Introduction to Socio-Cultural Anthropology

ANTH 200 H Spring 2012 Thursdays 3:30-6pm, Haury 216 TA: Ben McMahan Wednesdays, 2-4, and by appointment Haury 120 (TA Office) Dr. Thérèse de Vet Haury 217, Mon 8:45-9:45,Wed 8:45 9:45, and by appointment.

Course Description:
This is an introductory course, which takes a historical approach to the discipline of anthropology: how it began and what questions it attempted to answer, and what new questions arose as a result of the answers. It will give you an overview of the rise of anthropology and its new branches (and the accompanying theory, of course) in the wider context of developments in the intellectual world, from antiquity up to the 21st century. In this course we will focus on socio-cultural anthropology, but not lose sight of the interconnectedness with other fields. The class will be run seminar-style, which means that we may have brief lectures, you report on your readings, we watch a video and comment, or we do some in-class writing or checking the written assignments of your fellow students. You may be asked to prepare presentations, work in groups, or engage in other activities as appropriate. The main goal of the course is to give you a thorough preparation for further courses in anthropology; if you are not an anthropology major, the course will provide you with a firm basis for further courses in the social sciences and the humanities. Moreover, you’ll see some good movies!

Course Material:
Due to the unexpected switch of instructors (!), the “required books” have changed: please purchase from the Bookstore, filed under : “Anth 395b” A History of Anthropological Theory, 3rd Edition, Paul A. Erickson & Liam D. Murphy, University of Toronto Press & Readings for A History of Anthropological Theory, 3rd Edition, same authors, same press. (if you’ve already purchased the books listed under this class (Anth200H), you can take them back for a refund. We won’t be using them.

If you do it again. you’ll lose ALL your points and will be dropped from the (Due to the short notice we couldn’t get a new Wiki up and running. Attendance 20 points 15 10 5 10 10 10 10 10 *We will collect your weekly readings for a grade. 60 – 69 will be “D”. 3:30-5:30) Class participation. and not something to stress over! Grading: for the purposes of this class. 80-89 will be “B”. as is the writing of abstracts. but if you find a topic you’d rather do. you can use a laptop to take notes. ** Each one of you will have to present on the week’s readings and some additional readings of your own finding (you can consult with me or with Ben). due March 22nd:) First Draft (due April 5th) Final Paper (due April 19th) Class Presentation** Final Exam (Tuesday May 8th. and you will lose the points for the plagiarized assignment. so bring them to class in printed form! Half to ¾ of a page (see instructions on WIKI on how to write an Abstract). and anything below 60 will be “F. some of it not yet invented. Instructions will be provided. preferably). additional.doesntexist. 16th) Midterm (March 8th) Research paper: Topic design (avail. Please email me if you HAVE to miss a class due to illness or some other reason. Plagiarism is unacceptable. do face book and all the rest. changed. Please no cell-phones or other electronics.” General Policies: Attendance is important. So you will need to examine the readings listed for the day of your presentation. I have tried to schedule your talks to sort of match your areas of interest. or related information to the topic under discussion for that day. 90 and above will be “A”. This is a learning experience. since you might miss out on important information! PRESENTATIONS: Each one of you will have to present a 10-minute (or so) mini-lecture about a topic of interest to you. During the semester this syllabus will be updated and almost certainly. but not to play solitaire. made available to you via our WIKI http://indoorigins. 70 -79 will be “C”. My main goal is that your presentation provides background. As you will see.2 The course material will be supplemented by outside readings.March 8th . and then you will have to find some more . to create a minilecture with discussion of about ten minutes for your fellow students. but this one will do!) Grading: Weekly abstracts on assigned readings* Short mid-term paper (due Feb. Please keep checking the WIKI for updates and assignments. Please read your email(s) regularly. please feel free to let me know (several weeks ahead.

but you will get the . getting acquainted.3 articles. Adams. Ancient “anthropology” and thought Thursday. Make sure you explain how your presentation connects to (or not!) to the material read for that but what he thought other peoples were like.ii. and then write an Abstract that condenses the three readings into a thoughtful overview of anthropological thought in Antiquity. it stops unexpectedly. Read them carefully. by Anthony Pagden. What is his ‘anthropological’ point of departure? Perspective? What kind of thing did he think important for his Greek readers to know? Thursday. 1998. Adams.html Read this section of Herodotus (5th century B.2. January 26th: Anthropological Thought in Late Antiquity. by William Y. 1982. plus pages 1-16 of the following pdf (on WIKI) The Philosophical Roots of Anthropology. Read in Readings pp. We will discuss this topic during class. Read pp. The Fall of Natural Man. You can use any media needed for your topic (only limited by what the equipment in our classroom can do!). & http://classics. by William Y. pp. 5-7 (stop at “The Scientific Revolution”). January 12th: Syllabus. 17-38 in the pdf of last week. the Renaissance (FIRST PAPER TOPIC AVAILABLE) Read in A History pp. middle. (the remainder is for next week!). and pages 3-5 in Readings for a History of Anthropological Theory (henceforth “Readings”) (stop at “The Renaissance”). 1-26. or how it presents a different point of view. statistics (whatever your topic requires) to prepare your presentation (you can consult with Ben or me). Thursday. Make sure your presentation has a beginning. January 19th: Anthropological Thought in Antiquity Read pages 21-27 in A History of Anthropological Theory (henceforth “A History”).C.). discussion. Your presentation will be graded based on content and clarity. Class Schedule and (provisional) assignments: I. As you will notice. short course description. The Philosophical Roots of Anthropology. and end. Read the Herodotus selection carefully. 28-40 (stop at “The Rise of Positivism”). the first three readings cover antiquity from a slightly different angle. and write a page about what you think Herodotus’ beliefs about other population(s) were: not a list of what he says about the Egyptians or Persians.

