Select a topic. This could be a particular culture (ethnic group) you would like to know more about, e.g. (i) the population in a homogenous nation state, i.e. a country in which the entire population (or almost the entire population) shares the main aspects of the culture (language, family patterns, political/social system, religion, etc.);
(ii) an separate ethnic/cultural group or a tribe that lives in one or more nation states (for example, the Maasai people in Kenya/Tanzania or the Kurds in Iraq/Turkey/Syria). However, you could also decide to focus your investigation on the interaction of two cultures or a particular development in a given culture.
If you need ideas for a topic, browse through the textbook, consult the reference works listed at the end of this handout or our textbook, or explore the “cultural-anthropology section” in the AUS library (call numbers starting with GN…).
When selecting the topic, you want to make sure that it is researchable, i.e. that the AUS Library has the literature that enables you to write an analytical paper. Start by looking up the chosen culture(s)/countries in the reference works listed at the end of this handout. You may also consider supplementing the analysis with ethnographic research (if possible).