Socio-cultural anthropology examines the social organization of various groups throughout the world and the relationship between their social, political and economic practices.
Historically, anthropologists were concerned with the study of ‘exotic’ groups in ‘far-off’’ places. This approach has changed significantly as anthropologists also study cultural patterns of a transnational world. In consideration of the way people live and think, anthropologists have dynamic understanding of complex social systems. This course is likely to raise more questions than provide answers about culture but the main goal is to provide students with perspective on how anthropologists examine social and cultural phenomena. In order to encourage a community driven learning environment, classes are a combination of lectures, in-class working groups, film screenings and large discussions.
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Define cultural anthropology as a discipline, understand how anthropologists conduct research and compose ethnographic accounts of events.
- Examine social, political and economic issues from a culturally relative perspective.
- Explain, through oral presentations and written assignments, how identity and power are cultural constructs that vary cross-culturally.