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ANT 102 - Intro Cultural Anthropology

Credits: 3
3 Lecture Hours

A study of the structure of human socio-cultural systems that emphasizes economy, kinship, political organization, social control, social stratification, belief systems, and language. The course deals with cultural variations among living populations of the present and recent past whose cultures have been described by ethnographic fieldworkers. Selected case studies are read, discussed and compared to stimulate a fuller appreciation of our common humanity.
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Define cultural anthropology and locate it within the context of general anthropology.
  2. Define culture and use this concept as an analytical tool.
  3. Describe the interrelationship of culture and human biology.
  4. Differentiate between ethnography and ethnology.
  5. Discuss goals, techniques, and problems of ethnographic field research.
  6. Compare and contrast selected ethnographic case studies.
  7. Describe and explain the process of socio-cultural evolution.
Listed Topics
  1. General anthropology
  2. Cultural anthropology
  3. Culture
  4. Ethnography
  5. Ethnology
  6. Socio-cultural evolution
Reference Materials
Current text, ethnographic case studies, parallel reading, handouts, study guides, videotapes, films, computer-based learning resources, library resources and materials.
Approved By: Johnson, Alex Date Approved: 05/18/2009

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