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Michael Stoff, Director 305 East 23rd St, CLA 2.102, (G3600) Austin, TX 78712-1250 • 512-471-1442

Spring 2010

S S 301 • Honors Social Science: Anthropology

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
43465 TTh
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
WEL 2.256

Course Description

Anthropology is the study of human cultures. Anthropologists describe and analyze different ways that communities define and interpret their experiences and the world around them. This course explores anthropological approaches to researching culture and society, specifically by looking at ways we use language in creating our important social relationships. This includes identities, distinctions based on race, ethnicity, and gender, the character of our social institutions, the creation of social inequality, youth culture, language socialization and other key aspects of the rich daily life of individuals and groups. Language is a key way that people create, share, and dispute knowledge about their world and the nature of human experience.

Grading Policy

Students will be expected to participate actively in classroom discussions. Students will prepare short initial responses to the week's assigned readings prior to class (these responses and classroom participation are worth 20% of the grade). The class will include three writing assignments (6-8 pages each, worth a total of 40% of the grade) and two exams (worth a total of 40% of the grade).


The following books and readings will be included:

Anderson, Benedict, Language and Power: Exploring Political Cultures in Indonesia
Abu-Lughod, Lila, Veiled Sentiments: Honor and Poetry in a Bedouin Society
Reading selections from authors such as Goffman, Gumperz, Austin, Bourdieu, Hymes, Foucault, Giddens, Ochs, Tannen, and specific ethnographic studies and examples.

About the Professor:

Professor Keating teaches courses in Anthropology (Culture and Communication, Visual Anthropology, New Communication Technologies, and Language in Society), and she was Director of the Science, Technology & Society Program at UT Austin from 2003-2007. She is the author of numerous articles on the role of language in constructing social inequalities, language and power, societal impacts of new communication technologies, and visual communication. She has conducted fieldwork in Pohnpei (Micronesia), Romania, India, the U.S. Deaf Community, and among scientists and engineers in the U.S. She was the recipient in 2009 of the DIIA Award for Excellence in Teaching.


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