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    Anthropological explanations of globalisation, covering social issues such as class, climate change, gender, nationalism and new social movements, with reference to selected case studies.

    This paper explores the complex cultural, political and economic dynamics of globalisation. It takes a person-centred and 'ground-up' cross-cultural perspective on globalisation. Globalisation involves the reconfiguration of time and space, generating increased flows of goods, services, money, people and images across borders, resulting in demands for both the liberalisation and regulation of economies and societies, resulting in 'hybrid' cultural values and practices. In this paper, we will take care always to ground our analyses of global processes in real-life situations and, from these, identify some of the key problems that have emerged as a consequence of globalisation and consider possible solutions to these issues.

    Themes and issues to be covered include: definitions, analyses and critiques of globalisation; production, consumption and distribution circuits (post-Fordism); embodiment and consumption; localisation and hybridity; the global corporation; the state, elites, class and gender; ethnicity and identity politics; new 'culture areas' and new social movements; climate change, 'global warming' and the environment; and financial collapses, corporate governance and risk.

    About this paper

    Paper title Anthropology of Globalisation
    Subject Anthropology
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Not offered in 2024 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $981.75
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    ANTH 103 or ANTH 105 or 54 points
    Schedule C
    Arts and Music

    Suitable for undergraduates of all disciplines who are interested in globalisation, embodiment, corporations, the state, class, the environment, gender, ethnicity, identity politics and new social movements.

    Teaching staff

    Dr Greg Rawlings

    Teaching Arrangements
    • Lectures and tutorials
    • Entirely internally assessed
    • No exam
    • Internal class test
    • Lectures are podcast

    Textbooks are not required for this paper. Readings are available on eReserve.

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Global perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
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    Learning Outcomes

    Upon successfully completing the paper students will:

    • Enhance 'problem-based learning' techniques to critically appraise globalisation
    • Have an ability to use globalisation to explain economic restructuring, cultural hybridity and social change in New Zealand
    • Be able to compare and contrast the impact of globalisation in New Zealand internationally and historically
    • Deepen skills in critical reading and interpreting diverse information, data, arguments and media
    • Further refine writing skills that demonstrate an ability to make concise arguments and reinforce these with an appropriate selection of ethnographic evidence and a critical interpretation of that evidence
    • Increase research skills in secondary sources and have a capacity to distinguish these from primary sources


    Not offered in 2024

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system
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