Anthropology Through Speculative Fiction's Full Profile
This class examines how anthropology and speculative fiction (SF) each explore ideas about culture and society, technology, morality, and life in "other" worlds. We investigate this convergence of interest through analysis of SF in print, film, and other media. Concepts include traditional and contemporary anthropological topics, including first contact; gift exchange; gender, marriage, and kinship; law, morality, and cultural relativism; religion; race and embodiment; politics, violence, and war; medicine, healing, and consciousness; technology and environment. Thematic questions addressed in the class include: what is an alien? What is "the human"? Could SF be possible without anthropology?
Sep 01, 2009
to Dec 20, 2009
Days of the Week:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
- Level of Difficulty: Beginner
- Size: Massive Open Online Course
- Instructors: Prof. Stefan Helmreich, Prof. Erica James
- Cost: Free
- Institution: MIT OCW
- Topics: Film, Medicine, Anthropology
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