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240538 SE Anthropological Writing Genres (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


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Tuesday 16.05. 11:30 - 14:45 Übungsraum (A414) NIG 4. Stock
Wednesday 17.05. 11:30 - 14:45 Seminarraum A, NIG 4. Stock


Aims, contents and method of the course

Writing is the primary mode of communication for academics and thus for anthropologists. As the practice of writing has a central position in anthropology, it is a continuous topic for reflexive discussion, more so recently. Anthropologists spend a lot of time writing in different genres and styles. While academic writing is the most widespread genre that anthropologists have to master, they also write in many other genres ranging from journalism and administrative reports to fiction, poetry, even crime fiction inspired by ethnography.

The aims of the course are to familiarize students with different anthropological writing genres. The method is lectures, writing exercises and seminar discussions. The contents are the composition of an anthropological text, developing an argument, style and voice, writing an abstract, from fieldnotes to text, and writing journalism/popular texts.

Assessment and permitted materials

The course will be assessed by way of a home exam consisting of one essay of about 2000 words (an anthropological text or a popular/journalist text) and one abstract of about 250 words in a different genre. All material is permitted, ranging from the reading list to internet materials such as clips, images and blogs.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

The minimum requirement is that at least one reference to the reading list is included in the essay. The assessment criteria are the quality of the style, discussion, as well as organization, originality and approach.

Examination topics

Reading list

Association in the course directory

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