing guide
Week 6
14 - 20 February 2021



 The Split Horn: Life of a Hmong Shaman in America
(58 min., 2001)

UMD Kanopy On-line Link:
 "The Split Horn"

 course viewing guide

UM DULUTH Martin Library Multimedia
  DVD BL2370.S5 S65 2001b

Good Supplementary Film: Hmong Shaman in America

(28 min., 1993 [1985], UM DULUTH Martin Library Video Cassette VC 2148)
Week 7 
21 - 27 February 2021

ss2021 Global Cultures Midterm Examwill be available Week 5, 7-10 July 2021 (up to 400 points)

After the Midterm Exam

Great Gatherings
[Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Peru, U.S.A.]
(55 min., 2018)

on-line access

Open University, & British Broadcasting Corporation (Producers), & Harrison, N. (Director). (2018). Great gatherings. [Video/DVD] BBC Worldwide.


"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."

Available at: Alexander Street Press Streaming Videos (Duluth)

Retrieved from

Week 8 
28 February - 6 March 2021
I Named Her Angel
(29 min., 2008)

on-line access

(Turkey; Mevlevis, are also known as Whirling Dervishes)
Available at: Alexander Street Press Streaming Videos (Duluth)

course viewing guide
Week 9 
7 - 13 March 2021


The Pig Commandments
[Chinese and Malay in Malaysia]
(72 min., 2005)

NOTICE: The UMD disk for The Pig Commandments is damaged and does not circulate from the Library. Please use on-line streaming.

on-line access

 course viewing guide


UM Duluth Martin Library Multimedia
DVD BP184.9.D5 P54 2006

 Taste of China, Part 2,

"Food for Body and Spirit"
(29 min., 1984, VC 714)
[second copy with Closed Captioning available]   on-line access

  course viewing guide

UM Duluth Martin Library Multimedia
DVD TX724.5.C5 F66 1984
Week 10 
14 - 20 March 2021
Ganges: River to Heaven
(52 min., 2003)

  on-line access


"Trigger Alert"

This Film Contains Graphic Images

course viewing guide

UM Duluth Martin Library Multimedia
DVD BL1243.76.V382 G35 2003
(REM: Check Disk for Problems)
Week 11 
21 - 27 March 2021
  A little "Romantic Love" from Strange Relations
From the series Millennium: Tribal Wisdom and the Modern World, by David Maybury-Lewis
(60 min., 1992, VC 1974, pt. 2)

UMD Kanopy On-line Link:
 "Strange Relations"

YouTube linkYouTube

 course viewing guide
Week 12
28 March - 3 April 2021

Après l'hiver, le printemps (After Winter, Spring)
(74 min., 2013 [US Release Date: 2015])~

Use this link for the film to get to the library catalog where you can click on Docuseek2 Streaming Videos.

  Bullfrog Film's viewing guide

  The film’s website

 After Winter, Spring -- Wikipedia

(UM DULUTH Martin Library DVD DC33.L68 A38 2013)

Week 13 
4 - 10 April 2021
(Quechua; SE Peru)
(61 min., 2006)

  on-line access

course viewing guide

 Documentary Educational Resources guide
Week 14
11 - 17 April 2021

Watch at least one of the three

full-length presentations on the Caribbean . . .

 Caribbean . . . “Episode 1”
(59:22 min., 2015)
[The island of Hispaniola (Haiti and the Dominican Republic),
Puerto Rico]

(02:54 min., 2015)

Full feature Episode 1: on-line access
(59:22 min., 2015)
[click  here]
for full-length feature #1

 Caribbean . . . “Episode 2”
(59:22 min., 2015)
[Barbados, St. Vincent, Venezuela, Colombia]

(02:33 min., 2015)

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

[click  here]
for full-length feature #2

 Caribbean . . . “Episode 3”
(59:22 min., 2015)
[Nicaragua, Honduras (mainland and Roatan Island), Jamaica]

(02:49 min., 2015)

Full feature Episode 3: on-line access
(59:52 min., 2015)

[click  here]
for full-length feature #3

BBC Caribbean with Simon Reeve Homepage

 Q&A with Simon Reeve

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


The Caribbean . . . Episode 2

Week 15
18 - 24 April 2021
Hungary, with one of the lowest birthrates in Europe, is essentially paying people to have babies. 

Have a look at the short video:

video_icon_30.jpg  Pressure to procreate:
inside Hungary’s baby drive

(15:42, 2021)

[click  here]

Week 16
25 April - 1 May 2021

Final Exams 3-7 May 2021

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