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240524 SE The Thing: Between Materiality and Symbol (P4) (2017S)

Continuous assessment of course work

Participation at first session is obligatory!


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 25 participants
Language: English



Thursday 09.03.2017 13.15-14.45 Ort: Seminarraum A, NIG 4th floor;
Thursday 27.04.2017 13.00-15.00 Ort: Sitzungszimmer (C424), NIG 4th floor;
Thursday 18.05.2017 13.00-15.00 Ort: Sitzungszimmer (C424), NIG 4th floor;
Thursday 22.06.2017 11:30-18:15 Ort: Sitzungszimmer (C424), NIG 4th floor;
Friday 23.06.2017 11:30-18:15 Ort: Sitzungszimmer (C424), NIG 4th floor;

No missing at first session!
- Max. 1 time missing
- Strictly no missing at sessions of final presentations and feedback
- At the final presentations and the feedback session, the presence is mandatory during the whole sessions. No exception!


Aims, contents and method of the course

Objects have reached a new interest in anthropology. When dealing with objects, an often practiced differentiation is done between its materiality and symbolism. this seminar discusses apporaches to the thing, and possibilities to go beyond the materiality::symbolism divide.

Assessment and permitted materials

- Active participation in discussions: 20%
- Final presentation: 30%
- Fii - Final Paper: 50%
1) Production of a Paper (3.000 to 4.000 words per student, incl. footnotes and bibliography)
2) Li2) literature work: 30%
3) Structure: 35%
4) Argument: 35%

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Active participation, final paper, and final presentation each need to be positicely assessed.

Examination topics

Reading list

Will be distributed at the first meeting!

Association in the course directory

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