Anthropology | Culture and Society
E105 | 6005 | 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.