In cultural anthropology, we study humans, communities, and the social construction of practices and behaviour at different times and in different corners of the globe. Our aim is to understand different societies and to analyse how culture shapes human lives. In the increasingly connected and international contemporary world, knowledge of cultural diversity on local and global levels is critical for understanding social issues and problems. Cultural Anthropology at Oulu specializes in Northern cultures, contemporary cultural trends, diversity, and environmental, medical, and applied anthropology. Undergraduate students in Cultural Anthropology share some basic level courses with students in the Archaeology programme.