2016 Cultural Anthropology A

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Ueda Noriyuki 
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Course description and aims

This course is designed as an introduction to cultural anthropology. Students will be able to give thorough thought to what is culture, why we learn culture, and how different view of the world is from one culture to another culture, through workshops and real experiences. The aim of this course is to encourage students to broaden their minds, as well as to enhance their communication skills and acquire anthropological perspectives on diversity and complexity of human culture and social life. Lectures will be active with doing workshops.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
1) Have an understanding of cultural diversity.
2) Express own opinion as well as understand others' ideas in the world with diverse values.


Culture, view of the world, diversity, communication

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

Process of making own discovery is valued through lectures and workshops.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction Understand the contemporary significance of learning culture.
Class 2 Cultural diversity Understand how different view of the world is from one culture to another culture.
Class 3 Workshop "understand others and explain to others" Understand what others' ideas and explain them to other people
Class 4 Society and human 1 Understand fundamentally that "man is a social being".
Class 5 Society and human 2: Film session "Exorcism in Sri Lanka" Share instructor's fieldwork and understand man's sociality.
Class 6 Summary on human history: how we became you Overview human history and understand your own position in it.
Class 7 Modern age and human Capture modern society anthropologically and understand its meaning.
Class 8 Workshop: "How I will live" Explore how to live as "human" facing contemporary tasks.


None required. Course materials are provided during class.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Ueda Noriyuki. ”Ikiru imi" Iwanami Shinsho
Ueda Noriyuki. "Ningen rashisa: bunmei, shukyo, kagaku kara kangaeru" Kadokawa shinsho
Ueda Noriyuki. ”Jinsei no 'nigeba' Kaisha dakeno seikatsu ni ikizumatte iru hito he" Asahi shinsho
Ueda Noriyuki. "Kakegae no nai ningen" Koudansha gendai shinsho
Ueda Noriyuki. "Sri Lanka no Akuma barai" Koudansha bunko
Udea Noriyuki. "Dalai Lama to no taiwa" Koudansha bunko

Assessment criteria and methods

Reports, feedback sheets, participation in and contribution to lectures

Related courses

  • LAH.H203 : Cultural Anthropology B
  • LAH.H303 : Cultural Anthropology C
  • LAH.H350 : Seminar on Humanities(Culture, Society and Humanity)3
  • LAH.H351 : Seminar on Humanities(Culture, Society and Humanity)4
  • LAH.H352 : Seminar on Humanities(Culture, Society and Humanity)5
  • LAH.H353 : Seminar on Humanities(Culture, Society and Humanity)6
  • LAH.H150 : Seminar on Humanities(Culture, Society and Humanity)Introduction1
  • LAH.H151 : Seminar on Humanities(Culture, Society and Humanity)Introduction 2
  • LAH.H250 : Seminar on Humanities(Culture, Society and Humanity)1
  • LAH.H251 : Seminar on Humanities(Culture, Society and Humanity)2

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

No prerequisites are necessary. Active participation in the course is expected.

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