Anthropology is the study of people - their practices and beliefs, and the way they live. Historically, anthropology was used by Westerners to study non-Western societies, or as a way to study the "other." Contemporary anthropologists have addressed this problem within their field, and have developed research methods that acknowledge and attempt to mitigate the potentially problematic relationship between researchers and subjects. Additionally, anthropologists today often focus on local, contemporary, Western subjects rather than only turning their attention to societies unlike their own. This course will introduce students to the history of the field of anthropology, addressing its problems as well as the theoretical shifts taken more recently. We will read key writings by anthropologist and learn about their research methods, which include interviews, film-making, surveys, participant observation, and more.