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An introduction to the study of ancient man and primitive cultures. Major topics include: the origin and evolution of man; the evolution of different cultural forms in terms of craft and technology, magic, religion, and government.
This course focuses on the anthropological approach to health, in which the student develops a holistic perspective by integrating biological, ecological, sociocultural, and historical aspects of health and illness. Examples are taken from societies throughout the inhabited world and in various time periods. Specific topics include human reproduction, nutrition, the use of psychoactive drugs, and the relationship between caregivers and their clients. The relationships of minority cultural systems within larger pluralistic societies are also studied.