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Course Description

Each course will reflect the scholarly interests and teaching style of the instructor. However, the following accurately describes the general structure and content of our courses:

 

  • Courses are based on upper level college anthropology courses instructors have previously taught.
  • Course duration is eight weeks.
  • They are restricted to a maximum of 15 students.
  • Classes follow a seminar format, meeting weekly for about 2½ hours.
  • Consequently, the quality and quantity of the anthropological material used is all commensurate with the courses’ level and format.
  • Scientific methodology will be taught.
  • Teaching methodology is largely Socratic.
  • Students will be encouraged to question, to argue, to stick their necks out intellectually.
  • Students will work on a research project based strictly on primary data.
  • To facilitate that project instruction will include hands on mentoring in library and computer use.
  • At the course’s completion, students will be given a detailed evaluation.
  • Upon request, recommendation letters will be written.

 

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