ANTH 236 Spring 2015 Individuals in Context: Personhood, Emotion, Thought

How does culture get inside our heads? How does variation between societies or social groups intersect with variation between individuals within those groups? What can ethnographic methods, in particular, tell us about the intersections between individual and culture? This course offers an introduction to the theoretical and methodological tools of psychological anthropology, a sub-field of anthropology that investigates the relationship between interior experience and social worlds. We will explore studies of personhood, emotion, socialization, and cognition across cultures, topics that draw together the individual and her broader social context. We will pair these studies with key theoretical texts from the field, and will conclude by discussing how psychological anthropology can contribute to contemporary debates about power, inequality, and social transformation.
Class Format: lecture
Requirements/Evaluation: 1-page response papers (5 total, graded pass/fail); mid-term essay exam (5-7 pages); final essay exam (5-7 pages)
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Prerequisites: none; open to first year students
Enrollment Preference: Anth/Soc majors
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Divisional Attributes: Division II
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Enrollment Limit: 20
Expected Enrollment: 20
Class Number: 4041
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ANTH 236 - 01 (S) LEC Individuals in Context Division 2: Social Studies Julia L. Kowalski
TR 08:30 AM-09:45 AM 4041
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