ANTH S-1600 Introduction to Social Anthropology

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7-week session | CRN 31819

The course explores anthropological approaches to society, culture, history, and current events. Themes include social organization, ideology, religion, exchange, subsistence, gender, land use, ethnicity, ethnic conflict, and local/global interrelations. Students explore these themes through detailed studies of women in North Africa, ethnicity in Bosnia, ritual exchange in the South Pacific, and political organization in Southeast Asia. The instructor also reviews his current applied research on contemporary indigenous responses to political, economic, and ecological changes in Latin America, with special emphasis on the Amazon Basin. Students grapple with the intellectual and ethical challenges, both past and present, of anthropologists.

Course information
Class meetings

On campus
Tuesdays, Thursdays, 3:15-6:15 pm
William James Hall B1

Required sections for graduate-credit students, optional sections for undergraduate-credit students to be arranged.

Start date

Tuesday, June 20


4 credits

Course tuition


Enrollment status

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  • Faculty

    Theodore Macdonald, Jr., PhD.

    Lecturer on Social Studies, Harvard University

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