ANTH1300 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

Course Description

Meets MN Transfer Goals 5 and 8 - History/Social, Behavioral Sciences and Global Perspective. Students will be introduced to Anthropology as a social science with a particular focus on the subfield of Cultural Anthropology and the diversity of the human experience. They will apply methods and concepts from Cultural Anthropology in analysis of their own culture, specific cultures new to our country and other world cultures using ethnographic accounts. An emphasis will be placed on ways this knowledge and the related skills that are learned in this course are useful for self-understanding and for addressing social issues.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Use anthropological methods to describe students' own and other cultures.
  • Accurately apply course concepts in analysis and description of students' own and other cultures.
  • Explain the usefulness of anthropological knowledge and methods for resolving social problems.
  • Compare and contrast different cultural patterns of subsistence and economics, marriage and family, gender and social stratification, social control, religion and art.
  • Describe different aspects of culture and the ways cultures are affected by change.
  • Identify connections between various aspects of culture.
  • Illustrate the integrated nature of culture using specific examples from students' own and other cultures.


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3 credits: 3 lectures / presentations, 0 lab, 0 other