Anthropology 115 - Comparative Anthropology of Social Issues: Philadelphia, USA, the World
Faculty: Dr. P.L.W. Sabloff,
This seminar course is designed to introduce students to the anthropological approach to social issues, problems and concerns that communities face and try to resolve. The issues studied this term include: cultural/physical survival, making a living, employer-employee relations, immigrants, the community vs. the nation, and socialization. We will read ethnographic accounts of communities around the world and in other parts of the USA, broadening our understanding of the issues and communities in the reading through film, University Museum collections, other readings, and class discussion. Students’ research projects on volunteer organizations/projects will then enable us to see whether or not the problems studied in other communities apply to Philadelphia.