As a general introduction to cultural and social Anthropology, this course aims to explore questions about what it means to be human. The course introduces the historical trajectories and contemporary approaches that have underwritten cultural and social anthropology as a scientific and humanistic discipline. The course is based on a three-fold structure: 1. a presentation of the foundational issues, disciplinary boundaries and moral dilemmas that have shaped the methodological and analytical engagements of anthropologists; 2. an exploration of some of the key constitutive moments and junctures in the history of the discipline, and the traces that these moments have left on how contemporary anthropologists have come to work, think and write. 3. a consideration of major themes, both canonical and cutting-edge, in anthropology, including kinship, ritual and exchange. Class requirements: attendance of classes and tutorials; reading throughout the semester and active participation in both web and class discussions; reading of a monograph and submission of a review during the semester; final exam covering reading and class materials.