|Instructor Info:||Jennifer Hamilton|
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This January term immersion course introduces students to the discipline of anthropology, the study of human cultures and societies. In particular, students will explore cultural anthropology's themes, concepts, and methodologies, beginning with the discipline's emergence in the United States in the early 20th century and moving into 21st century anthropological inquiries. The course will be organized around a series of basic questions: How do anthropologists ask questions? How do they conduct research? How do they make sense of the world around them? What does anthropology have to offer a world with often vexing social and political problems? What are anthropology's limitations and constraints? What might a publically engaged anthropology look like, especially in an era of globalization? We will investigate these questions by exploring anthropological work in specific areas including new media; food and culture; human rights; and the cultures of biomedicine.
A NOTE ON JANUARY TERM
January Term courses are intensive learning experiences—you will essentially live and breathe “Intro to Anthro” for the next fourteen days. You are receiving full credit for this course and are expected to put forth your best effort in all aspects of the course. You should anticipate at least three hours of readings/assignments per night and should dedicate substantial portions of your weekend to completing your assignments and preparing for the week ahead. If this is not how you imagined your Jan Term, you should not take this course.
1 To introduce students to the discipline of cultural anthropology.
2 To help students to build and improve skills in critical reading and writing.
3 To help students to build and improve skills in research.
4 To challenge students to develop new perspectives and to expand their skills of critical thinking.
5 To help students design and implement group-based projects.
Final evaluations will focus on the following areas:
From January 3-17th, we will be meeting every weekday for five hours per day. I’ve split our course periods into two sessions: 9am-12pm and 1:15pm-3:15pm (so you’ll have a break and time to eat lunch). Most classes will begin with an introductory lecture that will lead into discussion. Sometimes we will watch a film or work on an in-class assignment. Throughout the course, we will also have different “Skill-Building Sessions” which will help you acquire new skills in writing, research, and presentation skills.
IN-CLASS TECHNOLOGY POLICY
Please turn off all cell phones, Blackberries, pagers, and other distracting, ringing, singing, texting, non-course-related machines.
Laptops are allowed in class for presentations or for designated in-class research only. You should be fully engaged during class lectures and discussions, and laptops are a serious distraction to the user and those around him or her. I will allow exceptions to this rule only in cases of a documented learning difference or other extenuating circumstances. If you require permission to use a laptop during class, please consult with me privately within the first two course periods. If you are granted permission, you are expected to use the laptop for course purposes only.
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