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Last approved: Mon, 29 Feb 2016 10:03:21 GMT

Last edit: Fri, 26 Feb 2016 16:04:29 GMT

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Columbian College of Arts and Sciences
Anthropology (ANTH)
Topics in Regional Anthropology
Topics in Regional Anthro
Spring 2016
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ANTH 1002 or ANTH 1002W or ANTH 1004


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Culture, history, and ways of life in a selected region of the world. Topics vary. Consult the Schedule of Classes for more details.
As a result of completing this course, students will be able to: 1. Describe in general terms the events in Indian history that led to the current pattern of ethnic and religious diversity. 2. Identify the major religious groups in India and their attitudes to each other. 3. Explain the major characteristics of the Indian caste system and its relationship to religious pluralism. 4. Identify the components of Indian traditional society that have contributed to the long-term stability of Indian culture as a whole despite recurrent ethnic conflict. 5. Describe how the British Imperial period shaped the political and ethnic geography of the subcontinent and led to the partition of India at the time of independence. 6. Compare positive and negative aspects of the involvement of India in a world economy. 7. Give examples of the current role of India in the global economy, both as an exporter and importer, a provider of low-skilled labor and a center for high-tech enterprise. 8. Compare current and traditional India with regard to class and caste distinctions, gender roles, and the structure of families. 9. Give examples of how India has both adopted and changed aspects of global pop culture.
This joins existing topics courses in areas of anthropology: Anth 3491 (Topics in Biological Anthropology), 3691 (Topics in Linguistic Anthropology) and 3891 (Topics in Archaeology). It will be used for teaching about regions not covered by existing courses, such as South Asia, Scandinavia, or the former USSR.
Course Attribute
GWSB-Foreign Cultures Option
CCAS - GCR: Foreign Cultures
CCAS - GCR:Social & Behavioral
ESIA-ContempCS Conc (2010)
ESIA-ContempCS Conc (Pre 2010)
SEAS - Soc. Science Electives
There are two syllabi attached. The first is a version of the Anthropology syllabus submitted when the course was created, updated to meet current standards. The second is a syllabus from South India Term Abroad. This GW program needs to have some of its courses count as ANTH 3791. The SITA courses will be 4 credits; ANTH 3791 offerings originating with the Anthropology Department will remain 3 credits.
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