Course: Cultural and social anthropology II

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Course title Cultural and social anthropology II
Course code KHI/0420
Organizational form of instruction Lecture
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Summer
Number of ECTS credits 6
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
Cultural determinism and psychological anthropology 2. New ethnography 3. New archeology 4. Cognitive anthropology 5. Symbolic anthropology 6. Ecological anthropology 7. A man, language and society 8. A man, myth and religion 9. Applied anthropology 10. Visual anthropology 11. How did cultural and social anthropology enrich historical science 12. -14. Independent anthropological research

Learning activities and teaching methods
unspecified, unspecified
Learning outcomes
The course aims to inform student about selected streams of cultural and social anthropology in the second half of the 20 century and about trends in current anthropological science seen from both sociobiological and culturological perspective. Theoretical explanations will be supplemented with field research of assigned social or cultural phenomenon. Owing to the participants´ field of study the course will be finishing up with reflections about how cultural and social anthropology enriched the work of historians as far as methods and subjects are concerned.
Students will acquire: - basic knowledge in wide-ranging postmodern cultural and social anthopology - ability to use terminology in actual research - ability to apply theoretical knowledge in field research - ability to draw up and lead research including its evaluation in a final report - ability to apply anthropological approach in work with some historical resources
General knowledge of philosophical streams and world history from the Second World War to present time. Knowledge of political and economical geography.

Assessment methods and criteria
Lectures followed by discussion, analysis of visual documents. Papers based on individually studied works by world known anthropologists available in Czech language. Research of social and cultural phenomenon which was individually drawn up and implemented. To pass exam successfully students are required to have knowledge of development of cultural and social anthropology as a scientific discipline and knowledge of main streams of current anthropological interest. Terminology will comprise important part of exam. Students who want to sit for exam must participate on lessons, be able to apply in the field, have satisfactory level of oral performances and written tasks.
Recommended literature
  • C.Geertz. Interpretace kultur. Praha, Slon, 2000.
  • E.Gellner. Antropologie a Evropa. 1994.
  • L.Holý-V.Soukup-A.Vodáková. Sociální a kulturní antropologie. Praha, 1993.
  • Richard van Dülmen. Historická antropologie. Praha, 2000.
  • 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 with Education Emphasis (A8) History courses 2 Summer
Faculty of Arts History (Single Subject) (A8) History courses 2 Summer