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Anthropological Perspective on Everyday Life

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Kod przedmiotu: 2400-OG-EN-APEL Kod Erasmus / ISCED: 14.2 / (0314) Socjologia i kulturoznawstwo
Nazwa przedmiotu: Anthropological Perspective on Everyday Life
Jednostka: Wydział Filozofii i Nauk Społecznych
Grupy: Przedmioty ogólnouniwersyteckie
Zajęcia ogólnouniwersyteckie w j. obcym na WFiNS
Punkty ECTS i inne: 4.00
Język prowadzenia: angielski
Wymagania wstępne:


Rodzaj przedmiotu:

przedmiot fakultatywny

Całkowity nakład pracy studenta:

Teachers hours:

- contact hours – 20 h

Student’s individual work :

- preparing for classes (reading texts, homeworks) - 50 h

- preparing for test - 20 h

- consulting with teacher - 10 h

Total: 100 hours (4 ECTS)

Efekty uczenia się - wiedza:

Student acquires knowledge on social order, value and norm systems, folkways, mores and other regulations of social life. He/she also acquires proficiency in genesis, functions and evolution of norms and values, and the issues of conformity and adjusting to both formal and informal social rules.

Efekty uczenia się - umiejętności:

Student is able to identify and interpret social phenomena using his/her sociological knowledge. He/she learns how to use sociological imagination, including (1) recognition of different effects of actions of social actors (both intended and unintended, immediate and cumulated, direct and indirect), (2) awareness of hidden resources, structural and cultural barriers,(3) appreciation of legacy and tradition in social phenomena, changeability of structures and institutions, (4) acceptance of variety of social life.

Efekty uczenia się - kompetencje społeczne:

Student is prepared to participate in an open discussion, express and accept criticism

Metody dydaktyczne:


Skrócony opis:

The course has two major purposes. First, the course is designed to introduce university students to the field of social and cultural anthropology by drawing upon the rich ethnographic examples. With its comparative approach to the study of cultural diversity anthropology invites us to learn about and understand the cultural otherness. Second, the course goes beyond the basic outline of introductory knowledge and shows how anthropologists explore the complexities of everyday human life. Anthropologists do travel to different parts of the world to study variety of cultures but they also study culturally distinct groups within their own cultures. In an anthropological perspective each of us is the product of a specific social setting and associated cultural tradition: people are pursuing a multitude of different interests and holding very different views about the nature of things. Anthropology can be seen as a way of getting to know ourselves through finding out about the others.

Pełny opis:

The course gives the opportunity to view our own culture from the perspective of knowledge on other cultures, and consequently better understanding of ourselves. Anthropology studies cultural variety of humankind: by the cross-cultural approach it promotes better understanding of otherness and rejects Western ethnocentrism and provincialism. Anthropology can be seen as an expression of fascination with cultural otherness but at the same time it is an academic inquiry into universal human traits. In the process of learning students will be acquainted with elementary notions, concepts and problems of this discipline. Moreover, the accent will be put on anthropology of the present and anthropology of the everyday life: we will deal with modern societies, local cultures, globalization, glocalization and applied anthropology.


1. Miller Barbara D. 2012. Cultural Anthropology in a Globalizing World, 3/Edition. New York: Pearson.

2. Eller, Jack David. 2009. Cultural Anthropology: Global Forces, Local Lives. New York & London: Routledge.

3. Barnard, Alan. 2000. History and Theory in Anthropology. Cambridge: University of Cambridge.

4. Eriksen Thomas Hylland. 2001, Small places, larger issues. An introduction to social and cultural anthropology. London: Pluto Press.

5. Hendry Joy. 2008. An Introduction to Social Anthropology (2nd edition). Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan.

