SANb2007 History of Social Anthropology

Faculty of Social Studies
Autumn 2019
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 6 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Mgr. Zuzana Sekeráková Búriková, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. Zuzana Sekeráková Búriková, Ph.D.
Department of Sociology - Faculty of Social Studies
Supplier department: Department of Sociology - Faculty of Social Studies
Tue 12:00–13:40 U35
! SAN235 History of Social Anthropology && ! NOW ( SAN235 History of Social Anthropology )
Ability to read academic literature in English.
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
The capacity limit for the course is 30 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 1/30, only registered: 0/30, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 0/30
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The course provides a survey of the history of social anthropological theory. It presents the main paradigms and representatives of anthropological thought. The course focus on evolutionism, functionalism, konfigurationism, symbolic anthropology, structuralism, and interpretative anthropology.
Learning outcomes
After passing the course the students will be able:
- to recognise and describe most important theoretical paradigms and periods in anthropological thinking;
- identify features of various theoretical orientations in anthropological texts;
- to write an essay analysing theoretical text/orientation in social anthropology;
  • Introduction
  • Evolutionism Edward Burnett Tylor, James George Frazer, Lewis Henry Morgan
  • Science about society: social fact and collective conscioussness Émile Durkheim, Marcel Mauss
  • Historical Particularism and Difusionism Franz Boas, Ratzel, Frobenius
  • Funktionalism Bronislaw Malinowski
  • Responses to Funktionalism Alfred Reginald Radcliffe-Brown, Edward Evans-Pritchard
  • Configurationsism, culture and personality Ruth Benedictová, Margaret Meadová, Edward Sapir
  • Symbolic and interpretative anthropology 1 Clifford Geertz
  • Symbolic and interpretative anthropology 2 Victor Turner, Mary Douglas
  • Marxist Anthropology, Cultural Materialism Maurice Godelier, Claude Meillassoux, Eric Wolf, Sidney Mintz, Marvin Harris
  • Conclusion, Evaluation of course, quiz
    required literature
  • SOUKUP, Václav. 1996. Dějiny sociální a kulturní antropologie. Nové rozšířené vydání. Praha: Univerzita Karlova.
    recommended literature
  • KANOVSKÝ, Martin. Kultúrna a sociálna antropológia : osobnosti a teórie. Vyd. 1. Bratislava: Chronos, 2004. 249 s. ISBN 8089027105. info
Teaching methods
lectures, critical reading of texts, discussions, group projects
Assessment methods
- written test with both open and closed questions - essay
Language of instruction
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Study Materials
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