Department of Sociology

SOC131 INTRODUCTION TO ANTHROPOLOGY I

Course Code: 2320131
METU Credit (Theoretical-Laboratory hours/week): 4(4-0)
ECTS Credit: 8.0
Language of Instruction: English
Level of Study: Undergraduate
Course Coordinator: Assoc.Prof.Dr. SMITA TEWARI JASSAL
Offered Semester: Fall Semesters.

Course Objective

This course offers a general overview of the discipline of anthropology with a particular focus on the socio-cultural branch. The students will be exposed to a wide range of readings to show them the various ways in which anthropological concepts and methods can be applied to different problems and settings. The course aims to develop empathy and cross-cultural understanding, and also to encourage students to struggle against their own ethnocentric views and prejudices.

Course Content

Biological structure and its relationship to group life in human and non-human primates. Biologic and cultural evolution of the human species. Relationship between the human species, nature and technology, and between environment, modes of subsistence and social organization. The structure of human language

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, students will - learn the various ways in which anthropological concepts and methods can be applied to different problems and settings - develop empathy and cross-cultural understanding - become aware of their ethnocentric views and prejudices