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Instructor Info:Jennifer Hamilton
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TA Info:Lindsey Laub
Term: 2014F
Meeting Info: Tuesday Thursday
09:00 AM - 10:20 AM Franklin Patterson Hall (FPH) 107
09:00 AM - 10:20 AM Franklin Patterson Hall (FPH) 107
Description:

This tutorial 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 publicly 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; the cultures of science and biomedicine; and, anthropology beyond the human.  Students will also learn basic skills in library research, critical reading and writing, and project design.

Course Objectives:
  • To introduce students to the discipline of cultural anthropology.
  • To help students to build and improve skills in critical reading and writing.
  • To help students to build and improve skills in research.
  • To challenge students to develop new perspectives and to expand their skills of critical thinking.
  • To help students design and implement group-based projects.
Evaluation Criteria:

Final evaluations will focus on the following areas:

  • Effort, especially willingness to challenge oneself
  • Attendance, preparation, and participation
  • Skills development especially in critical reading and writing
  • Quality of written work and attention to detail
  • Individual improvement throughout the semester
Additional Info:

Transformative Speaking Program (TSP)

Quin Rich will be joining our class this semester to assist students to develop their public speaking and class participation skills. As a peer mentor with the Transformative Speaking Program, Quin will be available throughout the semester, both at given times throughout the semester and for individual meetings. One mandatory meeting will be required with Quin in order to help them become acquainted with class participants. Quin’s role is to support speakers of all levels of skill, talent, and experience. They are not a TA, and will not be an authority on course content or requirements; they will be available to support students as needed. The Transformative Speaking Program is designed to help acclimate students to Hampshire College, in particular to its discussion-based courses. The TSP aims to empower students to not only acculturate to Hampshire College, but also to become active participants and co-creators in the knowledge production process at the College and beyond. Quin is happy to address concerns ranging from the creation and delivery of professional speeches to strengthening class participation and active listening skills. Quin’s time is valuable, so if you schedule a meeting with them, please be prompt, and contact Quin well in advance if there is any reason you cannot make a scheduled meeting.