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Representing China

ANTH 311
Spring 2010
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: EAST 311
Certificates: International Relations

This course will introduce perspectives which anthropologists, ethnographers, writers, film makers, artists and photographers have taken to understand contemporary social life in China. Students will learn to differentiate the strengths and weaknesses of each perspective and at the same time develop their own nuanced appreciation for Chinese culture and recent Chinese history. Beginning with basic concepts of family and family relationships, we will survey gift-giving and banqueting, changes in the role and status of women, education, organization of the work place, rituals, festivals and changes since the beginning of the ┐reform and opening up" in the early 1980's. Anthropological essays and ethnographies will be supplemented by short stories, first-person narratives and class presentations of films, photographs and art works to illuminate the different ways that natives and foreigners represent Chinese culture. Lectures wi! ll provide cultural and historical context for these materials. No previous knowledge of China or Chinese is required for this class.

Essential Capabilities: None
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: None
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Student Option
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CEAS-MN)(CEAS-Arcp/Hist)(CEAS-Polit Econ)(CGST-MN)
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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