Course: Cultural and social anthropology I

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Course title Cultural and social anthropology I
Course code KHI/0417
Organizational form of instruction Lecture
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 5
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction unspecified
Work placements unspecified
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Bahenský František, PhDr.
Course content
1. A man and culture as a subject of anthropological research 2. Resources, subject and classification of cultural and social anthropology 3. Methods and techniques of anthropological research 4. Evolutionistic anthropology 5. Evolutionists E.B.Tylor and L.H.Morgan 6. Diffusionistic schools in anthropology 7. Diffusionists G.E.Smith and F.Boas 8. Funcionalistic anthropology 9. Functionalists B.Malinowski, A.R.Radcliffe-Brown, E.Evans-Pritchard 10. Structural anthropology 11. Culture as a structured system as understood by C.Lévi-Strauss 12. Configurationism in anthropology 13. Cultural patterns and cultural configurations in conception of R.Benedict 14. Anthropology as a social science in present world

Learning activities and teaching methods
unspecified, unspecified
Learning outcomes
The aim of the course is to provide students an outline of anthropological theories of culture chronologically together with their geographical context. Theoretical conceptions will be presented on the background of particular anthropological streams and research schools establishing around main personalities of the discipline and their work. At the same time students will get both information about theoretical resources of these streams and about methods which were used by researchers plus areas of research of this discipline. The course will be finishing with reflections about sense, conception and research space of current cultural and social anthropology
Student will acquire: - knowledge of terminology - main idea about the subject and methods of cultural and social anthropology - outline of development of anthropological theories - ability to critically assess literature and work with it - ability to independently draw up and lead simple field research of particular cultural phenomenon - ability to produce written research report
General knowledge of history of philosophy and history of mankind. Deeper knowledge of history of colonialism and disintegration of colonial domination of world powers in the 20 century. Passive knowledge of English.

Assessment methods and criteria
Lectures followed by discussion, film documents and their analysis, field research of selected cultural phenomenons, papers based on assigned piece of literature Students will participate on discussions and analyses of anthropological documents. They will individually carry out research of selected cultural phenomenon and produce a report about it. Furthermore they will present their paper based on assigned specialized publication. Both oral performances and written tasks must be of sufficient language level..
Recommended literature
  • Ivo BUDIL. Mýtus, jazyk a kulturní antropologie. Praha, 1995.
  • Robert F.MURPHY. Úvod do kulturní a sociální antropologie. Praha, 1998.
  • Václav SOUKUP. Dějiny sociální a kulturní antropologie. Praha, 1994.
  • Václav Soukup. Přehled antropologických teorií kultury. Praha, 2000.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Branch of study Category Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty of Arts History (Single Subject) (A8) History courses 2 Winter
Faculty of Arts History with Education Emphasis (A8) History courses 2 Winter