Cultural Anthropology (Case Studies In Cultural...
Cultural anthropology is the study of the people groups and cultures of our world. It canprovide tools for more effective intercultural communications as well as giving us a mirror inwhich to see ourselves more clearly. One key assumption of those who study culturalanthropology is that we absorb cultural concepts most effectively through exposure toethnographic description as well as actual field work.A course in cultural anthropology will help people:
Cultural Anthropology (Case Studies in Cultural...
Well, it can help you acquire or hone some basic research skills such as observation andinterviewing. Through the study of other cultures, we can better understand our own culture. Then, cultural anthropology can help us to understand our own individual behavior and therebyhelp us gain insight on how to exert influence over our future.
ANTH 003 - (BH, CC) Cultural AnthropologySemester Hours: 3Fall, SpringCultural anthropologists study the different ways in which social groups organize their daily lives. This class introduces students to methods, concepts, and fundamental topics of research in cultural anthropology. It treats such topics as gender and sexuality, race and ethnicity, class and status, and the impact of globalization on sustainability. Case studies illustrate how people interact with their environment, organize their economic activities, and regulate social power, authority, and influence.Prerequisite(s)/Course Notes: (Formerly Culture, Tradition and Transformation.)View Course Offering(s):
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ANT 105 - Cultural Anthropology Credits: 3Lecture Hours: 3Lab Hours: 0Practicum Hours: 0Work Experience: 0Course Type: CoreIntroduction to the cross-cultural study of human cultural diversity through anthropological theory, fundamental concepts, and ethnographic case studies. The course explores cultural change on a local-global continuum by examining integrated aspects of past and current human lifeways. Students will develop an understanding of anthropological perspectives and learn to apply them to interpret diverse human experiences and societies. Competencies
Anthropology is the study of human societies and cultures across space and time. In the spirit of the North American tradition, our program draws upon a four-field approach that includes attention to cultural anthropology, archaeology, biological anthropology, and linguistic anthropology. Anthropology strives to understand cultural and biological diversity in a holistic way, inspired by the humanities and the social and natural sciences. This anthropological approach is enriched by Luther's liberal arts education with its emphasis on interdisciplinarity, commitment to community, and ample opportunities for study and research abroad.
The four-field emphasis of Luther's anthropology program provides the opportunity to examine central questions concerning the human condition today and in the past. These include a range of contemporary issues, such as the impacts of extractive industries on the sustainability of the natural environment and local communities, language death and linguistic diversity, the self-determination of indigenous peoples, gender ideologies, and cultural influences on health and illness around the globe. Further, archaeological and biological perspectives provide insights into the dynamic nature of ethnic and cultural identity and technological change in prehistoric North America and the ways that our evolutionary heritage has shaped our modern physiology.
The anthropology major is founded upon five core courses that define the holistic nature of the discipline. The 100-level core courses introduce students to the major subfields of anthropology; cultural anthropology, biological anthropology, archaeology, and linguistic anthropology. The 200-level research methods courses are designed to equip students with the tools and framework needed to conduct anthropological research and are intended as preparation for the senior project. Anthropological theory, taken in the junior year, is an exploration of the theoretical perspectives that shape the discipline. Electives should build upon the 5-course core and emphasize personal interests and goals. Majors and minors in anthropology are encouraged to have a field experience, accomplished through regular course offerings, an internship, or study abroad. Students planning on pursuing graduate work in the discipline should consider taking all four introductory courses as well as both methods courses.
Biological anthropology focuses primarily on the physical development of the human species. This course serves as an introduction to the various lines of inquiry that comprise this sub-field of anthropology. Primary topics include a survey of human biological and cultural evolution, genetics and the mechanics of evolution, non-human primates, and forensic anthropology.
This course captures the broadest possible spectrum of the migration experience, from the violence and suffering caused by the practices of social, economic, political, and cultural exclusion, to the sympathy, solidarity, and respect expressed in practices of social inclusion. Students will engage in critical reading of contemporary ethnographies of migration to explore: (1) how global migration flows are shaping the lives of persons who move across national borders, and (2) how these people are affected by the practices of social exclusion or invisible borders. The case studies will mainly focus on undocumented migration between Latin America and the United States, but other world areas will also be considered.
What is religion? When and how did it develop? Is religion a human universal? What features, if any, are common to all religions? How and why do religions change, and what happens when different systems of religious belief and practice come into contact? This introduction to the anthropology of religion explores these questions and others through in-depth case studies from the ethnographic literature, comparisons made across cultures, and the theoretical works of anthropologists and other scholars. Though some attention is given to the world's major religions, the course emphasizes the religious traditions of indigenous peoples around the globe.(Students may use this course to fulfill either the second Religion requirement or the Human Behavior requirement, but not both.)
Medical Anthropology explores health, illness, disease and medicine across the globe. Using anthropological principles, we explore interactions between various ethnomedical systems, including biomedicine; healers, healing professions and the production of medical knowledge; ideologies of the body; beginnings and ends of life; the role of new biomedical technologies and the pharmaceutical industry; the social construction of disease and disability; political and moral economics of health in the global context, among other topics. We will discover how medical knowledge and practices are constructed culturally. We will also learn to recognize how transnational exchanges of people, goods, ideas and capital influence our health and healing practices. Our course will focus on some key texts in medical anthropology theory as well as new ethnographies that address intercultural encounters in medical settings.
Effectively understanding cultural behavior requires asking the right questions and correctly interpreting the resulting answers. Often, the best way to address these questions requires the collection of quantitative data. This course will use case studies from cultural anthropology, archaeology, and physical anthropology, as well as student-generated research as means for learning how to design anthropologically relevant research questions, identifying the appropriate ways of acquiring the data required to successfully address these questions, and evaluating the results. Finally, we will address the ethics of anthropological research.
ANTH 2400 - Principles of Cultural AnthropologyAn introduction to the basic concepts, theoretical approaches, and methodological strategies employed in the study of traditional and contemporary sociocultural systems throughout the world. Attention given to research techniques and the insights derived from detailed case studies and cross-cultural comparisons.Credits: 3 hoursNotes: This course satisfies General Education Area V: Social and Behavioral Sciences.When Offered: Fall, Spring
This textbook aims to provide an introduction to the field of cultural anthropology. The initial chapters introduce the concept of culture and review the historical, theoretical, and methodological influences on the field. Chapters four through twelve discuss the major domains of the study of culture; symbolism, communication, ritual, production, healing, rights, reproduction, kinship, conflict, and globalization. These chapters provide ethnographic examples (both etic and emic perspectives) and case studies to support the central concepts in each chapter. Additional case studies are available via the Anthrobase website and others can be developed in wikibook format and integrated through links in this book.
Cultural anthropology is a branch of anthropology focused on the study of cultural variation among humans. It is in contrast to social anthropology, which perceives cultural variation as a subset of a posited anthropological constant. The portmanteau term sociocultural anthropology includes both cultural and social anthropology traditions.
The rise of cultural anthropology took place within the context of the late 19th century, when questions regarding which cultures were "primitive" and which were "civilized" occupied the mind of not only Freud, but many others. Colonialism and its processes increasingly brought European thinkers into direct or indirect contact with "primitive others". The relative status of various humans, some of whom had modern advanced technologies that included engines and telegraphs, while others lacked anything but face-to-face communication techniques and still lived a Paleolithic lifestyle, was of interest to the first generation of cultural anthropologists. 041b061a72