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Course Info

  • Course Number / Code:
  • 21A.100 (Fall 2004) 
  • Course Title:
  • Introduction to Anthropology 
  • Course Level:
  • Undergraduate 
  • Offered by :
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    Massachusetts, United States  
  • Department:
  • Anthropology 
  • Course Instructor(s):
  • Prof. James Howe 
  • Course Introduction:
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  • 21A.100 Introduction to Anthropology



    Fall 2004




    Course Highlights


    This course features an extensive reading list, lecture notes and detailed course assignments.


    Course Description


    This class introduces students to the methods and perspectives of cultural anthropology. Readings emphasize case studies in very different settings (a nuclear weapons laboratory, a cattle-herding society of the Sudan, and a Jewish elder center in Los Angeles). Although some of the results and conclusions of anthropology will be discussed, emphasis will be on appreciating cultural difference and its implications, studying cultures and societies through long-term fieldwork, and most of all, learning to think analytically about other people's lives and our own.
     

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