ANTH 220: Cross-Cultural Studies

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Social Science

This is a discussion/seminar-oriented approach to cultural comparisons. Two or more cultural experiences will be compared with the American example and non-ethnocentric conclusions reached.

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Course Learning Outcomes

Core Topics


  1. Introduction to the field of sociocultural anthropology, ethnocentrism
  2. Ethnocentrism and culture relativity field work – methodology
  3. Food Procurement
  4. Kinship systems: Who ego considers related and the obligations within that relationship
  5. Marriage: Acceptable partners, the rite of passage and expectations of the relationship
  6. Gender Identity and Roles, as cultural and biological construct.
  7. Economic systems, Status and distributions of wealth
  8. Reciprocity: Trade and how it relates to influence and prestige.
  9. Political systems and cultural change
  10. Religious systems: Continuity and change