Cultural Anthropology has been said to be the most humanistic of the social sciences and the most scientific of the humanities. The intellectual reach of anthropology is largely due to its emphasis on a comparative, cross-cultural perspective for confronting basic questions about human existence. In this class, we will attempt to grapple with these questions within a classroom and in-country culture that promotes active learning and critical thinking about peoples of the world, particularly those whom we visit during the semester-long voyage. Our focus will be on how the conditions in which people live impact survival strategies, social organization, and ideology. At least half our emphasis will be on the impact of globalization in both traditional and more modern societies. We will rely upon case studies (books, articles, and films) and our own in-country field experiences for much of our ethnographic data and analysis.
Field WorkCountry: Morocco
Day: 1 - Wednesday, 8 October
This tour of Casablanca is designed to introduce Moroccan culture, religion, and family to anthropology students. It combines a cultural tour of the famous Hassan II Mosque with an intimate lunch at the home of a local family. Our bus will take us to the Central Market to see food stalls and mingle with local shoppers. Then we spend some time in the New Medina where we will be able to visit artisans in their workshops and do some serious bargaining in traditional stores. Academic Objectives: 1. Appreciate the magnificence and meaning of a holy Muslim site. 2. Eat Mororccan food in a private home and converse with the family. 3. See the city of Casablanca and walk its old sections and markets.