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Columbian College of Arts and Sciences
Anthropology (ANTH)
Seminar: Contemporary Anthropological Theory
Contemporary Anthro Theory
Spring 2017
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ANTH 2008 or ANTH 2008W

Joel Kuipers, Stephen Lubkemann
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The development of major trends in anthropological theory. How anthropologists from the four fields -- sociocultural, linguistic, biological, and archaeology -- have deployed and developed the ideas of theorists in their own empirical research and theorizing about specific processes. Includes a significant engagement in writing as a form of critical inquiry and scholarly expression to satisfy the WID requirement.
1. Discuss several of the major developments in sociocultural anthropological theory over the last four decades, interrogating how they inform contemporary anthropological debates on the topics of crisis and chronicity. 2. Demonstrate the ability to critically marshal evidence—based on both primary and secondary sources—and apply contemporary anthropological theory to data in order to substantiate a sustained scholarly argument. 3. Demonstrate the ability to master and critically assess arguments and ideas sufficiently enough to present those to student colleagues in a format that stimulates critical discussion. 4. Demonstrate the ability to critically apply anthropological theory in reviewing the original arguments and research of peers.
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Syllabus revised to include time commitment, religious holiday policy, etc.
echacko (Sun, 25 Sep 2016 22:16:35 GMT): Rollback: Some required elements in the syllabus - statement on the university's policy on religious holidays, security etc. are missing.Also, please do not give students a week off to work on their papers. University policy is that students are expected to spend a minimum of 100 minutes of out-of-class work for every 50 minutes of direct instruction, for a minimum total of 2.5 hours a week. Any work on writing the paper should be done outside of direct instruction hours.
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