ANT 302 • Cultural Anthropology
|30275 to 30330||Multiple Sections||
This course is an introduction to Cultural Anthropology. The course is organized around central questions in the study of human societies, including problems of societal development and definitions of progress; language and symbolism; family and kinship; social hegemony and resistance; nationalism, peace, and violence; and modernization and globalization. The instructors' aim is for students to emerge from the course with an enhanced understanding of their own experiences as social and cultural beings; an appreciation of the complexity and diversity of cultures and societies; and an awareness of various approaches to communication, interpretation, and representation across cultures.
The development of critical and analytical thinking skills is also a central aim of the course. Key concepts to be introduced in the course include participant observation; cultural construction; cultural relativism; situated knowledge; cultural identity; social inequality; modernization and globalization; social and cultural change; conformity and conflict; creativity and agency; and ethnographic representation.