A comparison of the ways of life for societies worldwide using anthropological theory and methods is provided in this course. Basic institutions of human society such as kinship, religion, law, politics and economics are examined to provide a better understanding of the diversity of contemporary societies. Course focuses on non-Western societies.
(A requirement that must be completed before taking this course.)
Upon successful completion of the course, the student should be able to:
- Identify the key concepts, theories, and methods of cultural anthropology.
- Illustrate similarities and differences in cultures around the globe.
- Illustrate the key anthropological principles of ethnocentrism, cultural relativism and holism.
- Analyze examples of anthropology in the media.
- Explain the relationship between culture, environment and the individual.
- Explore the concept of culture as an adaptive mechanism.
- Outline the factors involved in culture change.
- Illustrate the place of ethics in cultural anthropology.
- Apply cultural anthropology and its methods to address modern problems.
Currently no sections of this class are being offered.