Creatively Enhance Teaching through Sustained Study of the Issue of "Legibility" and Why It Matters
Lesson/Unit Plans and Activities
How do we make anthropology theories, past and present, ‘legible’ (easier to understand) through in-class collaboration and discussions of homework readings and related films? How do we better understand what it means to make something decipherable be it new multi-species ethnographies, past and present economic systems in different and specific political/ and historical and national contexts and in relation to the global world, past and present; or, man-made and climate change related disasters versus natural disasters and the differential impact of such disasters on poor communities versus the better off. How can the instructor better engage every single student in the classroom to learn how to individually and collaboratively decipher, with clarity, social and cultural anthropology theories and concepts that change and evolve in the contexts of the histories in which they emerged? How can she better help students to learn to apply the legibility tool to the pivotal historical moment in which we are living now, where traditional power structures are being challenged? This course is focused on learning how to make complex and difficult to understand concepts legible, decipherable, and easy to understand.
Anth 301 Anthropological Theory syllabus with a modified Salon Session model adapted for classroom use.