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Sociocultural anthropologists examine social patterns and practices across cultures, with a special interest in how people live in particular places and create meaning. The goal of this course is to provide students with a basic understanding of the fundamental concepts used by Anthropologists in the study of human behaviour. Topics include the anthropological perspective; research methods; economies; expressive culture; religion; kinship and social relationships; illness and healing; and organization and power. Examples will be drawn from a variety of societies.

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Medical Anthropology focuses on beliefs and practices related to human health. One of the most important questions asked by medical anthropologists is, “How do disease and illness change culture, and how does culture change illness and disease?” This course begins by presenting evidence from our past and continues with examinations of causation, witch craft, the cultural construction of illness, mental illness in different cultures, the different roles of practitioners (shamanism, etc.), and how culture impinges on illness and disease.

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This course explores anthropology’s role in understanding the connection between culture and crime, punishment, conflict, and social justice within a globalized, multicultural context.  Cross-cultural examples of conflict and justice will highlight similarities and differences between traditionally ‘non-violent’ societies and ‘complex violent’ societies to explore alternative justice resolutions. In addition, cross-cultural case studies will demonstrate the interconnectedness of culture and human rights.