Oil and Foreign Policy



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Spring 2012


Dr. Lisa Mitchell, Associate Professor of South Asia Studies, has guided her students to create voiceover videos as class assignments for a large undergraduate class (ANTH 063 / SAST 063 / HIST 087) in South Asia Studies. Her class focuses on how the desire to possess and consume commodities has shaped cultures. In addition to the commodities studied by the full class, each student researches a commodity for an individual presentation. Projects from the 2012 spring semester include some integration of video content in addition to stills. Students in all six sections of the course viewed the videos, and chose winners at the section and course levels. This video earned an honorable mention. Haley and Madeleine posit World War II as the turning point for global oil popularity. This group employs the Ken Burns effect while using motion-oriented and colorful section breaks to give their video the tone of a newsflash. The video explores: Use cases from Germany, Japan, and the United States The inclusion of oil in production of synthetic rubber How militaristic strategy has changed concerning the commodity View curriculum and materials for this course


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