Course GEDU 701 | Every fall semester.
General Education course descriptions in the USF General Catalog online.
Objectives or Outcomes:
- Demonstrate an understanding of the basic differences between research from an analytic tradition and research from an interpretative tradition
- Identify, understand, and use key aspects of interpretative anthropology
- Design questions that yield empirical data reflective of language understood as a process that creates our world rather than a tool that represents the world
- Carry out appropriate field-based research on an approved topic
- One must demonstrate the above objectives by successfully completing a written report of a mini field-based research project.
- What is culture?
- Language and experience
- Basis for transcultural understanding
- Text, language, and understanding
- The concept of culture
- Conversation: In search of understanding
- Culture, rationality, and community
- Culture, tradition, diversity
Criteria of Evaluation:
- Class participation
- Reflective journal
- In-class essays
- Written mid-term project
- Written and oral presentation of final project
Required Books and Media:
Gadamer, H. (1976). Philosophical hermeneutics. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.
Geertz, C. (1973). The interpretations of cultures. New York: Basic Books.