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SOAN 110: Introduction to Anthropology

Anthropology is the study of all human beings in all their diversity, an exploration of what it means to be human throughout the globe. This course helps us to see ourselves, and others, from a new perspective. By examining specific analytic concepts—such as culture—and research methods—such as participant observation—we learn how anthropologists seek to understand, document, and explain the stunning variety of human cultures and ways of organizing society. This course encourages you to consider how looking behind cultural assumptions helps anthropologists solve real world dilemmas.
6 credits; SI, IS; Offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022; P. Feldman-Savelsberg, C. McLaughlin-Alcock