MW 1400 - 1550; meets in HSS 111
Dr. Robin L. Smith
Office: HSS 209
Office Hours: MW 1600-1650, T 1400-1450; R 1400-1550
Note: If you have a disability that might require assistance or accommodations for any aspect of this course, please come and discuss this with me early in the term. You may also contact the Office of Disability Services, at 838-8250 V/TTY, for information about accessibility and accommodations.
Cultural Anthropology is the scientific study of living peoples with the goal of explaining cultural similarities and differences among the diverse groups that compose humankind. In this course we will 1) explore the basic concepts and methods employed by anthropologists, 2) become familiar with several different cultures, 3) and be challenged to apply the insights of anthropology to contemporary problems at home and throughout the world.
Jolles, Carol Zane with Elinor Mikaghag Oozeva
2002 Faith, Food & Family in a Yupik Whaling Community. Seattle:University of Washington Press.
2003 Private Life under Socialism: Love, Intimacy, and Family Change in a Chinese Village, 1949-1999. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press.
Barker, Holly M.
2004 Bravo for the Marshallese: Regaining Control in a Post-Nuclear, Post-Colonial World. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth/Thompson Learning.
1. PREPARATION & PARTICIPATION. Attendance and participation are mandatory. In order to participate, you must prepare by reading the assignments and taking notes on the main points in each chapter. These notes should summarize, in your own words, and apply terms and concepts from lectures to the information in the ethnographies. BRING YOUR NOTES TO CLASS ON DISCUSSION DAYS. BE PREPARED TO SHARE AND TURN IN. 25% total.
2. ESSAYS. Two formal essays are required. Each is a review essay based on one of the first two ethnographies that also incorporates information from a recent journal article and from lectures. Papers are due as indicated on the schedule; no late papers. Since the essay must reflect ideas presented in class and issues raised in discussion, take notes on lecture, discussion, and films. 25% each, 50% total.
More detailed information is provided in this Essay Guide.
3. FINAL EXAM. An essay style exam based on the third ethnography that incorporates specific terms and concepts presented in lecture as well as content of films and readings. 25%.
Grades are assigned using
the following scale: A = 93-100, A- = 90-92; B+ = 87-89; B = 83-86; B- = 80-82;
C+ = 77-79; C = 73-76; C- = 70-72; D+ = 67-69; D = 63-66; D- = 60-62; < 60
ACADEMIC CULTURE GUIDE
I hope that this brief introduction to the anthropological perspective will give you new insights into the many ways human groups enact and express their humanity. Here are some of the questions we will explore:
Part I: The Anthropologist and the "Other"
Monday January 4
Lecture: The Anthropological Perspective
film: Franz Boas, 1852-1942
Wednesday January 6
Discussion: Jolles Chapters 1, 2, 3
2 WHY DO FIELDWORK?
Monday January 11
Lecture: The Anthropologist as Instrument
Wednesday January 13
Discussion: Jolles Chapters 4, 5, 6
3 INFRASTRUCTURE: PRODUCTION
Monday January 18 Martin Luther King Day / No Class
INSTEAD, Please go to WOU Online and read this:
Lecture: Model of Culture -- Infrastructure
Wednesday January 20
Discussion: Jolles Chapters 7, 8, 9, 10
4 INFRASTRUCTURE: REPRODUCTION
Monday January 25
Lecture: What good are children?
Wednesday January 27
*** ESSAY 1 Due NO LATER THAN 5:00 PM Friday Jan 29 ***
Thursday and Friday, January 28th & 29th
WHY THE ARCTIC MATTERS
A Community Symposium
Carol Zane Jolles will speak. I understand you have other classes and obligations, but if you can, attend Jolles's presentation and any others that look interesting.
Part II: The "Native" as Anthropologist
5 CHINA RISING
Monday February 1
Lecture:An Ancient Agricultural Tradition
Film: Please Vote for Me (58 min.)
Wednesday February 3
Discussion: Yan Chapters Preface, Intro, 1, 2, 3
6 KITH AND KIN
Monday February 8
Lecture: What good are relatives?
Kinship Jargon these are note on Chinese kinship
film: Small Happiness: Women of a Chinese Village (58 min.)
Wednesday February 10
Discussion: Yan Chapters 4, 5, 6
Monday February 15
Lecture: Production, Exchange, Consumption, Control
film: Wuxing Peoples Commune (57 min.)
Wednesday February 17
Discussion: Yan Chapters 7, 8, Conclusion
Monday February 22
Lecture: Why rule? Why accept rulers?
Wednesday February 24
Film: China Blue (86 min.)
*** ESSAY 2 Due NO LATER THAN 5:00 PM Friday Feb 26 ***
Monday March 1
Lecture: Beliefs and Believers
Film: The Navigators (59 min.)
Wednesday March 3
Discussion: Barker Chapters Preface, Intro, 1, 2, 3
Monday March 8
Discussion: Barker Chapters 4, 5, 6, 7
Wednesday March 10
Discussion: Barker Chapters 8, 9, 10, 11
film: Radio Bikini(56 min.)
11 EXAM WEEK
Friday 19 March
Final Exam 800 -- 950
Essay exam* based on goals for this course and the third ethnography, Bravo for the Marshallese.
*You must take the exam at the scheduled time unless you have written permission for an alternate time from the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.