Lifeways in Different Cultures

Course Description


Single-semester course (Spring only)This course explores the diversity of human culture. Through the use of ethnographic examples, we will learn about a variety of societies and cultures around the world. Students will also learn basic concepts and methods in cultural anthropology in order to view these societies and cultures – as well as their own – from an anthropological perspective.

Each chapter in the textbook covers topics such as a culture’s history, subsistence patterns, economic, social, and political organization, kinship structure, marriage patterns, religious beliefs, and current issues.

This class is appropriate for students interested in history, geography, sociology, foreign languages, linguistics, and global studies.

Example Syllabus (Download the PDF)

Required Text:

  • James W. Spradley and David W. McCurdy. Conformity and Conflict: Readings in Cultural Anthropology, 14th edition. ISBN 9780205234103

Class meets once per week for 50-55 minutes.

Class cap: 20 students.

Designed for grades 10-12.

Students in grades 9-12 may be awarded .5 Social Sciences credit upon completion of this course.