Anthropology 203.2: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology Spring 2010

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Schedule of readings, notes, slides, tests, and due dates

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  1. Tuesday, Feb. 2: Introduction to the course
  2. Thursday, Feb. 4: What is anthropology?
  3. Tuesday, Feb. 9: The concept of culture: deeper than you think
  4. Thursday, Feb. 11: Race and ethnicity
  5. Tuesday, Feb. 16: Understanding and judging others
  6. Thursday, Feb. 18: Anthropological methods: Ethnography
  7. Tuesday, Feb. 23: Explaining culture in terms of adaptation, meaning, or system
  8. Thursday, Feb. 25: Explaining culture: cultural materialism and culture as text
  9. Tuesday, Mar. 2: Catch-up: Finish Culture as system, begin Cultural materialism and culture as text
    • Review and think about last week's readings.

  10. Thursday, Mar. 4: Making a living: foraging
    • Notes (38 Kb)Slides (2.6 Mb)
    • Robbins on subsistence and foraging: pp. 40-47 (8 pgs)
    • Lee Chapter 4, Foraging for a living: pp. 37-58 (22 pgs)

  11. Tuesday, Mar. 9: Making a living: agriculture and pastoralism
  12. Thursday, Mar. 11: Economic exchange embedded in social relations
  13. Tuesday, Mar. 16: Social and economic hierarchies
    • Notes (43 Kb)Slides (623 Kb)
    • Robbins on social and economic inequality: pp. 244-256 (13 pgs)
    • Lee Chapter 8, Conflict, Politics, and Exchange: pp. 109-123 (15 pgs)

  14. Thursday, Mar. 18: Naturalizing inequality: Social race and gender This material will be on the final exam, not the midterm.
  15. Tuesday, Mar. 23: Midterm exam
    • No additional reading

  16. Thursday, Mar. 25: Catch-up: Finish hierarchies and naturalizing inequality
    • See the notes and slides posted under Thursday, March 18.
    • Review and think about last week's readings. Don't assume there will be no quiz on them!

  17. Tuesday, Mar. 30: Constructing identity: self, group, and rites of passage
  18. Thursday, Apr. 1: Constructing identity: gender and gender roles

  1. Tuesday, Apr. 13: Catch-up: Constructing identity: gender and gender roles
    • See the notes and slides posted under Thursday, April 1.
    • Review and think about the readings for April 1. Don't assume there will be no quiz on them!
    • This is very interesting material - don't miss it!
    • Midterms are graded and will be returned in class.

  2. Thursday, Apr. 15: Furlough day: No class, and no email replies
    • Chavez Chapters 1, 2, and 3: pp. 1-65 (65 pgs)
    • I cannot reply to emails while on furlough.

  3. Tuesday, Apr. 20: Furlough day: No class, and no email replies
    • Chavez Chapters 4, 5, and 6: pp. 67-120 (54 pgs)
    • I cannot reply to emails while on furlough.

  4. Thursday, Apr. 22: Family, kinship, and descent
    • Notes (36 Kb)Slides (480 Kb)
    • Robbins on kinship and families: pp. 168-193 (26 pgs)
    • Lee Chapter 5, Kinship and social organization: pp. 59-76 (18 pgs)

  5. Tuesday, Apr. 27: Forms of marriage, residence, and their logic
  6. Thursday, Apr. 29: Language and thought
  1. Tuesday, May 4: Catch-up: Language and thought
    • Review and think about the readings for April 29. Don't assume there will be no quiz on them!
    • Lee Chapter 11, Perceptions and directions of social change: pp. 151-166 (16 pgs)

  2. Thursday, May 6: Sociolinguistics
  3. Tuesday, May 11: Religion, witchcraft, and magic
  4. Thursday, May 13: Religion, ritual, and creating and maintaining belief
  1. Tuesday, May 18: Globalization: impacts and reactions
  2. Thursday, May 20: Globalization: Undocumented immigrants in California
    • Notes (17 Kb)No slides
    • Chavez: review earlier readings
    • Chavez Chapters 7, 8, 9, 10, Epilogue: pp. 121-200 (80 pgs)

Final exam week:


Handouts

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Links to sites related to this course

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...Discoveries and controversies

...Ethics in anthropology

...University policies

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Introduction to Cultural Anthropology by Bruce Owen
Anthropology 203.2, Sonoma State University, Spring 2010
Copyright (c) 2010, Bruce Owen. All rights reserved.
Please send comments on content and presentation to bruce.owen@sonoma.edu.
URL of this document: http://bruceowen.com/introcultural/203-10s.htm
Revised: 20 May 2010