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Geography 312 Culture Worlds
Tentative Syllabus (Subject to Change)


Giorgio H. Curti, Ph.D. Candidate

Course Description

Geographical characteristics and development of major cultural realms of the world. Analysis of spatial components of contemporary conflict within and between these “regions.” Critical discussion of “culture,” its conceptual and material components - e.g. religion, race, space/place, gender, language, etc. - and how it serves as a political tool and arena of power, domination and struggle




Your grade in this course will be based on the following elements:

There will be absolutely no make-ups unless approved prior to due date.

Books and Materials

Required Texts

Weekly Topics

Week Topic
Week One Introduction
What is geography? or, what does geography do?
What is culture? What is Globalization?
Week Two What is globalization? (The Caribbean)
Life + Debt - FILM & Discussion
Week Three Darwin’s Nightmare - FILM & Discussion
Week Four Development/Colonialism (Sub-Saharan Africa)
Exam One
Week Five South Africa and Colonialism - A Case Study through music
Amandla - FILM & Discussion
Week Six Ethnomusicology and Resistance, South Africa - A Case Study Cont.
‘Race’ and Segregation
Week Seven ‘Race’ and Segregation (Redlining)
Flag Wars - FILM & Discussion
Week Eight ‘Race’ and Segregation (Sudan)
Darfur Now - FILM & Discussion
Week Nine What is religion? (North Africa & Southwest Asia)
Palestinian–Israeli Conflict
Exam Two
Week Ten The Wall - FILM & Discussion
Week Eleven East Asia - Language and Culture
Week Twelve China
Manufactured Landscapes - FILM & Discussion
Week Thirteen Constructing Regions (Southeast Asia)
Week Fourteen Constructing Regions (Europe & “Latin America”)
Week Fifteen Australia-Oceania
Rabbit Proof Fence - FILM & Discussion

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