Social Sciences, Sociology & Anthropology

Open Courseware and Resources (Social Sciences (general), Sociology, Anthropology)

- Social Sciences: group of academic disciplines that study human aspects of the world (Wikipedia).
- Sociology: scientific study of society, including patterns of social relationships, social interaction, and culture (Wikipedia).
- Anthropology: study of humanity, has origins in the natural sciences, the humanities, and the social sciences (Wikipedia).

Myth, Ritual and Symbolism

how symbols are created and structured, how they draw on and give meaning to different domains of the human world, how they are woven into politics, family life, and the life cycle and how we can interpret them: readings

The Conquest of America

conquest & colonization of Americas with special attention to struggles of native peoples in Guatemala, Canada, Brazil, Panama & colonial New England, Jesuit missionization of the Huron in 630s, struggles between govt of Panama & the Kuna between 1900 and 1925: syllabus, readings, study materials, related resources

Contemporary American Family

evolution of family & how currently defined in US discussing different views about what families should look like, class & ethnic variability & effects of changing gender roles, sexuality, marriage, parenting, divorce, family violence, family economics, poverty, family policy, day care, welfare policy, "family values" debate: syllabus, readings, study questions

Kinship and Social Organization (Interactive Tutorial)

kin fundamentals, systems of descent, terminology, marriage systems, residence rules, ethnographic examples, figures, glossary, FAQ

Social Psychology

interpersonal and group dynamics, considers how the thoughts, feelings, and actions of individuals are influenced by (and influence) the beliefs, values, and practices of large and small groups

Gender, Sexuality, and Society

seeks to examine how people experience gender, sexuality in a variety of historical and cultural contexts, how gender and sexuality relate to other categories of social identity and difference, assess media and other popular representations of gender roles and stereotypes, sense of the diversity of human social practices and beliefs in the United States and around the world

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