Chinese Ethnic History
This course is designed to introduce students to the anthropological study of different cultures, including ways of comparing and contrasting the structures of social relationships and belief systems that operate in different cultural settings. We will explore ways of trying to understand the world views and belief systems of other peoples by studying each of those systems in their particular contexts, and then comparing and contrasting different cultures and the contexts in which they are situated.
This course explores the social and cultural dimensions of production, exchange, saving, borrowing and consumption. We hear every day about "the economy,” an identifiably separate sphere of human life with its own rules and principles and its own scholarly discipline (economics). This class starts from the premise that this "common sense” idea of the economy is only one way to view the way people meet
their basic and not-so-basic human needs.
ethnography of china
Introduction to anthropology
This course attempts to survey and explain some of the variety found in the human condition around the world. It is both a scientific and a humanistic endeavor to explain differences and similarities in appearance, language, culture, and perspectives. It incorporates basic biology and physiology, history, geography, sociology, evolution, and
sometimes a suspended value judgment, in order to understand why people are who they are, and why they do what they do.
Introduction to Archaeology
The discipline of Archaeology involves the study of past societies, their practices and behaviors as deduced by the analysis and interpretation of their material remains. This course will provide an introductory exploration of archaeological theory, method and practice. We will begin with an introduction of the roots of the discipline and trace its trajectory to its current state. This course
will review proper archaeological methodologies and techniques that are necessary to excavate a site. We will examine archaeological theoretical conceptions of cultural complexity by studying hunter-gatherer societies, as well as tribes, chiefdoms, and state societies. This class is also designed to provide a brief overview of various critical components of archaeology, such as
Bioarchaeology, NAGPRA, and ethics.
introduction to folklore
To introduce students to folklore as vernacular expressive culture and as a field of study. By the end of the semester you should be able to:
Provide a definition of "folklore” based on an overview of the disciplinary and intellectual history of the discipline.
Identify examples of folklore in the world around you.
Explain the core concepts of genre, group, tradition, performance, and aesthetics.
Understand and use standard folklore/ethnographic terminology.
Describe the role of folklore (vernacular expressive culture) in identity creation/maintenance and expression of values.
Write analytically about uses of folklore in the world.
Humans around the world share the unique capacity to communicate their thoughts, feelings, and social realities using both verbal and non-verbal forms of communication. Yet our specific forms of communication vary across space and time, culture and social setting; and a range of political and economic constraints influence if and how we are able to express ourselves. In this course we look at the nature of verbal language and how it differs from other communicative forms (sign language, body language, writing…); the origins of human language and the birth, transformation, and death of specific languages and dialects; the everyday use of diverse speech genres in diverse sociocultural contexts; and the development throughout our lives of the ability to communicate in complex ways on a daily basis. We think about the intentions and goals of communicative signs and how our use and interpretation of these are variously constrained by our social circumstances.
The purpose of this course is to provide the student with an introduction to the principles of Physical Anthropology. The genetic processes underlying the expression of population variability will be discussed in detail. The appearance of the hominids, approximately 4.0 million years ago, and their subsequent development to the present will be examined in detail. The mechanisms of evolution, theoretical perspectives, and the relationships between the other primates and humans will also be discussed. It is hoped that through this course the student will gain an understanding of Physical Anthropology, its areas of inquiry and the relationship between culture and the biological nature of humans.
1.Provide a general survey of the anthropology of religion, spiritual ecology, Buddhist ecology, sacred places in nature, and related topics.
2.To become familiar with the basic literature and resources on these subjects.
3.To critically analyze spiritual ecology and especially the pros and cons of turning to religion as a source for the reduction or resolution of environmental crises.
The general theory of Ethnology
This course thus aims to introduce students to the ethnographic studies of Chinese culture in both transnational and local levels. The course will first look into the Chinese cultural and ethnic studies as general and how it matters to contemporary Chinese society and social interaction, especially the forming and practices of Guan-Xi network. The second half of the class cluster will focus on the various cases of group identities beyond borders, such as cases from transnational Chinese migration, ethnic identity, minority Chineseness, domestic lobar migration, as well as ethnological observations of minority groups in China
The course has since served pre-graduate level foundational training for new-generation anthropologists. History of the discipline, research subjects, methodology, changing theorizations, sub-disciplines, Chinese anthropology, and political and academic implications of anthropological knowledge have been the core contents of the course.
History of Western Social Thoughts
This course attempts to teach and discuss the social thought of those main thinkers in Western history, so that students have a basic understanding of the generation and development of social thought in Western countries before the birth of modern sociology; to develop the student`s theoretical vision, so that students have an ability to sociological thinking in a broader theoretical and historical background. The Social thought of many great thinkers from ancient Greece to modern society will be taught and discussed in this course, including the Social thought of many great thinkers in the ancient Greek and Roman, the Social thought of many great thinkers in the Middle Ages and the Social thought of many great thinkers in the modern period.
Introduction to Linguistics
This course is designed to provide basic concepts and theories of Linguistics, and methods of linguistic analysis. The textbook is Yuyanxue Gangyao (Introduction to Linguistics) by Ye Feisheng and Xu Tongqiang. Students will learn basic knowledge of Linguistic systematically, getting familiar with the principles of linguistic structure, linguistic change, the nature of writing systems, and the relationship between language and society.
The Archeological Study of Ancient Chinese Art
History of Chinese Social Thoughts
This course examines the meaning and development of Chinese social thought in the context of Chinese society’s transformation and explores the native cultural resources for China’s sociological development.
Methodology of Social Science
This course primarily focuses on the fundamental logic, research process, and some basic research methods of doing empirical studies in social sciences. In so doing, it aims to help students evaluate others’ academic works and successfully carry out their own research.
Analytical Techniques of Data
The course mainly forcus on basic principles of data analysis and use data analyisis techinic as a tool to do research on sociological issues. Main topics including basic knowledge of SPSS, data input, data management,data clean,and how to use "Frequencies,Descriptives,Explore, Crosstabs, Means, T-Test, ANOVA, Correlate,Regression,and Plot " to do sociological research.
Political Economics is one of the core courses required by all of the majors in School of Economics. The course contains the analysis of the relationship of production and of the development process of the capitalist economy. The purpose of this course is to allow the students to learn and understand the basic methods and theories of Marxist economics.
Introduction to Sociology
This course is designed to introduce students to foundemental concepts, theories and methods in sociology. It will also focus on helping students to learn major topics and perspectives in sociological research in China and wordwide, strengthening their professional identity as well as building a sense of social responsibility