ANTHRCUL 222 - The Comparative Study of Cultures
Section: 001
Term: FA 2009
Subject: Anthropology, Cultural (ANTHRCUL)
Department: LSA Anthropology
Requirements & Distribution:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

  • Why do people do things in different ways?
  • Why do they sometimes understand and value the things they do so differently?
  • What do these cultural differences mean?
  • What are the ways in which we think about and understand difference?
  • How can we think about and understand cultural change and the meaning of cultures in a world where people and societies constantly collide and commingle?

This course has two aims:

  • first, to introduce students to the concept of culture and to a small sampling of the great diversity of cultures that exist around the world;
  • second, to learn about some approaches to understanding this cultural diversity — and, along the way, to learn a bit of the history of social and anthropological theory.

Classes will be organized around the discussion of readings and materials that span several cultures and diverse approaches to studying, thinking about, and describing culture, from ethnographic accounts (both classic and recent), to theoretical statements, to fictional writing and documentary film.

Grading will be based on regular attendance at lecture (including student group presentations), participation in discussion sections, and two or three short papers.

ANTHRCUL 222 - The Comparative Study of Cultures
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
002 (DIS)
W 11:00AM - 12:00PM
003 (DIS)
W 3:00PM - 4:00PM
004 (DIS)
F 10:00AM - 11:00AM
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Coursepack Location:
will be posted to course ctools site
Two notes: 1) There will be two more books required for this course (4 textbooks total), but I am waiting for Amazon to send me my own copies of the last two before finalizing the reading list. 
2) There are multiple editions of Benedict's book and two editions of Allen's book. Any edition of either book is acceptable. We will start reading Benedict's book for the Sept. 22 class, so please go ahead and get a copy long enough before then to begin reading.
ISBN: 9780395500880
Patterns of culture, Author: Benedict, Ruth, Publisher: Houghton Mifflin 1989
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9781588340320
The hold life has : coca and cultural identity in an Andean community, Author: Allen, Catherine J., Publisher: Smithsonian Institution 2003
Other Textbook Editions OK.
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