|Introduction to Anthropology, |
The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to the field of anthropology in both of its main divisions: Socio\cultural anthropology which discusses the social aspects of human societies such as social structure, customs and traditional beliefs and practices of social systems. The other division of anthropology is biological which discusses the biological aspects of human societies such as human variation, adaptation, evolution and importance of human skeletal studies.
This course examines the importance of applied anthropology and its methods, ethics and emergence and development. It also focuses on how students can apply anthropological skill, theory and methodology in assessing and helping solve many of the social contemporary problems and issues, such as, those related to development, tourism, education and urbanism. It also explores the multiple roles that the applied anthropologists can play in projects and the non-academic employment opportunities for the anthropologist.
|Globalization and Social Change|
This course explores the global nature of contemporary social change. It takes globalization as the master trend reshaping social life everywhere and as a distinctive character of the current capitalist restructuring. It studies globalization in its different contexts: economic, social, cultural, techno logical...etc. it also examines the current and unprecedented flow of capital, information, commodities technologies, and ideologies across national borders. In addition, it analyzes the different shapes and forms that global forces take to penetrate societies on one hand, and how local societies react to such forces on the other. Thus it studies the mutual and interactive relationships between the local and global contexts.
|Theories of Social Anthropology|
This course introduces of the important theoretical framework developed by anthropologists through studying human cultural. It seeks to enable students to grasp the basic concepts and theoretical frameworks needed to understand and explain the socio-cultural phenomena being studied. More specifically, the course examines the following anthropological theories: evolutionism, historical, diffusionism, functionalism, structural-functionalism, and culture and personality, in addition to structural linguistic theories, symbolism and postmodernism.
|Methods of Anthropological Research|
This course introduces the importance of fieldwork in anthropology and examines the major anthropological research methods participant observation, ethnographic fieldwork, thick description - which most distinguish anthropology from other fields of study. It also teaches students step-by-step of how to conduct an ethnographic research: choosing a research problem and a research site, formulating questions, gathering ethnographic data through its different techniques, classifying and analyzing data.