21A.100 Introduction to Anthropology

Fall 2004

AID Administrator with the county commissioner in Rumbek.
AID Administrator with the county commissioner in Rumbek. (Image courtesy of USAID.)

Course Highlights

This course features an extensive reading list, lecture notes and detailed course assignments.

Course Description

This class introduces students to the methods and perspectives of cultural anthropology. Readings emphasize case studies in very different settings (a nuclear weapons laboratory, a cattle-herding society of the Sudan, and a Jewish elder center in Los Angeles). Although some of the results and conclusions of anthropology will be discussed, emphasis will be on appreciating cultural difference and its implications, studying cultures and societies through long-term fieldwork, and most of all, learning to think analytically about other people's lives and our own.
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Prof. James Howe

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1 hour / session

One session / week
1 hour / session