Hiroshima University Syllabus

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Academic Year 2020Year School/Graduate School School of Integrated Arts and Sciences Department of Integrated Global Studies
Lecture Code ARS10001 Subject Classification Specialized Education
Subject Name Anthropology of Globalization I (グローバリゼーションの人類学 I)
Subject Name
グローバリゼーションノジンルイガク I
Subject Name in
Anthropology of Globalization I
Instructor SEKI KOKI
セキ コウキ
Campus Higashi-Hiroshima Semester/Term 2nd-Year,  First Semester,  1Term
Days, Periods, and Classrooms (1T) Weds3-4:IAS K109
Lesson Style Lecture Lesson Style
【More Details】
lecture, discussion among the participants, presetnation of reading materials, and so on. 
Credits 1 Class Hours/Week   Language on Instruction E : English
Course Level 2 : Undergraduate Low-Intermediate
Course Area(Area) 23 : Arts and Humanities
Course Area(Discipline) 11 : Cultural Anthropology
Eligible Students undergraduate students
Keywords cultural anthropology, ethnography, fieldwork, sociality, relatedness, environment, economy, politics, religion 
Special Subject for Teacher Education   Special Subject  
Class Status
within Educational
Criterion referenced
Integrated Global Studies
(Knowledge and Understanding)
・The knowledge and understanding of the important characteristics and basic theoretical framework of individual academic disciplines.
・The knowledge and understanding of one's own language and culture and other languages and cultures that are prerequisite abilities for communication with people from different cultures and areas of specialization.
・The knowledge and understanding to fully recognize the
mutual relations and their importance among individual
academic disciplines.
(Abilities and Skills)
・The ability to collect and analyze necessary literature or data among various sources of information in individual academic disciplines.
・The ability to specify necessary theories and methods for the consideration of important issues.
・The ability to summarize one's own research in reports or academic papers, deliver presentations at seminars or research meetings, and explain it in an easy way so that people in different cultures and areas of specialization understand.
(Comprehensive Abilities)
・The ability to think in an interdisciplinary way to discover issues based on ethical research practices and subjective intellectual interests, and propose a plan to solve them.
・The ability to conduct research proactively by combining knowledge,  understanding, and skills for the tasks, based on flexible creativity and imagination.
・The ability to take action cooperatively to advance research to resolve the problem by sharing issues with people from different cultures and areas of specialization, and explaining one’s own ideas logically and simply. 
Class Objectives
/Class Outline
This course will discuss the basic topics and theories of cultural anthropology. It further argues what are the relevances and significances of anthropological views and approaches to the understanding and analysis of the contemporary phenomena and the issues of globalizing world. Starting with the introductory discussion on the notion of culture, fieldwork methods and ethonography, the class deals with such topics as kinship, gender, and ethnicity as basic modes of categorization of people; sociality and identity in contemporary time; cultural approaches to the economic and political activities; environment and ecology; religion and rituals, and so on. Students are required to read the assigned materials and write a short report befor each class. Middle to advanced-level English ability, including reading the academic text and engaging in logical debate, is required for all the participants.  
Class Schedule lesson1 What is cultural anthropology? A concept of culture and its transformations in contemproary world.
lesson2  Fieldwork and ethnography as methods of cultural anthropology.
lesson3 How do people categorize themselve? kinship, gender, ethnicity
lesson4 Various modes of "relatedness" in contemporary world: Social relationship, Sociality, and Identity.
lesson5 Environment, Ecology and various modes of human adaptation
lesson6 Culture and Economy: Market and Non-Market Society
lesson7 Culture and Politics: Varioud modes of power, authority and leadership
lesson8  summary and exam.  
text and reading materials will be instructed at the first meeting of the class. 
PC or AV used in
Power Point, and handouts will be distributed.  
Suggestions on
Preparation and
The Students are instructed to read the assgined articles, write a short report, and submit to the instructor before each class. Based on those readings and reports, the students are encouraged to actively participate in discussion during the class. 
Requirements Middle to advanced-level English ability, including reading the academic text and engaging in logical debate, is required for all the participants. The students are strongly recommended to enroll for the class of "Anthropology of Globalization II" offered in the second term. 
Grading Method The score will be made based on the evaluation of students attitude and participation during the class, ability to complete the reading and writting assignment for each class, and exam, or term paper. 
Practical Experience  
Summary of Practical Experience and Class Contents based on it  
Please fill in the class improvement questionnaire which is carried out on all classes.
Instructors will reflect on your feedback and utilize the information for improving their teaching. 
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