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Department
Sociology and Anthropology
Course
SA 101
Professor
Michael Hathaway
Semester
Fall

Description
Simon Fraser University Fall 2012 SA 101 INTRODUCTION TO CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY Prof. Michael Hathaway Thursday, 10:30am-12:20pm, 3260 WMC (West Mall Centre) Tutorial Sessions and Instructors: Bicram Rijal [email protected] Katie Forman [email protected] Courtney Span [email protected] Thurs 12:30 - 2:20 Fri 8:30 - 10:20 D101-TUT(4874) Courtney D105-TUT(4882) Bikram D102-TUT(4876) Katie D106-TUT(4884) Katie Thurs 2:30 - 2:20 Fri 10:30 - 2:20 D103-TUT(4878) Bikram D107-TUT(4886) Courtney D104-TUT(4880) Katie D108-TUT(4980) Bikram Office Hours: Prof. Michael Hathaway: Thursday 9:30-10:30 am, AQ 5073; Monday 1:15-2:15 pm at Harbour Centre 2138 (by appointment) or other hours by appointment. Email: [email protected] TA offices are in AQ 6187 a, b or c-- depending on availability. The rooms are adjacent. Courtney: Friday 12:30 - 1:30 pm Bikram: Thursday 4:30 - 5:30 pm Katie: Tuesday 12:30 - 1:30 pm This course will examine what we mean by “culture” and cultural anthropology. In this class we will explore a number of topics, such as space, time, and gender, to understand the various ways these have been experienced and lived in different places and times. We will use one anthropology textbook, and two detailed accounts of social life. The first book examines changing notions of self, romance, and marriage in Nepal. The second book looks closely at the everyday lives of families in Brazilian shanty towns near Rio de Janeiro. As a class, we will also think about intersections between these readings and our own lives and histories, and gain a broader perspective on difference. One of the main goals of this course will be learning how to think analytically and anthropologically about the lives of others and ourselves. We will use lectures, small-group break out sessions, and films, as well as tutorial for more in-depth discussions. Required Reading: • Delaney, Carol Investigating Culture: An Experiential Introduction to Anthropology. 2 ndEdition, Blackwell Publishing, 2011. • Goldstein, Donna M. Laughter Out of Place. University of California Press, 2004. • Ahearn, Laura Invitations to Love: Literacy, Love Letters, and Social Change in Nepal. University of Michigan Press, 2001. Grading: Graded course assignments include exams, short essays, and various learning exercises. Attendance at tutorials is a major part of the participation grade. Your grade will be based on the following: Midterm exam (Week 7): 25% Final exam: 25% Ethnographic exercises (from the Delaney text): 30% Note the due dates on the syllabus Tutorial participation (including ungraded written assignments): 20% Extra Credit Turned in by the last lecture at the beginning of class. You may only choose one extra credit. These will earn an extra 1---5%. 1) In relation to the body assignment #2 (Delaney p. 239), create a spoof of an ad in a way that highlights cultural expectations (i.e. gender, ethnicity). Provide a copy of the original and your modified version, with a one page write-up of how your version challenges such expectations. See Adbuster’s website for some examples: http://adbusters.org/spoofads/index.php 2) Clip a newspaper article and analyze its cultural assumptions. Refer to one of the class readings in your one page analysis. 3) Create a family tree going back five generations for your family using the correct kinship symbols. For the last three generations, compare the gender expectations of each generation. Write a one-paragraph analysis for each gender for each generation (six paragraphs in total). This should describe expected behaviors, social roles, and actions within the family. It is likely that you will get better details by consulting with your parents and/or grandparents. NOTE: All the assignments in this course must be completed for a final grade to be assigned. The Department of Sociology and Anthropology follows SFU policy in relation to grading practices, grade appeals (Policy T 20.01) and academic honesty and misconduct procedures (Policy T 10.03). It is the responsibility of students to inform themselves of the content of these policies. See http://www.sfu.ca/policies/ IMPORTANT NOTE This syllabus may be modified as needed. Dates for exams and assignments will remain the same, but the order of readings or films may change. As well, there may be one or more guest speakers. If I make any changes, I will announce these in class and post an updated version of the schedule on the course web site. REGISTERING FOR CLASS: If you are unsure whether you are registered, check your registration status under “myCourses” in my.sfu.ca. HOW THIS COURSE WORKS AND HOW YOU CAN BEST LEARN IN IT • Lectures, tutorials, assignments, and readings are linked but not all identical. You will be presented with many different examples and ways of framing ideas -- we will provide you with maps but you need to find your way through this landscape. It is therefore important that you make every effort to complete the assigned reading on time. • Take the short exercise assignments seriously. You will learn by doing. Separately, each of these exercises is worth a small portion of your final grade. Cumulatively, they are worth more than the mid-term exam because they are so important for understanding the course material. • Pay attention to the notices you may receive on the course email list. It is your responsibility to stay informed of any updates, additions, explanations, changes. • If you have a question (about assignments, the reading, or the lecture) chances are someone else has the same question. You might want to check with other students first. If they are not sure, please feel free to email your questions to me (Prof. Hathaway) or your TA. • Your assignments and your exams will be marked by your tutorial leader. I consult with the TAs throughout the semester and agree on criteria for marking to insure fairness across the course as a whole. • As anthropology is often open-ended, some students worry that they don’t know what to pay attention to or what level of detail they will be responsible for. We expect you to be able to use examples to illustrate or explore key ideas. This course emphasizes conceptual thinking. The two ethnographies (by Goldstein and by Ahearn) are primary examples and you will be asked to think about these cases in terms of the concepts in your textbook (Delaney). We will tell you if there are particular names, dates, facts, or definitions we expect you to remember. EXPECTATIONS • You are expected to attend class regularly and to conduct yourself in a responsible way out of respect for others. Please don’t talk with your neighbour, use your cell phone, read the newspaper, or surf the web during lectures. • You are responsible for reading through the course syllabus and all instructions, obtaining the required readings, and arranging to receive email notices. • Questions are welcome during lecture. If time restrictions prevent me from completely addressing your question during class, I am happy to continue the discussion after class. • BREAK: The break will come at a natural stopping point more or less midway in the lecture. Please be prompt in returning. ASSIGNMENTS • Assignments should be brought to the tutorial on the due date. If you miss tutorial, assignments can be dropped off in your TA’s mail box (these are located in the main office for Sociology and Anthropology in AQ 5054). You may need to knock on the door for entry. Ask the secretary to stamp your assignment with the date and time. • Make sure that your name and tutorial section number is on all assignments. • All written assignments (except in-class exams) should be TYPED and STAPLED. • Page expectations: Exercise 1 (map plus 2-3 pages of text); exercise 2 (one page); exercis
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