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11:30am to 12:45pm
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1:35pm to 2:50pm

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Dr. Maximilian C. Forte
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With the help of this course you will gain a basic footing in the essentials of the two related yet historically distinct disciplines of Anthropology and Sociology. This will permit you to advance further in the social sciences and, hopefully, also enable you to apply some of what you learn in non-academic settings. The primary purpose of this course is to provide you with a broad survey of socio-cultural anthropology and sociology, centred on clusters of research areas shared by the two disciplines, with the aim of introducing you to key theories and research approaches.

Anthropology was once broadly defined as the study of humanity, in all aspects. It is not so much a subject matter in itself as it is a bond between subject matters. Historically, the discipline embraced diverse concerns with kinship, politics, systems of exchange, ritual and religion, amongst others, and usually focused on the “tribal peoples” of the “non-Western” world. Often it was described as a sociology of “primitive societies”, terms that have been shed given their pejorative connotations of evolutionary backwardness. Now, many anthropologists are at work in their home societies, investigating minorities, the media, suburban cultures, and so forth.

Sociology, on the other hand, has come to be described by some as an anthropology of the industrialized, “Western” world, of societies such as those of Canada, the U.S., Europe, Japan, and Australia. However, this too is now outmoded, as many sociologists also conduct research on politics and development in the “Third World” for example.

With the aid of both, we will investigate a cluster of key debates in social and cultural research.


Department of Anthropology and Sociology
University College of Cape Breton
Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada