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ANT 202 Contemporary Global Issues


Course Description
This course presents students with the main concepts, theories, and methods of cultural 
anthropology and sociology to shed light on issues that connect people around the world.
Throughout the course, we will examine popular assumptions about living in a global world, 
exploring such questions as: How do we understand the vast variety of cultural practices around 
the world?  What does it mean to be part of a culture?  What is globalization, and how does it 
shape the way we define the authenticity of cultures?  How does social inequality affect global 
patterns of disease and violence? Should the world adopt universal standards of human rights, or 
are human rights culturally specific?  How do anthropologists study local cultures in an 
increasingly global world?  By revealing the socio-cultural roots of everyday behavior, this
course examines alternative ways of seeing and solving contemporary social problems.  
The mission of the General Education Program at UW-La Crosse is to develop life-long learners 
who will be engaged as knowledgeable and responsible citizens in a diverse and ever-changing 

It is the University's vision that the core curriculum encourages students to 
 discover connections between disciplines
 consider one's major in a broader context
 cultivate knowledge, skills, and habits of mind essential for independent learning and 

ANT/SOC 202, Contemporary Global Issues, fulfills a requirement for the International and 
Multicultural Studies: Becoming World Citizens category of the General Education Program. 
Knowledge about the variety of human experience is an integral part of liberal education. 
Moreover, the international dimensions of politics, commerce, economics, and culture touch our 
lives every day. We live in an interdependent world in which the understanding of other cultures 
and societies is essential. The General Education courses in the International and Multicultural 
Studies category include world history and global studies courses that focus on the peoples, 
cultures, and societies of the world.

Student Learning Outcomes
Students will:

1. Define, describe, and explain terms, concepts, and theories related to cultural 
2. Explain the rationales for cultural behaviors different from one’s own (UW-L General 
Education Student Learning Outcome 5.3, Goal: Intercultural Knowledge and 
3. Demonstrate an understanding of the forms and mechanisms of oppression, 
discrimination, or privilege (UW-L General Education Student Learning Outcome 5.1, 
Goal: Intercultural Knowledge and Competence).