Metody i kryteria oceniania:

Assessment methods

- creating a presentation

- activity during classes

Assessment criteria

Credit and grade based on attendance, presentation, activity. Percentage points:

60% - C

70% - C+

75% - B

80% - B+

85 % - A

Praktyki zawodowe:


Zajęcia w cyklu "Semestr letni 2017/18" (zakończony)

Okres: 2018-02-26 - 2018-09-30
Wybrany podział planu:

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Typ zajęć: Konwersatorium, 20 godzin, 25 miejsc więcej informacji
Koordynatorzy: Krzysztof Olechnicki
Prowadzący grup: Beata Bielska, Patrycja Knast, Krzysztof Olechnicki
Lista studentów: (nie masz dostępu)
Zaliczenie: Przedmiot - Zaliczenie na ocenę
Konwersatorium - Zaliczenie na ocenę

Zajęcia w cyklu "Semestr letni 2018/19" (zakończony)

Okres: 2019-02-25 - 2019-09-30
Wybrany podział planu:

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Typ zajęć: Konwersatorium, 20 godzin więcej informacji
Koordynatorzy: Beata Bielska
Prowadzący grup: Beata Bielska
Lista studentów: (nie masz dostępu)
Zaliczenie: Przedmiot - Zaliczenie na ocenę
Konwersatorium - Zaliczenie na ocenę
Skrócony opis:

What does it mean to be human?

Why do we create social hierarchy?

Why do we believe in gods?

How different is sex in different cultures?

When do we pay for goods, when do we share them?

Why is the same food for some people delicious and for some disgusting?

Are we really able to understand people from another culture?

Pełny opis:


1. Organisational Classes

Description of the course schedule, comments, questions.

Movie “What is Anthropology?”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=158cJ8Hd9UM

2. Religion and Magic

Frazer, James George. 2013 (originally 1890). The Golden Bough, chapter III “Sympathetic magic”, p. 14-58.

3. 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.

4. Gender and Sexuality

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

5. 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.

6. Urban Life

Bartu Candan, Ayfer and Biray Kolluoğlu. 2008. Emerging Spaces of Neoliberalism: A Gated Town and a Public Housing Project in İstanbul, “New Perspectives on Turkey”, no. 39, p. 5 36.

7. Food

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

8. Health

Scheper-Hughes, Nancy. 2000. The Global Traffic in Human Organs, “Current Anthropology”, vol. 41, no. 2, pp. 191-224.

9. Culture and Ethnography. Anthropological Research

Miner, Horace. 1956. Body Ritual among the Nacirema, “American Anthropologist”.

10. Summary. Movie.



1. During the course you should be present (1), read texts (2), write short tests (3), prepare a presentation (4) and be active (5).

(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. I will send you the texts by e-mail. You should have them with you (printed) during classes.

(3) Tests. At the beginning of every meeting you will write a short simple test (2-3 questions). The test will include questions about and only about the text ascribed to the topic. You will be allowed to use the text (only printed) and your notes. Every test is worth 5 points. Notice: it is not possible to answer the questions without understanding the text. You are not allowed to cooperate during tests.

(4) Presentation.

You should:

a) summarize the article (the obligatory text) and

b) find extra sources about it (e.g. more information about the phenomena, more information about the author, photos of the artifacts described in the text, the movie about the text or about the author, information about situation in the region nowadays, photos).

You should use PowerPoint (no more than 20 words on one slide).

You may use some stage props (e. g. a blanket, a handkerchief, a doll, a piece of wood, fruit, vegetables, a phone, a toothbrush, a necklace, a ring). Be creative 

Points (max. 30):

• For the incentive – 1 point,

• Summary of the text – 2 points,

• Time (15-20 minutes) - 2 points, too long or too short – 0 points for time, shorter than 10 minutes is not accepted (0 points for the whole presentation)

• No more than 20 words on one slide – 3 points,

• Information presented: correctness – 6 points,

• Originality/creativity - 6 points.

