Anthropology 100 (CPE Summer II)

Anthropology 100: Human Nature

UMass Amherst | CPE Summer II 2019

Instructor: Brie Adams — baadams@anthro.umass.edu

COURSE DESCRIPTION

In an increasingly globalized world and competitive job market, anthropologists can and do offer a unique insight into how people function both in their own social realms and as global citizens in the 21st century. Anthropology values strong writing skills and critical thinking which can strongly benefit those considering careers in law, healthcare, education, and other fields that focus on social/civic engagement. Through the four subfields of anthropology (archaeological, biological, linguistic, and sociocultural), we will explore various themes and issues that directly relate to your day-to-day life. By the end of this course, you will be able to critically engage the questions:

  • What does it mean to be human?
  • What are some explanations for variation in human biology, cultural practice, and beliefs?
  • What are the deeper meanings behind the things we do, the stories we tell, and our everyday practices?
  • How can anthropological approaches help in understanding political, economic, and social issues from the bottom up, rather than top down?