001 - Cultural diffusion: the process

Syllabus Point

Describe (AO1) cultural traits in terms of language, customs, beliefs, dress, images, music, food and technology.
Examine (AO3) the diffusion of cultural traits resulting from the international movement of workers, tourists and commodities.

Key Terminology

  • Describe
  • Examine
  • Cultural Traits
  • Diffusion
  • Commodities
Define the words above using the command word posters in the classroom, your 'Global Interactions' textbook by Guinness and the links provided.

Helpful Links

Activity One - Draw

  • Are these images a typical representation of someone who is English?
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  1. Using A4 plain paper draw someone from the USA and Morocco. 
  2. Label or add to your diagram symbols for the following features:
        • language
        • religion
        • music
        • television
        • sport
        • food
        • dress
        • customs
    3. Watch the youtube clip below. Is it a fair representation of an American? 

Top Gear - USA



    3. Using the 'Global Interactions' textbook by Guinness make notes on the different aspects of culture pages 144 to 150.



Activity Two - Discussion

Today cultures are not necessarily as distinct as they once were. Answer the following questions to address why the mixing of cultures is a consequence of global interactions.
  1. What is cultural hybridity?
  2. How are cultural traits spread around the world? You need to consider the following factors:
        • International migrant workers
        • Mass tourism
        • Commodities
        • Time-space convergence

Useful Resources

        • 'Global Interactions' textbook by Guinness pages 151-154
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Exam Style Question

Analyse the diffusion of cultural traits resulting from the international movement of workers, tourists and commodities. [10 marks]