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Miriam Kahn
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


This class will be co-taught by Professor Miriam Kahn (Anthropology, UW Seattle) and Professor Crispin Thurlow (IAS, UW Bothell).

The class is cross-listed as:

ANTH 569 Special Topics in Sociocultural Anthropology COM 597 Special Topics in Communication BCULST 593 Topics in Cultural Studies

The class will meet Mondays between 4:30pm and 7:20pm in PARRINGTON 112. We will be examining a series of key concepts in critical tourism studies (e.g. authenticity, colonialism, language/discourse, space/place, material culture) as well as different sites or modes of travel (e.g. alternative tourism, luxury tourism, paradise tourism, tragedy tourism). The class will culminate in a roundtable presentation of students' independent studies of a destination or mode of travel. One or two field trips are envisaged, including one to Leavenworth, WA.

NOTE: Given the national holiday on Monday 28th May, our last day of class will be Wednesday 30th May, usual time. Please make sure you can attend that last session *before* enrolling in the class.

More information about the class will be available shortly. Please feel free to contact either Professor Kahn ( or Professor Thurlow ( with any questions in the meantime.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

This class is a graduate seminar with the main emphasis being on student discussion.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

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 Miriam Kahn
Date: 02/12/2012