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