New Course for Fall 2014!
AN 103 Anthropology Through Ethnography
How and why do human cultures and customs differ around the world? Beyond the diverse ways of being human, just what traits do all humans share? Are there commonalities to being male or female in different societies? How great are the differences? What about morality and religious beliefs, family and child rearing, or politics and economics life? How much and why do these differ?
The purpose of this course is to examine these and other questions concerning the diversity of human lifeways and cultures, and to introduce you to the field of cultural anthropology. Anthropology seeks to understand and appreciate the full variety of human ways of life. Cultural anthropologists use the concept of culture to help them understand this variety. Culture organizes people’s behavior and experience; people live their lives in ways deeply shaped by their language and culture. Our approach to the study of human cultures in this course will be comparative, looking at a broad array of human societies. Our approach will also be historical, examining the events that have taken human beings from a world of hunters and gatherers to industrialization, globalization, and information technologies. While looking at the variety of human cultures and societies, we will also come to terms with the social processes that shape each of us as individuals, at the level of our emotions, our thoughts, our sexuality, and our personalities.
This course is a seminar-style introduction to the field of cultural anthropology through the reading of ethnography. The seminar format will allow for extended discussion and debate. Assignments will consist of short essays every other week and a final exam. 4 cr. Satisfies divisional studies requirement (SS).
MWF, 2 – 3 PM