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ANTH 320 Globalization and Culture

What does the intensifying global circulation of ideas, people, capital, goods and practices across national borders mean for communities, cultures, and identities in different parts of the world? As anthropologist Anna Tsing puts it: how are people, cultures, things, and ideas remade as they circulate? Globalization and Culture explores today's increasingly interconnected and mobile world through the field of anthropology. The course examines challenges of globalization, such as forced migrations, economic inequalities, climate change, pandemics. The course also considers valuable outcomes, from advances in social justice, to collaborations to solve global problems and creative multi-cultural interactions and productions. Students explore lived experiences of globalization, including their own.


4 Undergraduate credits

Effective December 11, 2023 to present

Meets graduation requirements for

Learning outcomes


  • Ability to analyze and evaluate, at an upper division level, the historical, cultural and economic forces that influence relationships between and among peoples in the global age, with an understanding of cultural relativism.
  • Ability to critically evaluate and write about power, global capitalism and the issues facing non-western cultures as a consequence of global interconnection.
  • Ability to critique and write about anthropological approaches and representations at the upper division college level.
  • Ability to use anthropological principles to formulate an ethic and identity as a global citizen.

Minnesota Transfer Curriculum

Goal 5: History and the Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • Employ the methods and data that historians and social and behavioral scientists use to investigate the human condition.
  • Examine social institutions and processes across a range of historical periods and cultures.
  • Use and critique alternative explanatory systems or theories.
  • Develop and communicate alternative explanations or solutions for contemporary social issues.

Goal 8: Global Perspective

  • Describe and analyze political, economic, and cultural elements which influence relations of states and societies in their historical and contemporary dimensions.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of cultural, social, religious and linguistic differences.
  • Analyze specific international problems, illustrating the cultural, economic, and political differences that affect their solution.
  • Understand the role of a world citizen and the responsibility world citizens share for their common global future.