Curricular Unit:Code:
Ethnicity, Identity and Cultural Memory292EIMC
Year:Level:Course:Credits:
1MasterCultural Studies (Anthropology Studies)8 ects
Learning Period:Language of Instruction:Total Hours:
Portuguese/English104
Learning Outcomes of the Curricular Unit:
The two main objectives are: to present the close relation between the concepts of ethnicity, identity and cultural memory; to understand the diverse concepts and conceptual uses of these concepts, mostly in contemporary research. Students shall be able to use in a correct and precise manner the referred concepts in their various contexts, in addition to be able to use these concepts to particular research projects.
Syllabus:
Approach to the definition of the concepts related to ethnicity, identity and cultural memory, and the processual relations among these concepts. The use of these concepts for both research and social return and profit regarding heritage.
Demonstration of the Syllabus Coherence with the Curricular Unit's Objectives:
Subjects covered by the syllabus provide the student elementary knowledge on the structural framework of human communities, correlating those aspects internally to each culture, and externally to the other cultures.
Syllabus outlines the importance of cultures as unifying elements of social groups, and as creators of social realities.
Syllabus shows the student cultural diversity as the result of the identitarian processes.
Teaching Methodologies (Including Evaluation):
Teaching methodology will focus on lecturing, research of specific subjects, reading and discussion of selected bibliography, as well as group debates over selected subjects. Occasionally, viewing of quality documentaries on selected subjects will support and illustrate the presentation and the discussion of both concepts and realities. Assessment will be continuous and based on a written test, an essay and a group research essay with oral presentation and work discussion. Students will also be asked to participate in theoretical and practical tasks in the classroom, and on the participation of external activities such as seminaries and conferences decurring in the University.
Demonstration of the Coherence between the Teaching Methodologies and the Learning Outcomes:
Module 1: Introduction and definition of concepts on Ethnicity, on Identity, and on Cultural Memory. In this module students will view documentaries as support and illustration to some of the subjects, as complementary to lectures, to support group discussion. Students will also read selected bibliography that, altogether with the documentaries, will support group discussion and writing of one essay. Module 2: Approach to both the relations and the interactions between Ethnicity, Identity and Cultural Memory. In this module students will view documentaries as support and illustration to some of the subjects, as complementary to lectures, to support group discussion. Students will also read selected bibliography that, altogether with the documentaries, will support group discussion and writing of one essay. Module 3: The grounds and the applications of the anthropological work, and the choices towards the policies of study and intervention. The potential of the institutions and places of memory for the construction and for the survival of identity. In this module students will view documentaries as support and illustration to some of the subjects, as complementary to lectures, to support group discussion. Students will also read selected bibliography that, altogether with the documentaries, will support group discussion and writing of one essay.
Reading:
Arnold, John, Davis, Kate and Ditchfield, Simon (eds.) (1998) History & Heritage. Consuming the past in Contemporary Culture. Dorset, Donhead.
Connerton, Paul (1995) How Societies Remember, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.
Hems, Alison and Blokey, Marion (eds.) (2006) Heritage Interpretation. Abingdon, Routledge.
Kaplan, E. S. Flora (ed) (1996) Museums and the making of "Ourselves", London, Leicester University Press