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ANT 302 • Cultural Anthropology
TTH 830am-930am UTC 3.104
This course focuses on "classic" themes in anthropology such as ethnicity, language, adaptation, marriage, kinship, gender, religion, and social stratification. We will consider anthropological theory from its 19th-century origins to the present. The course also explores the nature of ethnographic field work, especially the relationship between the anthropologist and the field community.
The lectures, readings, and films for this course have been selected with the objective of exploring the social meanings with which diverse groups invest their life. By comparing and analyzing the similarities and differences between "us" and "others," both within the borders of the U.S. and abroad, the anthropological perspective can expose some of our own cultural assumptions and enable us to better understand diverse cultures.