Globalisation and Culture ACOM 465
© Dr. Terrell Neuage August 2003
Thanks for being in the class.
GRADES Thursday, December 18, 2003 2:25 PM
COURSE PRESENTED AND DEVELOPED BY TERRELL NEUAGE
Department of Communication, State
Course: ACOM 465 Intercultural Communication
CLASS: TTH SS 116 Lecturer T. Neuage
OFFICE: SS 386 Hours: Tue – Thur 9-5 Phone 442-2604
photo: Segregation at McDonalds. Women
queue on the left section. Men on the right. May 2000.
COURSE GUIDE INDEX
Two places for information: This is updated and online at: http://se.unisa.edu.au/gc.htm go the week we are in and the material will be online and also on WebCT for this course.
An email from
From: yas sutaria
>Question: How to define globalization?
>Answer: Princess Diana's death
>Question: How come?
>Answer: An English princess with an Egyptian boyfriend crashes in a French tunnel, driving a German car with a Dutch engine, driven by a Belgian who was pissed on Scottish whiskey, followed closely by an Italian Paparazzi, on motorcycles, treated by an American doctor, using Brazilian medicines! And this is sent to you by a Filipino, using an American's (Bill Gates') technology which he stole from the Taiwanese.
There are several videos used in this course. These are on hold at the library for this course. Several sections will be viewed in class and some will be put online to be viewed to answers essay questions. Other segments will be referred to in the weekly guide. You will need to look at our site each week to know when the tapes are available.
Global Insights 4.
‘Globalisation and culture’ is a large topic. This course will examine and discuss different aspects of cultural change as technology has increasingly influenced our lives. We will also consider migration/immigration and “brought-in” cultures, beliefs and languages and how we are changing because of these influences. In our exploration we will try to step back from our own personal world-views as much as possible, though much of the material will necessarily be presented from a Western English speaking perspective. We will discuss various cultures but we will focus mainly on how Western society is currently influencing the world. And conversely how much our culture is being influenced by other cultures.
The need to expand, learn and share ideas has been with us as long as life has existed. Expansion has been embraced as well as being met with resistance. Whether we see this as conquering, colonization, social-evolution or education depends on one’s perspective.
We will cover topics as diverse as music, money-exchange, foods, gender, beliefs, communication and sports. Our emphasis will be on technological change, which has positive and negative effects on cultures and our own lives. Through viewing and reading sources such as video, Internet and journal readings it is hoped that you will be able to formulate a personal informed view of globalization. This course is expected to encourage an active approach toward these issues and to provide you with new information with which to evaluate these issues.
At the end of this course you should have an
understanding of cultural issues currently debated in contemporary society.
Several perspectives will be presented and of course none of them are the
correct model for everyone. You may
disagree with some of the content, and this will be welcomed. For example,
several of the videos shown are from ‘Global Insights’ (http://www.skatv.org.au/skatv/) a
series of videos, some which are subversive. These are from
From the start I wish to emphasize that globalisation
is not Americanisation. Much of what is presented in various western sources
would lead one to believe it is
This course is planned to encourage you to bring some of your own experiences and world-views to the course and for you to take responsibility for your learning. We will be working in cluster groups on Thursday and our Tuesday classes will be as interactive as possible. More of this will be discussed in the next section of this guide.
Class attendance will thus be taken each Tuesday and Thursday at the start of class and students are encouraged to come to class prepared and participate fully. Two-percent will be deducted from the final grade for each class missed that does not have one of the two excuses:
Ø Illness, Absence must be verified by my sighting, or the Office of Undergraduate Studies stating that they have received appropriate documentation of an original copy of a medical excuse. (I do not want to know the nature of the illness, only a note stating you were unable to attend class that week signed by a doctor with his or her number on it).
Ø An emergency, I must have a letter from the Office of Undergraduate Studies stating that they have received appropriate documentation.
For university policy, go to the Undergraduate Academic Policy Reminders Page: http://www.albany.edu/undergraduate_studies/policy_reminders.html
A 100-94.5 A- 94.4-90.5
B+ 90.4-87.5 B 87.4-83.5 B- 83.4-80.5
C+ 80.4-77.5 C 77.4-73.5 C- 73.4-70.5
D+ 70.4-67.5 D 67.4-63.5 D- 623.4-60.5
Allocation for this course is three-hours outside of class for each hour in class. You should allow eight to nine hours per week for this course outside of class.
