Anthropology | Culture and Society
E105 | 0360 | Brondizio


Anthropology seeks to study the diversity of human societies in time
and space, while looking for commonalities across them. Different from
other social sciences - like economics and psychology - anthropology
does not look at a single aspect of human life, but the complexity of
human experiences around the world, including our own. It looks at the
interactions between individuals and communities, and between
communities and wider societies. By looking at human societies in a
holistic manner, anthropology offers a series of tools for applied
contemporary problems.  In this course, while providing an overview of
the four sub-fields of anthropology (archeology, bio-anthropology,
socio-cultural, and linguistics), our emphasis will be the sub-field
of socio-cultural anthropology. Socio-cultural anthropology is the
branch of anthropology that deals with the study of contemporary
populations and underlying patterns of human culture derived from
cultural comparison. We will see anthropologists working in the US and
abroad, in villages and communities as well as in large urban centers,
industries, and other settings.

The course combines weekly lectures (2) and discussion sessions (1).
We will use a textbook, ethnographic accounts, and examples of applied
anthropological work. We will also learn from ethnographic films and
invited speakers to share their experiences while covering their areas
of expertise.