Saint-Louis University - Bruxelles

HIST1312 - Historical anthropology

Credits : 5

Lecturer :
Mode of delivery :
Face-to-face , first term, 30 hours of theory.

Timetable :
First term
Tuesday from 10:45 to 12:45 at 109 Marais 210

Language of instruction :
French. Additional readings may be proposed in other languages (mainly English).

Learning outcomes :
The aim is to introduce the students enrolled in the history, languages and literature, philosophy as well as social and political sciences programmes to the purpose, the methods and the main results of historical anthropology, and this in a critical manner. Historical anthropology can be defined as a history of mentalities and behaviours that takes its inspiration in the issues raised by social anthropology and by ethnography.

Prerequisites :
For the Bachelor in History :

For the Bachelor in French and Romance Languages and Letters : General :

For the Bachelor in Philosophy :

For the Bachelor in Political Sciences: General :

For the Bachelor in Sociology and Anthropology :

Co-requisites :

Course contents :
After a general presentation of the perspective of historical anthropology (its roots, its emergence, its links with other perspectives such as cultural history or the history of representations), the course will deal with the major authors and issues of this current. Chapters may include the structures of everyday life and family, the way human beings deal with animals, the history of sensitivities, feelings and emotions (attitudes regarding death, violence, fears...), sexuality, body (nutrition, appearances, gesture), symbolic communication and the rituals of power. We will proceed through a critical analysis of representative case-studies selected files whose analysis will include a critical dimension, with a special attention paid to the methodology. As these issues are part of a long-term perspective, the course will deal with the whole range of historical times, from Ancient History to the Present.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods :
The lecture is based on concrete cases and problem-situations. A reading file may complete it.

Assessment methods and criteria :
The oral examination (with written preparation) assesses the knowledge of the course and of possible additional readings.

Recommended or required reading :
See bibliography of the outline syllabus, which will be commented in class.

Other information :
Outline-syllabus including a thematic bibliography and reproduction of key documents or extracts analysed or discussed during the course.
Powerpoint presentation available on the Moodle platform of the course.