Anthropology

Anthropology 123A 2 Credits
Anthropology/Honors 123B 2 Credits


Not offered in 16-17
Prerequisite: US History. Open to Grades 11 and 12.

This survey course explores a range of topics in cultural anthropology, focusing on variations among societies.  Topics include: the construction of race and ethnicity, family systems, language and linguistic patterns, gender and status constructs, social and political organization, religion and ritual systems, physical adaptation, economic structures and cultural resilience and change.  Students will practice observation skills and interview techniques and evaluate ethnographic articles and films to prepare for writing their own ethnographic study. Grade level readings will form the basis for a variety of class activities, including cross-cultural simulations, panel discussions, debates, and short research projects.  Active class participation in both large and small groups is required.

Honors Option:  The Honors Option will require a rigorous pace for independent completion of above grade level reading and writing assignments.  A major research paper will be assigned out of class.  Other writing assignments will emphasize analysis and synthesis.


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