Global Processes and Local Systems (3) Ethnographic, comparative, historic, evolutionary treatment of global economic, political, and cultural processes and their consequences for local systems.
ANTH 455 Global Processes and Local Systems (3)
(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.
Students will learn about global economic, political, and cultural processes and their consequences for local systems, how anthropologists do ethnography in the modern world of villages and factories; varieties of anthropological approaches and theories and how to assess them and how to critically assess ethnographic work.
Students will write a series of book reviews in which they critically analyze the works they read in the course. Each review will present the main argument of the work; the theoretical assumptions the argument entails; the evidence the author used, the methods the author used to develop the evidence; the relationships among theoretical assumptions, arguments, evidence, and methods; and conclusions. Each review will assess the validity and reliability of the findings and the relationships of findings, arguments, and assumptions to the conclusions. These reviews will direct the student's attention to the salient points of scientific ethnography and anthropological theory with specific examples. Grades for the reviews will be assigned on the basis of how well each component of the review is completed, short in-class writing assignments to test reading comprehension and orient discussion, and a synthetic essay.
Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.