Culture in a Global Society

Week 3 Assignment
Application: Culture in a Global Society
Look at a map of where you live and identify important place names. Do some of those names sound as if they come from another country? Now, think about holidays, famous buildings, clothing styles, popular sports, movies, music, restaurants, and other things that you encounter in the area of the map that you see. Have these things always been “native” to your area? These longstanding aspects of culture that seem “local” or “native” may in fact be from other parts of the world. They have been so integrated that you may not realize that they represent a long history of global exchange. In this Application, you will examine how cultural integration affects your perspective on globalization.
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To prepare for this Application:
•Read the assigned essays in Chapters 8, 10, and 11 from the Muller text. Also, review essays assigned in earlier weeks.
•Read the chapter excerpt “Media Unlimited: How the Torrent of Images and Sounds Overwhelms Our Lives,” located in the Learning Resources.
•Reflect on how your culture, a culture you know about, or a culture from history has adopted traditions, rituals, languages, or global media influences. How does this cultural blending influence your own perspective?
The assignment:
•Compose a 2- to 3-page essay in which you do the following:
oChoose one feature of a culture—yours, one you know about, or an historical example—that is the result of a global influence. This chosen feature must be one that has become an accepted addition to the chosen culture. To find a feature, think of popular events, celebrations, sports, or restaurants that you know.
oDescribe the existing culture and the influence, detailing how the influence developed and has come to seem part of the existing culture.
oAnalyze how accepted changes in culture affect your perspective on globalization.
oRefer to 2 specific examples from your course reading and record in your assignment information about each source, including author, year, page number, and publication title.
Required Resources
•Muller, G. H. (2014). The new world reader: Thinking and writing about the global community (4th ed.). Boston, MA: Wadsworth, Cengage Learning.
oChapter 8, “The Clash of Civilizations: Is Conflict Avoidable?” (pp. 262–279)
oChapter 10, “Global Aid: Can We Reduce Disease and Poverty?” (pp. 327–343)
oChapter 11, “The Fate of the Earth: Can We Preserve the Global Environment?” (pp. 344–366)
•Gitlin, T. (2008). Media unlimited: How the torrent of images and sounds overwhelms our lives. In S. J. Ferguson (Ed.), Mapping the social landscape (5th ed., pp. 441–450). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.