March 10-14, 2018 at the University of Oklahoma, Norman 3 credits
Susan D. Blum, University of Notre Dame
What is college and what is the experience of college students? How does it contribute to the development of adulthood or, possibly, to the extension of childhood? How do different types of colleges vary? Anthropologists and other social scientists have been studying higher education and its place within the lifespan, as well as its place in the cultural norms of its surrounding societies. Studies of student life, athletics, drinking, learning, social and racial inequality, and many other topics have been studied for several decades.
In this seminar we will read some of what others have written; discuss methods of analysis and research; generate our own questions; and put our own experiences into the context of the system as a whole.