Feb 26, 2024  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024
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ANTH 1010 - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

Students learn about the core concepts used in cultural anthropology and how anthropologists study human cultures and societies. Consideration is given to the relevance of anthropological theories, methods, and ethics in the context of contemporary culture change, taking into account processes of colonialism, globalization, and development. Students gain an appreciation of the broader goals of cultural anthropology to record cultural patterns and behaviors, represent a variety of voices and perceptions, explain cultural processes, and demonstrate a fundamental understanding of human diversity.

Credit Hours: 3
OHIO BRICKS Arch: Connected World, Foundations: Intercultural Explorations
General Education Code (students who entered prior to Fall 2021-22): 2CP
Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.
Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture
Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I
Course Transferability: OTM course: TMSBS Social & Behavioral Sciences, TAG course: OSS001 Cultural Anthropology
College Credit Plus: Level 1
Learning Outcomes:
  • Students will be able to explain core theories, methods, and ethics in cultural anthropology including attention to holism, cultural relativism, cross-cultural comparison, and fieldwork.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of cultural complexity in context, including interconnected social, political, kinship, economic, and religious systems as well as processes of culture contact and culture change.
  • Students will be able to systematically interpret, evaluate, and synthesize relevant context, assumptions, and research evidence.
  • Students will be able to articulate how their own identity and positionality shapes their values, assumptions, beliefs, and practices.
  • Students will be able to interpret cultural beliefs, assumptions, values, and practices in context to appreciate other perspectives and different points of view.
  • Students will be able to apply the logic and methods of cultural anthropology in their cross-cultural encounters while recognizing complexities, suspending judgment, and valuing difference.
  • Students will be able to describe how anthropological knowledge and perspectives contribute to them becoming an informed citizen.

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