ANSO 402 Spring 2015 Senior Seminar

This capstone seminar examines three classic anthropological, sociological and archeological case studies and considers how our understanding of these case studies has evolved over time. Beginning with early ethnographic texts produced by an anthropologist and a sociologist and an archeological site report, the course investigates how our understanding of the social groups described and analyzed in these texts has changed over the years as indicated by later restudies, as well as how the modes and models of analysis used to understand the groups has developed as research paradigms have shifted and social contexts have been transformed by political and economic factors unknown or unacknowledged at the time of the original research. In the final three weeks of the course, students will choose a case study from the anthropological, sociological or archeological literature that was subjected to later re-study and will develop an analytical history of this group, institution or site. Students will present their findings orally to the class and write a paper evaluating how and why the group, institution or site they have studied has changed in the ways indicated in the research literature and what these shifts tell us about the evolving nature of social scientific analysis.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: class participation, three short papers, one long research paper
Additional Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the Gaudino option
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Prerequisites: restricted to senior Anthropology and Sociology majors
Enrollment Preference: Anthropology and Sociology majors
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Divisional Attributes: Division II
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Enrollment Limit: none
Expected Enrollment: 20
Class Number: 3145
ANSO 402 - 01 (S) SEM Senior Seminar Division 2: Social Studies David B. Edwards
M 7:00 PM-9:40 PM Schapiro Hall 137 3145
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