A survey of peoples and cultures, past and present, from many parts of the world. The student is introduced to the study of humankind through the four-discipline approach: sociocultural anthropology, linguistic anthropology, physical anthropology, and archeology. Critical issues concerning human behavior are explored, such as the ecological crisis or the clash of traditional and modern values in today’s world.
An introduction to the discipline of anthropology while surveying selected Asian peoples and cultures – China, Korea, Japan, the Indian subcon- tinent, Southeast Asia, Central Asia, and Mongolia. Traditional and contemporary patterns of religion, healing, marriage and family life, economy and social stratification are analyzed. The role of Asia in the biological and cultural evolution of human- kind is traced.
An introduction to the discipline of anthropology while focusing on the diversity of native American cultures throughout their long history in North America. Cultures to be analyzed include the Arctic, Plains, Eastern Woodlands, Northwest Coast, the Southwest, and the Aztec and Mayan societies. The effects of European contact on the native cultures and the problems facing American Indians today are discussed.
An introduction to the discipline of anthropol- ogy while surveying the peoples and cultures of the Caribbean. Topics include language, economy, religion, healing, kinship, and ethnic relations. The institutions of slavery and the consequences of European domination are examined.
Course Description: This course offers an overview of health, illness and healing in cross-cultural perspective. Topics covered include cultural interpretations of health and illness, traditional healing practices, and important global health concerns. Students will become acquainted with medical anthropology methods and will learn anthropological approaches to solving health-related problems, including an examination of the ways social status, cultural meanings and economic inequalities influence health and illness. The course draws primarily on work from the fields of medical anthropology, sociology and public health but will also turn to more exploratory modes such as memoirs and expressive writing to gain a deeper, more personal understanding of the meaning and experience of health and illness in individual lives.
Course Description: This course focuses on the construction of gender and sexuality across a wide range of cultures, exploring the role of kinship, religion, politics, and economics in the construction of gender roles, sexual practices, family arrangements, as well as gender and sexual identities and desires. This course confronts commonly-held assumptions about gender and sexuality, as it explores the diversity of gender and sexuality across cultures and historical eras, paying particular attention to the social conditions, ideologies and power-structures that inform people’s lives across cultures and societies.
Social Sciences Disciplines