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Anthropology

ANTH 101: General Anthropology

Offered Fall semester 2015 (August 18-december 11)

This course is an introduction to anthropology, the science of humans, the culture-bearing animal. Topics considered: human evolution and biological variations within and between modern populations, prehistoric and historic developments of culture, cultural dynamics viewed analytically and comparatively.

Required Texts

  • Park, Introducing Anthropology, 6th edition (2014), ISBN 978-0078035067
  • Popenoe, Feeding Desire: Fatness and Beauty in the Sahara (2003), ISBN 978-0415280952

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ANTH 102: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

Offered Fall semester 2015 (August 18-december 11)

This course begins with a look at how cultural anthropologists study cultural settings around the world, and considers the questions of what culture is (as well as what culture is not) and why language is so important. The course also includes an examination of the role of political systems and forms of exchange in cultural variation; a review of how different people are grouped according to social status, including race, gender, class, and age; a look at how religion and ideology play an important role in the conceptualization of culture and our place in the world; and an exploration of the many manifestations of marriage and family across cultures. The final section of the course looks at contemporary manifestations of research in cultural anthropology, including the study of urban culture, applied anthropology, and understanding situations of world conflict. By the end of this course, students will have a greater appreciation for the wonderful variety of human life on Earth, and for everything that we call “human.”

Required Texts

  • Saitoti, The Worlds of a Maasai Warrior (1988), ISBN 978-0520063259
  • Spradley and McCurdy, eds., Conformity and Conflict: Readings in Cultural Anthropology, 14th edition (2012), ISBN 978-0205234103

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ANTH 142: Local Cultures, Global Forces

Offered Fall semester 2015 (August 18-december 11)

This is an introductory level course to a prominent subject in cultural anthropology—how local cultures respond to increasing global pressures. Using a wide array of examples from different cultures around the world, this course will encourage students to think critically about the current world order. Completing this course will help students understand key concepts anthropologists use to examine the tension between local and global interests, critique many standard assumptions about cultural diversity and modernity, and increase their awareness of hidden prejudices and the ways that inequalities operate on a global scale.

Required Texts

  • Deng, Deng, and Ajak, They Poured Fire on Us From the Sky: The True Story of Three Lost Boys from the Sudan (2005)
  • Robbins, Global Problems and the Culture of Capitalism, 5th edition (2010)
  • Wilson, The Intimate Economies of Bangkok: Tomboys, Tycoons, and Avon Ladies in the Global City (2004)
  • NACLA Report on the Americas: The Social Origins of Race: Race and Racism in the Americas, Part I, Volume 34 (6), 2001. (one issue of this journal)

You may purchase the textbooks and journals at Friday Center Books & Gifts in person, online, or by mailing or faxing in the book order form. Refer to the online ordering site for current book prices. Please see Textbooks for textbook purchase dates.

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