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FOAR7008 – Research Theme 4: Globalising Cultures

2020 – Session 1, Weekday attendance, North Ryde

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General Information

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Alexandra Kurmann
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Admission to BPhil/MRes
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Unit description Unit description

Faced with an increasingly interconnected world, disciplines across the humanities and social sciences have taken a “transnational turn” in recent decades. This unit introduces students to transnational and global approaches to the study of cultural texts. We examine the contested theoretical frameworks associated with the study of texts and cultures across national borders, including globalisation, postcolonialism, transnationalism, internationalism, diaspora, and world literature. In the process, we analyse how culture relates to global systems and networks, from the transnational avant-garde to popular culture, and from “little magazines” to the internet. This unit adopts a transdisciplinary approach, combining social and political theory, analysis of a wide range of cultural texts and artefacts, and diverse methods for cultural research, using varied sources. Students work towards the development of an independent research essay, and are encouraged to bring their own backgrounds and research interests to bear in both class and assessments. It is taught by a diverse range of scholars, and is associated with the World Literatures and Cultures research group.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO2: identify and reflect on different approaches to research into transnational cultures.
  • ULO1: explain and evaluate different theoretical models available forunderstanding global, transnational, international, world, postcolonial, decolonial and diasporic cultural production
  • ULO3: communicate advanced multidisciplinary perspectives on global cultural production across a range of genres and media.
  • ULO4: formulate, research and write a transdisciplinary research project on an aspect of global cultures, identifying appropriate frameworks, approaches and sources/data.

Assessment Tasks

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