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Anthropology

ANTH 355 Warfare, Violence and Peace (1)

This course will critically examine anthropological theories about the causes, functions, and meanings of warfare, violence, and peace. In particular, the following topics will be addressed: 1) the causes and nature of warfare according to competing theories from materialist, functionalist, symbolic, and biological perspectives; 2) the function and meaning of headhunting, cannibalism, human sacrifice, torture, gang violence, and organized crime; 3) changes from violent to peaceful practices. Various case studies will be examined, with special emphasis on small-scale societies.

Prerequisite: One previous course in anthropology

  • Offering: On demand
  • Instructor: Wogan