Culture and Society

ANTHRO XL 3

This course examines the primary institutions that define culture and society, emphasizing identity, kinship, exchange, politics, social order, communication, religious practices, and contemporary cultural change.

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What you can learn.

  • Understand what culture is and the evolution of cultural anthropology as a subdiscipline of anthropology
  • Evaluate competing theoretical approaches and interpretations concerning human cultural diversity
  • Discuss universal human behaviors across cultures in comparison to culture-specific behaviors
  • Appreciate and understand human cultural diversity across the globe
  • Apply anthropological concepts and theories to specific ethnographic case studies

About this course:

Which beliefs and behaviors unite cultures? Which thoughts and practices distinguish them from one another? How can we use the methods of cultural anthropology to address these complex issues? This course probes these and other questions by focusing on the primary institutions that define culture and society. Instruction places particular emphasis on identity, kinship, exchange, politics, social order, communication, religious practices, and contemporary cultural change. Additionally, students have the opportunity to gain experience in selected anthropological methods. Transferable for UC credit.

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