The course is obligatory for all the Society and Change BA students and open to students participating in the ET program. If there is space, a certain number of students from other relevant BA programmes can be accepted into the course.
The course introduces a social science perspective on ideological phenomena that indicate and drive social change. On completing the course the student is aware of the concepts and approaches that anthropology and other social sciences use in analyzing religious, secular, aesthetic, ethical, and moral practices. The student is able to formulate comparative research problems focused on values, beliefs and knowledge and to apply relevant concepts in analyzing them. The student is able to present critical arguments grounded in research literature about these topics orally and in writing.
The course provides an overview of the contemporary anthropology of religious and ideological change. In the broad sense, religion and ideology are specific imaginary constructions of the social and political realities in which they form. They organize human experience in a way that allows people to reflect on the meanings, values and temporalities of social life and to recognize certain types of actions as the domain of freedom, belief, and ethical choice.
The themes discussed in the course include the situated history of religious conversion, the creation of colonial and national subjects, the management of conflicts and the failure to resolve them, the structures of feeling through which the awareness of historical change is grounded in concrete experiences, places, and events, and the religious, ethical, and aesthetic practices that turn certain habits and intuitions into objects of reflective awareness. The course uses anthropological studies about Christianity, colonization, philanthropy, witchcraft, place-making, diaspora, and nationalism as comparative material for understanding how ideology both drives and responds to social change.
Literature in the written exam:
- Aragon, Lorraine 2000. Fields of the Lord. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press.
- Hirschkind, C. 2006. The Ethical Soundscape: Cassette Sermons and Islamic Counterpublics. New York: Columbia University Press.
- Piot, Charles 2010. Nostalgia for the Future: West Africa after the Cold War. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Readings for course instruction:
- Bear, Laura 2015. Navigating Austerity. Currents of Debt along a South Asian River. Stanford: Stanford University Press.
- Bubandt, Nils 2015. - Cannell, Fenella 2006. The Anthropology of Christianity. Durham, [N.C.] ; London: Duke University Press.
- Ho, Engseng 2006. The Graves of Tharim. Genealogy and Mobility across the Indian Ocean. Berkeley: University of California Press.
- Keane, Webb 2016. Ethical Life: Its Natural and Social Histories. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
- Laidlaw, James 2014. The Subject of Virtue: An Anthropology of Ethics and Freedom. New York: Cambridge University Press
- Robbins, Joel 2004. Becoming Sinners: Christianity and Moral Torment in a Papua New Guinea Society. Berkeley, Calif.: University of California Press.
Asteikko 0-5. Arvioinnissa otetaan huomioon kaikki suoritusten osa-alueet ja edistetään itsearviointia.
Instructions for examinations
- Faculty examinations are held in Porthania (Yliopistonkatu 3).
- Faculty examinations begin at 9.00. Students must arrive by 9.30 and may leave no earlier than 9.30.
- Students may take only writing utensils with them to their seats (no bags etc.). No programmable calculators or dictionaries are allowed.
- Mobile phones must be switched off.
- Examination answers must be returned to the invigilator in the examination envelope.
- Students must provide proof of identity when submitting their answers.
The course will meet twice a week during one period in a total of 12 sessions. Each session will consist of a lecture followed by a seminar-style session, during which students will work in groups to address issues learned each week, carry out tasks and make presentations to their groups. There will be a Moodle page where students will submit work every week. The feedback on this work will help to inform students in the preparation of an assessed essay for the course.
a) Lähi- ja/tai verkko-opetuksena toteutettava kurssi ja siihen sisältyvä kirjallisuus ja tehtävät (Yhteiskunnallisen muutoksen kandiohjelman opiskelijat)
Vuosittaiset suoritusvaihtoehdot täsmennetään opetusohjelmassa.