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John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Course Prefix: ANT                                     Course Number: 340                                    
Course Title: Anthropology and the Abnormal
Subject: Anthropology
Minimum Credits: 3.0                                     Maximum Credits: 3.0                                     Hours per week: 3.0


A study of the ways in which different societies define "abnormal behavior," with emphasis on the understanding of the societal basis of the selection and labeling of certain behaviors as "abnormal." The social uses of deviance are examined. Roles such as the shaman, the transvestite, the homosexual, the saint, the sinner, the jokester, the aged, and the mental defective are analyzed in the context of specific cultures. Various forms of psychological and social therapies to treat the abnormal are discussed, with examples drawn from both Western and non-Western cultures.

Prerequisite: ENG 102 or ENG 201. In addition: ANT 101 or PSY 101; and junior standing or above.
Start Date:    11/27/2006                         End Date: