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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.
MnTC Goals
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.
Corequisite(s): None
Recommendation: None

Major Content
  1. Introduction to Anthropology
  2. Human Origins and Evolutionary Theory
  3. Culture as Socially Transmitted Information
  4. The Individual and Society
  5. The History of Anthropology
  6. Anthropological Theory
  7. Patterns of Subsistence
  8. Language
  9. Kinship
  10. Sex, Gender, Marriage, and the Division of Labor
  11. Alliances, Competition, and Warfare
  12. Cultural Contact

Learning Outcomes
At the end of this course students will be able to:

  1. explain the anthropological concept of culture.
  2. articulate their understanding of cultural evolution.
  3. evaluate the effects of the developed world on indigenous populations.
  4. describe patterns of human subsistence.
  5. critically evaluate racist claims about human variation.
  6. assess the empirical strength of various anthropological theories.


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