In this course, the student will encounter and explore the characteristics and features of the major culture areas of the world and the specific features of selected particular societies within those general areas. Course readings include a textbook that systematically provides an overview of key cultural traits of the major culture areas in the world. Upon completion of the course, students will be able to identify and discuss the important cultural and social characteristics of each major area as well as specific societies within these areas. Students will also be able to discuss modes of ethnographic research and representation and the ways this relates to our understanding of cultural contexts.