|Academic Unit:||Social Anthropology and History|
|Level of studies:||Postgraduate|
|Course Title:||Issues of Economic and Political Anthropology|
|Independent teaching activities||Weekly teaching hours||Credits|
|Language of instruction and examinations:||Greek|
|Is the course offered to erasmus students:||Νο|
|Course website (Url):||https://en.sah.aegean.gr/graduate-programs/ma-in-social-and-historical-anthropology/courses-offered/kia-4/|
(2) LEARNING OUTCOMES
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.
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
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.
(4) TEACHING and LEARNING METHODS – EVALUATION
|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|
|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|
|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
(5) ATTACHED 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.
Critique of Anthropology
Annals of Tourism Research