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College of Arts & Sciences
Department of Anthropology

Session III - Summer 2017


Begins June 26 and Ends July 20

Exam Schedule: Regular Class Meeting time on:TBA

ANTH 102 / Understanding Other Cultures

Monday – Thursday / 11:35 – 2:20 / Gambrell 412

Professor: Drue Barker

(3 credits)

 Prerequisite for Anthropology Majors & Minors


Fulfills 3 hrs of the 6-hr Social Science GSS (Global Citizenship & Multicultural Understanding) Carolina Core Requirement –

Only one Prereq. per Major can be used for the GSS Requirement

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Graduation with Leadership Distinction in Global Learning

 Course Readings:

Miller, Barbara. 2011. Cultural Anthropology in a Globalizing World. 3rd Edition. Pearson. 

Kingsolver, Ann E. 2011. Tobacco Town Futures: Global Encounters in Rural Kentucky. Long 

and TBA

Course Description:

What does it mean to be human? One of the distinctive things about human beings is that we have highly developed cultures. Culture is the sum of languages, knowledge, beliefs, religions, art, law, ethics, customs, and habits acquired by groups of people and passed on through generations. Although we are all one species, cultures display vast differences as well as similarities. For example, as humans we all need food and we all share food. But what counts as food differs according to different cultures. This course examines cultural diversity in an array of social and symbolic settings. It will include an examination of the role of gender, race, sexuality, and class hierarchies in determining how people are sorted into categories and valued. We will also include an examination of cultural relativism, the notion that cultures can only be understood from within cultures, and the ways that it differs from ethnocentrism and ethical relativism.  In addition to the textbook, this class will include documentaries, feature films, and social media. We will also have several field trips to some of the key markers of culture in Columbia: the State House grounds, the Columbia Museum of Art, the McKissick Museum, the State Museum, and various ethnic grocery stores such as El Mariachi and the Halal Market.