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240515 SE Kinship: Prove, Measurement, Evaluation (P4) (2018W)

Prüfungsimmanente Lehrveranstaltung

Participation at first session is obligatory!


Hinweis: Ihr Anmeldezeitpunkt innerhalb der Frist hat keine Auswirkungen auf die Platzvergabe (kein "first come, first served").


max. 25 Teilnehmer*innen
Sprache: Englisch



DI 09.10.2018 15.00-16:30 Ort: Sitzungszimmer C424, NIG 4. Stock;
DI 16.10.2018 15.00-16.30 Ort: Seminarraum A, NIG 4. Stock;
DI 23.10.2018 15.00-16.30 Ort: Sitzungszimmer C424, NIG 4. Stock;
DI 30.10.2018 15:00-16:30 Ort: Sitzungszimmer C424, NIG 4. Stock;
DI 06.11.2018 15.00-16:30 Ort: Sitzungszimmer C424, NIG 4. Stock;
DI 13.11.2018 15.00-16.30 Ort: Sitzungszimmer C424, NIG 4. Stock;
DI 20.11.2018 15.00-16:30 Ort: Sitzungszimmer C424, NIG 4. Stock;
DI 27.11.2018 15.00-16.30 Ort: Sitzungszimmer C424, NIG 4. Stock;
DI 04.12.2018 15.00-16.30 Ort: Sitzungszimmer C424, NIG 4. Stock;
DI 11.12.2018 15.00-16:30 Ort: Sitzungszimmer C424, NIG 4. Stock;
DI 08.01.2019 15.00-16.30 Ort: Sitzungszimmer C424, NIG 4. Stock;
DI 15.01.2019 15.00-16.30 Ort: Sitzungszimmer C424, NIG 4. Stock;
DI 22.01.2018 15.00-16:30 Ort: Sitzungszimmer C424, NIG 4. Stock.


Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

Kinship is often taken for granted as 'old', 'traditional' or even 'natural' way of organising social relations. However, the idea that kinship is a human trait that links people even without their knowledge is neither obvious nor universal in time and space. How the idea of kinship as human universal developed and became dominant is rarely explored. In addition, kinship is often seen as on retreat in so-called modern, Western societies, so that its enduring or even increasing meaning can be easily overlooked.
This seminar sets out to interrogate how ways of knowing kinship have historically evolved and with which consequences they are translated into politics and everyday practices. The core of our joint readings and discussions centres around the historical development of techniques of proving and measuring kinship. Case studies on the call for and application of these technologies in concrete policies and everyday life help to understand their importance for belonging. We will read for example ethnographies on changing ideals of biological connectedness and its importance for individual identity that result in the development of new technologies such as paternity tests as well as calls for their universal application. Other examples are the use of genetic testing for affirmative action and for making victims of civil war 'count' in the eyes of the state or the international community.

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

1) regular attendance (up to 2 sessions may be missed)
2) active and critical engagement with the required reading, submission of a discussion paper (1-2 pages) prior to each session, participation in course discussion
3) introduction to one text (10 minutes for presenting the author, the structure and main arguments), preparation of comments and questions, chairing of the subsequent discussion
4) submission of a term paper (8-10 pages)

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

The highest possible score to achieve is 100:
40 points for reading, discussion papers and participation
20 points for presentation and chairing
40 points for term paper

To pass the course, a minimum of 61 points is required.
91-100 = 1, excellent
81-90 = 2, good
7180 = 3, satisfactory
6170 = 4, sufficient
060 = 5, failed

Participation in course discussion will be evaluated according to both quantity and quality of the contributions.
Written contributions will be evaluated along the following criteria:
- formal requirements (e.g. citation, formatting)
- language and style (spelling, grammar, punctuation, syntax, expression)
- use of literature (selection and reasonable scope, accuracy of the reproduced content)
- composition and structure of the work
- clarity of reasoning and the line of argument
- reflexivity and ability to deal with data and literature
- creativity and originality


Presentation, written papers, engagement in discussions


Required and additional reading will be announced in the first session.

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

Letzte Änderung: Di 09.10.2018 16:48