OSHR 1159 - Cultural Anthropology: From "the Natives" to Your Own Backyard

  • Noncredit
  • Fort Collins

This course is offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Colorado State University. You must be a member of Osher to enroll in this course.

Cultural anthropology is the study of culture and cultural variation. This course will explore the historical roots of cultural anthropological study, including the work of famous anthropologists such as Margaret Mead and Franz Boas in the world’s more "exotic" cultures, up to more contemporary examples of anthropological fieldwork in some surprising, and perhaps familiar, contexts.

We’ll look at the growth of applied anthropology - the use of cultural anthropology toward addressing global problems - with a particular focus on international development, globalization, and human interactions with the environment.

Readings: Dettwyler, Katherine A., Dancing Skeletons: Life and Death in West Africa, 1994: Waveland, Prospect Heights, IL. ISB 10: 088133748X / 0-88133-748-X; ISBN 13: 9780881337488.

Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.