ANTHRCUL 101 - Introduction to Anthropology
Section: 101
Term: SP 2009
Subject: Anthropology, Cultural (ANTHRCUL)
Department: LSA Anthropology
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Other Course Info:
Does not count toward Anthropology concentration requirements. F, W, Sp.
May not be repeated for credit.
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This Spring Half-Term course introduces students to anthropology and its four subdisciplines (archaeological, biological, cultural, and linguistic anthropology), providing a glimpse of the field's history, present status, and importance.

We'll look at the concepts and methods that typify the discipline and frame anthropology's comprehensive, holistic worldview. The course looks especially at 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.

We'll cover topics like:

  • 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.

ANTHRCUL 101 - Introduction to Anthropology
Schedule Listing
101 (LEC)
MTuWTh 9:00AM - 11:00AM
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Will be needed right from the beginning. Try to find used copies!
ISBN: 0073405272
Window on humanity : a concise introduction to anthropology, Author: Conrad Phillip Kottak., Publisher: McGraw-Hill 3rd ed. 2008
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