Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

ICS2105 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3)

This course is a study of the concept of culture and its interpretation through the subfield of cultural anthropology. Students are introduced to major cultural anthropologists and theories that have shaped the field; including functionalist, structuralist, materialist and symbolic perspectives. Models and means of comparing and contrasting traits of different cultures, including the student's own cultural identity, are presented through ethnographic research methods and writings. The concepts of cultural and moral relativism are critically examined for the purpose of preparing students to understand other perspectives in their own increasingly diverse and multicultural contexts. Multiple case studies are examined for contrasting insider/outsider perspectives and implications for Christian faith within those contexts. (Online)