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Research Guide for ANSO 103: Introduction to Society and Culture

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About ANSO 103

This course is an introduction to the academic study of culture and social structure, as developed through the fields of cultural anthropology and sociology. Students will develop a vocabulary of core concepts and analytical skills for the study of cultures and societies both local and global. Through readings, films, lectures, class discussions, and experiential projects, students will explore the nature of communities, organizations, and institutions; the system of meanings that form and inform them; and the interplay between individuals' lives and the societies in which they live. Along the way, students will be asked to apply course concepts to their own lives in a critical way, and to reflect upon how such issues as belief systems, social stratification, culture change, gender roles, etc play out in an increasingly interconnected and globalized world.

Develop a research plan

What are the key concepts of your research question? 

Can you broaden or narrow your focus?  Consider one or more of the following:

  • time period

  • place

  • specific event   

  • specific people

Does your question overlap other subject disciplines such as sociology, political science, or history?

  • Think about the history of your question, its disciplines, and/or categories.

  • Who are the key people? What did they do? Why did it happen?

Think about the following aspects relating to your research question:

  • What do you already know about your question or issue?

  • What do you need to learn to better understand your question or issue?

  • What kinds of information resources might provide answers to these questions?

Consider your audience:

  • Who will read your paper?

  • Why will it be of interest to them?

  • What will be new to them?