Anthropology | Culture and Society
E105 | 5108 | Brondizio


Anthropology seeks to study the diversity of human societies in time
and space, while looking for commonalities across them. In this
course, 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.
By looking at human societies in a holistic manner, anthropology
offers a series of tools for applied
contemporary problems. 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. Important topics include
cultural diversity and cultural relativism, ethnicity and race, human
and environmental interaction, consumption, globalization and
development. The course combines weekly lectures (2) and discussion
sessions (1). We will use examples of various types of applied
anthropological work. We will also learn from ethnographic films and
invited speakers to share their experiences while covering their areas
of expertise.