• Class Number 5571
  • Term Code 3260
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Ashley Carruthers
    • Dr Caroline Schuster
    • AsPr Patrick Kilby
    • AsPr Sverre Molland
    • Dr Yasmine Musharbash
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 25/07/2022
  • Class End Date 28/10/2022
  • Census Date 31/08/2022
  • Last Date to Enrol 01/08/2022
SELT Survey Results

Just how involved are we are on a daily basis with the processes, the politics, the social and economic relations and the other formations that constitute this complex and slightly scary thing called globalisation? Beginning with some of the things that are closest and most familiar to us - including the clothes on our backs - we're going to start at the ground and trace upwards the links that attach us to far off countries, economies, sites of production and fellow humans. In this way, we will trace our own map of the world system and get some sort of critical understanding of how we slot into it. In the process, we will ask 'Is there a more ethical way for us to approach some of those core global practices in which we all participate: consumption, tourism, inhabiting the city, and using the internet and social media?' How, in this immensely complex context, are we to be good global citizens?

In the process of doing this we will learn the fundamental concepts anthropologists and other social scientists use to make sense of globalisation's exciting new cultural and social forms and its not so exciting new forms of exploitation and inequality. The focus will be on understanding the language of the anthropology of globalisation, and the practical and critical application of its key concepts to real life global issues. We will use an innovative team based learning approach in which students help each other workshop the weekly readings and carry out critical and interpretive activities in class based on real life case studies.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. understand the core language and key conceptual approaches found in anthropological and related social science writing on globalisation and development, allowing them to read and comprehend such texts independently;
  2. apply the core language and key concepts of the anthropology of globalisation to real life case studies, thus producing a critical analysis of practices and discourses of globalisation and development;
  3. identify and debate the ethical issues around our participation in practices of globalisation that act to produce extreme forms of social, economic and environmental inequality and exploitation, and identify ways of being better "global citizens"; and
  4. interact and work with peers on team based activities in a productive and mutually supportive way.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Introduction
2 Disembedding: From McDonaldisation to Glocalisation Lecturer: Ashley Carruthers Case study: McDonald's opens in Beijing Keywords: Cultural globalisation, McDonaldisation, localisation, glocalisation, authenticity, hybridity
3 Mixing: World Musics Lecturer: Sverre Molland Case study: Django Reinhardt and Gypsy Jazz Keywords: creolization, hybridity, racial and ethnic essentialism, invention of tradition Assessment: 500 word response essay or equivalent
4 Mobilities I: Tourism Lecturer: Ashley Carruthers Case Study: Tourism in Hoi An, Vietnam.= Key Words: Mobility, authenticity, the tourist gaze, panopticism, commodification, staged authenticity, emergent authenticity, false back region Assessment: 500 word response essay or equivalent
5 Mobilities II: Transnational Labour Migration Lecturer: Ashley Carruthers Case Study: Filipina Migration to Singapore and Hong Kong Key Words: im/mobilities, the body, social reproductive labour, transnational labour migration Assessment: 500 word response essay or equivalent
6 Standardisation: Modernity and Development Lecturer: Patrick Kilby Case Study: the Global Development and Aid Industries Key Words: standards, markets, raw materials, "subsidising" of the First World by the Third World Assessment: 500 word response essay or equivalent
7 Risk: Pandemics, Expert Systems, Vulnerability Lecturer: Ashley Carruthers Case Study: Covid-19 Key Words: risk culture, vulnerability, expert systems, public health discourse Assessment: 500 word response essay or equivalent
8 Consumption I: The Global Factory Lecturer: Carly Schuster Case Study: Factory Farms and the "Plantationscene" Key Words: Panopticism, discipline, surveillance Assessment: 500 word response essay
9 Consumption II: Ethical Consumption Lecturer: Ashley Carruthers Case Study: Marketing Fair Trade Key Words: Ethical consumption, commodity fetishism, de-fethishisation, exoticism, cultural capital Assessment: 500 word response essay or equivalent
10 Consumption III: Recycling Lecturer: Ashley Carruthers Case Study: eWaste and Ethical Electronics Key Words: Tool, container, recycling, commodity chain, slow technologies Assessment: 500 word response essay or equivalent
11 Identity Politics Lectuer: Yasmine Musharbash Case Study: Cleverman (2016-17, dir. Wayne Blair and Leah Purcell) Key Words: Indigeneity, Indigenous Cosmopolitans, Indigenous Strategies, Culture & Globalisation, Settler-Colonialism Assessment: 500 word response essay or equivalent
12 Alterglobalisation Lecturer: Trang X. Ta Case Study: The Milk Tea Alliance Key Words: Heterotopias, Gentrification, Occupy movements, right to the city Assessment: 500 word response essay or equivalent

Tutorial Registration

Via Wattle. Required.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Learning Outcomes
Weekly Assignment 100 % 1,2,3,4

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the Academic Integrity . In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 100 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Weekly Assignment

Word Limit: 500 per item * 10 items = 5 000 words

Value: 100%

Requirements: Beginning in week 3 of the course, students will submit a 500 word response essay or comparable task weekly. The exact requirements for each week's assessment will be explained in Wattle.

Learning Outcomes: This item tests comprehension of course readings, language, case studies and concepts, evaluates your capacity to produce an analysis, and requires prior interactive teamwork, to be done in tutorials.

Due Date: One week subsequent to the relevant lecture

Return Date: One week subsequent to submission

Grade Calculation: Your final grade will be calculated on your best 7/10 weekly assignment submissions.

  • The maximum number of submissions is 10.
  • There is no minimum number of submissions, although obviously you will need to submit enough assignments to be able to pass the course.
  • This assessment structure allows you to "budget" for three sick weeks, between weeks 3 and 12.
  • Students also have the option of completing an alternative weekly assessment task if they miss the first due date (see below)
  • In this course we offer this in-built flexibility instead of accepting late assignments or granting extensions

Late Submission and Extensions

  • Since this is a weekly assessment item attached in a time-sensitive way to the relevant lecture and tutorial, we cannot accept late submissions for the weekly assignment.
  • You may not request an extension for any of the assessment items in this course. This includes EAP students.

Alternative Assessment Task

  • If you are unable to submit on time, you have the option of submitting an alternative assessment item (a 1000 word summary of the week's essential readings) due one week after the original assessment deadline
  • The alternative assessment task will be graded less regularly than the weekly assignments, and feedback will not be provided
  • Late submission of the alternative assessment item is not permitted
  • Requests for extensions on the alternative assessment task will not be considered. This includes EAP students.

This is NOT a hurdle item

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically, committing to honest and responsible scholarly practice and upholding these values with respect and fairness.

The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with.

The Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Late submission not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.

Requests for extension not permitted. Extension requests will not be considered, including for students with EAPs.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Returning Assignments

Via Wattle gradebook.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Resubmission of Assignments

Resubmission not allowed.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Dr Ashley Carruthers

Research Interests

Mobilities, migration, socio-technical systems, Vietnam

Dr Ashley Carruthers

By Appointment
Dr Caroline Schuster
+61 02 6125 7043

Research Interests

Dr Caroline Schuster

By Appointment
AsPr Patrick Kilby

Research Interests

AsPr Patrick Kilby

By Appointment
AsPr Sverre Molland

Research Interests

AsPr Sverre Molland

By Appointment
Dr Yasmine Musharbash

Research Interests

Dr Yasmine Musharbash

By Appointment

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