Advanced course offerings designed to respond to faculty and student interests and needs. Topics include French Impressionism, social movements in late nineteenth-century Japan, international business and the changing European economic structure.
Contemporary Cultural Anthropology continues to promise to its mostly Western audience the continued "salvaging" of distinct cultural practices befreo they become engulfted by global Westernization. Anthropology remains resolute in its refusal to accept the conventional perception of Western homogenization. What's more, Cultural Anthropology offers the Western Audience the opportunity to culturally critique itself. In this 400 level Special Topics course, students will be introduced to the experience of cross-cultural fieldwork through anthropologists' personal accounts (diaries, fieldnotes and autobiographies). How is the "final product"--the ethnography--influenced not only by local politics and the academic training of the fieldworker, but also by the identity and world view of the individual researcher. Given these observations, how do accounts of "other" societies differ from accounts of our own.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Lectures, films, as well as an interactive seminar style that includes student discussion, student presentations and projects.
Class assignments and grading
Classroom participation and in-class writing assignments (25%), and autobiography and life history exercise (20%), a mid-term paper (20%), a book review of an ethnography (10%), and a field research project (25%)