Your assessment for this course will be made up of these three components:
1) Weekly Readings 30% DUE WEEKLY each Thursday. These are short essays and will receive 1-3 points for each one. (10 weeks times 3 points. Estimated time for reading and viewing of material is three-hours per week. One point will be lost if the assignment is not handed in Thursday.)
2) Weekly Discussion 20% DUE 5 PM Friday each week.
3) Journal 20% DUE Tuesday, October 16th, WEEK 7 (10 %) and November20th, WEEK 12 (10 %). Eight weeks times 2.5 points each equals 20 points/percent. Estimated time for finding and writing up material is three-hours per week.
4) Tests 15% Three tests @ 5% each
5) Group presentation 15% DUE Thursday November 21 and December 05. Estimated time for preparation is two-hours per week.
Beginning with week three (September 17th) and for each week until week 13th you will be required to contribute to our online discussion group. THE URL FOR THIS WILL BE GIVEN IN CLASS IN WEEK TWO. Marking will attract two points: one point will be a result of saying anything on the topic and one extra point will come from responding to something someone else said. This will mean that you will need to return to the bulletin board later in the week. The question for the week will be posted each Monday AM, and will be based on the weekly topic. My suggestion is that you answer the question early in the week and return to the discussion board later in the week and read what your peers wrote then write a response to what they said. For example:
COM378 Discussion Board: Read a Post –
Topic: Week Three: Discuss in two-three sentences something you did this week that was a result of globalisation -
Subject: Nike shoes into trash
Author: neuage (Terrell.Neuage@unisa.edu.au)
Message: This week I had a gut-full of participating in the sweat factory practices of multinational companies who exploit Third-World countries so I can look as kool as other people my age and cleaned out my closet and drawers only to realise I would be lecturing in the nude this semester. After a re-think I discovered I was helping employ people who had no income by buying a new set of clothes at the Gap.
Title RE:Nike shoes into trash
Subject: RE:Nike shoes into trash
Author: terrell (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Message: Your reasoning is really faulty. Should I pay you one dollar a day whilst you work a 12-hour day in horrible conditions and then deduct 95-cents of that so you can use the loo twice a day so you can look ‘kool’? I think it would be better if you sent people in
Total mark for the semester for assignment one is 30%
Each week there will be required readings or activities. These will be available a week in advance. For example, readings for WEEK TWO (September 10-16) will be available online beginning September 02. Each week there will be several questions relating to the required reading or online viewings. You will need to answer these questions and hand your answer up at the beginning of the Thursday class of the week they are due.
Marks will be awarded in this segment as follows:
Questions answered satisfactorily each week, handed up in time (see above) /33 (Each week 3 marks can be earned). Two points will be for answering the questions and one extra point for answering the questions extremely well! MISSED ASSIGNMENTS CAN ONLY BE ACCEPTED IF THERE IS A DOCTOR’S CERTIFICATE
Due Date: Tuesday, October 16th (Journal Part 1) and Tuesday, November 20th (Journal Part 2)
Total mark for the semester for assignment two (journals) is 20%
Your journal will cover an eight-week period beginning with the second week of classes, September 09 (the week being from Sunday to Saturday) through to November 02. The week of November 03 to 09 you will have to format your journal to hand up at the beginning of class on Tuesday, November 12th. The journal must be done on a weekly basis, as the date of the material used will coincide with the week of the entry as explained below.
Your journal will be a weekly record of current
topics on globalisation. Each week, beginning with week two (September 08) of
this semester, find something that mentions or references globalisation. It can
be an article from a printed source such as a newspaper or magazine or a story
on television or from the Internet. The story could be about how different
culture’s menus are appearing in your local deli. It can be a story on world
music, the World Bank, or on the exploitation of the
For your journal, cite the article correctly (see example below), then type the first paragraph or two if it is a print or Internet story. If it is from television or radio, cite the source correctly then outline it briefly. What is important is that the story is from the week of the entry and that the source is noted. Following the title and a synopsis, you are to write your own thoughts on the story. There are no right or wrong answers but you need to give a reason for your views of the story. Each journal entry needs approximately two hundred words. For example:
Jameson, Tonya. (2002)
Hip-hop rediscovers its political punch, Albany Times Union,
‘ Hip-hop culture has infiltrated entertainment, shaping how we dress, talk and see the world…
As this story shows,
hip-hop has been a global voice of youth for the past decade. The youth
‘culture’ has embraced several aspects that are associated with hip-hop
such as music (rap), art (graffiti/piecing), clothing and world-views. For
Your weekly entry could be about music such as how
hip-hop music has become a point of protest for youth throughout the world much
as folk music was in the 1960s. This specific topic on youth music and protest
will be addressed in week seven. It could be about sports. For example, I have a
son who was born in and grew up in
Weekly marking for your journal (5 marks per week) will be based on the following formula:
Submitted by the deadline. Minus one-half point for each day late.
