Anthropology | Undergrad Sem: Ethnography of the State
E400 | 0469 | Andes

Karen Andes
Student Building 170

Course description and requirements

Recent research in anthropology, history, and political science has
begun to focus on the impact of the state on everyday life.  This course
will provide students with an overview of theoretical developments
associated with this new line of research as well as an opportunity to
study some of the most important monographs and authors in the field.
Although much of this literature has been developed by scholars working on
India and Mexico, the course has been designed to consider an array of
case studies from around the world. A supplementary reading list will be
available to students with a special interest in India or Mexico.
The course is open to both upper-division undergraduates and graduate
students, and will follow a seminar format.  Attendance, preparation and
participation in class discussions are critical in this format, and will
therefore constitute 20% of the final grade.  Students will also be
responsible for selecting three articles and one book from class readings
and preparing a written summary that will be distributed to all class
members.  Each article summary will count for 5% of the final grade, and
the book review, 10%.  Two brief writing assignments will be given in
early October and early November, each contributing 15% to the final
grade.  For these assignments, students will be given a choice of
questions to answer in a 3-4 page essay synthesizing class readings over a
5-7 day period.  Finally, 25% of the grade will be based on an individual
project, due on the last day of class, on a special area of interest to be
determined by each student.  While course requirements do not differ for
undergraduate and graduate students, more substance and critique will be
expected of graduate students in their written work.