Fall 2023 - SA 201W D100
Anthropology and Contemporary Life (A) (4)
Class Number: 2855
Delivery Method: In Person
Course Times + Location:
Sep 6 – Dec 5, 2023: Thu, 2:30–5:20 p.m.
Exam Times + Location:
Dec 11, 2023
Mon, 11:59–11:59 p.m.
Prerequisites:Recommended: SA 101.
An introduction to the anthropological perspective as applied to the organization of everyday life in contemporary settings. Introduces positivist, interpretive, and critical interpretive approaches to the analysis of social actions, identities, and values as enacted in space and time. Writing.
Anthropological theory guides our practice and how we study cultures. Since the start of the discipline, our approaches have shifted, ever influenced by the times, as well as the shifting aims of Anthropology and others disciplines. This course takes a look at the overarching approaches that have guided the anthropological gaze, shifts within the discipline, and how recent ethnographies analyze social actions and relationships, identities, and values, in different locales. Consideration of voice, representation, and the subaltern are key to this course.
COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:
- Identify, describe, distinguish between, and give examples of at least 5 key anthropological theories;
- Develop and apply critical thinking skills (in writing and discussions);
- Identify key anthropological concepts and theories in documentary films and videos;
- Identify and apply key anthropological concepts to two ethnographic books;
- Develop and demonstrate growth in professional academic written communication;
- Demonstrate an understanding of the major shifts in historical anthropological thought/theory; and
- Compare and contrast at least 3 of the major types of anth critical theories.
- Participation 15%
- Quotes & Question [5% x 3] 15%
- Theory Statements [20% x 2] 40%
- Group Presentation 10%
- Take Home Final 20%
Grading: Where a final exam is scheduled and the student does not write the exam or withdraw from the course before the deadline date, an N grade will be assigned. Unless otherwise specified on the course syllabus, all graded assignments for this course must be completed for a final grade other than N to be assigned. An N is considered as an F for the purposes of scholastic standing.
Grading System: The Undergraduate Course Grading System is as follows:
A+ (95-100) | A (90-94) | A- (85-89) | B+ (80-84) | B (75-79) | B- (70-74) | C+ (65-69) | C (60-64) | C- (55-59) | D (50-54) | F (0-49) | N*
*N standing to indicate the student did not complete course requirements
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1. O’Neill, Kevin Lewis and Benjamin Fogarty-Valenzuela. 2020. Art of Captivity / Arte Del Cautiverio. University of Toronto Press. [available as ebook through SFU library]
2. One recently published ethnographic book from a given selection. [assigned wk3]
[All choices are less than $45*, and also accessible as e-books via the SFU library.]
3. Additional readings available online through Canvas or the SFU library.
REQUIRED READING NOTES:
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