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Anthropology (ANTH)
308 Condon, 541-346-5102
College of Arts & Sciences
O - All course content is conducted online. Students are not required to come to campus for orientation, testing, or academic support services.
Course Data
  ANTH 119   Anthropology & Aliens >2 4.00 cr.
Examines how anthropology and speculative fiction have mutually constituted each other historically as each explores culture and society, and what makes us human.
Grading Options: Graded for Majors; Optional for all other students
Instructor: Scher PE-mailHomepage Office:   319 Condon Hall
Phone:   (541) 346-5104
  CRN Avail Max Time Day Location Instructor Notes
  40140 15 100 tba 8/21-9/17 WEB Scher P O
Academic Deadlines
Deadline     Last day to:
August 22:   Drop this course (100% refund, no W recorded)
August 23:   Drop this course (75% refund, no W recorded)
August 24:   Last day to change to or from audit
August 24:   Add this course
August 24:   Withdraw from this course (75% refund, W recorded)
August 28:   Withdraw from this course (50% refund, W recorded)
August 30:   Withdraw from this course (25% refund, W recorded)
September 7:   Withdraw from this course (0% refund, W recorded)
September 7:   Change grading option for this course
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Expanded Course Description
This class explores how anthropology and science fiction (or, more broadly, Speculative Fiction) have been linked together historically as each explores ideas about culture and society. Thematic questions addressed in the class include: what is an alien? What is "the human"? Could SF be possible without anthropology? The class investigates this convergence of interest through the analysis of SF in print, film, television etc. In addition, using science fiction, we will explore how fundamental concepts in anthropology such as linguistic and cultural relativism, national and cultural identity, class, the ethics of first contact; gender, marriage, and kinship; law, morality; religion; race and embodiment; politics, violence, and war; medicine, healing, and consciousness; and the environment have entered into the ways in which we routinely think about the possibility of extraterrestrial life and the way in which we think about culture on our own planet.
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