ANSO 102

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ANSO 102, also known as Non-Industrial Societies, is an introductory course in ethnography offered at Knox. It counts for 1 credit. It may be taught by a number of professors, including Jill Wightman or Larry Breitborde, but the most common professor is Nancy Eberhardt.

Course Description[edit]

Official Course Description[edit]

"This course examines the major forms of non-industrial societies (including foraging, horticulture, and peasant societies) and the major social and cultural processes that help shape these societies (including kinship and family organization, political economy, religion and ritual practices). Attention is also given to contemporary processes of sociocultural change and to the current relationship between non-industrial societies and the industrialized world."[1]

Credits and Prerequisites[edit]

The course is worth one credit. It satisfies the History and Social Sciences Foundation Requirement and the Understanding Diversity Competency Requirement. It is part of a series of 100-level ANSO courses, two of which are needed to complete a major in Anthropology & Sociology. There is no prerequisite.


For sections taught by Nancy Eberhardt[edit]

  • Small, Cathy A. (1997). "Voyages: From Tongan Villages to American Suburbs." ISBN 978-0801484360.
  • Wolf, Margaret. (1960). "The House of Lim: A Study of a Chinese Family." ISBN 978-0133949735.

For sections taught by Jill Wightman[edit]

For sections taught by Larry Breitborde[edit]

Course Format[edit]

For sections taught by Nancy Eberhardt[edit]

The course is primarily lecture and class discussion of the readings, including the texts and materials on reserve. There is a significant amount of groupwork, including for the term paper, in which groups are expected to attend a ritual such as a sports game or religious service, and then write an ethnographic group paper on the ritual. There is also an essay final.

For sections taught by Larry Breitborde[edit]

Course Schedule[edit]

The course is offered on an erratic schedule. In 2004-2005 it was offered all three terms; in 2005-2006 Fall and Winter terms; in 2006-2007 (due to Nancy Eberhardt's leave) not at all; and in 2007-2008 Winter and Spring terms. Beginning in the 2006-2007 school year, additional 100-level ANSO courses (ANSO 104, ANSO 105, and ANSO 106) were offered, relieving some pressure on ANSO 102. It is typically taught on a MWF schedule.


Term Section Days Period Location Instructor
Winter 2008 1 MWF 5 Nancy Eberhardt
Spring 2008 1 MWF 3 Jill Wightman


Not offered


Term Section Days Period Location Instructor
Fall 2005 1 MWF 2 OM 201 Larry Breitborde
Winter 2006 1 MWF 3 GDH 303 Nancy Eberhardt


Term Section Days Period Location Instructor
Fall 2004 1 MWF 3 GDH 303 Nancy Eberhardt
Winter 2005 1 MWF 5 GDH 303 Nancy Eberhardt
Spring 2005 1 MWF 2 GDH 303 Michelle Day


The group paper is an unpleasant experience, but the class is a good introduction for anyone without background in ethnography. -Taken with Nancy Eberhardt in Fall Term 2004