Your journal grade will represent 32 percent of your final grade (Part-one will equal 16 percent) and will be made up as :
1) One-half-point for the weekly entry cited properly,
2) One-half-point for presentation according to the above criteria,
3) Adequate discussion will be worth one-point,
4) a well-developed discussion with the reason for your view will be worth two-points,
Part One is due Thursday October 16th, WEEK 07.
After four weeks, on Tuesday, October 16th the first four weeks of your journal will be due. You will receive it back the following Tuesday (October 21th) with your grade for the first half of your journal.
Part Two is due Tuesday, November 20, WEEK 12.
Presentations will be done between Thursday November 20 and (Week 12, Thursday November 28 school is closed) December 02.
Thursdays the class will go into cluster-groups. The weekly group-session provides an opportunity to discuss the issues and concepts raised in the Tuesday lecture and in the readings and viewings for the week as well as exchanging entries in your journal.
These groups will be formed on our first Thursday together and will be made up from the enrollment sheet. Doing this gives interactivity in the class that may be different than if individuals picked their mates for the group. The groups will have approximately five students in each.
One of the aims of the cluster group sessions is to maximize the use of your time. Working as a small group often makes it easier to get involved in class discussions, rather than struggling for airspace in our class of 45 or so students and helps with the speaking out in a new setting.
Each cluster group will make one presentation within the broad areas that are indicated in the study guide on either Thursday November 21 and December 05.
Presentations can be formal or informal, depending on the style with which your group feels more comfortable. They can be as simple as generally introducing the topic with each member in the group presenting material, such as a video or music. Your group may present a drama or video to illustrate your group’s work. Marks will be based on the group presentation and will be one-half peer-assessed: each student will be given a list of each group and each individual in it and will be expected to give marks on different areas of the presentation. The peer-assessed marks will equal 25% and my marking of each student will equal 75% of the presentation (which is worth 27 percent of your final grade). Marking of it will be discussed later in the course.
I expect your group presentations to extend beyond the original texts by introducing evidence of wider research, and using examples to illustrate the theoretical concepts that are discussed.
It is a minimum requirement for this course that you attend and participate in all Tuesday lectures and Thursday groups as well as do the three assignments above.
This course encourages independent research and it is a minimum expectation that you spend at least 8 hours per week outside of class for weekly-readings, assignments and sourcing current events on globalisation for your journal.
The expected outcomes for students who successfully complete A COM 378T 1326 are:
You will locate and access readings each week by
going to the week of the class. All readings and viewings will
have links to theURL.
Note: Because of the fluidity of the Internet the article may not be available the week it is due to be read. Therefore, it is imperative that you go to the reading for the week the week prior to its due viewing.
September 02 - 06
September 07 - 13 http://se.unisa.edu.au/gc/week_2.htm
September 14 – 20 http://se.unisa.edu.au/gc/week_3.htm
September 21-27 http://se.unisa.edu.au/gc/week_4.htm
September 28-October 04 http://se.unisa.edu.au/gc/week_5.htm
October 5-11 http://se.unisa.edu.au/gc/week_6.htm
PART ONE OF YOUR JOURNAL IS DUE Thursday 16th October (in this weekly are the guidelines for your presentation) WEEK 06. There is no journal article due for this week, use this week to format your journal.
October 12-18 http://se.unisa.edu.au/gc/week_7.htm
October 19-October 25 http://se.unisa.edu.au/gc/week_8.htm
October 26-November 1 http://se.unisa.edu.au/gc/week_9.htm
November 2-08 http://se.unisa.edu.au/gc/week_10.htm
November 9-15 http://se.unisa.edu.au/gc/week_11.htm
November 16-22 http://se.unisa.edu.au/gc/week_12.htm
November 23-November 29 http://se.unisa.edu.au/gc/week_13.htm
December 01-06 http://se.unisa.edu.au/gc/week_14.htm
December 09 http://se.unisa.edu.au/gc/week_15.htm
(to be copied and attached to your journal for presentation)
A COM 378T 1326
Globalisation and Culture
ASSIGNMENT COVER SHEET
Student name: __________________________________________________________
Journal Assignment (Part 1 or 2)_______
Due Date: / /03
Date of submission: / /03
I declare the following to be my own work, unless otherwise referenced