ANTHRCUL 305 - Peoples and Cultures of the Himalaya
Section: 001
Term: WN 2009
Subject: Anthropology, Cultural (ANTHRCUL)
Department: LSA Anthropology
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Advisory Prerequisites:
One course in cultural anthropology.
May not be repeated for credit.
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The Himalayan region is a cultural watershed inhabited by descendants of immigrants from both South and Central Asia. It has until recently been one of the least ethnographically known regions of the world. Much of the research in the region has, as a result, been largely descriptive. This course is intended to be a general survey of Himalayan peoples as well as an introduction to current research issues in the area. Lectures will discuss the varieties of ethnic groups in the region (cultural and social variations and similarities), the incorporation of multiple ethnic communities into state society, ecological issues, and current social change relating to such areas as Christian conversion movements, the Maoist civil war, and familial change. The course materials will focus largely on Nepal, but students with interests in other Himalayan countries and regions: Bhutan, Sikkim, India, Tibet, and Pakistan will have an opportunity to explore their interests through suggested reading and course lectures which will draw on these areas for comparison.

There will be 4-5 required ethnographic texts for the class, all in paperback. These will form the basis for illustrating lectures and also act as focal points for discussion.

There will also be frequent hand-outs (including additional articles & chapters) of required materials throughout the semester. These will be mostly posted on CTools.

Format: Lecture and discussion.

Prerequisites: At least one class in cultural anthropology. Students are recommended to have had exposure to the ways that anthropologists talk about kinship and social organization.

Grades: Based on participation in class, two take-home exams involving short essays and three short in-class quizzes. The short quizzes will be brief and in-class and will cover lectures up to and readings through the day indicated.

ANTHRCUL 305 - Peoples and Cultures of the Himalaya
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001 (LEC)
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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