ANT 302H • Cultural Anthropology - Honors
2:00 PM-3:00 PM
This is an introductory course, designed for Liberal Arts honor students, that seeks to develop students' skills in the understanding of unfamiliar societies and in the interpretation of cultural difference. It examines a wide range of cultural variation both by detailed study of a few societies and by comparative analysis of different kinds of social organization. In the course of this endeavor it also invites students to re-examine their own cultural understandings and assumptions about the way social life is organized in the United States and other Western countries. The first section of the course is a discussion of guiding perspectives, basic anthropological concerts, and methods of research and analysis. Part two explores in greater detail a number of topics that are of central concern to cultural anthropology:- the social organization of economic activities; power and authority; religion; and kinship and gender relations. In the third and final section of the course attention is focused on interconnections between cultural practice, the exercise of power and the formation of identities under conditions of globalization.