Course title in Estonian
Course title in English
Anthropology of Experience
approximate amount of contact lessons
lecturer of 2018/2019 Spring semester
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lecturer of 2019/2020 Autumn semester
lecturer not assigned
The course will examine ‘the perceptual’ as a social, political, and cultural phenomenon, which is continually undergoing transformations throughout history. From this perspective, the course will consider how perception is experienced and, not only shapes the relations between persons, but also structures the way we encounter and perceive the world.
Brief description of the course
The course will propose that the senses are not limited to the Aristotelian categories of sight, smell, touch, taste, and hearing but include notions such as balance and sentiment. We will study the sensorium (understood as the entire perceptual apparatus) as a continuously shifting social and historical construct that is variable both within and across cultural groups and not simply a matter of cognitive and neurological mechanisms, as psychologists and neuroscientists would have it.
Essays must be between 1700 - 2500 words. Students are required a minimum of 3 cited references. It is advisable that, for the purpose of the essay, students find and use academic resources not listed in the course outline.
Essays should not be a review of issues covered in the course. It is recommended that final projects either expand on issues covered in the seminars or follow a line of inquiry beyond what was discussed in the seminars. Students that wish to cover themes not discussed directly in class must discuss their project with the course convener.
Learning outcomes in the course
After this course students will acquire a more sophisticated understanding of social experiences as they are mediated through the senses.
Students will be assessed on the basis of participation in the classes, the oral presentations and on the submission of a single authored written essay.
Class Participation 25%
Oral Presentation 25%
Final Paper 30%
Dotsent Carlo Cubero Irizarry
Howes, David (eds). 2005. Empire of the Senses: The SensualCulture Reader. Berg Publishers.