Hiroshima University Syllabus

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Academic Year 2024Year School/Graduate School School of Integrated Arts and Sciences Department of Integrated Global Studies
Lecture Code ARS12001 Subject Classification Specialized Education
Subject Name Anthropology of the Contemporary World I (現代世界の人類学 I)
Subject Name
ゲンダイセカイノジンルイガク I
Subject Name in
Anthropology of the Contemporary World I
ナカゾラ モエ
Campus Higashi-Hiroshima Semester/Term 2nd-Year,  Second Semester,  3Term
Days, Periods, and Classrooms (3T) Fri7-8:IAS K106
Lesson Style Lecture Lesson Style
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Credits 1.0 Class Hours/Week   Language of Instruction E : English
Course Level 2 : Undergraduate Low-Intermediate
Course Area(Area) 23 : Arts and Humanities
Course Area(Discipline) 11 : Cultural Anthropology
Eligible Students
Keywords Cultural Anthropology, Nature and Culture, Disaster, Ecology, the Anthropocene, Fieldwork  
Special Subject for Teacher Education   Special Subject  
Class Status
within Educational
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Criterion referenced
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Integrated Global Studies
(Knowledge and Understanding)
・The knowledge and understanding to fully recognize the
mutual relations and their importance among individual
academic disciplines.
(Abilities and Skills)
・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 conduct research proactively by combining knowledge,  understanding, and skills for the tasks, based on flexible creativity and imagination. 
Class Objectives
/Class Outline
In this class, students will learn cultural anthropology perspectives on the relationship between nature and culture and gain a new understanding of today's world amid an environmental crisis. Topics to be covered include disasters, animal-human conflicts, and other global issues which local communities in Hiroshima also face, as well as emergent events such as COVID-19. Engaging with case studies by cultural anthropologists on these topics, we consider the "coexistence" of different human groups, and that of humans and other living beings. Students will also have an opportunity to experience anthropological fieldwork through field exercises on campus.      
Class Schedule lesson1 Introduction: Anthropology in the Anthropocene
lesson2: Contemporary Anthropology Perspectives: Rethinking the Nature/Culture Divide
lesson3: Disaster and Culture 1: Disaster anthropology
lesson4: Disaster and Culture 2: Guest Lecture
lesson5:Mini-fieldwork on Campus: Practice Participant Observation
lesson6:Shifting Human-Animal Relations1 : Animal Rights and Cultures
lesson7:Shifting Human-Animal Relations2: Biodiversity and Cultural Diversity
lesson8:Anthropological Perspectives on the COVID-19  
Textbook not specified. Reading materials will be shared through Moodle.  Reference books and articles will be introduced during the course.  
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Preparation and
Reading material will be specified before the class. Students are required to read it in advance and submit comments/questions for discussion by the day before the class.  
Requirements The main class language will be English, but in case needed, the lecturer will give an additional explanation in Japanese. Knowledge of anthropology is not a prerequisite for this course, and you will learn through this course the basic ideas of anthropology, and its role and advantage in studying various issues in the contemporary world.  
Grading Method Grading is based on contribution to the class discussion, written assignments (comments/questions based on readings), and a semester paper.
Further instructions will be given during the first class session 
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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