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ANTH 303A Ethnography of Special Areas - ETHNO SPEC AREAS

A specialized study of ethnographic and theoretical problems in one area. Different culture areas or regions may be selected each term. Consult the Department for this year's offerings.

This course is eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading. To determine whether you can take this course for Credit/D/Fail grading, visit the Credit/D/Fail website. You must register in the course before you can select the Credit/D/Fail grading option.

Credits: 3


Status Section Activity Term Interval Days Start Time End Time Comments
FullANTH 303A 001Web-Oriented Course1 Tue Thu11:0012:30

Anth 303A-001: In this class we ask what covid-19 can teach us about structures of power, cultural dynamics, and knowledge created at high velocity. Setting covid-19 against the historical backdrop of other pandemics, we ask what the virus can teach us about social inequality, political ideology and cultural adaptability. Using ideas from the anthropology of science and medical anthropology, we also ask what mistakes scientists and pubic officials made and which public health measures (social distancing? Masks? Testing? Contact tracing?) proved most effective. Readings will include works of journalism and fiction as well as academic articles.

ANTH 303A 002Lecture2 Tue Thu11:0012:30

ANTH303A (Ethnography of Special Areas  Anthropology of the Middle East):

This course will focus on anthropological methods of analyzing and interpreting Middle Eastern cultures and societies. We use a variety of ethnographies and other supporting texts to learn about the region and its cultural, historical, and political complexity. We examine a wide range of historical and cultural accounts from across the region. In our discussions, we acquire critical tools for studying the region, including examining our disciplines contribution to the construction of the Middle East as a region in the first place.

ANTH 303A 200Lecture2 Wed13:0016:00

This class is dedicated to ethnographic engagement to further understandings of Asian Canadian experience that will at times be compared with or put in context with parallels in Asian American experience. Issues to be covered include: the historic exclusion of Chinese immigrants to Canada through the head tax, along with the importance of the Chinatown area now as a place icon for Vancouver; the uprooting, removal and incarceration of Japanese Canadians during WWII, a process which denied their existence and rights as Canadians and instead projected them as part of the country from which they or their forebears had immigrated; and the struggles for Redress by which Canada (and the United States) had to acknowledge the wrongs of removal and internment of Japanese-Canadians. We will also e and ~

xplore the rise in the Korean Canadian community, and how K-Pop and K-Wave have brought more attention to that community, as well as considering South Asian and Southeast Asian communities in the greater Vancouver area. We may also make fieldtrips to pertinent sites related to these Asian Canadian communities. In case the class is limited to online, we will explore these sites virtually, including by exploring various virtual offerings provided by these communities.