Political and Economic Anthropology

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Doel vak

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

Application. Students have acquired the competences to:
(3) to synthesize 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.

Inhoud vak

This course examines anthropological approaches to the processes of
economic and political life in diverse human societies in order to
develop a cross-cultural appreciation of the ways economic and political
phenomena affect people’s lives around the world. Grounded in the
premise that the economic and the political are both conceptually and
empirically entwined, this course explores how anthropologists continue
to develop new directions and animate our existing understandings and
knowledge about economy and politics. The course highlights how the
everyday activities may contain inklings about the broader economic and
political conditions, bringing the specific into conversations with the
general and vice versa. The course will help students become familiar
with ethnographic work in political and economic anthropology as well as
gain a deeper understanding of concepts such as capitalism, slavery,
market, state, socialism, class and caste inequality, gender, race,
(post)colonialism, development and human rights.

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.


Lectures and tutorials


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.


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


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.

Aanbevolen voorkennis

Not applicable.

Algemene informatie

Vakcode S_PEA
Studiepunten 6 EC
Periode P1
Vakniveau 300
Onderwijstaal Engels
Faculteit Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen
Vakcoördinator dr. A. Hossain
Examinator dr. A. Hossain
Docenten dr. A. van Raemdonck
dr. A. Hossain
H.B. Ploegman MSc

Praktische informatie

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