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Fall 2016-2017
* ANT 201 (SA)   na, npdf

Foundational Concepts in Anthropology

Naomi S. Stone

This course provides an introduction to core anthropological modes of inquiry into being human across space and time. Engaging key concepts of culture as lenses on contemporary phenomena, we will explore universalism and variation across societies. How do communities express difference and identity, make meaning, transmit knowledge, circulate objects and power, live, love, wish and dream? Case-studies vary, from women's piety movements in Cairo to the role of mosquitos, germs, and machines in making lives and worlds. We will also consider anthropology's colonial origins, examining intersections between knowledge and domination.

Sample reading list:
Mick Taussig, I Swear I Saw This:Drawings in Field Notebooks,Namely My Own
Franz Boas, "The Methods of Ethnology"
Claude Levi-Strauss, "The Sorcerer and His Magic"
Michel Foucault, The History of Sexuality
Saba Mahmood, Politics of Piety: Islamic Revival and the Feminist Subject
Anna Tsing, The Mushroom at the End of the World

Reading/Writing assignments:
Read 70-120 pp per week. Prepare weekly discussion questions of two or more sentences (15%). Papers: 5 pp ethnographic writing assignment due midterm week (15%); 5 pp short essay due Week 9 (20%); 8-10 pp final paper due Dean's Date to synthesize a foundational concept learned in class and use it as a lens on a contemporary cultural phenomenon.

Paper in lieu of Final - 40%
Papers - 35%
Class/Precept Participation - 10%
Other (See Instructor) - 15%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
22561 L01 10:00:00 am - 10:50:00 am M W   Aaron Burr Hall   219   Enrolled:24 Limit:60
23844 P01 11:00:00 am - 11:50:00 am W   Aaron Burr Hall   213   Enrolled:13 Limit:15
24588 P02 09:00:00 am - 09:50:00 am W   Aaron Burr Hall   216   Enrolled:11 Limit:15
23659 P99 TBA        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled