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ANT 102: Cultural Anthropology

Course Description

This course will focus on the study of human beings around the world. The goal is to understand what it means to be human by exploring the similarities and differences of human cultures. Students will examine how people organize their work, bring meaning to their lives, create families, resolve disputes, and exercise power over each other. The course will explore some methods anthropologists have used to study culture, recent changes in their theories of culture, and the ethics of studying others. (3 credits)

Prerequisite

  • None

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  1. Identify and describe the variety of ways of being human measured by a quiz which will ask about terms and definitions
  2. Become aware of one’s own, often unconscious, tendency toward ethnocentrism as measured by quizzes which will ask about definitions and terms, and participation in threaded discussions on the topic
  3. Define key terms used in anthropology and discuss how anthropologists view the world as measured by quizzes
  4. Compare and contrast cultural practices of distinctive culture areas the world in threaded discussions and semester project
  5. Discuss and evaluate the ethical and political issues associated with the anthropological study of post-colonialism, neo-imperialism, and globalization as measured by threaded discussions and semester project
  6. Define and discuss anthropological theories and methods and use them in critical ways to questions of the modern world as measured in quizzes, threaded discussions and semester project.

General Education Outcomes (GEOs)

Please check the applicable GEOs for this course, if any, by outcomes at GEO Category Search, or by subject area at GEO Discipline Search.

Course Activities and Grading

Assignment(s)

Weight

Weekly participation in discussion board.

30%

Three quizzes. (Weeks 4, 8, and 12)

30%

Semester project: 10 journal entries each critiquing a news article about anthropology or another culture. (Weeks 6, 10, and 15)

20%

Final exam which will be composed of three essay questions chosen randomly from those provided to students. (Week 15)

20%

Total

100%

Additional Grading Information

  • There is no Midterm Exam. Midterm grades will be based on Quiz 1, semester project (first 4 entries), and discussion for first 7 weeks.
  • Ten to twelve Final Exam questions will be posted in the course shell. Each student will be randomly assigned 3 questions to answer with a 5 paragraph essay. Answers are to be sent to Turnitin.com, and ALSO emailed to the professor.

Required Textbooks

(Available through Charter Oak’s online bookstore)

  • Haviland, William, Harald Prins, Dana Walrath, and Bunny McBride. Cultural Anthropology: The Human Challenge. 14th ed. Cengage, 2013. ISBN-10: 1133957420 or ISBN-13: 978-1133957423

Course Schedule

Week

SLOs

Readings and Exercises

Assignment(s)

1

1, 3, 5, 6

Topic: Anthropology: Mirror for Humanity

  • Readings: Text: Chapter 1
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussion

2

1, 2, 3

Topic: The Characteristics of Culture

  • Readings: Text: Chapter 2
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussion

3

1, 2, 5

Topic: Ethnographic Research

  • Readings: Text: Chapter 3
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussion

4

1, 2, 3, 4

Topic: Language and Communication

  • Readings: Text: Chapter 5
  • Read  assigned chapter
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussion
  • Complete Quiz 1

5

1, 2, 3, 4

Topic: Social Identity, Personality and Gender

  • Readings: Text: Chapter 6
  • Read  assigned chapter
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussion

6

1, 2, 3, 4

Topic: Patterns of Subsistence

  • Readings: Text: Chapter 7
  • Read  assigned chapter
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussion
  • Submit first 4 journal entries

7

1, 2, 3, 4

Topic: Economic Systems

  • Readings: Text: Chapter 8
  • Read  assigned chapter
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussion

8

1, 2, 3, 4

  • Readings: Text: Chapter 9
  • Read  assigned chapter
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussion
  • Complete Quiz 2

9

1, 2, 3, 4

Topic: Kinship and Descent

  • Readings: Text: Chapter 10
  • Read  assigned chapter
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussion

10

1, 2, 3, 4

Topic: Grouping by Gender, Age, Common Interest and Class

  • Readings: Text: Chapter 11
  • Read  assigned chapter
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussion
  • Submit second 3 journal entries

11

1, 2, 3, 4

Topic: Politics, Power and Violence

  • Readings: Text: Chapter 12
  • Read  assigned chapter
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussion

12

1, 2, 3, 4

Topic: Spirituality, Religion and the Supernatural

Readings: Text: Chapter 13

  • Read  assigned chapter
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussion
  • Complete Quiz 3

13

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Topic: Processes of Change

  • Readings: Text: Chapter 15
  • Read  assigned chapter
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussion

14

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Topic: Global Challenges, Local Responses and the Role of Anthropology, Part I

  • Readings: Text: Chapter 16
  • Read  assigned chapter
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussion

15

1,2,3,4,5,6

Topic: Global Challenges, Local Responses and the Role of Anthropology, Part II
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussion
  • Submit final 3 journal entries
  • Submit Final Exam
Final Exam
Chapters 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16
SLOs 1-6

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