|Course Dates||Weeks||Meeting Times||Status||Instructor(s)||CRN||Registration|
|July 09, 2018 - July 27, 2018||3||M-F 8:30A-11:20A||Open||Kimberly Lewis||11165||ADD TO CART|
The cultural and social diversity of the world around us is astounding. Anthropology is a discipline that examines different aspects of this diversity and allows one to better understand the complexity of social phenomena. This course introduces students to the most important concepts and approaches used by anthropologists in understanding socio-cultural variation. The course encourages students to learn about different cultures and to apply their knowledge to make sense of their own society.
Studies of different cultures show that notions of gender, race, affluence, kinship, marriage, religion and systems of symbolic expression (language and art) vary significantly from one society to another. This raises questions such as:
Are hunter-gatherers in the Kalahari Desert more affluent than people in the US? Does race exist elsewhere in the world or is it purely an American phenomenon? Are there more than 2 genders? Is genocide an outcome of our democratic organization? This course will survey and explain diversity and variation found in the human condition around the world. Drawing on a range of anthropological theories and concepts, the course aims to understand why people are who they are, and why they do what they do. Through lectures, films, in-class discussions, short essays and a group research project, students will learn to apply critical reasoning to understand a variety of cultural phenomena. Students will learn important anthropological concepts and will apply them towards critical analysis in a research project.
Prerequisites: As an introduction to the discipline, this class does not require previous knowledge of Cultural Anthropology. However, a passion for understanding processes of social change and an open mind are fundamental prerequisites.