Cultural anthropology

A.Y. 2019/2020
9
Max ECTS
60
Overall hours
SSD
M-DEA/01
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
The course aims to provide students with a solid general knowledge of the basic concepts, theoretical frameworks and methodological instruments of Cultural Anthropology, and to enable them to use the anthropological thought as a critical contribution to their own future studies, researches and activities in intercultural contexts.
Expected learning outcomes
Knowledge and understanding
At the end of the course, the student
- knows the theoretical fundamentals of Cultural Anthropology;
- knows the main perspectives of anthropological reflection about culture, worldviews, cultural diversity;
- knows the main methodological instruments (including participant observation as immersive research practice and the comparative method) and and the basic bibliographic elements of intellectual work in the field of Cultural Anthropology.

Ability to apply knowledge and understanding
At the end of the course, the student
- can put forward and outline the main conceptual contributions of Cultural Anthropology;
- can articulate anthropological reflections with respect to specific contexts;
- can apply knowledge for the purpose of i
nterpreting and commenting situations, written and oral texts, videos and social media contents;
- can deal with bibliographies in the anthropological domain.
Course syllabus and organization

(A-L)

Responsible
Lesson period
Second semester
Course syllabus
Course syllabus (nuovo testo da inserire in W4):

1. Lessons for both 6 and 9 ECTS exams:
Introduction to cultural anthropology. Perspectives and topics of research
Basic introduction to the theoretical framework and the main topics and methodologies of research in cultural anthropology. Thereafter, through the analysis of ethnographic examples, specific attention will be paid to addressing the Nature/Culture dichotomy, the variability of the concept of family, the value of cultural difference, gender and other basic subjects of anthropology.

Additional lessons for 9 ECTS program:
2. The ethnographic monograph in twentieth century anthropology.
The ethnographic monograph will be presented in historical perspective, as a modality of production of a specific kind of knowledge in the context of the main anthropological schools of the twentieth century, by outlining the theoretical contributions of national academic traditions in some moments of their development.



The course is open to all students of the degree course in Philosophy and to all students of other degree courses of the University of Milan who are interested in learning the basic theoretical concepts of Cultural Anthropology. From this course students can obtain ECTS useful for accessing to teaching positions in secondary schools (for more info see: https://www.unimi.it/it/studiare/frequentare-un-corso-post-laurea/forma…)
Prerequisites for admission
No prior knowledge is needed
Teaching methods
Lectures
Debate and discussion
Teaching Resources
Readings and assignments for attending students:

Assignments for both 6 and 9 ECTS exams:
S. Allovio, L. Ciabarri, G. Mangiameli (a cura di), Antropologia culturale. I temi fondamentali, Milano, Raffaello Cortina, 2018.
F. Remotti, Contro natura. Una lettera al Papa, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2008 (or later editions).


Additional assignments for 9 ECTS exam:
One book chosen among the list:
B. Malinowski, Argonauti del Pacifico occidentale. Riti magici e vita quotidiana nella società primitiva, Torino, Bollati Boringhieri, 2011 (or later editions).
R. Firth, Noi, Tikopia. Economia e società nella Polinesia primitiva, Bari-Roma, Laterza, 1976 (or later editions
E. E. Evans-Pritchard, I Nuer. Un'anarchia ordinata, Milano, Franco Angeli, 1975 (or later editions).
E. Leach, Sistemi politici birmani. La struttura sociale dei Kachin, Milano, Raffaello Cortina, 2011 (or later editions).



Readings and assignments for non-attending students:

Assignments for both 6 and 9 ECTS exams:
S. Allovio, L. Ciabarri, G. Mangiameli (a cura di), Antropologia culturale. I temi fondamentali, Milano, Raffaello Cortina, 2018.
F. Remotti, Contro natura. Una lettera al Papa, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2008 (or later editions).
E. Fabiano e G. Mangiameli (a cura di), Dialoghi con i non umani (Molimo n. 9), Milano, Mimesis, 2019 (introduction and five chapters chosen by students)


Additional assignments for 9 ECTS exam:
One book chosen among the list:
B. Malinowski, Argonauti del Pacifico occidentale. Riti magici e vita quotidiana nella società primitiva, Torino, Bollati Boringhieri, 2011 (or later editions).
R. Firth, Noi, Tikopia. Economia e società nella Polinesia primitiva, Bari-Roma, Laterza, 1976 (or later editions
E. E. Evans-Pritchard, I Nuer. Un'anarchia ordinata, Milano, Franco Angeli, 1975 (or later editions).
E. Leach, Sistemi politici birmani. La struttura sociale dei Kachin, Milano, Raffaello Cortina, 2011 (or later editions).
Assessment methods and Criteria
The exam will be oral. Its purpose will be to test the knowledge of the volumes indicated in the reading list, with reference to the theoretical framework, the methods and the research topics of cultural anthropology.
Evaluation criteria:
- knowledge of the theoretical aspects of the topics discusses during the course;
ability to exemplify concepts;
adequacy of lexicon.
Unita' didattica A
M-DEA/01 - DEMOLOGY, ETHNOLOGY AND ANTHROPOLOGY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica B
M-DEA/01 - DEMOLOGY, ETHNOLOGY AND ANTHROPOLOGY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica C
M-DEA/01 - DEMOLOGY, ETHNOLOGY AND ANTHROPOLOGY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours

