The point of this assignment is to see anthropology in the everyday happenings in our country and around the world. For this assignment, you must find a current news article (ideally within the past few weeks) that relates to cultural anthropology in some way. You may find it on NPR, BBC, in the New York Times, the Huffington Post, Fox News, or MSNBC, for example. You will write a 2-3 page report consisting of three elements: 1) a summary of the article 2) how it relates to anthropology (does it deal with gender, religion, race, ethnicity, class, politics? etc.) 3) Critique of the article: are they being ethnocentric? Or are they using cultural relativism? (We will learn about these terms). A more complete rubric of what you need to include is in the file.
|Paper||Total possible points||75|
|Article||This can be an audio or video piece (such as on NPR radio) or a written piece from a news source such as NPR, BBC, MSNBC, FOX News, Huffington Post, New York Times, etc. (If you are not sure if it’s a news source, check with me!) Print & attach article to paper!||5|
|Summary of article||Like any summary: what is the main point of the article? What is the supporting evidence/points? Why did you choose this article (why is it interesting to you?)||15|
|Connection to anthropology||Which field of anthropology does it relate to? (evolutionary, cultural, linguistic, a subfield such as medical, applied, forensics, primatology)? (Could be multiple)Give specifics of aspects (of culture or biology, etc.) it relates to (such as gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, power structures, politics, economy, evolution, globalization, etc.) What does it say about these aspects?||15|
|Critique||Anthropological methods: participant observation; interviews. Are various interested parties interviewed or represented, or is just one side of the story shown? Is it based on empirical evidence? Does it consider context: historical, economic, cultural, etc.? And the intersection of these (holistic)? How might an anthropologist write it differently? What else would they include? (These are just ideas to get you started. Full credit papers will include a well thought-out critique, not necessarily just the answers to these questions).||20|
|Grammar & technical aspects||2-3 pages, Double spaced, 12 pt., Times New Roman font, 1 inch margins.Proofread for spelling and grammar errors.Paper is well-organized with an introduction and conclusion. It is clear (easy to read).Remember: Attach article to paper! Use ‘printer friendly’ version of article (do not print one line on the last page; do not print in large font with spaces between, etc.)Please print double sided if possible||10|
|Presentation||Share with (at least) two classmates during class on due date|