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Anthropological Perspective on Everyday Life 2400-OG-EN-APEL
Konwersatorium (KON) Semestr letni 2021/22

Informacje o zajęciach (wspólne dla wszystkich grup)

Liczba godzin: 20
Limit miejsc: (brak limitu)
Zaliczenie: Zaliczenie na ocenę
Metody i kryteria oceniania:


(1) During the course you should be present, read texts, be active, prepare and present the visual discussion of one text, and prepare an essay.

(2) Texts. All the literature presented as „Texts” is obligatory. You should read it carefully at home and try to understand it. It is also very useful to make notes. We will send you the texts by e-mail. You should have them with you during classes.

(3) The visual discussion.

You should:

a) summarize and

b) discuss with the obligatory text (find extra sources about it, e.g. information about the situation in the region nowadays)

c) using mostly (or only) visual sources (stage props, e. g. a blanket, a handkerchief, a doll, a piece of wood, fruit, vegetables, a phone, a toothbrush, a necklace, a ring; photos – e.g. taken by you; movies – max. 2 minutes etc.) and your voice/body. Be creative  Avoid text.

Points (max. 50):

• For the incentive – 1 point,

• Summary part – 4 points,

• Discussion part - 10 points,

• Using stage props – 15 points,

• Avoiding texts – 5 points,

• Time (15-20 or 25-30 minutes - depends on the size of the group) - 5 points, too long – 0 points for time, too short is not accepted,

• Information presented: correctness – 10 points,

If you work in a group, you should inform me how the group work was divided (e.g. Ana 30%, Tom 33%, Sasha 37%),

You must visit me during my consultation hours on MsTeams before your presentation.

You will get points individually if you work in pairs or groups; each person should speak. Do not be afraid of your English skills, our classes are for you to practice. You are allowed to use short notes while speaking. Do not read.

(4) Short academic essay.

You should prepare a short academic essay (12 000-16 000 characters with spaces). Write on any anthropological topic, which must, however, be approved by prof. Olechnicki. You can send your proposal via mail but the best option is to present and discuss it during consultation hours. Please do remember that the essay should meet formal requirements of an academic essay; you can find numerous writing guides online, such as https://www.oxfordlearning.com/how-to-write-and-review-essay/

• The topic of your essay must be approved until the end of May 2021.

• The essay must be sent to prof. Olechnicki in .doc or .pdf format until the end of June 2021.


1. Interesting suggestions, insightful conclusions, groundbreaking ideas – all of them are kindly welcomed. Please do not hesitate to discuss your personal experience and national/regional/ethnic heritage.

2. Consultations are for you. Visit us if you need any advice or you want to talk about your ideas. This is also the time for us to talk about your individual situation.

3. Do not be late on classes, please!

4. Mobiles, tablets, laptops and other electronic devices should be in silent mode or switched off. Please do not use them to check or answer messages.

5. Every student has the right to be absent twice (e.g. when you are sick). It does not have to be explained or documented. If you are absent three or four times, you have to compensate for absences, i.e. pass the assigned reading during consultation hours. If you are absent more than four times you will not pass the course.

POINTS – max 100 points:

1. The “visual discussion” – 0-50 points

2. Essay – 50 points.

0-50 points – 2 - fail

51-60 points – 3 - satisfactory

61-70 points – 3,5 - satisfactory plus

71-80 points – 4 - good

81-90 points – 4,5 - good plus

91-100 points – 5 - very good

Zakres tematów:

(1/2/) Organization of classes and Introduction to Anthropology (the beginning of anthropology, concept of culture, ethnocentrism and cultural relativism, holism, universalism, ethnographic method)

(3) Les rites de passage

 https://www.larskrutak.com/making-boys-into-men-the-skin-cutting-ritual-of-the-kaningara-tribe-of-papua-new-guinea/

- Lars Krutak’s documentary Making Boys Into Men: The Skin-cutting Ritual of The Kaningara Tribe of Papua New Guinea


The rites of passage in the modern world:

 Birindelli, P. (2018) ‘Rites of Passage towards Adulthood and Global Citizenship: Transitions and Liminalities’, in Beyond – Studies in International Education, 1, 15-45. Firenze: Angelo Pontecorboli. ISBN 9788899695965 (file attached)

(4) Anthropology in action: travel and tourism.

- Dennis O'Rourke’s documentary "Cannibal Tours” (1988)

 Edward M. Bruner (2009) „Of Cannibals, Tourists, and Ethnographers” . Cultural Anthropology, October 2009, DOI: 10.1525/can.1989.4.4.02a00070.

(5) Visual Anthropology: The Invisible city project (visual analysis of co-shaping and hacking the city’s iconosphere by its residents)

(6) Religion and Magic

 Frazer, James George. 2013 (originally 1890). The Golden Bough, chapter III “Sympathetic magic”, p. 19-52.

(7) Economy (of the Gift)

 Malinowski, Bronisław. 1922. Argonauts of the Western Pacific. An Account of Native Enterprise and Adventure in the Archipelagoes of Melanesian New Guinea, “Foreword” and chapter III “The Essentials of the Kula”, p. 5-8; 51-62.

(8) Food and Poverty

 Sahlins, Marshall. 1972. The Original Affluent Society, in the same: Stone-Age Economics, Chicago & New York: Aldine Atherton Inc., p. 1-39.

(9) Family and Kinship

 Hart, Kimberly. 2007. Love by Arrangement: the Ambiguity of “Spousal Choice” in a Turkish Village, “The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute”, vol. 13, no 2, p. 345 362.

(10) Gender and Sexuality

 Creed, Gerald W. 1984. Sexual Subordination. Institutionalized Homosexuality and Social Control in Melanesia, “Ethnology”, vol. 23, No. 3, p. 157-176.

Metody dydaktyczne:

Classes will be held online:


Grupy zajęciowe

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Grupa Termin(y) Prowadzący Miejsca Liczba osób w grupie / limit miejsc Akcje
1 wielokrotnie, poniedziałek (niestandardowa częstotliwość), 9:45 - 11:15, sala 012
każdy poniedziałek, 11:30 - 13:00, sala 115
Krzysztof Olechnicki, Beata Bielska 11/20 szczegóły
Wszystkie zajęcia odbywają się w budynku:
Wydział Filozofii i Nauk Społecznych (Collegium Minus)
Opisy przedmiotów w USOS i USOSweb są chronione prawem autorskim.
Właścicielem praw autorskich jest Uniwersytet Mikołaja Kopernika w Toruniu.
ul. Jurija Gagarina 11, 87-100 Toruń tel: +48 56 611-40-10 https://usosweb.umk.pl/ kontakt deklaracja dostępności USOSweb (2022-08-19)