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Lorna A Rhodes
ANTH 578
Seattle Campus

Special Topics in the Anthropology of Institutions

Explores theoretical issues.

Class description

This course explores theoretical perspectives on institutions, particularly total institutions such as hospitals and prisons. We will consider panopticism, the notion of the institution as a "small society," and recent literature on the camp. Readings include Foucault, Goffman, Santner, Bauman and Agamben.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Students will be asked to participate in discussion, class presentations, and weekly writing.

Recommended preparation

This course is for graduate students and seniors with a strong interest in social theory. Background in anthropology or related fields and/or experience with clinical or other institution-based work is desirable.

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 Lorna A Rhodes
Date: 12/07/2005