Wainer ANTH100(005) Winter 2018 Final.pdf

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ANTH100 – Wainer Winter 2018 1 The University of British Columbia INTRODUCTION TO CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY ANTH 100A (005) Winter 2018 Instructor: Rafael Wainer, PhD, Sessional Lecturer ([email protected]) Lectures: Buchanan A103 | Mondays and Wednesdays 9:00-9:50 Office Hours: Wednesdays 12:00 – 13:30 (or, by appointment) @ ANSO 158 TA: Caris Windhausen, MA student ([email protected]) Tutorials: Fridays (ANSO 1304) Office Hours: Thursdays 11:00-12:00 COURSE OVERVIEW: Anthropology is the comparative study of culture, society, and sameness/difference across the whole of human existence. How do we make sense of the practices and beliefs of other people, or those present in our own society? Introduction to Cultural Anthropology explores a range of concepts and methods that cultural anthropologists employ to understand the diverse ways that human experience shapes and is shaped by social, political, economic, historical, and geographic contexts. We will look at key aspects of what makes a society and its cultures. Topics to be explored include economics and globalization, family and kinship systems, religion and magic, cultural change and adaptation, language and communication, and legal and political systems. The main focus of this course is to critically examine key questions about the discipline’s past, present and future and the potential use of anthropological knowledge beyond anthropology. Examples are drawn from Canada and a variety of other societies. The course is organized on lectures (M-W) and tutorial discussions (F) Learning Objectives: By the end of this course students will be able to: Appreciate cultural and social difference, and how human diversity is produced and shaped by local and global patterns. Articulate a critical understanding of anthropology and its history, its objects of study, and its various approaches to the study of people, culture, and social dynamics. Become critically aware of ethnocentrism (evaluating other cultures with one’s own cultural standards), its manifestations, and consequences in a world that is simultaneously interconnected and segregated. Use anthropological concepts and ways of asking questions to understand contemporary social, economic, historical, cultural, and political issues. Identify and critically assess ethical issues that arise in the practice of anthropology and ethnography, especially when working with marginalized and vulnerable populations. Required Reading: Kenny, M. and Smillie, K. 2017. Stories of Culture and Place: An Introduction to Anthropology (2 nd Edition). Toronto: University of Toronto Press. Other readings will be available on Canvas and it will be used for tutorial discussions.
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ANTH100 – Wainer Winter 2018 2 COURSE EVALUATION: 1. Class participation (quizzes + class engagement) 10% 2. Midterm 25% 3. Observation Project (Proposal 5% + Report 25%) 30% 4. Final Take Home Exam 35% Course Grading: 1. Class Participation (quizzes 5% + class engagement 5% = 10%) : This part of your grade will evaluate the quality of your engagement with the course material. Participation includes
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