Cultural anthropology is concerned with the description and analysis of people's lifeways in different societies and environments: how people make a living from their environment, how families are organized, how they settle their conflicts and make political decisions, how they view the supernatural and natural worlds, how they carry out religious and other rituals, and how they interact with other groups of human beings who are culturally different from themselves. Our most important objective is to enable you to understand the diversity of human life-ways--including our own--and to better understand the broad range of 'normal' human behaviors and ideas found around the globe. The class differs from the usual ANTHRO 104 in that Honors students are expected to participate in a seminar style of discussion, having prepared all materials (both readings and research) before class. The class is focused on asking questions and learning to think like an anthropologist.
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