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Unformatted text preview: Anthropology 33: Culture and Communication Fall Quarter 2011 Dr. Sarah Meacham Teaching Assistants: Amy Garey, Meher Varma, Rachel George, Jan David Hauck, and Amber Reed Lectures : Monday + Wednesday 11am-12:15 pm Class Location : Fowler A103B Final Exam : Thursday, December 8, 2011, 8 am 11 am As Lisa Capps and Elinor Ochs write in their book Constructing Panic, The Discourse of Agoraphobia , Language is the greatest human resource for representing and structuring events in our lives. Understanding language-in-interaction what it is and how it constitutes social action is absolutely critical for understanding how any area of human life is lived, maintained, and changed: identity, community, learning, self, power, inequality, disorder, creativity, technology and media, artistic representation, nationalism, racism. This course introduces students to basic concepts and qualitative methods in the social sciences including ethnographic fieldwork and the analysis of face-to-face communication. In its focus on the details of everyday activities across a number of communities and settings, it is meant to provide a bridge between linguistics and socio-cultural anthropology through the introduction of concepts and analytical techniques that privilege observation, participation, video recording and transcription of spontaneous interaction. This course involves a required group ethnographic project. Each group of students will determine a social setting and activity to document and analyze, taking into consideration the concepts, theoretical frameworks, and methodologies explored in class. Further details will be provided during the first week of the course. This course satisfies the General Education Requirement in the social sciences and it is the first course in the linguistic anthropology series at UCLA. Required Reading (Available at the UCLA Bookstore): A. Duranti, Ed. (2009). Linguistic Anthropology, A Reader. Second Edition. Blackwell. ( Reader ) L. Capps and E. Ochs (1995). Constructing Panic, The Discourse of Agoraphobia. Harvard University Press. ( Panic ) H. Morphy (1998). Aboriginal Art: Art and Ideas. Phaidon. ( Art ) [Academic Publishing Services at UCLA have reproduced the book as a course reader] Additional Articles are to be found online, as noted below. Course books will be on reserve at Powell Library. Readings will be discussed in lecture on the day listed. Several readings are available via URLs. To access these readings, you must either be using a UCLA campus computer or configure your computer to use a...
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