This course is the easiest of the first year anthros. I found a lot of what was learned was simple common sense.
The prof who taught me is no longer at Mac, as she has moved on to chair a program at U Ottawa. The prof who replaced her (Rodman) I think has since now retired.
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Specific Course Objectives
1. To introduce you to the subject matter of sociocultural anthropology. This course is designed to allow you to discover your own areas of interest within the broad sub-fields of sociocultural anthropology. It will help you make an informed decision regarding which other courses in anthropology to take at McMaster and, in some cases, whether to pursue a major in anthropology.
2. To provide you with an understanding of some of the basic concepts in anthropology, such as “culture”. We also will explore some fundamental issues in anthropology today, such as the social and cultural construction of reality, the changing nature of marriage and the family, the cultural and biological origins of human aggression, and the fate of indigenous peoples in the 21st century.
3. To foster greater understanding of ways of thought and lifestyles different from our own. By learning about other societies, we learn about ourselves. You will be exposed to a frame of reference that can lead to greater insight into your own way of life and a deeper appreciation of ways of life in other societies
An introduction to the cross-cultural study of existing peoples, their ways of life, and the ways in which they interpret and experience the world. The course discusses a broad range of societies in order to explore some fundamental issues involving human knowledge and behaviour.
Two hours (lecture), one hour (tutorial); one term