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ANTH 211 A   Craft of Anthropologic Inquiry back to previous pageBack to Results  
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InstructorSpadola, Emilio
MeetsTR 830-945, ALUMNI 207
Pre-Requisites(ANTH 102 or SOAN 102 or FSEM 194) or (ANTH 103 or SOAN 103)
NotesGrades of C or higher required in SOAN/ANTH 101 & 102 (or FSEM equiv)
DistributionSocial Science Requirement
Core AreaNone

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This course introduces students both to the dominant areas of inquiry in anthropology and to the qualitative methods that have been devised to explore them. The focus of the course is on investigation. How does one go about learning something about some specific areas of human social and cultural life? To do this, the course turns for guidance and inspiration to the founders of the discipline, applying and adapting their ideas for class use. At the same time, the course looks to contemporary commentators for help with understanding how these ideas have been challenged and updated. Areas of investigation are culture, kinship, religion, subsistence, power and prestige, history and material culture, and language. For each area, students design and carry out brief research projects in the Hamilton/Colgate community. Collectively, the individual projects contribute to an ongoing ethnography of the village and campus. Open to sophomores and juniors. (Formerly SOAN 211.)

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