ANTH 1300 MW8 People and Language Fall 2019 syllabus.pdf - ANTH 1300 People and Language Fall 2019 Meetings​ Mondays and Wednesdays 8:00 am 9:15 am

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ANTH 1300 People and Language Fall 2019 Meetings : Mondays and Wednesdays, 8:00 am - 9:15 am, James 2604 Instructor : Mariapaola Gritti Email : [email protected] Telephone : 718-951-5507 Office Hours : Wednesday 11:00 am - 12:00 pm, James 3301C Course Description All people use language—it is a human universal. But language use is incredibly culture-specific, differing across communities, groups, ages, and modes of communication, to name just a few. Linguistic anthropology, one of four fields in the discipline of anthropology, studies how people use language in their everyday lives. It is holistic and comparative in its approach to the study of humanity, and stresses qualitative research. This course will introduce students to the basic concepts, theories, and methods of linguistic anthropology, and demonstrate how language and culture are interrelated. Course Learning Goals and Outcomes The goals of this course are: to introduce students to the wide range of topics covered in linguistic anthropology to demonstrate how language and culture are interrelated and universal features of human society and interaction The outcomes of this course are: to demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between and importance of the four subfields of anthropology for the field as a whole. to demonstrate an understanding of human diversity and unity of humans. to demonstrate appreciation of individual and social diversity. to demonstrate critical thinking in writing and communication through papers and class discussion. Course Format, Assignments and Assessment This course combines lectures and in-class work and discussion based on the assigned readings. It requires full participation from every student. Full participation includes: - coming to all classes; - studying all readings assigned for a class before coming to that class; - being prepared to participate in class discussions and activities; - completing all required written assignments on time. All course readings will be posted on Blackboard. Final grades will be based on: Participation: 30% Short response papers: 40% (4 x 10%) Midterm exam: 15% Final paper: 15% 1
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Grading scale: A+ 98-100% A 93-97% A- 90-92% B+ 87-89% B 83-86% B- 80-82% C+ 77-79% C 73-76% C- 70-72% D+ 67-69% D 63-66% D- 60-62% F 0-59% Reading assignments and participation : Students are expected to read the assigned texts carefully, paying attention to both the data and the ideas presented in the readings, and to participate in class discussions of these readings. You are prepared for class discussion if you can: (1) summarize accurately the content of the reading; (2) identify the main argument made in the reading; (3) ask at least 1 question about the reading -- a question might connect the reading with other readings you know (from this or other classes), or with your own life experiences or observations, and it might support or challenge and criticize the points made in the reading.
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