Cultures in Contact
ANT 326L (27780) Spring, 2005
Cultures in Contact" is a multi-disciplinary course which combines Historical, Anthropological, Geographical and Literary analyses of the continuing "contact period" in the New World. The issues addressed span the last 500+ years of cultural interaction in the Americas, looking especially at the processes of cultural interaction, competition, cooperation, and synthesis that have taken place among people from the Americas, Europe, Africa, and Asia.
Books: a course packet of readings is available at University Duplicating. Peter Nabokov (ed.) Native American Testimony is available at the UT Coop bookstore. If you get the book elsewhere, please make sure that you get the 1999 revised addition (0140281592), not the 1991 edition (0140129863) or any other version. The 1991 version does not contain all of the assigned readings.
Requirements: Grades will be assigned on the basis of three exams and twelve short assignments. See the Assignments page for details.
Important Details: This is the main web site for the class, but Blackboard will occasionally be used for posting files and sending out information. eGradebook will be used for posting grades.
The Teaching Assistants for this class hold office hours in the Anthropology Department (E. P. Schoch Building) from 2:00 to 3:00 on Tuesday and Thursday. They will be in EPS 2.136. If you have questions, please contact the Teaching Assistants before contacting the Professor (Shawn Marceaux and Lisa Kraus). For questions of interest to the whole class we will try to come up with an answer and then send it out to everyone.
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Students who miss exams or the due dates of assignments without notifying the professor orTeaching Assistants (471-4206) in advance will, under most circumstances, not be allowed to take the exam and will forfeit that portion of their grade.
If you do not hand in a short "activity" report on the day it is due, you may hand it in the next class period. After that, the assignment will not be accepted without an adequate written explanation.
Attendance will not be taken, but you should consider being in class to be extremely important. The exams will cover both the reading material and our discussions in class. Powerpoint presentations and other material used in class will not be made available on the web or released individually.