Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

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Anthropology 171: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
EST. time to complete:
3 to 9 Months
$289.42/Credit (No Fees)


Examine the diversity and similarities across contemporary world societies, including:

  • Field work and ethnographic description
  • Theoretical approaches
  • Communication/human language
  • Interrelationships between environment, technology, social and political organization, and worldview
  • Sociocultural change
  • Applied anthropology

Films and case studies illustrate intricacies of culture and how an anthropological perspective provides insights about our own society/culture.

This course explores the origins and diversity of human cultures, to better understand ourselves and others and to enable us to function in and contribute to an increasingly interconnected, multicultural society and world. Recent surveys of employers show job seekers need to be skilled in communication and able to work in diverse groups, making Anthropology 171 a good foundation for those pursuing careers in:

  • applied social sciences
  • health sciences
  • law
  • education
  • aviation
  • business
  • science
  • engineering
  • and more

By the end of the course students should be able to

  1. Understand and use concepts like culture, diversity, ethnicity and race.
  2. Understand the comparative, holistic and integrative nature of anthropology.
  3. Use an anthropological perspective to apply critical thinking and comparative analyses to anthropological and globalization issues.
  4. Appreciate human cultural diversity, as well as how and why it changes over time.
  5. Grapple with ethical problems encountered in researching cultural issues. 

Additionally, students will have a chance to sharpen their communication skills and broaden their knowledge base. For example, students will use class concepts such as institutional racism, class, caste and ethnic identity to evaluate how these concepts explain and provide solutions to recent world problems. Students will also do cross cultural analysis of other issues such as circumcision, gender issues, climate change and how these play out in recent news events.

Cultural Anthropology in a Globalizing World by Barbara Miller (3rd edition, 2011) published by Pearson (ISBN-13: 978-0205786367)

You have 3 to 9 months from your enrollment date to complete:

Each assignment consists of a short narrative, a chapter reading, and a number of review questions. You will be required to complete and submit the questions for each lesson. Each exam will cover seven lessons and will consist of multiple-choice, true/false, fill-in-the-blank, and essay questions.

You may enroll at any time and have up to 9 months to complete your course, or you may be able to complete in as little as 3 months. The credits you earn will be recorded on your transcript in the semester you register. Keep in mind, UND can only verify your enrollment for the semester in which the course is registered and recorded on your transcript.