Introduction to the descriptive and analytic literature of cultural anthropology. Extended examination of representative accounts of the lifeway of peoples from selected areas of the world with an emphasis on methods of observation and analysis.
How anthropologists describe different societies and communities
Student learning goals
Learn about how anthropologists do research and write.
Learn how anthropologists' works have changed over the years.
Learn to write critically about anthropology.
Improve writing skills generally.
General method of instruction
Lecture with frequent discussions and quizzes, guest lectures, paper writing.
Class assignments and grading
There will be short (5 minute) in-class writing assignments 1 or 2 days a week. There will be three longer papers.
The three long papers will count 1/4 of your grade each. The short in-class assignments will count a total of 1/4 of your grade. You must turn in all three papers and at least 8 of the ten in-class assignments in order to pass the class, no matter what grades you get.