ANTHRCUL 101 - Introduction to Anthropology
Section: 026
Term: WN 2008
Subject: Anthropology, Cultural (ANTHRCUL)
Department: LSA Anthropology
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
SS, RE
Other Course Info:
Does not count toward Anthropology concentration requirements. F, W, Sp.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This introductory course exposes students to the field's four subdisciplines (archaeological, biological, cultural, and linguistic anthropology), providing a first glimpse of the field's history, present status, and importance. The aim of the course is to help students develop a coherent view of the concepts and methods that typify the discipline and frame anthropology's comprehensive, holistic world view. The course lays stress on examples of cultural and ethnic diversity and the interactions leading to structures of dominance, inequality, and resistance. It teaches students ways of learning and thinking about the world's many designs for living in time and space.

Topics covered include: the nature of culture, race and ethnicity, human genetics, biological evolution, and the fossil record; primate (monkey and ape) behavior; the emergence of agriculture, cities, and states; language and culture; systems of marriage, kinship, and family; sex-gender divisions; economics, politics, and religion in global perspective; theories of development, power and social change; technoscience and emerging media; world systems, global assemblages, and contemporary cultural predicaments.

Course requirements include:

  • introductory text and additional paperbacks;
  • lectures and discussion-recitation;
  • two multiple-choice exams, each covering one half of the course (the second exam will be given on the last day of class);
  • several quizzes and writing assignments due in section.

ANTHRCUL 101 - Introduction to Anthropology
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