ANTHRCUL 222 - The Comparative Study of Cultures
Fall 2022, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Anthropology, Cultural (ANTHRCUL)
Department: LSA Anthropology
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May not be repeated for credit.
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Humans belong to a single species, yet we vary in multiple ways. We speak different languages, have different kinship systems, different conceptions of religion and power, different ways of making history. Our ethnoracial identities change constantly, as do our notions of gender, the body, other species, and the larger world. Given all this variation, what are we to make of human sharing and connection, which are no less real? How can we think about heritage and cultural change in ways that respect both our likenesses and the differences most important to us? This course explores comparative analysis as anthropologists practice it, giving special attention to how and why we compare. Working across a wide range of human societies and historical periods, we will evaluate alternative ways of describing and explaining cultural variation. We will study ethnographic accounts (both classic and recent), theoretical frameworks, fictional and experimental writing, and documentary films. Along the way, you will learn a lot about sociocultural anthropology.

Course Requirements:

Grades will be based on regular attendance at lecture, participation and quizzes in discussion sections, two papers and one exam.


ANTHRCUL 222 - The Comparative Study of Cultures
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001 (LEC)
 In Person
TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
002 (DIS)
 In Person
W 11:00AM - 12:00PM
003 (DIS)
 In Person
W 3:00PM - 4:00PM

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