migrations and communications are
bringing us into direct contact with peoples of many regions with
different values and ways of life. We are, accordingly, faced with the
challenge of tolerating and appreciating other cultural perspectives in
order to avoid the dismal alternatives of increased ethnic nationalism,
hostility, and violence. In this course you will be introduced to the
basic concepts and findings of cultural anthropology, the systematic
and comparative study of human institutions and behaviour, and will
achieve an understanding of the cultural diversity with which we are
increasingly confronted and the common humanity that runs through it.
We will be covering the major specializations within cultural
anthropology with an emphasis on the comparative study of contemporary
cultures. Over the next few months, you will learn to understand and
appreciate the wide array of cultural differences that have developed
throughout the world and gain new insights into the patterns and
dynamics of your own traditions.
The lectures, readings, and assignments for this course are designed to give you an overview of the whole subdiscipline of cultural anthropology and its specializations. We will cover methods, theories, and empirical findings that will enable you to:
Bates and Fratkin: Cultural Anthropology, 2nd edition
Heider: The Grant Valley Dani: Peaceful Warriors
The Bates text is a general text devoted to a full survey of the
sub fields, and comparative findings of cultural anthropology.
The Heider text is an ethnographic case study which is to be read in co-ordination with the general text to give detailed empirical illustration of the main points and concepts.
In addition to print materials, some parts of the course will be
substantially augmented through the availability of Web based
See links available in the course syllabus. Also refer to supplemental notes for the Dani.
Tests and Assignments
Your grade will be based on two term tests and a final exam as follows
|Term test 1||February 8
|Term Test 2||March 15||25%|
|Final||APR 26 1:30 PM FR Kennedy Brown Gym||50%|
The following grade ranges apply:
|A+ 90 - 100||A 80 - 89|
|B+ 75 - 79||B 70 - 74|
|C+ 65 - 69||C 60 - 64|
|D 50 - 59||F <50|