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SOC401 : Cultural Anthropology

Course Overview

Course Synopsis

This course basically focuses upon patterns of thoughts and behavior, such as marriage customs, kinship organization, political and economic systems, religion, folk art, music and the way in which these patterns differ in contemporary societies. Students will come to know about different theories of Cultural anthropologies, anthropological research and developmental anthropology. It will also help students to study the dynamics of cultures and relationship between beliefs and practices within the culture. Cultural anthropology enhances understanding of differences and prevents oversimplified generalizations. It increases self-knowledge about our own thinking, values and behavior and helps to develop cognitive complexity through integration and differentiation.

Course Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, you should be able to:

  • Identify and discuss key issues in modern cultural anthropology, including the study of race, gender, ethnicity, economics, political systems, and ideology.
  • Evaluate the role of cultural anthropology in the modern world
  • To look at the tremendous variety of culturally constructed ways of life and focuses on people as creative beings bringing meaning to the world and transforming it through practical action.
  • Extract the current examples of issues and concerns, taking a global approach that includes questions of gender, class, power, inequality, race and ethnicity.
  • To understand ethnocentrism and cultural relativity
  • Explore the nature of human beings and their societies, both past and present, worldwide.
  • Determine the applications of cultural anthropology in organizations and the urban environment

Course Calendar

What is Anthropology?1Handouts1
The Concept of Culture and the Application of Cultural Anthropology2Handouts4
Major Theories in Cultural Anthropology3Handouts7
Growth of Anthropological Theory (Continued)4Handouts10
Methods in Cultural Anthropology5Handouts12
Methods in Cultural Anthropology (Continued)6Handouts15
Comparative Study of Production, Distribution and Consumption in Different Parts of the World7Handouts18
Economic Anthropology (Continued)8Handouts21
Quiz No. 01
Focusing on Language9Handouts23
Focus on Language (Continued)10Handouts26
Obtaining Food in Different Cultures11Handouts28
Assignment No. 01 (Graded)
Food and Culture (Continued)12Handouts30
Obtaining Food in Different Culture (Continued)13Handouts32
Relevance of Kinship and Descent14Handouts34
Kinship and Descent (Continued)15Handouts36
The Role of Family and Marriage in Culture16Handouts38
Quiz No. 02
Role of Family and Marriage in Culture (Continued)17Handouts40
Gender and Culture18Handouts42
Gender Roles in Culture (Continued)19Handouts44
Stratification and Culture20Handouts46
Theories of Stratification (Continued)21Handouts48
Culture and Change22Handouts50
Mid Term Exams
Culture and Change (Continued)23Handouts52
Culture and Change (Continued)24Handouts54
Political Organization25Handouts56
Graded Discussion Board
Political Organization (Continued)26Handouts58
Political Organization (Continued)27Handouts60
Psychology and Culture28Handouts62
Quiz No. 03
Psychology and Culture (Continued)29Handouts64
Ideology and Culture30Handouts66
Assignment No. 02 (Graded)
Ideology and Culture (Continued)31Handouts68
Associations, Cultures and Societies32Handouts70
Associations, Cultures and Societies (Continued)33Handouts72
Race, Ethnicity and Culture34Handouts74
Race, Ethnicity and Culture (Continued)35Handouts76
Quiz No.04
Culture and Beliefs36Handouts78
Local or Indigenous Knowledge37Handouts80
Local or Indigenous Knowledge (Continued)38Handouts82
Quiz No.05
Anthropology and Development39Handouts84
Anthropology and Development (Continued)40Handouts86
Anthropology and Development (Continued)41Handouts88
Cultural Anthropology and Art42Handouts90
Cultural Anthropology and Art (Continued)43Handouts92
Ethics in Anthropology44Handouts94
Relevance of Cultural Anthropology45Handouts96
Final Term Exams
Disclaimer: This is a tentative plan for the semester. It can be changed if needed and students will be informed via announcement
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