ANTH 095 SEEING ANTHROPOLOGY THROUGH FILM

Instructor: Corbett McP. Torrence Office location: TBA Office hours: TBA Phone: 802-673-3689 Email: ctorrenc@uvm.edu

Meeting Location and Time: Lafayette (requested) Required Text: Seeing Anthropology; Cultural Anthropology Through Film. Heider, Blakely, and Blakely, ISBN 0-205-48355-0 . Course Description Discover the world of cultural anthropology through film. This course focuses on the cultural aspects of humanity and explores how anthropologists study and think about culture. From personality and self, to families, lineages, and clans to the way societies organize themselves, examine the different ways people link themselves together. What are these binding forces? How do different cultures produce, distribute, and consume the things they need and want and who decides how it should be done? How do science, religion, and magic shape world views? These questions are explored through direct observation of documentary and Hollywood films and first hand, through original research. Independent and critical thinking encouraged! Learning Objectives This course introduces students to Cultural Anthropology with an emphasis on critical thinking, research methods, and producing written reports. Learn how individuals are linked to a broad array of diverse social networks that operate at a variety of different scales. Appreciate the ways that different people think and how these thoughts shape their families, societies, and world views. Become familiar with, and apply, anthropological research methods. Learn where and how to access accurate information and how to communicate effectively through the written word. Improve your academic skills and prepare yourself for college level studies at UVM. Teaching Philosophy I believe that learning should be fun and intriguing! If you are having difficulty or have concerns about any aspect of this course, you should not hesitate to visit me during my office hours or by making an appointment. I have designed a grading system that does not weigh too heavily on any one responsibility, as I realize we have different skills and our good- and baddays as well. The graduated grading scheme allows you to become familiar with work expectations, while enabling you to reach your full potential over the course of the semester. A goal of this course is to improve your academic success both in- and out-side of anthropology.

Student Responsibilities Students are required to attend all classes and attendance will be taken. Absences will not be excused unless granted by the instructor prior to class. All medical excuses must be documented in writing by a physician. Assignments must be completed as scheduled in the Course Outline. No late assignments will be accepted unless an extension is granted by the instructor prior to the due date, which is the beginning of each class-day as noted on the Course Outline. Students are required to know and understand UVM’s academic honesty policies and the potential consequences of infractions. In accordance to college academic standards, students must complete reading assignments, a photo essay, a reaction paper, two one hour exams, and three research projects Reading assignments facilitate an ability to participate successfully in class discussions and, along with in-class activities, enable essential course knowledge. The two one-hour exams provide a quantitative assessment of your progress. The second exam is cumulative, but will focus primarily on recent material. All exams must be taken at the scheduled time. The Television Content Analysis, and Grocery Store and Cemetery Investigation projects (see course outline) require additional “research” including data collection, manipulation, and presentation. All written assignments must typed in 12 pitch font, double spaced with one inch margins, left justified and, if necessary, include a references cited section. College level writing skills are expected. Research papers may be resubmitted for grade-change prior to Aug 3, 2013. Academic Problems If you are having academic difficulty with this course or have other problems that are preventing you from performing to your potential, it is advised that you inform the University, and me, of your situation as soon as you recognize the problem. UVM student counseling is readily available, caring, and concerned. Do not wait until the last minute, or the end of the semester, as academic solutions are monitored and limited. Grading Personal Photo Essay ……… 10 points Reaction paper ……..……… 20 points First Exam …………………. 25 points TV Content Analysis……… 30 points Grocery Store Analysis …… 25 points Cemetery Investigation ……. 35 points Second Exam ……………... 35 points Class participation ………… 20 points Total Available Points …… 200 points Final grades A+ 190-200 points A 180-190 A175-179 B+ 170-174 B 164-169 B158-163

C+ C CD+ D F

152-157 144-151 138-143 130-137 120-129 >120

Course Outline
DATE Mon July 15 Tue July 16 Wed July 17 Thr July 18 Mon July 22 Tue July 23 Wed July 24 Thr July 25 Mon July 29 Tue July 30 Wed July 31 Thr Aug 1 Mon Aug 5 Tue Aug 6 Wed Aug 7 Thr Aug 8 TOPIC Course and Class Introductions Key Concepts in Anthropology Ethnocentrism, Cultural Relativism, and Holism Society, Culture, and Sub-Cultures Personality, Self, and Culture Marriage and Family Social Organization and Kinship Patterns of Production Distribution and Consumption First Exam Discussion: The Grocery Store Analysis Power and Politics Field Trip: Cemetery Analysis Exercise: making Graphs and Figures Magic, Religion, and Ritual Culture Change Second Exam Discussion: The World of Anthropology ASSIGNMENT BE HERE! Heider Ch1 pp 1-29 Photo Essay Heider Ch 2 pp 30-58 Heider Ch 5 pp 136-159 Reaction Paper Heider Ch 8 pp 230-252 Heider Ch 9 pp 270-277 TV Content Analysis Heider Ch 6 pp 171-197 Heider Ch 7 pp 202-226 Grocery Store Analysis Heider Ch pp 299-309 Heider Ch 3 pp 59-67 Heider Ch 3 pp78-97 Cemetery Analysis Heider Ch 11 pp 331-356 Heider Ch 13 pp 394-410

TV Content Analysis is a quantitative examination of how personality is exhibited in a "prime time" television family show. Students will define how compassion, love, sex, anger, and aggression are to measured; generate tabulation sheets, and count the incidence and frequency of these expressions during a regularly scheduled family television show. Results will be submitted in table form with a written description of project purpose, methods of analysis, and results of what was observed. Grocery Store Analysis is an investigation of how production and marketing strategies are evidenced in the distribution and placement of goods in a local super market and the techniques employed to encourage sales of particular goods. Results will be submitted in a written report that includes a map showing the distribution of goods in the store. Cemetery Analysis is an investigation of a local cemetery. Based on initial observations during a field investigation, students will generate research questions, design a sampling strategy, and conduct their investigation in teams. Results of the investigation will be submitted in a written report that includes graphs and tables.