E105 | 0387 | Moran

This course introduces students to the full scope of Social and Cultural
Anthropology. Anthropology studies humans with a very special lens: one
that includes a humanistic perspective, a social scientific perspective,
and an evolutionary perspective. Such an approach uses distinct theories
and methods from these areas to examine the complexity represented by our
species. In the course we learn how anthropologists observe humans, study
how humans communicate in verbal and non-verbal ways, how they make a
living and make decisions (economic, political, religious, environmental),
and how they assign meaning to every bit of their world.  Students in the
course will gain an appreciation of human cultural, social and biological
diversity; learn in depth a few cultures, and in great breadth about many
more. By gaining an appreciation of cultural, social and biological
differences students will gain an appreciation for the value of these
differences evolutionarily, their reasons for coming into being locally,
and how to interpret the complex ways we express "being human."

Required readings:
Main text: Bates and Fratkin, Cultural Anthropology, 3rd edition.
Ethnographic readings: 3 short ethnographic studies, TBA

Three or four examinations, combining multiple choice and essays