ANTH 6011: THEORETICAL CONCEPTS IN ETHNOGRAPHIC INQUIRY
ANTH 6011 3.0 credits
The course covers concepts of key significance to contemporary anthropological theory and is designed to address current student interests, exposing you to the history of the concept in anthropology and considering the way it has been taken up in and informed by ethnographic research. The course is open to non-Anthropology graduate students interested in contemporary social theory informed by ethnographically grounded research.
Each week is a module, organized around a concept that is treated generally, followed by readings organized chronologically (or from most general to more specific) and culminating with a recent ethnography or some older theoretical classics. I have tried to choose concepts from all of the Anthropology graduate program streams (Representation, Performance & Identity [RPI]; Health, Illness & the Body [HIB]; Power, Politics & Development [PPD]; Knowledge Systems[KS]) but many, if not most, of the concepts have aspects and dimensions relevant to each stream.
Students will collectively choose an additional 10 of the 23 optional modules. Once students have made their module choices (by vote), a revised syllabus will be issued with only the chosen modules included, in the order they will be addressed. This first, extensive syllabus, gives you a general sense in which the concepts are organized. Concepts and course readings will build on each other.
Course Number: ANTH 6011
School: York University
Date Published: January 7, 2020