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Anthony Di Fiore, Chair SAC 4.102, Mailcode C3200 78712 • 512-471-4206

Fall 2004

ANT 302 • Cultural Anthropology

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
28150 MW
TH
3:00 PM-4:00 PM
9:00 AM-10:00 AM
ART 1.102
JES A307A
LEIN/STRONG

Course Description

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 violence; and modernization. The instructor's aim is for students to emerge from the course with an enhanced understanding of their own experience as a social and cultural being; 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; globalization; culture change; conformity and conflict; creativity and agency; poetics and allegory; ethnographic representation. There will be three tests and one paper for this course, in addition to weekly exercises. Students are, of course expected to attend scheduled classes and section meetings.

Students must also register for and attend one of the following discussion sections: 28150 TH 9-10:00 JES A307A; 28155 F 9-10:00 RAS 312; 28160 TH 10-11:00 RAS 312; 28175 F 11-12:00 ETC 2.102; 28180 TH 1-2:00 GAR 301; 28185 F 1-2:00 BUR 130; 28190 F 1-2:00 GAR 201; 28195 F 1-2:00 GAR 7; 28200 TH 2-3:00 PAR 13; 28205 TH 2-3:00 SZB 370; 28210 F 2-3:00 JES A217A; 28215 TH 3-4:00 MEZ 2.122

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