(M-Z)

Responsible
Lesson period
Second semester
Course syllabus
1. Lessons for both 6 and 9 ECTS exams:
Introduction to cultural anthropology. Perspectives and topics of research
Basic introduction to the theoretical framework and the main topics and methodologies of research in cultural anthropology. Thereafter, through the analysis of ethnographic examples, specific attention will be paid to addressing the Nature/Culture dichotomy, the variability of the concept of family, the value of cultural difference, gender and other basic subjects of anthropology.

Additional lessons for 9 ECTS program:
2. The ethnographic monograph in twentieth century anthropology.
The ethnographic monograph will be presented in historical perspective, as a modality of production of a specific kind of knowledge in the context of the main anthropological schools of the twentieth century, by outlining the theoretical contributions of national academic traditions in some moments of their development.



The course is open to all students of the degree course in Philosophy and to all students of other degree courses of the University of Milan who are interested in learning the basic theoretical concepts of Cultural Anthropology. From this course students can obtain ECTS useful for accessing to teaching positions in secondary schools (for more info see: https://www.unimi.it/it/studiare/frequentare-un-corso-post-laurea/forma…)
Prerequisites for admission
No prior knowledge is needed
Teaching methods
Lectures
Debate and discussion
Teaching Resources
Readings and assignments for attending students:

Assignments for both 6 and 9 ECTS exams:
S. Allovio, L. Ciabarri, G. Mangiameli (a cura di), Antropologia culturale. I temi fondamentali, Milano, Raffaello Cortina, 2018.
F. Remotti, Contro natura. Una lettera al Papa, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2008 (or later editions).


Additional assignments for 9 ECTS exam:
One book chosen among the list:
B. Malinowski, Argonauti del Pacifico occidentale. Riti magici e vita quotidiana nella società primitiva, Torino, Bollati Boringhieri, 2011 (or later editions).
R. Firth, Noi, Tikopia. Economia e società nella Polinesia primitiva, Bari-Roma, Laterza, 1976 (or later editions
E. E. Evans-Pritchard, I Nuer. Un'anarchia ordinata, Milano, Franco Angeli, 1975 (or later editions).
E. Leach, Sistemi politici birmani. La struttura sociale dei Kachin, Milano, Raffaello Cortina, 2011 (or later editions).



Readings and assignments for non-attending students:

Assignments for both 6 and 9 ECTS exams:
S. Allovio, L. Ciabarri, G. Mangiameli (a cura di), Antropologia culturale. I temi fondamentali, Milano, Raffaello Cortina, 2018.
F. Remotti, Contro natura. Una lettera al Papa, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2008 (or later editions).
E. Fabiano e G. Mangiameli (a cura di), Dialoghi con i non umani (Molimo n. 9), Milano, Mimesis, 2019 (introduction and five chapters chosen by students)


Additional assignments for 9 ECTS exam:
One book chosen among the list:
B. Malinowski, Argonauti del Pacifico occidentale. Riti magici e vita quotidiana nella società primitiva, Torino, Bollati Boringhieri, 2011 (or later editions).
R. Firth, Noi, Tikopia. Economia e società nella Polinesia primitiva, Bari-Roma, Laterza, 1976 (or later editions
E. E. Evans-Pritchard, I Nuer. Un'anarchia ordinata, Milano, Franco Angeli, 1975 (or later editions).
E. Leach, Sistemi politici birmani. La struttura sociale dei Kachin, Milano, Raffaello Cortina, 2011 (or later editions).
Assessment methods and Criteria
The exam will be oral. Its purpose will be to test the knowledge of the volumes indicated in the reading list, with reference to the theoretical framework, the methods and the research topics of cultural anthropology.
Evaluation criteria:
- knowledge of the theoretical aspects of the topics discusses during the course;
ability to exemplify concepts;
adequacy of lexicon.
Unita' didattica A
M-DEA/01 - DEMOLOGY, ETHNOLOGY AND ANTHROPOLOGY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica B
M-DEA/01 - DEMOLOGY, ETHNOLOGY AND ANTHROPOLOGY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica C
M-DEA/01 - DEMOLOGY, ETHNOLOGY AND ANTHROPOLOGY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Professor(s)
Reception:
During Covid-19 emergence contact me by email.
Department of Philosophy "Piero Martinetti", Icehouse Courtyard, first floor