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ANTH 4050/6050

Rethinking Humanity: A History of Cultural Anthropology
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Provides a broad overview of the history of cultural anthropology, from its beginnings in the Enlightenment to the present. We combine two approaches in this course: (1) an intellectual history approach, and (2) an approach that examines particular ethnographic accounts as exemplars of various paradigm shifts through time. When this course is taught as a split level, additional requirements for graduate students: This course will build graduate students' skills for crafting publishable written argument, and increase their knowledge of published arguments as exemplars of various paradigm shifts in cultural anthropology through time. Commensurate with these goals, each graduate student will be assigned a major theme from the course around which to (a) gather supplemental published research, including theoretical contributions and case studies, (b) summarize this research in an annotated bibliography, (c) present a brief oral summary of this literature to the class on the day the theme is addressed, thus providing the undergraduates with a better sense of the breadth of the topic, and (d) write a term paper exploring the topic or some aspect of it in greater depth. Finally, graduate students will take different exams, commensurate with their greater knowledge and ability to express complex ideas in writing.

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