Anthropology 290. Fall 2008
Multiculturalism: Theory and Practice
Instructor: Prof. Peggy Reeves Sanday
including government agencies, schools, and liberal arts colleges and
universities, have come under severe criticism these days for failing to
recognize or respect the particular cultural identities of citizens. In the
From: MULTICULTURALISM: EXAMINING THE POLITICS OF RECOGNITION, p.3. Ed. By Amy Gutmann
Goals of Course
This course introduces students to anthropology as a public interest social science, which means to join knowledge with action in the public interest..
The course is predicated on the
assumption that in the modern world diversity is a fact of life, characteristic
not only of the
Each week students will be asked to prepare a 3-5 page written response to some aspect of the readings for the week. These short pieces must show comprehension of the reading and the ability to question the reading based on autobiographical and ethnographic experience.
In addition students will write 3
papers. Two of the papers are 5 pages;
the third is a 15-20 page paper based on participant-observation of a
multicultural site. This site can be
their home community, Penn,
The grade for the course will be based on the written work, class attendance, and discussion in class. The reading assignments will be graded for composition, critical understanding of the readings, application to experience, and ability to frame an argument. Students may rewrite these weekly papers as often as they wish in consultation with the instructor. Students are encouraged to hand in drafts of the three final papers.
Articles: (on Blackboard)
and the Post-Modern Arts of Memory,” by Michael J. Fischer. In WRITING
CULTURE, p. 194. Ed. By James Clifford
and George E. Marcus.
and Structural Pluralism in the
3. "From the Native's Point of View," In LOCAL KNOWLEDGE by Clifford Geertz. (B)
4.Public Interest Anthropology: Download from (B)
BOOKS: House of Our Own Bookstore or Amazon.com.
1.Multiculturalism: A Critical Reader by David Theo Goldberg
2. Dreams From My Father. By Barack Obama
3. Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
4. Angel’s Town:
2. Ethnic Autobiography. Based on your experience and that of your family.
To be completed after reading and discussing the article by Michael J.
Fischer. (5 pages)
3. Final paper:
a multicultural site in
a. describe the site
b. explain nature of its diversity
c. comment on the symbols, practices, history, and meshing or clashing webs of significance at the site
d. discuss the way people express mutual respect in their interactions.
To be turned in by December 5.
[STUDENTS ARE ASKED TO HAND IN DRAFTS OF THE THREE MAJOR PAPERS]
Grading will be based 1/4
on class participation; ¼ for each of three major assignments. Students are welcome to rewrite any reading
assignment. The instructor takes
development of a student’s understanding over the course of the class into
consideration. This makes it possible
for students to be judged relative to their different backgrounds and
educational levels upon entering class.
Students are encouraged to use the
Students should be familiar with and respect the Academic Code of Integrity of the
Academic Code of Integrity:
Plagiarism - What it is and how to avoid it: http://gethelp.library.upenn.edu/guides/engineering/ee/plagiarize.html