|Course code module||3BSOC-030|
|Study load (hours)||168|
|Language of instruction:||Dutch|
|Semester exam information:||exam in the 2nd semester|
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No specific prerequisites required.
2. Objectives (expected learning outcomes)
The general purpose of this course is to provide insight in some main characteristics of Social and Cultural Anthropology, with respect to the study of human societies. The objectives are to enable students to understand the theoretical apriorisms of anthropological research and their implications for the study of societies, western and non-western.
3. Course content
This course is introductionary. It gives an overview of basis research topics and orientations in anthropology. Among the issues discussed are i.a. the problem of the definition of culture, the study of folk systems, the difficulties of cultural comparisons, etc. Though various concepts of culture and different schools of thought will be studied - the course provides an analysis both of early pioneering and of contemporary work of anthropologists, the approach is analytical rather than encyclopedic. The purpose is to arrive at a better synthesis of the major presuppositions concerning the formation and the continuation of cultural systems in different human societies, rural and urban, non-western and western.
A major part of the course is devoted to contemporary issues of anthropological research, with the focus on western societies. The objectives are to enable students to arrive at a better analysis of today's issues in anthropology: pluralism in various multi-cultural settings; globalisation; acculturation; migration; transplants of cultural systems; the balancing of indigenous, minority and state laws; cultural delicts, etc. The examples attempt at exploring the variables that are interwoven in the development of society and various concepts of cultures - and why this is the case - today.
Students will also get a chance to meet with one or two visiting lecturers, who are practising anthropology.
4. Teaching method
Direct contact: Lectures
Personal work: Paper - individual
5. Assessment method
Exam: Written, without oral presentationWritten, with oral presentationOral, with written preparationClosed book
Written assignment: With oral presentation
6. Compulsory reading – study material
The materials for the classes will be supplied to the students well in advance (reader). The students are expected to prepare for the lecture and discussions by reading the materials in due time.
Students will be given information on additional references as the course program proceeds.
7. Recommended reading - study material
After class and by appointment.
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