Topics in Culture and Globalization

People dancing and playing drums.

N'Zérékoré, Guinea celebrates Internet connectivity. (Image courtesy of U.S. Agency for Intenational Development.)


MIT Course Number

21G.035 / 21G.037

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Fall 2003


Undergraduate / Graduate

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Course Description

The concept of globalization fosters the understanding of the interconnectedness of cultures and societies geographically wide apart; America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. Subject scans existing debates over globalization around the world. This course explores how globalization impacts everyday life in the First and Third World; how globalization leads to a common cosmopolitan culture; the emergence of a global youth culture; and religious, social, and political movements that challenge globalization. Materials examined include pop music, advertisements, film posters, and political cartoons.

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The specific topics covered in this subject vary from year to year, such as reggae, hip-hop, transnational media, and "cool."

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Ian Condry. 21G.035 Topics in Culture and Globalization. Fall 2003. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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