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Spring 2019, Osaka University
Tuesdays, 10:30~12:00 (2nd Period)
School of Science, Student Commons, Seminar Room B
- for G30 students: 13A451
- for RESPECT students: 9E0030
- for other students: 881109
This course introduces students to the key aspects of anthropology. Participants will learn the emergence of anthropology as a discipline, its main methods and topics; current trends and emerging issues; and its usefulness for understanding Japan’s changing place in the world. The course is organised around three thematic clusters. METHODS AND TOPICS introduces students to the multiple histories and methods of the discipline and provides an overview of the key concepts that have fostered the anthropological exploration of diverse human and nonhuman worlds. The second line of inquiry, CONCEPTS: NOW AND THEN, provides an overview of the key concepts (magic, kinship, gift, culture) that have fostered the anthropological exploration of diverse human and nonhuman worlds. In the third and final part, JAPAN IN THE WORLD, through an overview of some of the important directions in Japanese anthropology, we will discuss how such a body of knowledge can been instrumental in the understanding of Japan as a heterogeneous cultural phenomenon. The course aims to provide students with a diverse foundation of anthropological knowledge, and study skills that are required for further levels of study in anthropology.