magine your family, friends, or peers. If they asked you about what we discussed in class, what is the most interesting, thought-provoking, or even frustrating topic that you could tell them about. Pick one of these topics and narrow it to an issue that you can explain and engage with during a mini-podcast. Record a 4-5 minute podcast on that issue. You are encouraged to include audio clips and interviews. Reliable and peer-reviewed literature or data must be used as evidence to support a position.
The rough cut should be at least 4 minutes in length.
Class Materials & Schedule (Subject to Change – Revised 8/20/2021)
8/19/2021 – Introduction to class
Introduction to instructor
Quiz the instructor exercise – https://docs.google.com/document/d/1R-R9JbpysYiil19yACy7ra2-8gik__mGRCnYTux4jBw/edit (Links to an external site.)
8/24/2021 – Introduction to Economic Anthropology
Reading (complete before class) – Wilk, R. R., & Cliggett, L. (2018). Economies and cultures: Foundations of economic anthropology. Routledge. Chapter 1.
Exercise – Driven by Social (Links to an external site.) , Economic (Links to an external site.) , or Cultural (Links to an external site.) Pick one of the models (Social, Economic, or Cultural). In the jamboard, add a definition of the model, include examples from your life or others, and be sure to add your name. Feel free to be creative with pictures. Social 2
Review – Class normsLinks to an external site.
8/26/2021 – Integrating Social Science Theory to Understand Economic Choices
Reading (complete before class) – Wilk, R. R., & Cliggett, L. (2018). Economies and cultures: Foundations of economic anthropology. Routledge. Chapter 7.
Watch in class – Research practice – Using Zotero https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iq7V2X5x2Pk (Links to an external site.)
Exercise – Pass the mic – exploring economic choices. Students will research an “economic” choice. Using ideas from Wilk and Cliggett create a narrative about why people make choices in that space. A volunteer will start the open mic. When the first person is done, they will select the next speaker from the hands raised.
8/31/2021 – Anthropology of convenience
Reading (complete before class) – Oka, Rahul. (2021). Introducing an anthropology of convenience. Economic Anthropology . 8: 188-207.
Exercise – How does convenience affect you? https://jamboard.google.com/d/1cbd7fA3C0oRAmu2QRMs8ehNjDaTE7qvJU0HB4UKEelU/viewer?f=0 (Links to an external site.)
9/2/2021 – Money & Pandemic
Reading (complete before class) – Jones, H. E., Manze, M., Ngo, V., Lamberson, P., & Freudenberg, N. (2021). The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on college students’ health and financial stability in New York City: Findings from a population-based sample of City University of New York (CUNY) students.
Exercise – Work on Letter of Introduction (complete/incomplete) (10 pts) (1/2 – 1 page, typed, single-spaced) that introduces who you are, what role money and wealth (or limited access to it) has played in your life and other factors that influence your economic decision-making.
9/7/2021 – Animal Spirits
Reading (complete before class) – Akerlof, G. A., & Shiller, R. J. (2010). Animal spirits: How human psychology drives the economy, and why it matters for global capitalism. Princeton University Press. Animal Spirits. Introduction
and Ch 1.
Exercise – Pick your house, neighborhood, or city and explore home prices through the past 10-20 years. Reflect on how your or other people you know thought about the economy through this period.
9/9/2021- Poverty and decision making
9/14/2021 – Psychology of poverty
Reading (complete before class) – Haushofer, J., & Fehr, E. (2014). On the psychology of poverty. Science, 344(6186), 862-867. On the Psychology of Poverty
9/16/2021 – Qualitative Research Methods
Reading (complete before class) – Brinkmann, S. (2013). Qualitative interviewing. ProQuest Ebook Central. Chapter 1.
Watch – Doing Ethnography Remotely
An Anthropologist’s Fieldnotes
Exercise – Drafting questions
9/21/2021 – Collective Action
Reading (complete before class) – Ostrom, E. (2010). Analyzing collective action. Agricultural economics, 41, 155-166.
9/23/2021 – Multi-level Collective Action
Reading (complete before class) – York, A. M., Otten, C. D., BurnSilver, S., Neuberg, S. L., & Anderies, J. M. (2021). Integrating institutional approaches and decision science to address climate change: a multi-level collective action research agenda. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 52, 19-26.
Exercise – Ask the author (Links to an external site.)
Due – Interview questions – Interview Questions
9/28/2021 – Indigenizing futures
Reading (complete before class) – Whyte, K. (2017). Indigenous climate change studies: Indigenizing futures, decolonizing the Anthropocene. English Language Notes, 55(1),
Watch in class
9/30/2021 – Positionality
Exercise – Start to reflect on who you are including your identities
10/5/2021 – Infographic
10/7/2021 – Podcasts
Discussion – in class
10/12/2021 – Fall Break
10/14/2021 – Gender and White-collar crime
10/19/2021 – Whiteness and White-collar crime
Sohoni, T., & Rorie, M. (2021). The whiteness of white-collar crime in the United States: Examining the role of race in a culture of elite white-collar offending. Theoretical Criminology, 25(1), 66-87.
10/21/2021 – Manipulating the Moments
Exercise – Reworking infographics
Exercise – Reworking Podcasts
11/11/2021 – Veteran’s Day
Exercise – Workshopping Rough draft
11/23/2021 – Work day
11/25/2021 – Thanksgiving
11/30/2021 – Infographic Fair
12/2/2021 – Podcast Listening Session