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Fall 2017-2018
* ANT 201 (SA)   na, npdf

Introduction to 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 Subject and Power
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. Reading Responses (20%). In-class midterm (30%); 8-10 pp. final paper (30%) due Dean's Date to synthesize a foundational concept learned in class and use it as a lens on a contemporary cultural phenomenon.

Requirements/Grading:
Mid Term Exam - 30%
Paper in lieu of Final - 30%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%
Other (See Instructor) - 20%

Other information:
Class/Precept participation includes 10% attendance and 10% participation.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
22127 L01 10:00 am - 10:50 am M W   Aaron Burr Hall   219   Enrolled:45 Limit:60
22128 P01 11:00 am - 11:50 am W   Aaron Burr Hall   213   Enrolled:10 Limit:15
23108 P02 3:30 pm - 4:20 pm W   Aaron Burr Hall   213   Enrolled:14 Limit:15
23109 P03 7:30 pm - 8:20 pm W   Aaron Burr Hall   209   Enrolled:9 Limit:15
23110 P04 3:30 pm - 4:20 pm Th   Aaron Burr Hall   213   Enrolled:12 Limit:15
22722 P99 TBA        Enrolled:0 Limit:15 Closed