Some suggested topics for your paper:
Note-- this is 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.
- A description of key points of a culture in which you are interested (a brief ethnography) [ sample paper ]
- An in-depth look at the concept of "worldview" or the comparison of the worldviews of two societies
- Religious beliefs or practices of a particular society
- Marriage/family in a particular group or comparison between some societies
- Types of economic organization/systems
- Language acquisition or the influence of language on culture
- The view of ancestors
- The role of women in a given society
- Doing fieldwork as an anthropologist
- The importance of cultural anthropology to the missionary . . . or to the business executive . . .or to the educator . . . or to the . . .
- Ethnocentrism and some tips on how to minimize it
- The idea of cultural baggage and how to minimize it
- 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.
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