Anthropology as Cultural Critique (ANTH 214)

2020 Fall
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
6.00 / 6.00 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
Ayşecan Terzioğlu,
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This course provides an introduction to anthropology, a discipline that has historically produced knowledge of "other" cultures on the basis of fieldwork. In recent decades, a critical anthropology has come to question both the concept of culture and the task of cultural representation. At the same time, the geographical, theoretical, methodological, and thematic scope of anthropological research has expanded. In this course, various anthropological theories and methods will be discussed in light of these recent debates with readings on different parts of the world, including Turkey. For their final project, the students will have the option of writing a paper based on anthropological research.


The course aims to introduce students to anthropological theories and research practices. The readings cover a wide range of issues and geographic locations.


At the end of the course, students should be able to:
1. Demonstrate familiarity with the key concepts and range of theoretical positions and debates in contemporary anthropology,
2. Identify the different ways in which the concept of ?culture? has been discussed in anthropological debates,
3. Discuss the ways in which the task of ?cultural representation? has been questioned and rethought within anthropology,
4. Demonstrate a critical analysis of different texts of ?cultural representation,?
5. Develop an understanding of ?ethnography? as a method of anthropological research and a tool for crosscultural understanding,
6. Use the key concepts and tools of anthropology in the analysis of specific ethnographies,
7. Develop an anthropological research proposal that responds to the key debates in contemporary anthropology.


1. Understand the world, their country, their society, as well as themselves and have awareness of ethical problems, social rights, values and responsibility to the self and to others. 5

2. Understand different disciplines from natural and social sciences to mathematics and art, and develop interdisciplinary approaches in thinking and practice. 5

3. Think critically, follow innovations and developments in science and technology, demonstrate personal and organizational entrepreneurship and engage in life-long learning in various subjects. 4

4. Communicate effectively in Turkish and English by oral, written, graphical and technological means. 5

5. Take individual and team responsibility, function effectively and respectively as an individual and a member or a leader of a team; and have the skills to work effectively in multi-disciplinary teams. 5

1. Develop knowledge of theories, concepts, and research methods in humanities and social sciences. 5

2. Assess how global, national and regional developments affect society. 5

3. Know how to access and evaluate data from various sources of information. 5

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the multiple methodologies and interpret different approaches, concepts, and theoretical legacies in the interdisciplinary field of Cultural Studies. 5

2. Identify interconnections of knowledge within and across the disciplines of sociology, anthropology, literature, visual studies, philosophy, and psychology. 5

3. Cultivate a critical approach to the study of culture, articulating the relations between culture, power, and history; exploring cultural diversity and socio-cultural change at the local, national and global level; and exploring the corresponding demands for rights and social justice. 5

4. With the use of appropriate technologies, be able to present advanced oral and written evaluations of developments in the realm of cultural production, consumption, and representation. 5



Renato Rosaldo, Culture and Truth. Beacon Press.