ANTH 101(F,S) The Scope of Anthropology*

Is there such a thing as "human nature"? Why have human societies developed such a bewildering range of customs to deal with problems common to people everywhere? This course addresses these questions by introducing students to the comparative study of human social life and culture. Topics surveyed in the course include economics, language and thought, kinship and marriage, law and politics, and the wide variations in human belief systems, including religions. The course also considers the ways that anthropology, a discipline that was until recently practiced almost exclusively by Westerners, approaches other societies in search of insights on our own customs and values. Ethnographic descriptions of both "simple" tribal societies and complex modern ones are a prominent part of the readings. Format: lecture/discussion of case studies and ethnographic films. Requirements: two short essays, a final examination and class participation. Enrollment limit: 30 (expected: 30). Preference given to first-year students and sophomores.

Hour: First Semester: M.F. BROWN Second Semester: D. EDWARDS