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Fall 2015-2016
* ANT 390A (HA)   na, npdf

History of Anthropological Theory

Elizabeth A. Davis

This course is an introduction to fundamental theories and debates in social/cultural anthropology. We will examine the national and colonial origins of anthropology, considering how western encounters with non-western peoples in the 19th-20th centuries opened questions about human kinship, history, economy, religion, language, sexuality, and personhood that continue to shape the horizons of our thought today. We will study this inheritance critically, exploring the changing concepts, methods, and ethics of anthropological research and writing, and evaluate their bearing on questions of power, justice, and identity in the present.

Sample reading list:
Emile Durkheim, Elementary Forms of Religious Life
Marcel Mauss, The Gift
Ruth Benedict, Patterns of Culture
Claude Lévi-Strauss, Structural Anthropology
Paul Willis, Learning to Labor
Frantz Fanon, Black Skin, White Masks

Reading/Writing assignments:
Approximately 150 pages of reading per week. Students will write three essays (5-7 pp, each counting for 25% of the final grade) and post questions on the discussion board for each reading assignment (15% of final grade).

Requirements/Grading:
Papers - 75%
Class/Precept Participation - 10%
Other (See Instructor) - 15%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
One course in Anthropology or instructor's permission..

Equivalent Courses:
ANT 390A, ANT 390B are considered equivalent courses and cannot be taken multiple times for credit.

Other information:
For administrative reasons, there are two ways of enrolling in ANT 390A/B. ANT 390A is for all students other than seniors in the Anthropology major. ANT 390B is reserved for seniors in the Anthropology major, as it includes enrollment in the Senior Seminar (the ANT 390B "Lab" section). ANT 390A and B are otherwise the same, and meet together.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
23154 C01 1:30 pm - 2:50 pm M W   Wallace Hall   002   Enrolled:1 Limit:4