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Fall 2018-2019
* ANT 300 (SA)   na, npdf

Ethnography, Evidence and Experience

Rena S. Lederman

This course concerns 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. Readings align with weekly memo and journal writing to cultivate students' ethnographic awareness of their own and others' embodied knowledge and the ethics, politics, and symbolic taken-for-granted dimensions of relationships, language, and more.

Sample reading list:
Z.N. Hurston, Mules and Men
New York Times, Writers on Writing
Thomas Gladwin, East Is a Big Bird
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 reading response memos (20% of grade); weekly 250-500 word (1-2 pp.) journal entries (30%). Final Dean's Date paper: 2000 words (8 pp., 20% of course grade).

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in lieu of Final - 20%
Papers - 50%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%

Other Requirements:
Course is required for concentrators

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

Other information:
ANT 300 was scheduled as ANT 300A or ANT 300B in previous years. The two enrollment versions are now combined and all students taking this course should enroll in ANT 300. Students in the Ethnographic Studies certificate program must complete this course by the end of their junior year.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
20726 C01 11:00:00 am - 12:20:00 pm T Th   Green Hall   1-C-4C   Enrolled:32 Limit:30 Closed