Culture, Technology and Identity

Course Code: CULT 242

Academic Year: 2023-2024

In what ways do people's understanding of themselves change while technology changes? Should we look for new ways of doing business with each other? Why does the term financial progress have different meaning to a banker or oil executive in Calgary, to a waiter in Toronto or to a tea plantation worker in Kenya? These are some of the questions this course will explore by looking at arguments over matters such as globalization, popular and ritual culture, ecological activism, commercialization in childhood nutrition, media power and cultural change. While examining these issues, the course will also focus on how changes to our identity are influenced by diversity within a global setting of economic uncertainty.