Course meetings: Tuesday and Thursday, New Cabell Hall 311, 11am - 12:15pm

Instructor: Allison Alexy
Office: Brooks Hall 207
alexy [at] virginia.edu
Office hours: Wednesdays 2 to 4pm, and by appointment. Check Collab’s “Sign-up” tab to sign up for office hours, and email me if there are problems.

Teaching Assistant: Nathalie Nahas
nsn6jq [at] virginia.edu
Office hours: Tuesdays at 12:15; please email her directly for an appointment.

Discussion sections:
Thursdays, 4-4:50pm, Monroe Hall 110
Fridays, 9-9:50am, Physics Building 210
Fridays, 10-10:50am, Ruffner Hall 121

This course examines key theories that have impacted the development of anthropology. With emphasis on reading original texts (if not necessarily in the original languages), the course investigates how theories have shaped, been reflected in, and challenged anthropological understandings of the world. Although we will engage “classic social theory,” including the trifecta of Marx, Durkheim, Weber, throughout the semester we will also call into question fundamental exclusions created through the label “theory.” The course asks students not only to become aware and conversant with theory, but also productively reflective about what work these terms can be used to do.

All images on the site are by Jenny Holtzer.