Anthropology | Culture and Society
E105 | 13946 | 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."
Main text: Kottak, Cultural Anthropology, latest edition.
Ethnographic readings: 3 short ethnographic studies, representing an
American, an Asian, and an African society, titles TBA
Grading will be based on three examinations(combining multiple choice
and essay questions), and two class participatory projects.