ANT6200 Analysis of Language, Culture & Thought

Course Overview

Educational Level: Graduate, Master
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Dr. Samuel Dira

Course Description:

Analysis of anthropological and linguistic theories on the connections between languages and cultures. The course will focus on how a language offers resources to individuals to help them accomplish their goals, to institutions and social groups to help them maintain their power, and how language shapes our thoughts in a particular culture.

How This Course Benefits Students:

Language and culture are interrelated concepts that influence our behaviors and daily communications. This course will provide different approaches and frameworks to analyze connections between the two and how the interconnections could simplify or complicate conversations across cultures.

Why This Course Is Important:

Language, culture, and thought function in our daily communications. Delivery of the Gospel message can be more successful in cross-cultural contexts when students learn the theoretical and scientific frameworks about how culture interacts with diverse environments, how culture influences our thought processes, and how it shapes our behavior and speech.