Syllabus - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology ANTH 114...

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Introduction to Cultural Anthropology ANTH 114 (001) Spring 2011 Time: TR, 3:00-4:15 PM Location: Lecture Hall 1 Instructor: Matthew C. Watson Teaching Assistant: Chelsea Horton Email: mwatso13@gmu.edu Email: chorton3@masonlive.gmu.edu Office: Robinson Hall B 325 Office Hours: Tue. 8:30-10:30 AM, Thu. 1:30-2:45 PM Or by appointment Course Description This course examines the basic concepts and practices developed by anthropologists to understand and describe human cultures. We focus on uniquely anthropological insights into the formation of cultural similarities and differences. By surveying how cultural anthropologists have analyzed topics as diverse as race, kinship, politics, and urbanism, we will also pursue a basic grasp of the discipline’s methods and ethics. The course illustrates both how cultural anthropologists do ethnographic fieldwork and how knowledge of other cultures benefits us in our daily lives. Course Objectives 1. To achieve an understanding of cultural anthropology’s significance within the discipline of anthropology as a whole. 2. To acquire a basic grasp of the unique methods and concepts employed by cultural anthropologists to approach their research topics. 3. To broaden understandings of how culture shapes the different ways that people experience the world today and how anthropology addresses contemporary public issues. 4. To improve reading comprehension, critical analysis, and writing skills through the Community Action Project and exams. Required Course Materials Bowen, Elenore Smith (pseudonym of Laura Bohannan). 1964[1954]. Return to Laughter: An Anthropological Novel . Garden City, NY: Double Day & Company, Inc. Second Edition. Monaghan, John and Peter Just. 2000. Social and Cultural Anthropology: A Very Short Introduction . Oxford: Oxford University Press. Haviland, William A. et al. 2006. Talking about People: Readings in Contemporary Cultural Anthropology . New York: McGraw Hill. Stoller, Paul. 2002. Money Has No Smell: The Africanization of New York City . Chicago: University of Chicago Press Students are also required to register online for the Community Action Project, which costs $10 and provides access to an eBook. This set of assignments will be completed between April 11 and April 27. Please note that you are required to register before April 11. Films
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