• Quality of extra sources – 10 points:

- the list of literature on the last slide – 2 points,

- you should use at least 6 sources – 2 points,

- literature should be scientific in at least 50% (scientific books, scientific articles, conference drafts, scientific documentaries, scientific reports, scientific public data, professional encyclopedias – e.g. Encyclopedia of Sociology, scientific lectures available online – e.g. lecture on London School of Economics website). Wikipedia is not accepted. I strongly advise you to use Google Scholar (https://scholar.google.pl/) and “Multiwyszukiwarka” (here: http://opac.bu.umk.pl/webpac-bin/B_horizonPL/wgbroker.exe?new+-access+top; left up corner, you should be logged on your NCU account) – 5 points,

- literature used should also contain all non-scientific sources (e.g. movies from TEDx, Instagram photos, bills, prose fiction, press articles) – you should include all the sources you used – 1 point,

• at the end of the presentation you should inform how the group work was divided (e.g. Ana 30%, Tom 33%, Sasha 37%),

• the presentation must be sent to the course instructor in .doc and .pdf max. on Thursday (11:55 pm.) before classes. Each day of being late – minus 5 points.

• presentation without literature – 0 points,

• 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.

2. If you are absent during classes for which you should have prepared the presentation, you will not pass the course.

3. You are the authors of your presentations. Please, remember you should prepare list of literature and footnotes (including sources of photos presented). If you cite or describe someone else’s work, please use footnotes. If you are not sure how to do it, write to me or visit my consultations.

4. Any kind of plagiarism (intentional or unintentional) will result in not passing the course. The dean of our faculty and the disciplinary commission of the University will also be informed.


1. Interesting suggestions, insightful conclusions, groundbreaking ideas – all of them are kindly welcome and will be rewarded in points for active participation. Please, do not hesitate to discuss your personal experience and national/regional/ethnic heritage.

2. Consultations are for you. Visit me 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. I strongly encourage you to visit me a week before your presentation.

3. Do not be late on classes, please. If you are late more than 15 minutes, you will not get any points for attendance or active participation.

4. It is allowed to drink during classes, but, if your health does not require it, please do not eat.

5. Mobile phones should be in silent mode or switched off. Please do not use them to check or answer messages. Do not use them to use a vocabulary either.

6. Every student has the right to be absent once (e.g. when you are sick). It does not have to be explained or documented. I do not need to see any sick notes. If you are absent twice, you will lose 20 points. If you are absent three times or more, you will not pass the course.

POINTS – altogether 105 points:

1. Attendance – 1 point for classes – max. 10 points (1 x 10 meetings)

2. Active participation – 0-2 points for classes – max. 20 points (2 x 10 meetings)

3. Tests – 0-45 points (5 x 9 meetings)

4. Presentation – 30 points.

0-59 points – 2 - fail

60-74 points – 3 - satisfactory

75-79 points – 3,5 - satisfactory plus

80-89 points – 4 - good

90-94 points – 4,5 - good plus

95-105 points – 5 - very good

Zajęcia w cyklu "Semestr letni 2019/20" (zakończony)

Okres: 2020-02-29 - 2020-09-20
Wybrany podział planu:

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Typ zajęć: Konwersatorium, 20 godzin więcej informacji
Koordynatorzy: Krzysztof Olechnicki
Prowadzący grup: Beata Bielska, Krzysztof Olechnicki
Lista studentów: (nie masz dostępu)
Zaliczenie: Przedmiot - Zaliczenie na ocenę
Konwersatorium - Zaliczenie na ocenę

Zajęcia w cyklu "Semestr letni 2020/21" (w trakcie)

Okres: 2021-02-22 - 2021-09-20

Wybrany podział planu:

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Typ zajęć: Konwersatorium, 20 godzin więcej informacji
Koordynatorzy: Krzysztof Olechnicki
Prowadzący grup: Beata Bielska, Krzysztof Olechnicki
Lista studentów: (nie masz dostępu)
Zaliczenie: Przedmiot - Zaliczenie na ocenę
Konwersatorium - Zaliczenie na ocenę
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