Goucher College 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalogue 
    Jun 13, 2024  
Goucher College 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalogue PLEASE NOTE: This is an archived catalog. Programs are subject to change each academic year.

ANT 205 - African Cultures and Societies (3 Cr.)

This course invites students to more deeply consider aspects of cultural process and the human condition in Africa through the lens of ethnographic inquiry and attention to African expression. Readings explore infancy and old age, gender, rural and urban settings, agriculture and industry, work and play. Our framework is simultaneously local and global, historical and contemporary, modern and traditional, situating African lives in the complex layering and contexts that shape social experience. Through our engagement with the readings and with documentary films, we will encounter and address such theoretical themes and issues as agency, colonialism, nationalism, performance, enculturation, political economy, cultural change, and the ethics and practices of ethnographic representation. This course will prepare students to move beyond superficial understanding of African lives, and provide inspiration and possible focus for study abroad or other further research. Prerequisite:    or   Spring semester offered 2012-13 and alternate years. Turner