Course Descriptions and Outlines

Anthropology Courses

Cultural Anthropology

Meets MnTC goal area(s): 2,5. The course is meant to introduce learners both to the diversity of human cultures, to the diversity within each of them, with an emphasis on so-called traditional societies. It looks at the major human institutions: kinship and marriage, economic production and reciprocity, gender and domestic relations, political power and forms of stratification, religious and healing beliefs and techniques, rites of passage and the life cycle. It attempts to make sense of cultural relativity: how seemingly very different customs or institutions can actually be so similar, in structure or function; but also how apparently very similar institutions can, in different societies, be in fact so different. Prerequisite(s): None

Credits: 3.00

Credit Breakdown: Lecture 3.00
Lab n/a
On the job training n/a

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