Anthropology | Social and Cultural Anthropology
E200 | 0065 | Shahrani


The course will examine the development of anthropological approaches to the
study of human social and cultural systems-i.e. organized and patterned social
relations and interactions guided by societal norms and cultural values that
define appropriate personal and social goals and behaviors.  The role of
individuals and groups in the creation, perpetuation, maintenance and
transformation of social forms and institutions within social systems will
be explored.  Specifically, the course will focus on how anthropologists have
approached the study of the structure and organizational dynamics of the
following domains of social life: technology and environment, politics,
economics, family and kinship, and religion.  Developments leading to the
identification and definitions of pertinent issues for investigation in each
of these aspects of human social life, and formulation of appropriate
methodologies, articulation of analytical concepts, construction of
explanatory models and theories which characterize social and cultural
anthropology as an intellectural discourse will be considered from an
historical perspective.  Ethnographic materials from both contemporary
non-Western societies and modern Western societies illustrating such
developments will be discussed and compared.

Required Text: (Some titles may vary)

Kuper, A    Anthropology and Anthropologists: The Modern British School
(3rd edition).
Keiser, R.L.   The Vice Lords: Warriors of the Street (Fieldwork Edition)
Geertz. H. & C.   Kinship in Bali.
Ortner, Sherry   "Theory in Anthropology since the Sixties."
Moore, Sally Falk   "Explaining the Present: theoretical dilemmas in processual
ethnography."

Course Requirements

There will be three examinations.  All exams will be of the essay type,
consisting of short-answer questions and longer essays.  Each examination
will be worth 50 points and course grade will be based on 150 cumulative
points.  Graduate students are also required to write a 10-15 page long term
paper.  The graduate student term paper should have a theoretical orientation,
and it should assess the contributions of an important figure in social
anthropology, or critically address approaches to the study of a specific
problematic issue in a substantive area of social anthropology.