900 State Street
Salem, Oregon 97301
This course presents a general introduction to the anthropological point of view, basic concepts and subject matter. Major portions of the course are devoted to: the biological processes of evolution, the development of the primate order and our own species from its earliest origins; archaeological approaches to understanding the past, focusing upon the beginnings of food production and agriculture; the nature of language and the key role of language in human culture; and a survey of topics in the study of contemporary culture, including adaptations to the environment, family and social structure and issues/conflicts in the “modernizing” world.
Mode of Inquiry: Understanding Society