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Charles F Keyes
ANTH 428
Seattle Campus

Anthropological Perspectives on Ethnicity

Anthropological approaches to ethnicity and ethnic group relations with reference to other models including race, caste, class, regional groupings, nations, religion, and stratification. Data drawn from precolonial, colonial, and postcolonial periods. Prerequisite: either one 200-level ANTH course or LING 203.

Class description

This course is designed to explore the assumption that attachments to ethnic identities reflect fundamental premises upon which societies are predicated. After exploring the roots of ethnicity attention will be given to how ethnic attachments take on special relevance within the context of worlds shaped by the modern nation-state and by the integration of local worlds into a global economy. Cases will be taken primarily from Asia, Europe, and the United States.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Lecture and discussion of assigned readings, films, and lectures.

Recommended preparation

Upper division status for anthropology majors; non-anthropology majors also should be upper division and should have had some basic sociocultural anthropology courses or related courses as approved by the instructor.

Class assignments and grading

There will be three take-home examinations. Each of these will involve answering two questions in essays of 3-5 pages in length (total length of exam 6-10 pages). Answers to these questions should make reference to assigned readings, lectures, and films. In addition, students are expected to participate in classroom discussion.

90% of the grades will be based on an average of the three exams and 10% will be based on classroom discussion.


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 Charles F Keyes
Date: 11/13/2003