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Fall 2017-2018
* ANT 300A (SA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Ethnography, Evidence and Experience

Rena S. Lederman

This course connects ethnographic theory (e.g., about culture, relationality, context, and interpretation) to everyday experience and vice versa. Readings from academic and media sources align with weekly journal writing to cultivate students' ethnographic awareness of their own and others' embodied knowledge and the ethics, politics, and ritual dimensions of relationships, language, and more. Throughout we scrutinize how "experience" becomes ethnographic "evidence" and how the immediacies of participant-observation fieldwork bear on wide-angle questions about power/value hierarchies, historical and cultural context, and societal dynamics.


Sample reading list:
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
75-100 pp/week. Oral: participation in class and on Blackboard in the form of discussions of the assigned reading and of students' field journals (30% of the course grade). Written: weekly one-paragraph abstracts and discussion questions (10% of grade); weekly 250-500 word journal entries (first half of journal due at midterm for 15% of the course grade, second half due last day of class for 20% of the course grade). Final Dean's Date paper: 3000 words (25% of course grade).

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in lieu of Final - 25%
Papers - 45%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
This course assumes basic knowledge of sociocultural anthropology or another ethnographic tradition. Students lacking such preparation may take any concurrent 200-level anthropology course, or consult the instructor for advice. ANT301 (the spring term fieldwork methods course) and ANT300 may be taken separately and in different academic years. However, the two courses do complement one another and together prepare students for Independent Work involving ethnographic fieldwork in the US and abroad..

Equivalent Courses:
ANT 300A, ANT 300B are considered equivalent courses and cannot be taken multiple times for credit.

Other information:
For administrative reasons, there are two ways of enrolling in ANT300A/B. ANT 300A is for all students other than juniors in the Anthropology major. ANT 300B is reserved for juniors in the Anthropology major, as it includes enrollment in the Junior Seminar (the ANT 300B "Lab" section). ANT 300A and B are otherwise the same, and meet together.

Reserved Seats:
Freshmen Only 1

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
22262 C01 11:00 am - 12:20 pm T Th   Julis Romo Rabinowitz Building   A02   Enrolled:13 Limit:14