Political and Economic Anthropology

2018-2019

Course Objective

Knowledge and understanding - The student has acquired knowledge and
understanding of:
(1) the key concepts in economics and politics;
(2) the ways in which politics and economics locally and globally are
intertwined.

Application - Students have acquired the competences to:
(3) to synthesise these key concepts, and to compare them over space and
over time in a written argument;
(4) apply key concepts from economic and political anthropology to
different ethnographic contexts around the globe.

Course Content

‘Time is money!’ or not? Not really! How old is money and why we
invented it? What types of currency we have right now around the world?
How societies operate without or limited money? What is debt and are you
already in debt and you just do not know it? Is your PIN card real? Do
the mortgage you are getting for a house actually exist? What are the
economic processes that every single society has everywhere in the world
and throughout human history? Do political decisions determine the
economic sphere or vice versa? Who is governing this country? The King?
The Prime Minster? Bankers? The voters? The European Committee? Trump?
Or none of the above? What is state and why it was developed? Why we
have corruption and what it is? Who builds the road in societies with
ineffective State apparatuses? Why do you have to fill forms all the
time and why airport security is failing us all the time but still is
not reformed? What is commons and what is private property? And who
invented the latter, when and why?

This course will answer these and the rest of the questions that
students have about politics and economics in contemporary world and
also during the entire human history.

Teaching Methods

Lectures and tutorials

Method of Assessment

Written assignments and final exam.
Please note: Attending the course’s sessions and reading all the
essential readings (2 per session [provided in the online site of the
course]) is obligatory if you wish to pass this course. Marking criteria
will be provided in advance.

Literature

To be announced in the course manual (see CANVAS).

Target Audience

2nd year bachelor students in Cultural Anthropology and Development
Sociology; Minor Anthropology; Minor Development and Global Challenges;
Open as elective course to all other students.

Recommended background knowledge

Not applicable.

General Information

Course Code S_PEA
Credits 6 EC
Period P1
Course Level 300
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences
Course Coordinator dr. A. Hossain
Examiner dr. A. Hossain
Teaching Staff dr. A. Hossain

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