ANT 302 - Cultural Anthropology

Texas Common Number: ANTH 2351
Course Number Course Title Day & Time Course Fee Register
ANT 302 Cultural Anthropology Online $850.00
Course Type:
Self-Paced Online

This course explores the cultural diversity of human societies and provides tools for thinking critically about the classic concepts, theories and methods of cultural anthropology. One of the most important ideas is that of culture itself, a central concept within the discipline of anthropology. Culture is to anthropology what society is to sociology—it is our main point of departure when thinking about what makes human beings tick. Our primary objective will be to understand both the universal manner in which all human beings constitute themselves through culture, and the great diversity of specific cultural expressions that have resulted from these processes.

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This course is independent study and is self-paced. Students have five months upon registration in which to complete all coursework.

Required Textbooks and Materials:

  1. Conrad P. Kottak. (2017). Cultural Anthropology: Appreciating Human Diversity, 17th edition. ISBN: 9781259929946 or 9781259818417. You may purchase either a digital or print version. If purchasing the digital version, a link will be provided in the course.
  2. Bourgois, Philippe. (2002). In Search of Respect: Selling Crack in El Barrio, 2nd edition. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge. ISBN: 9780521017114

Additional course readings will be made available online.

An internet-connected laptop or desktop computer is required to view course videos and complete modules. Tablets and smartphones are not supported.

The midterm and final exams must be taken in person at an approved testing center (learn more). Proctoring fees vary by site and are not included in the course fee.

Official UT Austin Description:

The concept of culture: social and political organization; language, the supernatural; elementary cultural theory. May be counted towards the Cultural Diversity flag requirement.