Studies recent anthropological theory and contemporary cultural theory. Includes topics such as cultural theory, British cultural studies, critical theory, and post-modernism; or ideology, culture, and cultural resistance; ethnocentrism, relativism; class and race; the social body; self and other; gender and sexuality. May be repeated for credit with instructor's approval.
This Winter (2008), the subtitle of the course is "Post-9/11." Key themes: An examination of culture, ideology and politics in relation to the war on terrorism, particularly detainee policies and rationales, the question of torture, warrantless surveillance on Americans, the concentration of power in the presidency and implications for human and civil rights, democracy, and the rule of law.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Lecture/discussion focused on the readings.
Advanced analytical reading and writing skills
Class assignments and grading
Reading--approximately 100 pages/week.
Essay exams on the readings and class participation