• Turkish
  • English
Course Code: 
ANT 455
Course Type: 
Area Elective
Laboratuvar Saati: 
Course Language: 
Course Objectives: 
This course will discuss sensory experience as an object of study and the source of pleasure, pain, knowledge and power from an anthropological point of view. The richness and diversity of the social and material worlds as constituted through touch, taste, smell, hearing and sight will be discussed.
Course Content: 

This course primarily focuses on  the senses. What is the difference among cultures that privilege touch or smell over sight or hearing? Explore sensory experiences between men and women. How does the senses affect the aesthetic gaze? And how does the senses become a source of discrimination? What will be the future of senses? Through analysis of recent concerns on across the world from an anthropological point of view the senses its representation in daily life will be analyzed. The course will proceed with cross-disciplinary contents and lectures by guest.

Course Methodology: 
1: Lecture, 2: Question-Answer, 3: Discussion 4: Simulation 5: Case Study
Course Evaluation Methods: 
A: Testing, B: Multiple Choice C: Homework D: Fill in the blanks E: True or false F: Oral exam G: Portfolio

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Course Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes Program

Learning Outcomes

Teaching Methods Assessment Methods
1- Terms and definitions related to senses 1,2,3,6,7,8 1,2,4 A,C
2- Learn sensory experience 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 1,2,4 A,C
3- Obtain knowledge to compare sensory experience among cultures 1,2,3,4,6,7,8 1,2,3,5 A,C
4-Obtain perspective to understand relationship and strategies between senses and sensory experience 1,2,3,4,5,7 1,2,3,5 A,C

Course Flow

Week Topics Study Materials
1 Definition of Senses  
2 Smell, Smellscape and Sensory Experince  
3 Touch and Sensory Experience  
4 Hearing, Soundscape and Sensory Experince  
5 Seeing, Landscape and Sensory Experience  
6 Taste and Sensory Experience  
7 Politics of Senses  
8 Student Presentation  
9 Power and Knowledge of  
10 Senses, Spacemaking and Material World  
11 How to Do Sensory Ethnography  
12 Methods of Doing Sensory Ethnography  
13 Smellwalk in the Field  
14 Future of Senses and Sensory Experience  

Recommended Sources

Textbook Classen, C. (1993). Worlds of Sense: Exploring the Senses in History and Across Cultures . Londra ve New York: Routledge.

Feld, S., & Basso, K. (Eds.). (1996). Senses of Place. Santa Fe: Schoolf of American Research Press.

Henshaw, V. (2014). Urban Smellscapes Understanding and Designing City Smell Environments. Taylor and Francis: Kindle Edition.

Herz, R. (2007). The Scent of Desire. HarperCollins: Kindle Edition.

Howes, D. (1991). The Varieties of Sensory Experience: A Source book in the Anthropology of the Senses. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Howes, D. (Ed.). (2005). Empire of the Sesnes. UK: Berg.

Pink, S. (2009). Doing Sensory Ethnography. London: SAGE Publications Ltd.

Additional Resources Certeau, M. d. (1984). The Practice of Everyday Life. Berkeley: University of California.

Seremetakis, C. N. (1994). The Senses Still. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.

Pourteous, D. (1990). Landscapes of the Mind: Worlds of Sense and Metaphor. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Material Sharing

Documents Related books, articles and documentaries
Assignments Take home exam, field work and presentation
Exams Mid-term and final exam


Mid-terms 1 30
Presentation and Attendance 1 30
Final 1 40
Total   100
Total   100


COURSE CATEGORY Expertise/Field Courses

Course’s Contribution to Program

No Program Learning Outcomes Contribution
1 2 3 4 5
1 Main theories and concepts of social sciences in general and anthropology in particular, the physical and cultural development of humanity in the historical process, a wide spectrum of cultural patterns and archaelogical knowledge are understood and absorbed,       X  
2 The ability to analyze current phenomena with an anthropological perspective and to think analytically and critically are acquired,       X  
3 Good communication and written/oral expression skills are developed,     X    
4 Acquires professional and social ethics, as well as an elevated sense of responsibility,     X    
5 By studying the dynamics of a variety of cultural phenomena in detail, students become able to perceive and interpret the general features, geographical conditions, historical processes and dynamics of change in Turkish and other world cultures,       X  
6 Establishes and builds on a wide perception and understanding of local and global issues and develops personally and professionally,     X    
7 In accordance with Life Long Learning principles, students acquire the skill and vision to continuously seek to utilize knowledge and information from outside their fields of expertise; to make collaborations and and syntheses with their own respective repertoire of knowledge,       X  
8 Students become able to spot social issues fit for anthropological research; acquire the methods, techniques and cultural equipment necessary for field work,       X  
9 Their solo and team work skills, critical social gaze and scientifically and ethically responsible investigation abilities become augmented.        X  



Activities Quantity Duration
Course Duration (Including the exam week: 16x Total course hours) 15 3 45
Hours for off-the-classroom study (Pre-study, practice) 15 2 30
Mid-terms 1 15 15
Presentation Take home 1 10 10
Final examination 1 25 25
Total Work Load     125
Total Work Load / 25 (h)     5
ECTS Credit of the Course     5