SAN103 Contemporary Social and Cultural Theory

Faculty of Social Studies
Spring 2020
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 6 credit(s). Recommended Type of Completion: zk (examination). Other types of completion: z (credit).
Mgr. Eva Šlesingerová, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Tomáš Paul (seminar tutor)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. Eva Šlesingerová, Ph.D.
Department of Sociology - Faculty of Social Studies
Contact Person: Mgr. Eva Šlesingerová, Ph.D.
Supplier department: Department of Sociology - Faculty of Social Studies
Thu 20. 2. 12:00–13:40 U35, Thu 27. 2. 12:00–13:40 U35, Thu 5. 3. 12:00–13:40 U35, Thu 12. 3. 12:00–13:40 U35, Thu 19. 3. 12:00–13:40 U35, Thu 26. 3. 12:00–13:40 U35, Thu 2. 4. 12:00–13:40 U35, Thu 9. 4. 12:00–13:40 U35, Thu 23. 4. 12:00–13:40 U35, Thu 30. 4. 12:00–13:40 U35, Thu 7. 5. 12:00–13:40 U35, Thu 14. 5. 12:00–13:40 U35
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Ability to read in English. We also recommend to conclude successfuly courses SAN 101 and SAN 301 prior to signing to this course.
Course Enrolment Limitations
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Course objectives
This course introduces many of the major schools of thought and topics of research in the field of social theory in anthropology. We take an historical view of the development of social theory from the mid of the 20th century until today. Students will learn about the many developments in social thought during this time by reading textbooks as well as primary source materials.
Learning outcomes
At the end of the course the student is able to identify and summarize main theoretical streams of current social anthropology and connect them with appropriate names and works. S/he is able to write an anthropological essay, comparing two and more of various theoretical approaches.
  • 1. Introduction to the course 2. Social fact, grammar of action, relationship between social structure and culture 3. Breaking free from distatorship of structure 4. Post-collonialism: M. Foucault. Modern strategies of power and knowledge. 5. Social structure and action 6. Symbolic and interpretive anthropology 7. Cultural logic of modern post-colonialism 8. Politics of space and culture of migration 9. Images of cultures: museums, exhibits, galleries 10. The body, medicine and anthropology
    recommended literature
  • Současná filosofie sociálních věd :multikulturní přístup. Edited by Brian Fay - Jana Ogrocká. 1. vyd. Praha: Sociologické nakladatelství, 2002. 324 s. ISBN 80-86429-10-5. info
  • A dictionary of cultural and critical theory. Edited by Michael Payne. Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, 1997. xii, 644 s. ISBN 0-631-20753-8. info
  • Interpretive social science : a second look. Edited by Paul Rabinow - William M. Sullivan. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1987. viii, 395. ISBN 0-520-05836-4. info
Teaching methods
Lectures, class discussions, reading
Assessment methods
Exam, coursework, essay
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
The course is taught annually.
Listed among pre-requisites of other courses
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2005, Spring 2006, Spring 2007, Spring 2008, Spring 2009, Spring 2010, Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2015, Spring 2016, Spring 2017, Spring 2018, Spring 2019.
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