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AT 4020 / AT 4520
ANTHROPOLOGICAL APPROACHES TO KNOWLEDGE PRODUCTION: CRITICAL STUDIES OF INNOVATION, INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY, AND VALUE
CREDIT POINTS 30

Course Co-ordinator: Professor J Leach

Pre-requisite(s): Available only to students in Programme Year 4.

Note(s): This course will be available in the second half-session of 2012/13 as AT 4520.

This course will explore some of the history, meanings, and uses of 'Intellectual Property', a concept of increasing importance in anthropology and beyond. The series of lectures and seminars will provide students with theoretical tools to approach contemporary issues of innovation, ownership, and the value placed upon knowledge. We ask, 'How is knowledge produced?; What are the connections people make between it and other items that can be owned?; How do precedents from one realm of production and ownership appear relevant in another?' The lectures will cover literature from Classical Political Economy, Political Philosophy, Economic Anthropology, and international precedents for attributing authorship and cultural rights to persons and groups. Part of the course will be dedicated to literature within Science and Technology Studies, and studies of Biodiversity, and Genetics, and of software production. The underlying theme is to expose some of the consequences of liberal individualism for the structure and politics of contemporary social realities.

1 two-hour lecture/seminar per week.

1st Attempt: 1 three-hour written examination (60%); continuous assessment (40%).