ANTHRCUL 101 - Introduction to Anthropology
Section: 002
Term: WN 2009
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 and explores the structures of inquiry characteristic of anthropology and surveys the field's four subdisciplines (biological, archaeological, cultural, and linguistic anthropology), providing a first glimpse of the field's overall context, history, present status, and importance. The principal aim of the course is to help students develop a coherent view of the essential concepts, structures, and intellectual methods that typify the discipline. It stresses unifying principles that link the subdisciplines and thereby create anthropology's comprehensive, holistic world view. It teaches students various ways of learning and thinking about the world's many designs for living in time and space. It prepares them to integrate and interpret information, to evaluate conflicting claims about human nature and diversity, and to think critically. Topics covered include: the nature of culture; human genetics, evolution and the fossil record; the concept of race; primate (monkey and ape) behavior; language and culture; systems of marriage, kinship and family organization; sex-gender roles; economics, politics, and religion in global perspective; the cultural dimension of economic development and contemporary social change, and the emergence of a world system. Required readings come from one introductory text and additional paperbacks. Lecture and discussion/recitation. Two objective exams (multiple choice and true or false questions) cover the two halves of the course. The second exam is given on the last day of class. There is no final exam and no term paper. Section leaders require quizzes and pehaps a short paper.

ANTHRCUL 101 - Introduction to Anthropology
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ISBN: 0073405272
Window on humanity : a concise introduction to anthropology, Author: Conrad Phillip Kottak., Publisher: McGraw-Hill 3rd ed. 2008
Required
ISBN: 9780679732563
Samba, Author: Alma Guillermoprieto., Publisher: Vintage Books 1st Vintag 1991
Required
ISBN: 0205543324
Nuer journeys, Nuer lives : Sudanese refugees in Minnesota, Author: Jon D. Holtzman., Publisher: Allyn and Bacon 2nd ed. 2007
Required
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