FDU_Cult Anthro Syllabus_Sp08

FDU_Cult Anthro Syllabus_Sp08 - ANTH 1202.32B Introduction...

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ANTH 1202.32B Introduction to Cultural Anthropology FDU-Florham, Spring 2008 Professor Jason J. Price jasonjprice@yahoo.com Class Hours: Room 103, New Academic Building Office Hours: 2 – 3 pm, Monday & Thursday Dining Room, New Academic Building DESCRIPTION This is an introduction to the field of cultural anthropology, that maddening discipline (part humanity, part social science) that attempts to interpret human social life. Like any social science course, students will develop their critical thinking skills and analytical writing abilities and articulate their ideas in collaboration with other students as well as on their own. Students will also be introduced to anthropological modes of thinking - this entails thinking deeply about similarity and difference across human social life in the hope of achieving a certain level of tolerance that will mediate cross- cultural understandings, it also means learning to think holistically and critically about the nature of social and economic inequality. In the end, students will be encouraged to consider how social and cultural forces determine their own identities, behaviors, and ways of thinking. With some hard work, students should come out of the course with a greater understanding of themselves and the world around them, and be more equipped to act conscientiously within it. Though the curriculum will be wide (both thematically and geographically), we will go into depth on one topic – the cultural dimensions of health and healing, particularly within the contexts of rationality and cosmology. STANDARD PRACTICE Participate. Be punctual. Be discreet with food, drink, and gadgets. Be respectful of your peers. Meet deadlines. If extenuating circumstances prevent you from attending class or threatens the quality of your work, inform me as soon as possible. PREPERATION This class is a seminar. It is important that each member prepares to discuss the readings in depth and with specific reference to the texts. Every student will be required to participate in discussions in every class. To facilitate discussions, be prepared to provide: (1) economical summaries of each reading: (2) general responses to the assumptions, premises, conclusions, analyses, writing style and structure, and goals of each reading; (3) a quotation from the text that illustrates the central argument/purpose of the reading; and (4) a quotation from the text that you find problematic (i.e. indiscernible or objectionable). EVALUATION
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course ANTH 1202 taught by Professor Price during the Spring '08 term at Fairleigh Dickinson.

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FDU_Cult Anthro Syllabus_Sp08 - ANTH 1202.32B Introduction...

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