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Anthropology (ANTH)
308 Condon, 541-346-5102
College of Arts & Sciences
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  ANTH 161   World Cultures >2 >IC 4.00 cr.
A first look into the work of cultural anthropology and an introduction to the cultural diversity of the world.
Grading Options: Graded for Majors; Optional for all other students
Instructor: O'Bryan CE-mail Office:   365 Condon Hall
Phone:   (541) 346-5109
 
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Lecture

32829 36 243 1000-1120 tr 282 LIL O'Bryan C  

Final Exam:

0800-1000 w 6/11 282 LIL
 
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Expanded Course Description
The study of individuals and groups within the context of culture. The course examines the sociocultural, political, economic, and psychological lives of people and the interconnections among these. In this course, we will examine many fundamental topics in cultural anthropology. We will begin with an overview of the basic tenets and explore methods and theory in cultural anthropology as a way of viewing peoples around the world. We will probe the ways in which culture impacts thinking, feelings, and moral beliefs in virtually all areas of life.

We will then turn to specific issues including gender, family life, and sexuality, inequality, poverty, and medical and political systems. We will discuss the ways in which colonialism, globalization and the West in particular has affected cultures worldwide.

One of my goals is to, in the words of Melford Spiro, "make the strange familiar and the familiar strange," meaning that what we take for granted and seems "natural" is, in fact, culturally constructed, and that, on the other hand, what seems "unnatural," bizarre," "wrong" and even "evil" may be understood both in its cultural context and for its links to our shared human experience. I hope you'll come away from this course with an appreciation for the various ways in which people create, adapt to, resist, and change their culture.

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