Course Number

FSEM 194

Course Title

Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

Course Date

Fall 2014

Course Level


Professor or Professors' Departmental/Program Affiliation

Emilio Spadola, Sociology & Anthropology

Document Type



First-Year Seminar, Sociology and Anthropology


Cultural anthropology, the study of human diversity and commonality, poses a distinctly global question: Why do people behave and think differently across different cultures? Anthropology seeks answers 1: in the terms and categories and narratives by which people perceive and explain the world; and 2) in the infrastructures and daily practices--including nation-states, schools, and social media--that group and separate them. In this seminar students will use the theoretical tools and practical methods of cultural anthropology to think globally and locally: to critically examine people's everyday lives and to discern the complex global systems of power, production, and inequality that shape them.

Students who successfully complete this seminar will receive course credit for ANTH 102, a prerequisite for the Anthropology (ANTH) major and minor, and will satisfy one half of the Social Relations, Institutions, and Agents requirement.


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