Anthropology | Social and Cultural Anthropology
E200 | 13953 | Greene


This course is an overview of major issues in the field of
social/cultural anthropology both new and old.  The main goal is to
familiarize students with the overarching themes, methods, and ideas
involved in practicing anthropology and thinking anthropologically.
Taking a “then vs. now” perspective we will identify a number of
classic themes that include: cultural difference, symbolic practice,
alternative rationalities, self vs. other, and objective vs. engaged
science.  In terms of methods we will highlight the role of detailed
and richly descriptive ethnography as the key methodological feature
of anthropological practice, in part by reading some ethnographic
works and in part by engaging in a bit of classroom ethnography
ourselves. Finally, the course is intended to present a series of key
theoretical contributions that the field of anthropology offers to the
wider world of social scientific analysis and everyday living.  These
include most prominently the concepts of:  culture, cultural
relativism, and social  structure.   Students will be tested on the
basis of a midterm exam (multiple choice/short essay answer), a short
ethnographic writing assignment, and a final exam (multiple
choice/short essay answer).