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Devon G Pena
ANTH 569
Seattle Campus

Special Topics in Sociocultural Anthropology

Delineation and analysis of a specific topic or set of related topics in sociocultural anthropology.

Class description

A set of critical readings and deep study of two key works by Karl Marx, Volume One of Capital and the Grundrisse. We will be reading contemporary "autonomist" Marxist theorists including Harry Cleaver, Antonio Negri, Sylvia Federici, Slavoj Zizek, and Giorgio Agamben.

Student learning goals

1. Developing familiarity and skill with approached to the 'deep' study of a text.

2. Understanding Marx's Capital as a method rather than as a theory. The political reading of Marx is purely strategic rather than philosophical or 'scientific.'

3. Practicing critical reading methods.

4. Practicing theoretical analysis: Applied class composition analysis exercises.


General method of instruction

Short lecture, student-led presentation of critique of readings, and discussions.

Recommended preparation

Start reading the Grundrisse now!

Class assignments and grading

1. Ten short critical review essays (4-5 pages ea.; 1 due every week starting week 2). 2. Class Composition Analysis Portfolio (see instructional handouts). 3. Research paper on a set of theoretical questions developed in consultation with the instructor (25-30) pages. 4. Collaborative thinkpiece.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Devon G Pena
Date: 05/06/2011