This course considers the dimensions surrounding basic human problems of overpopulation, environmental issues, indigenous rights, violence, international tensions, drugs, food, and related concerns.
The Window Into Ourselves & The World!
Anthropology is the study of human behavior.
Exploring what it means to be human!
culture and social relations,
to human biology and evolution,
vestiges of human habitation.
Anthropology is useful for anyone whose future job will require them to develop the interpersonal skills to work with the public – here & around the world.
Anthropology is imperative for college grads to work in a globalized market.
People of varying cultures communicate and do business with one another on a regular basis. This means dealing with cultural differences OR cross-cultural situations. Anthropology's existence is vital to the business world for this reason!
How do peoples’ behavior changes over time?
How do people move about the world & WHY?
Why and how are people from distant parts of the world and dissimilar cultures different yet the same?
How has the human species evolved over millions of years?
How do individuals understand and operate successfully in distinct cultural settings?
HOW DO ALL ANSWERS IMPACT OUR LIVES TODAY IN:
This course considers the dimensions surrounding basic human problems of overpopulation, environmental issues, indigenous rights, violence, international tensions, drugs, food, and related concerns. Frequent comparisons with diverse cultures show students the shared problems of humankind and a variety of responses, familiar and unfamiliar, that cultures develop.
Since Belize is part of the international community, and is often looked upon as a developing nation struggling with many of these issues, the course will also demonstrate how these problems are interrelated and affect Galen students’ lives, and ways in which students can impact their world.
Ultimately, the course is designed to give Galen students powerful tools for understanding how the world around them is organized, how it changes, how we are interrelated & HOW STUDENTS CAN IMPACT THE WORLD.
This course looks at human investment and human exchanges of many types. Money is by no means the only basis of exchange. The course assesses the value of considering very different social systems produced by various types of exchange, versus considering the types of exchange generated by different social systems.
it asks how POWER RELATIONS (across races, classes, genders, and cultures) shape and affect many sorts of ECONOMIC SYSTEMS, and many kinds of ECONOMIC EXCHANGES. A principal distinction between economic theories of static institutions, and dynamic theories of actor decision-making is included to consider the relative merits of form and function.
Ultimately, the course is designed to give Galen students powerful tools for understanding how the world around them is organized, and how it changes.
HEALTH, Illness & HEALING
This course offers an overview of medical anthropology - there is distinct cross-over with cultural & biological anthropology, medicine and public health. As it is a study of human health, disease and curing from cross-cultural perspectives, topics to be covered will include correlations between social inequality and disparities in health; the impacts of social behaviour, evolution and adaptation, ecology of health; ethnic diseases; and cultural notions of health, illness and healing.
The course will be designed around a research question investigating the prevalence of a particular ailment in our society – from an anthropological perspective we will investigate how the illness develops, is understood by communities, treated – through modern day medicines & ‘bush’ medicines, and how we can develop a program of prevention.
Ultimately, the course is designed to give Galen students powerful tools for understanding how HEALTH is organized & treated by different communities and how we essentially can impact the HEALTH OF BELIZE.