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Name:Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Description: This course introduces students to the anthropological study of different cultures, including ways of comparing and contrasting the structures of social relationships and belief systems that operate in different cultural settings. We explore ways of trying to understand the world-views and belief systems of other peoples by studying each of those systems in their particular contexts, and then comparing and contrasting different cultures and the contexts in which they are situated.
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Instructor Permission Required:N

Course Objectives

• To present to students an introduction to the discipline of anthropology • To give a student a thorough introduction to the principles and processes of cultural anthropology • To understand key concepts and terminology of cultural anthropology • To develop a cultural perspective: 1. To realize that anthropology involves a way of seeing a frame of reference for interpreting behavior in all societies including our own 2. To develop an acceptance and appreciation of the full humanity of people who had learned a radically different culture 3. To maintain a non-judgmental attitude, to empathize with people of different cultures and to appreciate fully their actions and beliefs • To provide a "cultural enrichment" for students. • To understand those relationships for comprehending not only humans, society and culture in general - but for understanding ourselves and our society and culture in particular

Books Previously Used in this Course

Term Year Title ISBN Author Edition Publisher
F 2012 Coming of Age in Samoa 0-688-05033-6 Mead, Margaret 2001 Perennial Library
F 2012 Field Ethnography : A Manual for Doing Cultural Anthropology 0-13-889452-3 Kutsche, Paul 1998 Prentice Hall, Inc.
F 2012 Sharing Our Worlds 0-8147-3711-0 Hendry, Joy 2008 New York University Press
Thomas College. Beyond Education.