Upon successful completion of this course, students are expected to be able to: explain key concepts in sociology and anthropology; review basic qualitative research method concepts and tools; review vertical stratification (social classes and social mobility) and human variation based stratification (gender, race, ethnicity, and religion); explain personality, deviance, and social control; explain the dynamics of social changes and their relations to different sociological institutions, and how the mass media can affect it in local and global contexts; explain and identify different cultural elements in Indonesian daily life; explain cultural changes and their relations with history and the development of various cultural identities in Indonesia; produce a simple ethnographic film or essay on people and culture; as well as capture the essence of identity, people, and culture clearly and objectively.
This class introduces students to sociological basic assumptions, especially in explaining human beings in different social contexts. Moreover, it introduces students to anthropological basic assumptions, from cultural relativism (versus stereotypes that lead to racism, ethnocentrism, and chauvinism), followed by an introduction to ethnography and visual anthropology, and continues to an understanding of cultural values, norms, knowledge, and beliefs, followed by elements of culture. The class starts from society, socialization, interactions, groups, and social structures, which is followed by an introduction to quantitative methods: statistics, and questionnaires, and continues to an understanding of vertical and horizontal stratification. The class also introduces different social institutions such as education, religion, health, and social movements, all from macro and global perspectives. In classroom discussions, students mainly use cases of cultures, ethnic groups, and societies in Indonesia.
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