ANT 261: Science, Religion, and Society: Is the Truth Out There?
Spring Term, 2006: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10:30 - 11:20 am, Chambers 322
This course is not an introduction to anthropology, and students are expected to have some background in science, anthropology or social theory and methodology.
Class Participation: 15%
The most important work in this course is to be prepared for each class; this means having thoroughly read the material and being prepared to discuss particular points from the reading. Readings are due on the day listed in the class schedule. I am not a TV; discussions in class are an important part of exploring anthropological topics. Films will be shown regularly throughout the course and are an important component of the course; they are a required part of the course material and can be used for review essays. Remember, there is no such thing as a dumb question or comment -- if you do not understand something that I present in class, do not hesitate to either ask me in class or find me during office hours.
Response Papers: 10%
You will write five (5) response papers throughout the term, no more than two pages and double-spaced. They will be graded (check plus, check, check minus) and require timely submission for credit. Response papers will serve as a diagnostic for me to help me see how much you understand the reading and the concepts that we will discuss in class.
Two Short Essays: 30%
There will also be two short essays (no more than five pages) that will give students the opportunity to explore the theoretical and social implications of the classroom material. For these essays, no outside research is required. Each graded essay will be worth 15% of the grade.
Final Paper: 45%
There will also be a final research essay (12-15 pages) based on a topic that students will select. This essay may include outside research, library or fieldwork based. Students will submit a proposal and bibliography (worth 10% of the grade) on 8 March 2006. The final essay, due 4 May 2006, is worth 35% of the final grade.
Submission of Writing Assignments: All assignments must be submitted to me electronically. You can do this in two ways: as an email attachment; or through the digital drop box in Blackboard. If you are not using Microsoft Word, please save the file as in "rich text format." If you have any questions about how to submit assignments, please see me individually.
For an explanation of how I grade and my teaching philosophies, please read the material on my website in the "Teaching Philosophy" section.
While students working with each other outside of class is highly encouraged, all graded, written work must be your own and pledged accordingly. All work is subject to the Davidson College Honor Code as stated in the student handbook. If there are individual accommodations for special needs, please let me know and authorize the Dean of Students to contact me so that we can work something out.