This course introduces the field of cultural anthropology and examines a wide range of topics including culture, gender, kinship, race, power, language, religion, immigration, conflict, subsistence, economics, and globalization. As we explore these topics our primary goal is to develop your ability to think anthropologically. Anthropological thinking resists viewing the world at face value, choosing instead to observe, engage, and attempt to understand cultures that are not our own, both today and in the past, and to reflect critically upon our own culture, which we often take for granted. Without the tools to engage positively our own culture and that of others we risk perpetuating cultural misunderstanding, stereotypes, prejudice and even violence. In this increasingly interconnected world an anthropological approach is a dynamic means to achieve common ground and understanding across cultures, resolve conflict, and solve socio-economic problems.
In this course students will:
- Demonstrate an understanding of the social of construction of culture by comparing, contrasting, and analyzing cultural practices that differ around the world.
- Reflect upon their own cultural practices in a global context.
- Apply anthropological theories and concepts to devise solutions for practical problems.
- Discuss the relevance of the field of anthropology.
- Create projects in which they utilize anthropological methods to observe, engage, and attempt to understand their own culture and other cultures.
Field ClassCountry: India
Date: October 26, 2017