INTRO101 F2007


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1 ANTHROPOLOGY 101, Sec. 012 INTRODUCTION TO CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY Professor Marc Edelman Fall 2007 Office: 706 North Building Office hours: Tuesdays 4:00-5:30 or by appointment. Tel.: 212 772-5659 E-mail: [email protected] This course has three main objectives: (1) to provide an overview of key topics in cultural anthropology; (2) to encourage critical thinking about key anthropological and social scientific debates, past and present; and (3) to analyze explanations for, and causes of cross-cultural similarities and differences. We will attempt to understand both the universal process through which human beings constitute themselves through culture, and the great diversity of cultural forms that result. In the past, anthropologists usually studied distant and “foreign” peoples, the more different from “us” the better. We will look at this “we/they” dichotomy in the context of today’s increasingly interconnected world and explore what happens when anthropological tools are used not only to look at the “other,” but in the analysis of our own complex, diverse society. Requirements include: active participation in class and Blackboard discussions 10% two in-class examinations 50% one final examination 25% a brief writing assignment (which will be described on a separate sheet) 15% Class participation will be judged by level of preparation, engagement in class and in Blackboard discussion groups, and generosity to other students. Students should complete all assigned reading on a particular topic before the first meeting of the week in which that topic is discussed. Each student will be part of a Blackboard discussion board or group based on the first letter of her/his last (family) name. If your last/family name begins with “S,” you will participate in the discussion group that includes “S.” Beginning with week II (that is, by September 2) each student will submit two questions about the upcoming week’s reading to the designated Blackboard discussion board by 10:00 pm on the Sunday before the first class of the week . By the same time, each student will also respond to one question posed by another participant in the same discussion board (more information below). Students are expected to attend all classes, since lectures and discussions will frequently cover material not in the readings; examinations will also include questions about the films that will be shown during class periods. At the beginning of the semester (and again after several weeks), students should read and carefully consider the attached page, “How to Succeed in This Course .” Throughout the semester, students should read The New York Times and other print media in order to increase their general knowledge about issues central to this course (e.g., development and underdevelopment, ethnic conflict, cultural differences, social stratification, gender issues, etc.). This syllabus may be modified during the semester.
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This note was uploaded on 06/14/2008 for the course AN-C 101 taught by Professor Edelman during the Fall '07 term at CUNY Hunter.

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