Course Details

Course offered Spring 2010

Honors 397 C: Introduction to Alterity Studies in Sierra Leone 2010

Honors 397 C: Introduction to Alterity Studies in Sierra Leone 2010

SLN 14013 (View UW registration info »)

Clarke Speed (Anthropology)
Brook Kelly (Honors Program; Advisor)
Office: MGH 211, Box 352800
Phone: 206.221.6131

Credits: 2, c/nc
Limit: 20 students

Credit Type

Students must be participating in the Honors study abroad to Sierra Leone, Summer 2010.
This two credit course prepares students for the 2010 Honors/African Studies program to Sierra Leone. In the context of alterity (radical difference) we aim to prepare students for best-cultural practices that maximize their time, value, and experience. The course includes work in the lingua franca Krio, basic words and phrases in Landogo, as well as a primer on daily life, rules, etiquette, and protocol. In this context we will also discuss how ethnography actually works, issues of health, as well as rules and guidelines for food and water. Following our best practices model, we establish absolute responsibility, liability, and consequences for individuals, the UW group, and its relations with the Kagbere community. Texts include: Donald Carter’s Under The Tree Called Gbendeh (2005), Emerson, Fretz, and Shaw’s Writing Ethnographic Field Notes (1995), and Krio and Landogo language primer by Kelly and Speed (2007). Evaluation is via concept notebooks, library research, and a 5 page research proposal with word work.