Study Programmes 2015-2016
Version 2014-2015
Anthropology of communication
Duration :
30h Th
Number of credits :
Bachelier en sociologie et anthropologie6
Master in Population and Development Studies6
Bachelier en information et communication3
Master en langues et lettres françaises et romanes, orientation français langue étrangère à finalité4
Lecturer :
Véronique Servais
Language(s) of instruction :
French language
Organisation and examination :
Teaching in the second semester
Units courses prerequisite and corequisite :
Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program
Course contents :
The Anthropology of Communication is the comparative study of interaction and communication structures and their effect in communities. The method is ethnographic and the objects to be studied are varied. The course begins with a general theoretical presentation, then questions of methodology are discussend and finally I present and discuss different researches represntative of the field. During this academic year the course will be devoted to the anthropology of emotions.
Learning outcomes of the course :
There are two main objectives :
1- The student must understand and have a good mastery of the approach of Antrhopology of Communication, its objectives and its analytical tools;
2- The student must develop an ability for the objective and subjective observation of close (vs exotic) realities. He will learn to develop a detached gaze on his/her surrounding world in order to keep his/her distances from common sense interpretations of the social world.
Prerequisite knowledge and skills :
The student must have previously passed the Théories de la Communication course.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods :
Students must realize, alone or in small groups, fieldwork observation for 20 (for students in Anthropology) or 10 hours (for students in Communication or FLE). The fieldwork will be the basis for the evaluation (see "evaluation").
Mode of delivery (face-to-face ; distance-learning) :
Face-to-face teaching and individual supervision. The course is made of several 2-hour sessions, according to the schedule. After that, sessions in small groups take place on appointment with the Professor or an assistant, to discuss the difficulties that arise during the fieldwork. The course will take place during the spring semester.
Recommended or required readings :
Instructions for the fieldwok as well as the papers discussed and an additional thematic bibliography will be available for loading on the web portal MyULg.
Assessment methods and criteria :
The evaluation will take into account the mastery of theoretical and analytical tools of anthropology of communication and the observation skills. The written account of the fieldwork will be the basis for the evaluation. This report will have the formal characteristics of a scientific paper, with a theoretical introduction, the presentation of the observational data and a discussion. The students will possibly be asked to present their report orally in front of the class. Precise evaluation criteria will figure in the instructions document that wil be delivered in due time.
Work placement(s) :
Organizational remarks :
We try as much as possible to offer individual follow-up for the students.
Contacts :
Véronique Servais