ANT 2000 – General Anthropology


General Education Credit: Social Science
College Credit: 3

Course Instructor: Kenneth Sassaman
Kenneth Sassaman, Ph.D.
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About The Course

Anthropology is the study of human diversity through all time and across all space. Anthropology differs from other fields of social science in its emphasis on comparative or cross-cultural perspectives on human biology, society, and culture. Also setting anthropology apart from related disciplines is its holistic, unified perspective on the human condition. In this regard, anthropology appears boundless, spanning topics such as social organization, religion, technology, economics, symbolism, gender, reproduction, politics, genetics, biomechanics.

Although the field of anthropology encompasses an immense range of subjects, it is usually divided into four subfields: sociocultural anthropology, physical or biological anthropology, archaeology, and linguistic anthropology. In this course you will be introduced to each of the subfields, gaining an appreciation not only for the breadth of anthropological inquiry but also for the interrelationships among its diverse perspectives.

Course Goals

Through lectures, readings, films, assignments, and discussions, you will develop the basic skills and knowledge to:

  • Identify, describe, and explain variation in human culture.
  • Identify, describe, and explain the interplay between biology and culture among humans.
  • Identify and describe processes of change among humans and resulting patterns of biological and cultural variation.
  • Identify and describe ethnocentrism in popular perspectives on human variation and identify how the cultural relativism of an anthropological perspective provides alternatives to ethnocentric thinking.
  • Identify and describe anthropological contributions to contemporary issues, such as globalization, health, social justice, migration, warfare, racism, gender, sexuality, and other dimensions of variation among modern societies.

Satisfied High School Graduation Requirement Subject: Social Science
High School Credit: 0.5