SELU Anth 101, Week One Lecture Notes
SELU Anth 101, Week One Lecture Notes ANTH 101
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Cultural Anthropology SELU ANTH 101 Week One Lecture Notes Course Objective (from syllabus) A study of the nature and components of culture and the diversity of human cultures. During this course we will study what it means to be human. To do this we will examine the similarities and differences of cultures throughout the world. You will learn about the origins of humans, gain an understanding and appreciation of the diversity of human beings in terms of language, means of subsistence, kinship, politics and beliefs, gain a fuller understanding of cultural relativity and ethnocentrism, understand anthropological terms, and finally, have a more thorough understanding of cultures different from your own. What is Culture? Culture can be defined as shared values and traditions among a group – both material and non material. Anthropologists do not have a single, agreed upon definition due to the subject matter. What is Anthropology? Anthropology is a social science that means “the study of man.” It has a holistic approach towards its study. It is qualitative, descriptive, and crosscultural. Anthropology includes field research conducted in the local language, meaning anthropologists must know the language or have a translator. Anthropologists study handson from a first person perspective (called participant observation). Four Sub Disciplines First is cultural, which is what this course will cover. Linguistic anthropology deals with communications and languages. Physical anthropology encompasses the biological, medical, and forensic details of mankind. Lastly, archaeology focuses on the study of material remains of prior cultures. A ‘Western’ Science There are two concepts we must keep in mind while taking this course. We should practice cultural relativism, meaning to try and understand other cultures without judging due to ethnocentrism. Ethnocentrism is thinking/believing that your culture is superior to another. We should try to avoid thinking in terms of “we” versus “them.”
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