ANTH 101 Fall 2013 The Scope of Anthropology (D)

Also offered Spring 2014

Is there such a thing as "human nature"? Why have human societies developed such a bewildering range of customs to deal with problems common to people everywhere? This course addresses these questions by introducing students to the comparative study of human social life and culture. Topics surveyed in the course include economics, language and thought, kinship and marriage, law and politics, and the wide variations in human belief systems, including religions. The course also considers the ways that anthropology, a discipline that was until recently practiced almost exclusively by Westerners, approaches other societies in search of insights on our own customs and values. Ethnographic descriptions of both "simple" tribal societies and complex modern ones are a prominent part of the readings. This course explores differences and similarities between cultures and societies and ways in which they have interacted and responded to one another in the past.
Class Format: lecture/discussion of case studies and ethnographic films
Requirements/Evaluation: two short essays, a final examination and class participation
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Prerequisites: first-year students and sophomores
Enrollment Preference: first-year students and sophomores; juniors and seniors admitted only by permission of instructor
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Divisional Attributes: Division II,Exploring Diversity
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Enrollment Limit: 30
Expected Enrollment: 30
Class Number: 1262
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ANTH101-01(F) LEC The Scope of Anthropology (D) Division 2: Social StudiesExploring Diversity Initiative Peter Just
TR 11:20 AM-12:35 PM Greylock C 1262
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