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ANTH 1001: Introduction to anthropology

Welcome to anthropology! This is a special supplementary site for ANTH 1001: Introduction to anthropology. ANTH 1001 is one of two introductory units in anthropology at the University of Sydney. This section of the Anthrocyclopaedia is provided as a supplement to the university sites and online resources for this class. On the pages here, you will find a guide to the class and lecture outlines from Ryan's lectures. All of your writing assignments, other assignments, and the quizzes for lecture are submitted using the class Canvas site. Here is an overview of the class:

What is anthropology?

Anthropology is unlike any other social science. It is part science, and part art. Anthropologists wish to observe human beings and their social patterns, but we also want to step into the shoes of another person and see the world from that person's point of view. In this way, anthropology straddles what Snow (2017 [1959]) calls the “two cultures”—science and the humanities—of scholarship. We seek to understand people's ways of life, their actions and behaviors in the real world by collecting first-hand, empirical information about what people do every day. Yet we also argue that to understand why people live the ways they do, and why humanity is so wonderfully diverse and why it is always changing in unexpected ways, we have to understand how people think about themselves, their experiences, their relationships, and their larger world, and especially what meaning their life has for them.

Today, there are many problems and issues which affect all societies and people everywhere. We can say that the most important social problems are global in nature. If that's true, then they also affect people in different cultures, each of whom sees the world and other people in a distinct way. Therefore, you cannot understand contemporary trends from a single culture's point of view. The world needs anthropology and anthropologists, namely you.

ANTH 1001 is all new this year

For Semester 1, 2020, the University of Sydney anthropology department has created a new format for this class, based on the successful model of ANTH 1002: Anthropology in the world, which runs in Sem 2. We will work through four three-week modules on different topics that introduce you to the study of culture, cultural difference, and the main perspectives in anthropology as a social science.

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Snow, C. P. The Two Cultures. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012 (1959).

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