Course title in Estonian
Course title in English
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
approximate amount of contact lessons
lecturer of 2019/2020 Autumn semester
lecturer not assigned
lecturer of 2019/2020 Spring semester
lecturer not assigned
To offer an overview of the development of social and cultural anthropology, its main fields of research, basic concepts and methods, central theoretical schools and current debates in contemporary socio-cultural anthropology.
To generate readiness to understand global diversity in an anthropological framework and premises for the skills in observing and critical analysing both familiar and unfamiliar societies
To provide premises for developing the following transferrable skills: cultural awareness, ability to adapt to changing social conditions; ability to think critically and skills for individual problem solving; ability to tolerate and respect differing point of views; cooperation skills.
Brief description of the course
Introduction to the main trends in anthropology as a discipline; basic concepts and methods, the four main fields of research (kinship, economics, religion and politics) and the structures and institutions that connect those; the development of anthropology in colonial, post-colonial and global world, and the ethical problems encountered. The course discusses the position of humans in the environment and the role of anthropological knowledge in everyday life; cultural diversity in the global world aand the tasks and challenges of anthropology in multicultural contexts.
In the course of independent work the acquired skills will be strengthened and enhanced and different tasks will be solved individually as well as in a group. The analysis carried out for individual tasks will be both based on literature as well as on personal experiences.
Learning outcomes in the course
- understanding of the development of social and cultural anthropology, its main fields of study, basic terminology, most important theories and schools as well as contemporary issues;
- ability to use the knowledge in understanding and studying the topics relating to culture and society;
-ability to use anthropological methods and theoretical approaches to critically observe and analyse societal and cultural environment;
-ability to see the society as a whole and to understand the value of comprehending societal issues contextually;
-ability to work both independently and as part of a team and express oneself both orally and in written form.
Written analytical work prepared as a group, presenting it orally and participating in discussion about it.
Independent response paper on course literature and participating in the discussion on the papers at the seminar.
Exam – 50% of the mark
Participation at the seminar and the individual essays – 25%
Participation in the group presentation – 25%
Dotsent Carlo Cubero
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