Course: Selected Issues on Anthropology

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Course title Selected Issues on Anthropology
Course code KFI/KVPA
Organizational form of instruction no contact
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 3
Language of instruction Czech, English
Status of course Optional
Form of instruction unspecified
Work placements unspecified
Recommended optional programme components None
Course availability The course is available to visiting students
  • Erban Vít, PhDr. Ph.D.
Course content
- Is the human culture effective means of adaptation? - Why is the human culture sometimes so resistant toward change? - Do various cultures differ in their way of thinking and principles of logic and symbology? - To what extent and why can individuals of the same culture differ?

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monologic (reading, lecture, briefing)
Learning outcomes
The student is introduced to cultural anthropology by examining some of the fundamental ideas, issues and questions o the discipline. The aim is to arouse interest in thes questions and o engage the student´s ability to solve basic human questions in a broader crosscultural way.
Students learn to contemplate some basic anthropological questions from many angles and facets, try to find an answers and at the same time accept an alternative explanations and interpretations.
This course is conditioned by passing out whatever other anthropological lecture or seminar.

Assessment methods and criteria
Didactic test, Colloquium

- short talk on a given theme - or written test (anthropological schools, figures, and their works, approaches and concepts)
Recommended literature
  • BARRETT, R. A. Culture and Conduct: an Excursion in Anthropology.. Wadsworth Publishing Company, Belmont, 1990. ISBN 0-534-14724-0.
  • DIAMOND, J. Kolaps: proč společnosti přežívají či zanikají. Praha : Academia, 2008.
  • DIAMOND, J. Osudy lidských společností: střelné zbraně, choroboplodné zárodky a ocel v historii. Praha : Columbus, 2000.
  • INGOLD, T. (ed.). Key Debates in Anthropology. Routledge, London and New York, 1996. ISBN 0-415-15020-5.
  • LAVENDA, R. H. - SCHULTZ, E. A. Core Concepts in Cultural Anthropology. McGravHill, Boston, 2003. ISBN 0-07-281860-3.
  • LÉVI-STRAUSS, C. Strukturální antropologie II.. Praha. Argo, 2007.
  • LÉVI-STRAUSS, C. Strukturální antropologie I.. Praha: Argo, 2006.
  • RAPPORT, N. - OVERING, J. Social and Cultural Anthropology: the Key Concepts.. Routledge, New York, 2004. ISBN 0-415-18156-9.
  • ROBBINS, R.H. Cultural Anthropology: A Problem Based Approach. Thomson Wadsworth, New York, 2006. ISBN 0-534-64074-5.
  • WELSCH, R. L. - ENDICOTT, K. M. Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Controversial Issues in Cultural Anthropology.. McGraw-Hill, Guilford, 2003. ISBN 0-07-254863-0.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Category of Branch/Specialization Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty: Faculty of Theology Study plan (Version): Free Time Education (2015) Category: Pedagogy, teacher training and social care - Recommended year of study:-, Recommended semester: Winter