Anth/STS 111
Fall 2005
Schedule

week
Monday
Anthropology: Concepts and approaches

Tuesday
Culture Lab: Methods and projects

I

8/29-
9/2
 

Introductions

Topic: Anthropology. How to know culture?

Form teams; think about possible research project

Think: research project
II

9/5-9

Topic 1: Making the familiar strange and the strange familar
                 
Read Rosaldo Ch 2 "After Objectivism"


Topic 2: to observe and to participate

In-class observation exercises
          
Read Latour pp.1-17

Individual assignment 1 due in class: reading/discussion response 

Topic: Science in and as culture



In-class team work day -- goal: define research project

Team project milestone 1 due by end of class: team and preliminary project description

 

Define reseach project.
Consider: what is knowledge?

III

9/12-16
Topic: Visualizing culture: foreground, background, choices

Read handout; Latour and Woolgar pp. 43-53 and 93-103.

Continue discussion of handouts

Team work day - make photos of culture

Consider: dicussion about/selection of photos is a way to draw boundaries around research subject/object
IV

9/19-23
Team presentations of photoseries/research project

Team project milestone 2 due: written description of team project and research plan

Team presentations of photoseries/research project continued
  


Individual assignment 2 due: reading/discussion response

Find maps at work in your environment
.
Consider: Museum exhibit.

V

9/26-30

Topic: mapping

Read Latour pp. 215-232 

Map exercise    
Teams start working on maps
Topic: mapping again  

Team presentations
of maps

Team project milestone 3 due: maps/charts                               
 
VI

10/3-7
No class -- team work day

Topic 1: Initiation and social organization
Read Traweek Chapter 3

Topic 2: to ask                           
Read Pool "Oh Research! Very Good." (handout)


Individual assignment 3 due: reading/discussion response

 

VII

10/10-14
Topic: to categorize; constructing knowledge: the administative origins of science               
                                     
Read Bowker/Star (handout)
Foucault exercise

Collective exam day
Team project milestone 4
due: interim report
Friday 10/14

Individual assignment 4 due: Exam
VIII

10/17-
10-21
FALL BREAK No class

Teams work on projects independently: recap progress and design plan for rest of semester  

October 19
An evening with Darin Barney and Langdon Winner Galileo McAlister 7:30

October 20-22
4S CONFERENCE
Hilton Pasadena

IX

10/24-28

MDL 4S conference report 

Topic: (social) construction
Read Latour & Woolgar Laboratory Life Chapter 3

 

Topic: to perform; "doing" numbers

Read Verran Ch 3

Teams begin to work on argument and annotated bibliography

Individual assignment 5 due
: reading/discussion response (about text, conference, or evening with Barney and Winner)
Cultural frameworks that guide the practices of science
X

10/31-
11/4

Topic: to argue. Can an anthropological description present an argument?  

Read Verran Ch 11

Teams present arguments

Team project milestone 5 due
: summary of argument and annotated bibliography



Argument

XI

11/7-11

Teams present arguments

Topic: to generalize
                                     
Read Verran Ch 6
Due: individual assignment 6
: reading/discussion response

 

XII

11/14-18

Topic: science as culture; generalization contiued

Read Verran Chs 7 and 8

Topic: science in culture; objectivity revisited

Read Daston (handout)

Extra opportunity for individual assignment: reading/discussion response

 
XIII

11/21-25
NO CLASS (advising days) Team Research Day NO CLASS (advising days) Team Research Day


XIV

11/28-
12/3
Instructor-Team Meetings - teams prepare for presentations

Instructor-Team Meetings - teams prepare for presentations


XV

12/5-9
Team project presentations Team project presentations
Team project milestone 6 due: final report Friday December 12