21A.100 Introduction to Anthropology

As taught in: Fall 2004

A photo of the AID Administrator with the county commissioner standing behind a few yaks.

AID Administrator with the county commissioner in Rumbek. (Image courtesy of USAID.)

Level:

Undergraduate

Instructors:

Prof. James Howe

Course Features

Course Description

This class introduces students to the methods and perspectives of cultural anthropology. Readings emphasize case studies in very different settings (a nuclear weapons laboratory, a cattle-herding society of the Sudan, and a Jewish elder center in Los Angeles). Although some of the results and conclusions of anthropology will be discussed, emphasis will be on appreciating cultural difference and its implications, studying cultures and societies through long-term fieldwork, and most of all, learning to think analytically about other people's lives and our own.