Culture Through Film
Kevin Taylor Anderson
Graciela Monteagudo (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Culture Through Film
, is an introductory course to the field of
socio-cultural anthropology. The course will be concerned with two main
purposes: 1) developing an understanding of the field of anthropology as a social
science, namely what anthropologists study, their methodology and theoretical
issues, and how these skills may be applied for analyzing contemporary social
issues locally, nationally, and globally. The second aspect to the course will
address topics of gender, race, class, ethnicity, health, and technology, with
emphasis themes relevant to current issues in America.
The course uses films – both documentary and fictional – as primary texts,
accompanied by weekly readings from the course packet. We will look at film
and visual media as both research tools and as forms of cultural expression.
Emphasis will be placed on developing the student’s skills in “reading” films to
gain an understanding of the context and implications of the messages they
convey. Films will be treated as texts, and the coursework will focus on the
relationship between the study of human behavior and the role film plays in
anthropological study, in addition to popular culture.
Upon completion of the course, students should be able to exhibit a basic
understanding of anthropological terminology, theory, and methodology, in
addition to a general understanding of human diversity and adaptation. As well,
students should also have developed a critical eye for viewing and analyzing
films and other forms of visual media, and an appreciation of their role as forms
of cultural study and expression.
This is an essential aspect of the course. This involves attendance to both class
lectures and discussion sections, as well as students’ active engagement with the
course material during discussion sections.
Film Response Papers
During the course of the semester students will be required to turn in 5 short 1-
page papers responding to one of the questions on the handout sheet for the film
screened during class (Note: these are due
every two weeks for the first ten
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Daniel Habtemichael (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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