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Anthropology (ANTH)

ANTH 045 (GS;US;IL) Cultural Anthropology (3) Beginnings of human culture; economic life, society, government, religion, and art among traditional peoples.

ANTH 045 Cultural Anthropology (3)
(GS;US;IL)

(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.

"Cultural Anthropology" is designed to introduce the student to the cultural diversity of our planet. "Culture" can be defined as that set of rules, standards, conventions, and beliefs shared by members of a given human society. These rules are transmitted by social learning. Culture defines what counts as "normal" thought and behavior by the members of a given society. The course will provide the student with an understanding of the basic methods, data and, theories that cultural anthropologists use to study the varieties of human thought, behavior, and social life in their associated physical and social environments. These projects involve individual and group research based upon library and computer-based resources and further foster interactive learning. Teamwork is an essential aspect of both research and presentation. Oral presentations and written papers are stressed. Grades are based on three examinations.

This class is one of three core-courses required of majors and minors in the Department of Anthropology. The course can be used to fulfill three credits of General Education in the Social/Behavioral Sciences for the Bachelor of Arts requirement. Students can expect to acquire a general introduction to the University as an open community of researchers and scholars who attempt to describe accurately, and hence understand, "The Human Condition." Students in this class will therefore have the opportunity to explore their responsibilities as members of such an intellectual community of free inquiry. In addition, students will develop first-hand knowledge of the learning tools and resources available to them at Penn State including the ever-expanding Web-based Internet. This course offers the student the opportunity to develop intellectual relationships with faculty and fellow classmates who share similar academic interests in cultural anthropology and related fields of inquiry. "Cultural Anthropology" is offered every semester, including the summer session.


General Education: GS
Diversity: US;IL
Bachelor of Arts: Other Cultures and Social and Behavioral Sciences
Effective: Summer 2005

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.

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