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Anthropology (ANTH)
308 Condon, 541-346-5102
College of Arts & Sciences
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: Lowthorp LE-mailHomepage Office:   253 Condon Hall
Phone:   (541) 346-5101
Section has additional FeesCourse Fees: $25.00 per credit
Additional Web Resources AvailableWeb-related Resources: FLYER
 
  CRN Avail Max Time Day Location Instructor Notes
  17709 15 200 - mtwrfsu 00 WEB Lowthorp L Additional Web Resources Available$
Academic Deadlines
Deadline     Last day to:
September 27:   Process a complete drop (100% refund, no W recorded)
October 3:   Drop this course (100% refund, no W recorded; after this date, W's are recorded)
October 3:   Process a complete drop (90% refund, no W recorded; after this date, W's are recorded)
October 4:   Process a complete withdrawal (90% refund, W recorded)
October 4:   Withdraw from this course (100% refund, W recorded)
October 5:   Add this course
October 5:   Last day to change to or from audit
October 11:   Process a complete withdrawal (75% refund, W recorded)
October 11:   Withdraw from this course (75% refund, W recorded)
October 18:   Process a complete withdrawal (50% refund, W recorded)
October 18:   Withdraw from this course (50% refund, W recorded)
October 25:   Process a complete withdrawal (25% refund, W recorded)
October 25:   Withdraw from this course (25% refund, W recorded)
November 15:   Withdraw from this course (0% refund, W recorded)
December 2:   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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