School: Social Sciences
Academic Unit: Social Anthropology and History
Level of studies: Postgraduate
Course code: SHA-4 Semester: 2st
Course Title: Issues of Economic and Political Anthropology
Independent teaching activities Weekly teaching hours Credits
3 10
Course type: required
Prerequisite courses: None
Language of instruction and examinations: Greek
Is the course offered to erasmus students: Νο
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    Learning outcomes: Overall, the course seeks to familiarize students with the most important problematics -older and recent ones – in the fields of economic and political anthropology. It enables them to obtain the necessary theoretical and methodological framework for the interpretation and analysis of economic and political relations, practices, notions and behaviours within different social, political and economic contexts both in western and non-western societies. More specifically, this is achieved through a critical analysis of examples (case studies) pertaining to the morality of exchange, -gift and commodity exchange-, money, consumption, analytical approaches of the “political” phenomenon, theories of ethnicity and nationalism, the cultural, political and economic dimensions of ethnicity and ethnic relations, especially from the perspective of identity formation.

    General Competences: 
    Researching, analyzing and synthesizing data and information, with the use of the necessary technological means
    Autonomous, self-motivated work
    Cultivating respect for otherness and multiculturalism
    Production of independent, creative and critical thinking
    Demonstrating social, moral and professional responsibility and sensitivity in gender issues
    Working in an international environment
    Working in a multidisciplinary environment
    Planning and management of projects
    Working in groups

    (3) SYLLABUS

    The course includes three thematic units. The first focuses on problematics centering on the “economic” concept, turns to exchange in order to examine the gift in primitive and western societies, commodity exchange and barter, and concludes with a presentation of several anthropological theories pertaining to material culture and objects. The latter are analyzed as commodities from a political-economic perspective and/or as vehicles of symbolic meaning. The second thematic unit covers certain basic issues in the anthropology of tourism and presents, from a critical perspective, several analytical approaches to the issue of socio-economic transformation and the relation between structure and agency. In the course’s third thematic unit, the course examines the development of political anthropology –approaches to ‘political’ and power relations – while, at the same time, presents ethnographic studies of non-western societies, which have contributed to setting the foundations of political anthropology. Finally, the course provides an analysis of the main approaches to ethnicity and nationalism as well as an understanding of the relation between the relevant terms and analytical categories. At the same time, emphasis is particularly placed on nationalism as a cultural process of identity formation.


    Delivery: Face-to face
    Use of information and communications technology : In the classroom, the teaching method involves the use of power point,
    other visual means, documentaries, as well as the internet. Students έχουν have have access to the eclass course site.
    Teaching methods:  Activity Semester workload
    Lectures 39
    Study and analysis of relevant bibliography (articles) 30
    In class presentations assigned to students 40
    Independent study/preparation for short essays 60
    Final turn paper 100
    Course total: 269
    Student performance evaluation: Evaluation of the students’ performance takes into consideration the following:
    Active engagement/participation in class
    Class presentations of work (articles or chapters) assigned to students
    Short written essay based on a topic and relevant bibliography assigned to each student
    Final turn paper prepared under the instructor’s guidance and following her approval of selected bibliography


    Suggested bibliography:

    LeClair και Schneider (επιμ.) 1968, Economic Anthropology.
    Godelier, M., 1988, Mαρξιστικοί Ορίζοντες στην Κοινωνική Ανθρωπολογία.
    Richard R. Wilk και Lisa C. Cliggettt, 2010, Οικονομία και Πολιτισμός: Αρχές Οικονομικής Ανθρωπολογίας.
    Appadurai (επιμ.) 1986, The Social Life of Things.
    Navotzky, S., 1997, New Directions in Economic Anthropology.
    Parry, J. και Μ. Block, 1989, Money and the Morality of Exchange.
    Bourdieu, P.,1984, Distinction: A Social Critique of the Judgement of Taste.
    Miller, D., 1987, Material Culture and Mass Consumption.
    Balandier, G., 1990, Πολιτική Ανθρωπολογία.

    Cultural Anthropology
    Anthropological Quarterly
    American Anthropologist
    Critique of Anthropology
    Annals of Tourism Research
    American Ethnologist