Introduction to American Anthropology

Anthropology (from Greek ‘anthropos’ – human and ‘logos’ – study) is the study of human condition through time and space. This course will introduce you to this broad academic discipline, which builds upon knowledge from four fields: cultural anthropology, archaeology, biological anthropology, and linguistics. The questions that we will discuss include: How did humans evolve? What is culture? How do different societies differentially understand gender and age? What cultural and environmental influences affect human variation throughout the world? During the semester, we will be dealing with important and challenging contemporary issues regarding race, human, evolution, gender, and language. In this class, you will learn not only how anthropologists collect and analyze data, but also how they use it to address social problems, like poverty, crime, disease, illiteracy, etc. One of the objectives of this course is to challenge you to explore and reflect upon our similarities and differences as human beings. Exploring the range of the cultural and social diversity that exists in the world will make it easier for you to interact with people from other cultures - a skill that is of vital importance in today’s globalized world.