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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - ANG6084
Tracking Number - 2913

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2014-12-08
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: to GC 5/6/13; pending revision to objectives. Faculty emailed 5/10/13; course put in queue for revision. Ready for review. GC apprd 8/5/13. to USF Sys. To SCNS 8/23/13. Nmbr 6494 apprd as 6084, eff 10/1/14

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2012-08-28
  2. Department: Anthropology
  3. College: AS
  4. Budget Account Number: TPA 120500
  5. Contact Person: Heide Castaneda
  6. Phone: 8139742138
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: ANG
  9. Number: 6084
  10. Full Title: Anthropological Theory Today
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  12. Section Type: D - Discussion (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: Y
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?: N
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Anthropological Theory Today
  19. Course Online?: C - Face-to-face (0% online)
  20. Percentage Online: 0
  21. Grading Option: -
  22. Prerequisites: none
  23. Corequisites: none
  24. Course Description: This course provides an overview of contemporary theorizing in social and cultural anthropology for graduate students.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: Replacing Selected Topics with Permanent number; already listed in program
  26. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service? This is a required course for all PhD students in the Applied Anthropology degree program (Cultural and Medical Tracks)
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? Yes, 3 or more times
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) The instructor teaching the course needs a PhD degree.

    Multiple instructors are available to teach this course.

  29. Objectives: Objective:

    -- To provide students with a basis in the knowledge of contemporary sociocultural anthropological theory that will inform their own anthropological fieldwork and dissertation writing.

  30. Learning Outcomes: Students will learn contemporary sociocultural anthropological theory that will inform their own anthropological fieldwork and dissertation writing.
  31. Major Topics: Anthropological Theory at the Turn of the Century and the Unity of Theory & Practice; The Ghost of Marx; Power/Knowledge: An Overview of the Works of Foucault; Power and Practice; Ethnographic Studies utilizing Frameworks of Power, Governmentality, and Practice; Interpretation, Representation, and Cultural Critique; Critical Junctions: Anthropology & History, Political Economy, and Development; Subjectivity and Critical Phenomenology; Anthropological Approaches to the Study of Policy; Globalization and Transnationalism; Human Rights and Structural Violence
  32. Textbooks: Tsing, A.L. 2005. Friction: An Ethnography of Global Connection. Princeton University Press.

    Inda, Jonathan Xavier and Rosaldo, Renato

    2007 The Anthropology of Globalization: A Reader. 2nd edition. Wiley.

    Escobar, Arturo

    1994 Encountering Development: The Making and Unmaking of the Third World. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

    Wolf, Eric R.

    1999 Envisioning Power: Ideologies of Dominance and Crisis. University of California Press.

    Foucault, Michel

    1980 Power/Knowledge: Selected Interviews and Other Wr

  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases: Course Readings are located on Blackboard
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: Course participation & attendance 10%

    Leading seminar (three times during semester) 30%

    Weekly reaction papers (total of ten) 50%

    Final paper 10%

  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: Each student will lead seminar three times during the semester as part of a team of 2 students. Students will turn in a total of ten reaction papers before class via Blackboard.In the final paper, students will characterize and justify the theoretical contribution of their proposed dissertation (or thesis) project.
  36. Attendance Policy: This course takes the format of a discussion seminar, so attendance and active participation is important. Students are required to have completed the days assigned readings and attend class to contribute to the discussion. Excessive absences will impact the course participation grade.

    Course Attendance at First Class Meeting Policy for Graduate Students: For structured courses, 6000 and above, the College/Campus Dean will set the first-day class attendance requirement. Check with the College for specific information. This policy is not applicable to courses in the following categories: Educational Outreach, Open University (TV), FEEDS Program, Community Experiential Learning (CEL), Cooperative Education Training, and courses that do not have regularly scheduled meeting days/times (such as, directed reading/research or study, individual research, thesis, dissertation, internship, practica, etc.). Students are responsible for dropping undesired courses in these categories by the 5th day of classes to avoid fee liability and academic penalty. (See USF Regulation Registration - 4.0101,

    Attendance Policy for the Observance of Religious Days by Students: In accordance with Sections 1006.53 and 1001.74(10)(g) Florida Statutes and Board of Governors Regulation 6C-6.0115, the University of South Florida (University/USF) has established the following policy regarding religious observances: (

    In the event of an emergency, it may be necessary for USF to suspend normal operations. During this time, USF may opt to continue delivery of instruction through methods that include but are not limited to: Blackboard, Elluminate, Skype, and email messaging and/or an alternate schedule. Its the responsibility of the student to monitor Blackboard site for each class for course specific communication, and the main USF, College, and department websites, emails, and MoBull messages for important general information.

  37. Policy on Make-up Work: Late work is generally not accepted and will result in one full letter grade deduction for each day late. The only exceptions are 1) a documented medical emergency or 2) major religious observances that necessitate absence from class. In the case of the latter, the student must present notice in writing to the instructor by the next class meeting.
  38. Program This Course Supports: PhD degree in Applied Anthroplogy, Cultural and Medical Tracks
  39. Course Concurrence Information: Elective course for students in other social science graduate programs.

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