The Conceptual Life of the Social
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Level: Graduate
Division: The New School for Social Research
Department: Anthropology
Course Number: GANT 6118
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Anthropology
  • Psychology
  • Social Sciences
This seminar is concerned with the ability that humans other social animals possess to interpret the behavior of others in terms of the nature and scope of the groups that constitute their social universes. A growing and multidisciplinary body of research addresses the development of this capacity in ontogenesis as well as its ancient evolutionary genealogy. The seminar explores a number of questions: What is the nature of this capacity? What is its natural history? How do nonhuman social species recognize and reason about the groups to which they affiliate and with whom they compete, and how does a comparative approach inform our understanding of the way humans think about sociality? The social landscape varies considerably across human cultures, how does the culturally specific content of group-based reasoning govern the capacity for such reasoning? What shapes the ontogenesis of human reasoning about groups and intergroup relations? For MA students of the NSSR anthropology department, this seminar fulfills the requirements of a Perspectives course.
Course Open to: Degree Students with Restrictions


Not open to Undergraduate students.