Hiroshima University Syllabus

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Academic Year 2024Year 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 WMG02201 Subject Classification Specialized Education
Subject Name Basic Cultural Anthropology I
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Basic Cultural Anthropology I
ナカゾラ モエ
Campus Higashi-Hiroshima Semester/Term 1st-Year,  First Semester,  1Term
Days, Periods, and Classrooms (1T) Weds5-8:IDEC 204
Lesson Style Lecture Lesson Style
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Credits 2.0 Class Hours/Week   Language of Instruction E : English
Course Level 5 : Graduate Basic
Course Area(Area) 23 : Arts and Humanities
Course Area(Discipline) 11 : Cultural Anthropology
Eligible Students graduate students
Keywords Cultural anthropology, fieldwork, ethnography, culture, environment, and development  
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Class Objectives
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In this class, students will be exposed to the fundamental ideas of cultural anthropology, which has produced a number of significant studies about “developing countries/regions.” Starting from classical theories and methodologies, the class also deals with various anthropological approaches toward development, as well as its more recent attempts to understand modern institutional/urban settings rather than only rural communities through fieldwork. Participants are NOT required to have knowledge of anthropology in advance, and anyone who would like to gain new insights to deepen their understanding of development are welcome.  
Class Schedule lesson1 Orientation:Anthropology in/as regional studies of developing countries.
lesson2: Basic methodologies: Fieldwork and ethnography
lesson3: Encountering other cultures: Evolutionism
lesson4: Understanding other cultures1: Functionalism and fieldwork  
lesson5:Understanding other cultures 2: Cultural relativism and thick description
lesson6:Mini-fieldwork: Practice participatory observation on campus
lesson7:Critique of development
lesson8:Development anthropology
lesson10:Debate workshop
lesson11: Anthropology of city-making and urbanity
lesson12: Anthropology of violence and peace-making
lesson13: SNS and ethnography
lesson14: Ethnographic study of developing agencies and the UN
lesson15: Wrap-up workshop 
Textbook not specified. Reading materials will be shared through Moodle.  Reference books and articles will be introduced during the course.  
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Reading material will be specified prior to the class and students are required to read it in advance and prepare study questions for discussion.  
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 development.  
Grading Method Grading is based on contribution to the class, written assignments and a semester paper. (More details will be given at the first class of the course.) 
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