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Anthropology is the study of humankind in all its forms – past and present. We are curious about everything that makes us human and learn about that from people all over the world. We call our approach “holistic” because we include all aspects of being human – physical, material, social, cultural, spiritual – and try to understand the relationships between them.Such a huge topic as “the study of humans” is organized into four different subfields. Physical or biological anthropology examines the evolutionary path that led to present humans as well as the relationship between modern human populations. Cultural anthropology explores the diversity of ways that different human societies are organized and construct meaning for their lives. Archaeology examines the material remains of cultures to interpret their social worlds. Anthropological linguistics studies the relationship between language and culture.Come join us. We work hard, learn a lot, and have a great time.

What some students have said recently:
“This course is a great way to learn about things you wonder about and would probably never learn about otherwise. You can ask questions without embarrassment.”
“You can take things out of this class you can use in your life. It definitely makes my conversations more interesting!”
“Mind expanding and assumption busting!”


Anthropology Courses at Laney
Anthropology 1: Introduction to Physical AnthropologyExplore what science can tell us about where we came from and why we look the way we do. How are we related to the rest of life on this planet? how are we different? We study the evolution of humans in this course, learning the scientific evidence for the origins and evolution of our species. CSU Area B3, IGETC Area 5Anthropology 1L: Introduction to Physical Anthropology Lab

A hands-on opportunity to learn the science of human evolution. Satisfies lab course requirements. CSU Area B, IGETC Area 5

Anthropology 3: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

Learn about the diverse ways people around the world create meaningful lives. Learning about different cultural traditions in how people marry, raise families, make a living, organize their societies, and worship the sacred, we develop a multicultural perspective and learn to use that perspective to see our own lives more fully. CSU Area D, IGETC Area 4

Anthropology 7: Magic, Witchcraft and Religion

People everywhere ask “Who are we and how did we get here?” What is the meaning of life?” In this course we learn about the different ways people around the world answer these questions. This takes us on a journey through myth, ritual, magic, shamanic journeys, healing, and honoring spirits. We learn about people who believe in gods and goddesses, ghosts and witches, ancestor spirits and mana and how they call on those forces to improve their lives. We begin to see our own lives in a new light. CSU Area C, IGETC Area 4

Anthropology 16: Sex and Society

Sexuality and sexual identity are central aspects of the human experience and are profoundly shaped by the culture in which we live. In this course we explore how sex and gender are constructed in different cultures and discuss topics such as family and marriage, love and jealousy, prostitution, abstinence, and multiple sexualities. This involves examining the relationships between sexuality, religion, power, and inequality. CSU Area D, IGETC Area 4

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