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ANT 111 - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

Cultural Anthropology studies culture as an adaptation to material conditions, unique to humans, that underpins all social forms and practices in human societies. It examines the cultural characteristics shared by all humans and major variations found among specific groups. It seeks to connect and explain the rules of social interaction in common activities (cultural norms) to their conceptual basis (values and symbols) and to understand how these are used to construct cultural realities that reflect the culture’s worldview. Issues of diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice are embedded in discussions of cultural forms (e.g., language, gender, politics, subsistence, religion, race).

Credits: 3
3 Class Hours
Course Profile
Learning Outcomes of the Course:

Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:

  1. Describe major anthropologists concepts and theories.
  2. Apply the methods anthropologists use to explore social phenomena.
  3. Describe the historical and contemporary societal factors that shape the development of individual and group identity involving race, class and gender.
  4. Analyze the role that complex networks of social structures and systems play in the creation and perpetuation of the dynamics of power, privilege, oppression, and opportunity.
  5. Apply the principles of rights, access, equity, and autonomous participation to past, current, or future social justice action.
  6. Identify the consequences of racism in the United States at the individual, group, and systemic levels.