SAN101 Introduction to Social Anthropology

Faculty of Social Studies
Autumn 2019
Extent and Intensity
2/0/0. 6 credit(s). Recommended Type of Completion: zk (examination). Other types of completion: z (credit).
Irena Kašparová, M.A., Ph.D. (lecturer), doc. PhDr. Csaba Szaló, Ph.D. (deputy)
Mgr. Lenka Hadarová (assistant)
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Irena Kašparová, M.A., Ph.D.
Department of Sociology – Faculty of Social Studies
Contact Person: Irena Kašparová, M.A., Ph.D.
Supplier department: Department of Sociology – Faculty of Social Studies
Thu 10:00–11:40 P21
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Course objectives
The main objective of the course is to introduce to the student main topics in the field of social anthropology.At the end of this course, students should be able to understand and from the social anthropological perspective to discuss topics such as kinship, cosmology, kula, potlatsch, nationalism and others. At the same time they should be able to master the basic technique of writing a social anthropology paper.
Learning outcomes
At the end of the course, the student will be able to: - identify key issues in social anthropology research and theory - connect ethnographic texts with relevant theoretical approach of its author from early anthropological writings up to about 1960´s - write an essay on relevant anthropological topic, use correct form of citation and intertwine his/her own observation with relevant accademic anthropological texts.
  • 1.Culture, difference and early theories of social anthropology. History of social anthropology and its current place in contemporary social science. Possible definitions of culture, from Frazer to Geertz. 2. Kinship: What is kinship in various world societies? How does this link to the concepts of personality, gender, choices of partners for marriage or incest? 3. Religion: cosmology, ritual, soul and spirit, death - such are the concepts which will be used to examine various forms of religions life and feelings. Special lecture will be dedicated to shamanism and death concepct accross the world. 4. Economic systems: What is the role of developing, economic and conservational activities of the western world in the lives of the local people? Special attention will be dedicated to functionalist theories of Bronislaw Malinowski and his Kula ritual and/or ecological theories of M. Sahlisn. 5. Politics, power and the state: The last two lectures will focus on topics essential for the antrhopology of law and order, power, state, time, history and national identity.
    required literature
  • Murhhy, R.F.: 1999, Úvod do kulturní a sociální antropologie, Praha: Slon
  • Thomas Hylland Eriksen. 1995, 2001. Small Places Large Issues. London: Pluto Press
  • Soukup, V.: 1996, Dějiny sociální a kulturní antropologie, UK Praha
    recommended literature
  • Benedictová, Ruth. 1999. Kulturní vzorce. Praha: Argo
  • Lévi-Strauss, C.2000. Štrukturálna antropologia . Bratislava: Kalligram
Teaching methods
Lectures, class discussion
Assessment methods
Coursework: regular class tests, timed essay. Coursework must be completed to at least 60% in order to be admitted to the final exam. Examination: Written exam
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Further Comments
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
Listed among pre-requisites of other courses
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2004, Autumn 2005, Autumn 2006, Autumn 2007, Autumn 2008, Autumn 2009, Autumn 2010, Autumn 2011, Autumn 2012, Autumn 2013, Autumn 2014, Autumn 2015, Autumn 2016, Autumn 2017, Autumn 2018.
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