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Ethnographic Film Unit



Contemporary Anthropological Theory -ANTH 300


Course Description

This course will explore contemporary approaches to society and culture in anthropology through an examination of ethnographic film and writing. We will take critical inspiration from the ‘experimental moment’ in anthropology of the 1970s and 1980s as we explore textual and filmic representations of anthropological subjects. Our course will be more workshop than lecture hall as we play with the ‘fictions’ of anthropology and develop our own understanding of the possibilities of developing an ethnographic fidelity to social reality.

Classes held Tuesdays & Thursdays, 8:00 am - 9:20 am. Term 2 (Jan-April, 2011)

Course Outline

Downloadable course outline

Course Blog

Background notes, commentaries, and resources can be found on the course blog: http://blogs.ubc.ca/anth100

Required Textbooks

A Note on Laptops in Class

Laptops, cell phones, and any other form of electronic recording or communication device will not be permitted in our class for any purpose without explicit and prior approval from your instructor. There are good reasons for some people with documented learning profiles to use laptops to take notes rather than using pen and paper. However, for most people the art and craft of writing notes by hand still remains a critical practice to engage in. As potential and aspiring anthropologists you will find yourself in locations in which the only way to take notes is by paper and pen. Please consider this to be a practicing ground for those circumstances. There are no good reasons (under normal circumstances) to use a cell phone in class.

Additional Resources

Anthropology and Society. Podcasts of presentations made by Charles Menzies on a variety of topics. Some of the items may have relevance for the course. To access a podcast of available presentations copy this URL http://www.ecoknow.ca/podcast/rss.xml and paste it into your podcast software application or click here to select individual talks.




Last reviewed 09-August-2011

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Charles R. Menzies, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Anthropology
Department of Anthropology
University of British Columbia
6303 NW Marine Drive
Vancouver, BC. V6T 1Z1
tel 604-822-2240 | fax 604-822-6161 | e-mail cmenzies@interchange.ubc.ca