|Human - Object - Tool
Toward an anthropology of technology
|How to read the course texts|
|Understanding the articles
The reading list for this course consists of 38 articles and text extracts. A few of these are anthropological, but the majority are written by specialists in other fields: e.g. psychology, musicology, archaeology, computer science etc. In some of the texts you will therefore come across specialized terms, vocabularies, methods, statistics etc. that you will not have the qualifications to understand. It is not recommended that you try to understand these articles in detail. Instead, try to grasp their general argument and to incorporate it into the general scheme of the course.
Coordinating your reading with the teaching schedule
1) Register your participation in the course with me as soon as possible (this will give you access to the course literature and the online course forum).
2) Start reading the texts for week 37 as soon as possible.
3) Start preparing the student presentations for week 37 as soon as the assignments have been made public.
4) Start using the online
course forum (HOT_Tech) well
before we meet for the first time on September 11. Use the forum to exchange
viewpoints on course texts, ask questions of the teacher, discuss student
presentations etc. HOT_Tech is accessible from: www.necenedu.net/
(username and password will be supplied on registration
to the course).