History of Anhtro.

Joseph M. O'Neal (josephon@ADMIN.STEDWARDS.EDU)
Fri, 19 May 1995 13:39:36 CDT

In the fall I will be teaching a small section of History of Anthropology for
students in an adult degree program. I would appreciate advice on how to set up
and run this course, particularly ideas for the syllabus and readings.

My problem is not that I can't think of a good way to design the course, but that
I can think of too many good ways. Very few of the students will go on to
graduate school in anthro., so I don't want to use readings that are too
specialized or obscure. I want to assign readings that are interesting and
relevant. The latter criterion makes me reluctant to assign books from the 19th
century, for example; how often do we really need to think about Tyler and Maine
and Morgan? Or more precisely, how often would we need to think about them if we
were not teaching or practicing anthropology as a profession?

My first tendency is to ask the students to subscribe to this list and maybe a few
others, assign Harris'es book, maybe _Writing Culture_, maybe some Geertz, and
then allow the students to find their own direction compatible with their
interests. Any suggestions?

Is there a good reader in the History of Anthro. out there?

Thanks in advance for any help. If I receive a good response, I will post a
summary to the list for others to peruse.

Joseph M. O'Neal 512-448-8745
St. Edward's University FAX: 512-448-8767
Austin, TX 78704 josephon@admin.stedwards.edu
"I felt that I was, in Dr. Johnson's words, assailing an unresisting
imbecility." Robertson Davies