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 WMG02401 Subject Classification Specialized Education
Subject Name Contemporary Anthropology I
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Contemporary Anthropology I
ナカゾラ モエ
Campus Higashi-Hiroshima Semester/Term 1st-Year,  Second Semester,  3Term
Days, Periods, and Classrooms (3T) Weds5-8:IDEC 203
Lesson Style Lecture Lesson Style
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Lecture and discussion
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
Keywords Cultural anthropology, science and technology studies, multispecies ethnography, biodiversity, disaster, resilience, Anthropocene  
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This class engages with recent debates in anthropology, especially those influenced by science and technology studies, which provide new insights into the relationship between culture and technology, humans and nonhumans in societies. In the latter part of the course, we discuss the application of such approaches to developmental projects/policies (especially post-disaster management and human-animal conflicts) through fieldwork in local communities in Higashihiroshima. This class welcomes both anthropology students who want to learn the latest anthropology theory and those with other disciplinary backgrounds (engineering, biology, ecology, and so on) interested in culture-technology relations. 
Class Schedule lesson1: Orientation: science, technology, and culture
lesson2: Recent anthropology: going beyond culture  
lesson3: Thinking through things1: human-cattle relations in classic anthropology
lesson4: Thinking through things2: mobile phones in hunter-gather societies
lesson5: Thinking through things 3: living with Pet-type robots in contemporary Japan
lesson6: Actor Network Theory
lesson7:  Multispecies ethnography
lesson8: Presentation of case studies by students
lesson9: Presentation of case studies by students
lesson10: Disaster anthropology/public engagement of anthropology
Lesson11: Disaster anthropology and Science and Technology Studies: an ethnography of seawall construction
lesson12: How to talk about the Higashihiroshima disaster
lesson13: Fieldwork on the post-disaster society
lesson14: Fieldwork on the post-disaster society
lesson15: Wrap-up of fieldwork  
Textbook not specified. Reading materials will be shared through Dropbox.  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 and science and technology studies is not a prerequisite for this course, and you will learn about these fields through the course.  
Grading Method Grading is based on contribution to the class, presentation and a semester paper. 
Practical Experience  
Summary of Practical Experience and Class Contents based on it  
Other It is desirable for students also to take "Contemporary Anthropology Ⅱ (4T)" instructed by prof. Seki and prof. Nagasaka.  
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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