This course introduces the student to major issues, concepts, perspectives, and methods of anthropology. Anthropology uses a comparative approach to study humans throughout all times and places, and provides a broad perspective on what it means to be human. It also considers the many dimensions of human life from the biological to the cultural. Traditionally this all-encompassing discipline has been divided into four sub-disciplines: biological (physical), archaeological, socio-cultural, and linguistic anthropology. Each sub-discipline draws on the others and on related disciplines to contribute to a rich and holistic understanding of ourselves and others.
University of Southern Mississippi, Fall 2012-Spring 2013 (lecture-based) and Fall 2013-Spring 2014 (online)