2020 Cultural Anthropology A

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Ueda Noriyuki 
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Course description and aims

This course aims an introduction to cultural anthropology. Students will be able to give some thoughts 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 in 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 distinct 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 the 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 the basics of "man is a social being."
Class 5 Society and human 2: Is Japanese society strange? Share the instructor's fieldwork and understand man's sociality.
Class 6 Summary of human history: how did we become ourselves? Overview human history and understand your viewpoints in it.
Class 7 Modern age and human: Workshop: "How should we live?" Capture modern society anthropologically and understand its meaning and explore how to live as "human" facing contemporary tasks.

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.


None required. You should read at least one book from the reference book below.

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. The instructor will expect that students will actively participate in the course. Please enjoy the class!

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