College of Liberal Arts
This course will introduce you to core concepts, debates, and methods in the field of Cultural Anthropology - one of the four “subfields” of the discipline of Anthropology. Among the many questions we will explore this semester are: What are the various ways in which human beings organize ourselves into families and romantic and sexual relationships? What sorts of political and economic systems do we create? How do we define emotions, and communicate our needs and desires? How do we produce our food and assign meaning to our consumption of it? Keep in mind that as much as this course is about other people, living in other places and often at other times, this course is also about YOU. Be prepared to have your assumptions challenged, and to learn how to view your own life through a Cultural Anthropological perspective!
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