|SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR||BIO/08|
The study of anthropos is an easy target for reductionism: it is often reduced to its cultural or biological aspects. Nevertheless, the nature-culture dichotomy is hardly ever questioned. To be human means to be a product of - and to produce - a specific human world, it means to be immersed in an specific relational environment that shapes our being.
The course offers a broad introduction to the fundamental notions of anthropology (variation, differentiation, phylogenetic evolution); it presents the many biocultural strategies developed by different human populations; and concludes with anthropology of health and illness, and ethnopsychiatry. Particular attention will be paid to the critical analysis of data.
At the end of the course students will be able to
1) expose the fundamental topics and areas of research of contemporary anthropology;
2) remember and connect main anthropological theories and the data upon which they are construed;
3) appreciate human variability and the plurality of existing "human worlds", reading them according to the scientific data presented in the course;
4) critically analyze scientific data and theories, understanding their social, ethical and political implications;
5) analyize the filed of health / illness / therapy / healing in a complex and anthropologically sound way.
The course is entirely developed through lessons delivered by the teacher or, in some cases, by experts in the anthropological field or on relevant themes. If time allows, a short film club can be organized at the end of the course, aimed at conveying, in its minimal form, the sensation known as "anthropological bewilderment".
1) Biological and cultural anthropology: conceptual analysis of the divide.
2) Natural hisotry, theory of evolution and genetics from Darwin through the XX century.
3) Human phylogeny: evolutionary timeline, systematics, close relatives, paleoanthropology.
4) Human ontogeny: variability, bio-culture, practices and implicit knowledge..
5) Medical anthropology
The 6 CFU program implies the study of the lecture notes (a), one book chosen form the list (b), and two papers chosen from the list (c).
The 9 CFU program implies the study of the lecture notes (a), two books chosen form the list (b), and three papers chosen from the list (c).
Lecture notes and papers are available at the Section of Anthropology's library (tel. 010-2099745, email: email@example.com). Books can usually be found in city libraries, or can be bought in bookshops.
(a) Lecture notes.
(b) Books' list:
(3) Papers' list:
Office hours: Tuesday and Wednesday, 11-12 AM, at the teacher's room (DISFOR, via Balbi 4, fourth floor). Please contact me for different hours or place.
STEFANIA CONSIGLIERE (President)
SIMONA PARAVAGNA (Substitute)
27th of September 2021
Per il superamento dell’esame sono richieste (a) la conoscenza del programma d’esame, ovvero dei contenuti delle dispense del corso, e (b) l’approfondimento critico di almeno uno dei temi proposti nelle dispense tramite lo studio dei libri e degli articoli proposti, organicamente scelti in vista dell’approfondimento. Una Bibliografia ragionata sarà a disposizione per farsi un’idea dei contenuti dei testi in bibliografia.
In order to pass the exam, one must (a) know the exam program, i.e., the contents of the lecture notes; (b) develop and in-depth critical analysis of at least one of the themes presented in the lecture notes through the study of the reading list proposed in the "Readings/Bibliography" section; these readings must be systematically chosen in view of the critical analysis.
The exam consists of an interview.Students will first be asked to expose their in-depth analysis through the chosen literature; after that, their knowledge of the themes presented in the lecture notes will be assessed.
Learning outcomes, assessment method and bibliography are identical both for students who follow the lessons and for those who do not.
Knowledge of the contents of the lecture notes counts for 24/30 of the final vote. The capacity to develop a critical in-depth analysis of an anthropological theme counts for 6/30 of the final vote.
Exams are normally held at the Anthropology Section of DISFOR (via Balbi 4, 4th floor) and begin at 9.00. Only in case of further global health emergencies, examinations will be made through the Teams platform. Inscriptions must be made through the apposite UniGe web service, as detailed by the University rules. Students who work or with special needs will be examined first.