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Description

The course is meant for students in Society and Change Master’s program majoring in the field of Social and Cultural Anthropology and for students in the COS Master’s program. If there is space, other students from the Society and Change MA program or from other relevant MA programmes can be accepted into the course.

On completing this course, the student understands how ethnographic research produces comparable, anthropological knowledge. He or she is familiar with the historical and political circumstances that underlie the societies and life forms in the area that is under focus. The student is able to pursue an independent study of the ethnographic literature on this area, to incorporate its core topics in his or her own intellectual aims, and to recognize the importance of its core topics for the development of general theoretical discussions in anthropology.

This study unit is concerned with the anthropological research topics and traditions that have evolved in a particular ethnographic area. In addition to introducing core topics that arise in the anthropological literature on a specific geographic area, it aims at learning to think about these topics comparatively. The comparative method in anthropology is different from a method based on case studies in that it does not represent the ethnographic description of a single site as an instance of universal knowledge. Instead, it adopts a holistic perspective in which the meaning of human practice and experience is informed by its social and historical context. Anthropological knowledge is ultimately produced through the comparison ethnographic accounts of related phenomena in different sites. For this reason, anthropological training should include familiarity with more than one ethnographic area.

Anthropological research literature specified according to the ethnographic area under focus.

Asteikko 0-5. Arvioinnissa otetaan huomioon kaikki suoritusten osa-alueet ja edistetään itsearviointia.

A theme seminar for small groups.