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Anth326/2AA Meeting 1 (Draft)

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Draft version of slides for my first class meeting in ANTH326 Peoples and Cultures of Sub-Saharan Africa, Concordia University (H-411), September 8, 2010, 18:00-20:15.

Draft version of slides for my first class meeting in ANTH326 Peoples and Cultures of Sub-Saharan Africa, Concordia University (H-411), September 8, 2010, 18:00-20:15.

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  • 1. ANTH326 – Peoples and Cultures of Sub-Saharan Africa
    • Meeting 1, September 8, 2010
    • Alex Enkerli [email_address]
  • 2. Outsiders
  • 3. Today
    • Know what to expect
    • Start thinking about Africa
  • 4. Alex
    • (Alexandre Enkerli)
    • [email_address]
    • Office: Hall H-1125-28, Extension: 5408
  • 5. Office Hours
    • Thursdays 20:15 to 21:45
    • Wednesdays 16:15 to 17:45
    • By appointment
  • 6. Taught Similar Classes
    • IUSB: ANTH E310 Introduction to Cultures of Africa
    • Tufts: ANTH 118 Culture and Power in Africa
    • Concordia: ANTH326, Fall 2007
      • New Coursepack
  • 7. Theme: Learning from Africa
    • Anthropological part: Africa at ethnographic core
    • Lesson: What Can Africa Teach Us?
    • Main issue: thinking about Africa in an open way
  • 8. This Course
    • Mid- to Upper-level
    • Bigger class
    • Seminar-like
      • Semi-open
      • Active reading
  • 9. Exercise
    • Think up issues and concepts related to Africa
  • 10. African Studies
    • Area Studies
    • African Studies Association
      • http://www.africanstudies.org/
    • Pluridisciplinary
    • Anthro-heavy
  • 11. African Ethnography
    • Ethnographic societies
    • Long scholarly tradition
    • Insider/outsider
      • Owusu's critique
    • Micros (-sociology, -history, -economics...)
    • Macros (e.g. World-Systems Theory)
  • 12. Course Logistics
    • As Explicit As Possible
    • Longer Outline
    • Possible Changes
  • 13. Readings
    • Reading load
    • How to work with texts
    • Additional readings
    • Make way to literature on Africa
  • 14. Coursepack
    • Old and new texts
    • Case studies and conceptual/theoretical
    • African scholars
    • From colonialism to modernity
    • Relationships with rest of the World
    • Orality
    • Left out history
    • Some social problems
  • 15. Course Requirements
    • Course Engagement, 10%
    • Final Project, 25%
    • Project Plan, 5%
    • Critical Reviews, 30%
    • Media Critique, 5%
    • Exam, 25%
  • 16. Final Exam
    • Open-ended
    • Answer five out of seven
    • Understanding, not memory
  • 17. Critical Reviews
    • Not summary
    • Active reading
    • Work with material
    • Making links
    • Conversation starter
    • Can be short
  • 18. Media Critique
    • Similar to critical reviews
    • Non-academic representations of Africa
    • Bring media items next week
  • 19. Final Project
    • Learning from Africa
    • Insight
    • Integrate Issues
      • Readings
      • Class
  • 20. Project Rules
    • Project Plan October 13
    • Due December 10
    • Open Format
    • No Encyclopedia
    • No History
    • Teamwork allowed
  • 21. Topics Covered
    • Diversity
    • Representations
    • Misconceptions
    • Modernity
    • Tradition
    • Ethnicity
    • Identities
    • Economy
    • Geography
  • 22. Topics Covered
    • Belief systems
    • Social structure
    • Music
    • Arts
    • Politics
    • Kinship
    • Health
    • Terror
    • Slavery
    • War
  • 23. Other Possible Topics
    • Globalization
      • World Cup in South Africa
      • "BRICSA"
      • Asia-Africa relations
      • Global inequalities
    • Postcolonialism
      • Neocolonialism
    • Tech in Africa
      • Initiatives
      • OLPC
      • Geek Corps
      • Engineers without borders
  • 24. Policies
    • No Extra Credit
    • “ Prewrite”
    • Late Assignment Penalty
    • Online Submission
    • Reasonable Attendance
  • 25. Online
    • Moodle and BuddyPress Courseware
    • Forums
    • Assignments
    • Podcast
    • Journals
    • Blogs
    • Communication
    • Content
  • 26. Project Topic and Format
    • Open
    • Essay
    • Reaction paper
    • Critical bibliography
    • Local ethnography
  • 27. Grades A+ 90-100 C 63- 66 A 85- 89 C- 60-62 A- 80- 84 D+ 57-59 B+ 77- 79 D 53-56 B 73- 76 D- 50-52 B- 70- 72 F/FNS 40 C+ 67- 69 R 20
  • 28. Marks
    • IF : Insightful
    • OC : Original and Creative
    • HP : Honest and Personal
    • TR : Thoughtful and Reflective
    • EX : Appropriate Examples
    • ED : Elaborate and Detailed
    • CSF : Concise and Straightforward