Course Syllabus

Topics In Human Understanding: Writing Strange

Course Syllabus
Date In-class focus Required Readings
& Assignments
Sept. 6 A global state of war

Hardt & Negri, Preface and 1.1
Exegesis Assignment: Pick a passage and stay close to its terms.
Sept. 13 Counter-insurgencies & Resistances
Hardt & Negri, 1.2 and 1.3
Argumentative Assignment: Identify key concepts and internal logic.
Sept. 20 Mapping a journey, mapping power
Armbrecht, through Part 2 (p. 131)
Descriptive Assignment: Where do you find yourself in the big picture?
Sept. 27 The black box and memory

Finish Armbrecht
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Oct. 4

Seeing the multitude

Hardt & Negri, Part 2
Exegesis Assignment: Pick a passage and stay close to its terms.


Oct. 11 Thick Description
Geertz, Chapter 1
Argumentative Assignment: Identify key concepts and internal logic.

Oct.18 Walter Hendricks Day
No class
Oct.25 Writing the big in small moments Geertz, Chapters 8 & 9
Argumentative Assignment: Identify key concepts and internal logic.

Nov. 1 Political Analysis & Descriptive Details

Geertz, Chapters 15, H & N, 3.1
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Nov. 8 Democracy of the multitude Hardt & Negri, Finish Multitude
Exegesis Assignment: Pick a passage and stay close to its terms.
Nov. 15 Organizing Principles of interpretation
Paley, through Chap. 2
Geertz, "Notes on a Balinese cock fight"
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Nov. 22 Organizing Principles of Description
Paley, pp. 1-37
Descriptive Assignment: Find your feet with details.
Nov. 29 Organizing Principles of Argument
Finish Paley
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Dec. 6 Reflections on class Paley, Chapter 6, Epilogue, and Ethnography.
Final Posting Due: 12/10 noon
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