ANTH 101
The Scope of Anthropology Spring 2015 (also offered Fall 2014)
Division II Exploring Diversity Initiative
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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.
The Class: Format: lecture/discussion of case studies and ethnographic films
Limit: 30
Expected: 30
Class#: 3146
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: two short essays, a final examination and class participation
Prerequisites: first-year students and sophomores
Enrollment Preferences: first-year students and sophomores; juniors and seniors admitted only by permission of instructor
Distributions: Division II Exploring Diversity Initiative

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