February 9th : In ‘History’ read: pages 40 (‘The rise of positivism’) to 56 (Evolutionism v. condense the general theme(s) you uncover(ed).com/cgi-bin/asp/philo/eena/getpart. & 55-66. & 22-52. Marx.tufts. Then describe – in your abstract – the issues these authors seem to address and perhaps share.perseus. Answer the questions (in brief paragraphs) at the end of each “essay”. 2012 Continuation of Renaissance Thought: Read Pagden 146-197 (pdf). II.alexanderstreet. Darwin. . What catches his eye? What does he think of them? How does he describe them? – that kind of thing.5 1011 –to the end of that book: http://www. to be handed in after for a grade. but persevere! You will find many themes that the modern authors touch upon as Lucretius. Answer the questions (in brief paragraphs) at the end of each “essay”. Diffusionism).eena. (Tentative: Rachel Arteaga on “Morgan & law”. As for last week. Part of the Diary of Christopher Columbus – first encounters. and their ways of solving the problems they see? We may discuss the abstracts some in class. Morgan. Followed by a paragraph on how his description of the natives ‘fits’ (or does not fit) the descriptions of Barbarians et al. & Frazer Read in Readings: 7-14 (stop at Darwinism). and defend your choices! Feb. Tylor. Be prepared to discuss. I just want you to get the ‘feel’ of the Voyage. In Readings: 14-16 (stop at Freud again!). Allison Garcia: on “The invention of antiquity à la Frazer” “Egyptology in the 19th century). these books converge and diverge: what is the common thread you discover? In a one-page abstract.0131%3Ab ook%3D5%3Acard%3D1011 Lucretius may be a bit tricky to read at first. Write an Spencer. Bk. so we can discuss them in class. Anthropology during the 19 th and early 20 th Centuries Thursday. in the literature we’ve read so far. Thursday February 16th: (FIRST PAPER DUE!) In ‘History’ read: pages 56-74 (stop at Sigmund Freud). Lyell. Read: http://solomon. 2nd. so we can discuss them in class. and then write a paragraph or so on how Columbus viewed the first natives he encountered.

How is Larmarck different from Darwin according to Lyell? Can you find recent sources that agree/disagree? (so you will write a paragraph or two on this particular aspect of this chapter. Mead & Bateson. Lauren Clough) Thursday March 8th : 2nd paper topic + instructions available. However. and their ways of solving the problems they see? We may discuss the abstracts some in class. Benedict.” This chapter is just a sample of the 24 chapters (500 pages +!) of the closely reasoned argument of this author.89 (end of Chapter). Freud. Jacob Davidson) Thursday February 23rd: In ‘History’ read: pages 75. Morgan March on Durkheim et al. to be handed in after for a grade. The Founding of Museums and their change over time: (Tentative: Kathryn Kuspis. Saussure. Kroeber. Native Americans & Bali (ethnomusicology: Michelle Palmer on Gamelan).5 Pdf of a selection from Charles Lyell’s : “The geological evidences of the antiquity of man : with remarks on theories of the origin of species. MID-TERM SPRINGBREAK March 10 -18!!!! Thursday March 22nd: In ‘History’ read: pages 93-111 (stop at French Structural Anthropology). Thursday March 29th : Bring in 2nd Paper Design/plan . Thursday March 1st: In ‘History’ read: pages 84.84 (Stop at ‘Saussure’). you are responsible for knowing what else there is in the chapter – so don’t stop reading!) Then summarize coherently – in your abstract – the issues these authors seem to address and perhaps share. Weber. (Tentative: Mary Kolusa. Durkheim. Boas. (Tentative: Cesar Medina : Psychology.

Sahlins. Ben Denton on ‘Martime Archeology and the reconstruction of the Mediterranean past (connection: Hodder and Troy. Harris.). Sahlins. III..) Thursday April 26th : In ‘History’ read: pages 173-215. Malinowski. (feminism). Lévi-Strauss. (Tentative: John Griffith on ‘structure’ (OK it’s a stretch). Public Anthropology and some other left-overs…. Elizabeth Meagher : ‘conflict’) FINAL EXAM: TUESDAY MAY 8TH 3:30 – 5:30 SAME CLASSROOM! . (Tentative: Natural Resources (Redfield on Mexico): Kacy Smith. Edward O. Sapir. & (Yanomamo) (Tentative: Lilian Stolar: archeology) Thursday April 19th: (FINAL VERSION OF PAPER DUE) In ‘History’ read: pages 157-173 (stop at Political Economy). White.) Mauss. Evans-Pritchard. Bourdieu. Medical Anthropology. April 12th: In ‘History’ read: pages 137-156. Whorf. Redfield. Thursday. Nwanneamaka Ume: Health & Social work) (Tentative: Tesla Therrien Medical Anth. Radcliffe-Brown. Foucault. Hodder (arch. Anthropology during the late 20 th century and the first decade of the 21 st century Thursday.6 In ‘History’ read: pages: 111-128 (stop at Evans-P. Geertz. April 5th : (PAPER 1st DRAFT DUE!) In ‘History’ read: pages 128-134. (Tentative: Megan Mohler : art/symbolism. Barth. Gluckman. Wilson. Globalization. Binford (arch. Turner.).