Advanced Cultural Anthropology: Concepts and Practice
- Science and social science;
- The nature of anthropological discourse and the practice of anthropology;
- Major paradigms and modern problems, an overview.
- Earlier Social Theorists and Philosophers:
- The Enlightenment and the locus of knowledge;
- The development of the scientific method;
- Comte and the social sciences;
- De Coulanges and the Ancient City.
- Early Evolutionists and the 19th Century Social Philosophers:
- Darwin and Social Darwinism
- The stages of culture
- Boas and the Science of Culture:
- Fieldwork and data collection;
- Ethnology, ethnography and physical anthropology;
- The North West Coast
- Functionalism and Structuralism:
- Malinowski’s psychological needs and the Trobriand Islanders;
- Radcliffe-Brown and the Chicago School;
- American sociology and Talcott Parsons
- Boas’ Students:
- Culture and personality and first field work;
- The Mead crisis and the problem with data/theory relationships
- Culture and Personality Updated:
- Psychological anthropology
- French Structuralism and Symbolism:
- The question of the demonstrability of psychic unity;
- The mediation of binary opposition and nature/culture;
- “My Brother, the Parrot.”
- Ethnoscience and Cognitive Anthropology:
- The mind as a landscape and the archaeology of thought.
- Behavioural Science and the Social Sciences:
- Anthropology and behavioural science;
- The possibility of a unified field.
- Contemporary Critiques:
- Feminism and post-modernism;
- Anthropology as epistemology past and present.
- Anthropology as Intellectual Exchange:
- The relevance of past theory for current situations: what do we do when we have no history? How do we prophesize without a past?
- Technological revolutions and the human condition in the past fifty or sixty years.
- Concept and Practice:
- Anthropology as cultural critique;
- Epistemology and behaviour;
- The nature of explanations;
- Belief systems as self-validating.
- Review and Conclusions
The course will employ a variety of instructional methods to accomplish its objectives and will include lecture format, supplemented with seminar discussions and student presentations, as well as selected relevant films/videos.
Evaluation will be carried out in accordance with Douglas College policy. The instructor will provide a written course outline with specific evaluation criteria at the beginning of the semester.
An example of a possible evaluation scheme might consist of:
|Research Essay||30% - 40%|
|Participation/Presentation||10% - 20%|
At the conclusion of the course, the student will be able to:
- Discuss the major theoretical models in sociocultural anthropology and articulate the relationship between model building and the fieldwork experience in the discipline.
- Articulate the “personal equation” in anthropological fieldwork experience and critically evaluate selected ethnographic works in relation to the anthropologist’s personal equation.
A number of appropriate textbooks as available, such as:
- Devita, P. (1992). The Naked Anthropologist. Wadsworth Publishers.
- Barrett, S. (1996). Anthropology. University of Toronto Press.
- McGee, R.J. & Warms, R.L. (1996). Anthropological Theory: An Introductory History. Mayfield Publishing Co.
Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.
These are for current course guidelines only. For a full list of archived courses please see https://www.bctransferguide.ca
|Institution||Transfer Details for ANTH 2200|
|Camosun College (CAMO)||CAMO ANTH 220 (3)|
|Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU)||KPU ANTH 2XXX (3)|
|Langara College (LANG)||LANG ANTH 2XXX (3)|
|Simon Fraser University (SFU)||SFU SA 2XX (3)|
|Thompson Rivers University (TRU)||TRU ANTH 2XXX (3)|
|Trinity Western University (TWU)||TWU ANTH 2XX (3)|
|University Canada West (UCW)||UCW ANTH 2XX (3)|
|University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO)||UBCO ANTH 2nd (3)|
|University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV)||UBCV ANTH 200 (3)|
|University of Northern BC (UNBC)||UNBC ANTH 210 (3)|
|University of the Fraser Valley (UFV)||UFV ANTH 1XX (3)|
|University of Victoria (UVIC)||UVIC ANTH 200 (1.5)|
|Vancouver Island University (VIU)||VIU ANTH 2nd (3)|