12:396 History of Anthropological Theory [Bower]

Prerequisite: both of the following: 12:153, plus 6 credit hours in Anthropology.

This course focuses on the disciplinary and theoretical development of anthropology between the nineteenth century and the contemporary period. Anthropological theories of evolutionism, structural-functionalism, interpretive and symbolic anthropology, and gender, modernity and globalization, will be critically assessed. The correspondence between major anthropological theories, debates and parallel scientific and literary developments, will be identified in order to contextualize the historical and interdisciplinary precedent upon which contemporary anthropological investigations are based.

3 lecture hours per week, one term.

Instructor: Megan Bower