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INTRODUCTION TO CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY Anthropology 0780 (10375) Spring 2008 (2084) TH 1 - 1:50 DLAWR 121 Dr. Joseph S. Alter University of Pittsburgh Department of Anthropology 3110 W. W. Posvar Hall Office Hours: M. W.: 1 - 2:30 Phone: 648-7508, E-mail: [email protected] I. OBJECTIVES Cultural anthropology is a social science that provides a comprehensive understanding of human diversity. This course is designed to introduce students to the methods, theories and concepts of cultural anthropology. Primary attention will be given to the concept of culture as an analytical tool and to the research methods of ethnographic fieldwork. Drawing on material from all parts of the world, including primarily India southern Africa, we will study -- among many other things -- family systems, economic and political change, kinship, and cross-cultural concepts of self, religion, and gender. One of the primary goals of the course is to get students to question commonly held assumptions about what is “normal” or “natural” in human experience. Another goal is to provide students with a perspective on the human condition that is global in scope while remaining sensitive to local manifestations of cultural diversity. II. TEXTS Required books for this course include a textbook, a study guide to the textbook, and two ethnographies. All books are available for purchase at the Book Center. Cultural Anthropology: A Perspective on the Human Condition (6th Edition) by Emily A. Schultz and Robert H. Lavenda, 2005. *Nisa: The Life and Words of a !Kung Woman by Marjorie Shostak, 1983. Cambridge: Harvard University Press *Clothing Matters: Dress and Identity in India by Emma Tarlo. 1996. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. * Copies available on reserve in Hillman. III. COURSE REQUIREMENTS Grades for this class are based on two in-class midterm examinations, a take home essay assignment and a final, each of which is worth 80 points. Up to 30 points will be assigned by your TA on the basis of attendance and class participation. All of the exams will be graded on a point basis. A final grade will be assigned on the basis of your total
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