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Cultural anthropology -- the study of human societies and cultures and their origins, history, variation and development . . . the comparative study of human culture in all aspects including social structure, language, law, politics, religion, magic, art, and technology.

Some suggested topics for your paper:
Note-- these instructions are for students taking the course during a regular semester, not the 5-week Bridge module course

See the course syllabus for detailed instructions on the research for and writing of this paper.

  1. A description of key points of a culture in which you are interested (a brief ethnography) [ sample paper ]
  2. An in-depth look at the concept of "worldview" or the comparison of the worldviews of two societies
  3. Religious beliefs or practices of a particular society
  4. Marriage/family in a particular group or comparison between some societies
  5. Types of economic organization/systems
  6. Language acquisition or the influence of language on culture
  7. The view of ancestors
  8. The role of women in a given society
  9. Doing fieldwork as an anthropologist
  10. The importance of cultural anthropology to the missionary . . . or to the business executive . . .or to the educator . . . or to the . . .
  11. Ethnocentrism and some tips on how to minimize it
  12. The idea of cultural baggage and how to minimize it
  13. Culture shock: What it is and how to best work through it

These topics are given to you as idea starters. You may use one of these or some adaptation of it or you may come up with a different topic that interests you more. Leafing through any introduction to cultural anthropology book may also stimulate your thinking in terms of a topic.

Ready for some cross-cultural humor?

NextMissionaries and other people working and living cross-culturally commit lots of little cultural errors that provide laughter for their hosts (and for themselves as well). [ read more ]

     -- Howard Culbertson

Cultural Anthropology course resources:   Cultural adjustment realities   Cultural bingo icebreaker   Bwanda Fusa game   Cultural anthropology case studies   Christianity and culture   Course home page   Path toward cross-cultural understanding and enjoyment   Culture shock (aka cultural adjustdment)   Ethnocentrism   Exam study guides    Kwast's culture model   What do we think we're seeing: Light bulb illustration: What do you see?    Missions and culture    Monoculturalism   My own culture shock   PowerPoint presentations used in class   Reentry: Coming home

10/40 Window explanation and map    Mission trip fundraising    Ten ways to ruin mission trips

World missions course materials and syllabi

Cultural Anthropology    Introduction to Missions    Linguistics    Missions Strategies    Modern Missionary Movement (History of  Missions)    Nazarene Missions    Church Growth and Christian Missions    Theology of Missions    Traditional Religions    World Religions
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