Oct 21, 2021
ANTH 1023 - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology Credits: 3
Hours/Week: Lecture 3Lab None
Course Description: This course examines the fundamental social processes that universally bind humans together and tear them apart: subsistence, language, kinship, reproduction, alliances, food production, economics, competition, warfare and death. The anthropological approach to these topics is to study human societies from around the world using the guiding concepts of culture and evolution.
5 History/Social/Behavioral Science, 8 Global Perspective
Prerequisite(s): Assessment score placement in RDNG 1000 or completion of RDNG 0900 or RDNG 0950 with a grade of C or higher.
- Introduction to Anthropology
- Human Origins and Evolutionary Theory
- Culture as Socially Transmitted Information
- The Individual and Society
- The History of Anthropology
- Anthropological Theory
- Patterns of Subsistence
- Sex, Gender, Marriage, and the Division of Labor
- Alliances, Competition, and Warfare
- Cultural Contact
At the end of this course students will be able to:
- explain the anthropological concept of culture.
- articulate their understanding of cultural evolution.
- evaluate the effects of the developed world on indigenous populations.
- describe patterns of human subsistence.
- critically evaluate racist claims about human variation.
- assess the empirical strength of various anthropological theories.
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