Hiroshima University Syllabus

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Academic Year 2020Year School/Graduate School Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences (Master's Course) Division of Humanities and Social Sciences International Peace and Co-existence Program
Lecture Code WMG02301 Subject Classification Specialized Education
Subject Name Basic Cultural Anthropology II
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Basic Cultural Anthropology II
Instructor SEKI KOKI
セキ コウキ
Campus Higashi-Hiroshima Semester/Term 1st-Year,  First Semester,  2Term
Days, Periods, and Classrooms (2T) Fri5-8:IDEC 203
Lesson Style Lecture Lesson Style
【More Details】
On-line (bb9 and Teams), Class will start at June 19 (Fri) 
Credits 2 Class Hours/Week   Language on Instruction E : English
Course Level 5 : Graduate Basic
Course Area(Area) 23 : Arts and Humanities
Course Area(Discipline) 11 : Cultural Anthropology
Eligible Students Master course students
Keywords anthropology, ethnogprahy, culture, fieldwork, sociality, economy, politics, rituals, religions 
Special Subject for Teacher Education   Special Subject  
Class Status
within Educational
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Class Objectives
/Class Outline
This course will discuss the basic topics of cultural anthropology, which have relevance to the contemporary society. Starting from the introductory discussion on the notion of culture and its transformation under the contemporary globalization, the class deals with such topics as kinship, gender, and ethnicity; 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 (1)
lesson6: Environment, Ecology and various modes of human adaptation (2)
lesson7: Culture and Economic Avtivities (1): Market and Non-Market Societies
lesson8: Culture and Economic Activities (2): Gift, Exchange, Reciprocity, and Moral Economy
lesson9: Cutlure and Politica Activities (1): Varioud modes of power, authority and leadership
lesson10: Culture and Political Activities (2): nation-state and "state-less" societies
lesson11: Religion, ritual, and cosmology (1): anthropological approach to the religious activities and faith
lesson12: Religion, ritual, and cosmology (2): indigenous knowledge, symbols and consmology
lesson13: Religion, ritual, and cosmology (3): experiences of diease and illness
lesson14: summary and discussion
lesson15: summary and discussion 
text and reading materials will be instructed at the first meeting of the class. 
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Power Point, and written handout will be distributed.  
Suggestions on
Preparation and
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 encoraged 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. Students are recommended to enroll for the class of Contemporary Anthropology II offered in the 4th Term as well.  
Grading Method The score will be made based on the evaluation of students attituted and participation during the class, ability to complete the reading and writting assignment for each class, and 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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