ANTHRCUL 305 - Peoples and Cultures of the Himalaya
Winter 2017, Section 001
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Subject: Anthropology, Cultural (ANTHRCUL)
Department: LSA Anthropology
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Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
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.

Course Requirements:

There will be 4-5 required ethnographic texts for the class, all in paperback. These will form the basis for discussion and introductory commentary by the professor.

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

Grades: Based on participation in class discussions and a series of brief reflections on readings -- the format of these reflections will amount to about 2 single-spaced pages of writing for each. Details will be provided the first day of class. There are no exams. Please be prepared for lots of reading and lots of talking!

Intended Audience:

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

Class Format:

After the first two weeks or so of getting our bearings in geography, history, and cultural & ethnic diversity, primarily discussion of readings with introductory commentary and occasional lectures by professor.


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

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