Not too easy. Not too difficult.
As an Anthropology major, this class enriched my life so incredibly much and has definitely verified my interest and passion within this career field. Therefore, I recommend this course because it provided me a platform to begin seeing past my own culture. Through this course the exotic became more familiar and the "normal" and "familiar" things actually became more exotic.
From this course I learned not only about different cultures, but also about myself. I learned that my subjective worldview allows me to see the beauty in various cultures as well as question many things in my own culture. Recently I have discovered the ethnocentric nature of nearly everyone that I know and I was surprised to find that ethnocentric beliefs (believing your own culture is superior to others) can actually be hidden behind good intentions. My awareness of human nature’s tendency to believe that “we are superior to them” has greatly opened my eyes in regards to appreciating diversity and encouraging self expression. I consider my subjective worldview as a skill and even a talent because it has enabled me to question the world we live in by avoiding assumptions and hierarchical standards. I value all life and I tend to argue with people who believe that one life is more important than others. There is no doubt in my mind that I will use my egalitarian values to benefit all of humanity. My talent of seeing beyond my own culture and willingness to understand different perspectives has definitely developed over time. I think that I have always had a sense of curiosity with regard to societal norms but I also think that as my education has progressed, I have established an even deeper level of wonder about the differences within various cultures. For example, I am fascinated with the differences in religious beliefs within various cultures and their effect on human behavior.
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If you allow it to, this course and Anthropology in general will change your life. You will find yourself to be more subjective and skeptical of the labels found within our own society.