Local/Regional Perspectives on the Myth/Enlightenment Dialectic (respectively, Wallerstein’s world-systems analysis)
Students individually create a set of overlays (images, labeled paths, tours, texts, etc.) in GoogleEarth Pro indexing some of the major events and developments of a particular geographical-social-cultural region, integrating and/or dissociating the dynamics of these events and developments with the analysis provided by Horkheimer and Adorno in Dialectic of Enlightenment (respectively, narrative presented by Immanuel Wallerstein of the modern world-system ca. 1500-2000 in World-Systems Analysis: An Introduction).
The assignment is detailed in the "Wallersteins world-system analysis.docx".
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PHL220 Ideas, Culture and Social Thought, Fall 2017
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In-class use of GoogleEarth for investigating the relevant geographical regions and facilitating student group interaction and critical inquiry was very successful. Final presentations using GoogleEarth tours had mixed results. Some presentations were excellent, with fine coordination of research results and critical methodology. Others were less detailed and neglected to take advantage of the multiple scales of analysis and presentation possible with GoogleEarth. There was some difficulty with saving and retrieving tour files and folders.