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ANTH 2020

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Credit Hours   3   
Course Title   Introduction To Cultural Anthropology   
Prerequisite(s)   ANTH 1102 or ANTH 1102H   
Corequisite(s)   None Specified   
Catalog Description   
This course provides an introduction to the comparative study of human cultures; examines cultural diversity, and the concepts and methods cultural anthropologists use to study culture.
Expected Educational Results   
As a result of completing this course the student will be able to:
  1. Define anthropology and differentiate the major theories and practices of cultural anthropology.
  2. Describe the research methods that may be used in the field of cultural anthropology including ethnographic fieldwork and the participant observation method.
  3. Define and discuss the concept of ethnocentrism and the cultural relativism approach.
  4. Differentiate the key features of human language and explain approaches to studying linguistic cultural diversity, such as ethnolinguistics and sociolinguistcs.
  5. Discuss the major forms of ecological adaptation including hunting-gatherers, horticulturalists, pastoralists, and intensive agriculturalists.
  6. Explain the differences between egalitarian, ranked and class societies and the factors leading to the development of each.
  7. Analyze the reasons for the diversity of male and female activities, personalities, social roles, and sexual behaviors in different societies.
  8. Discuss and analyze cultural diversity in economic and political systems.
  9. Explain the function of kinship in traditional societies.
  10. Explain some of the ways societies make political decisions and resolve conflicts.
  11. Discuss the psychological traits that are least/most likely to vary from one culture to another and how diverse child rearing practices impact them.
  12. Explain the major theories regarding the universality of religion.
  13. Explain how and why religious practices may vary.
  14. Discuss how and why culture change.
  15. Discuss the roles anthropologists could/should play in instituting planned change.
  16. Discuss the concept of race and evaluate the relationships between physical and cultural variations.
  17. Identify sources of print and Internet information on cultural anthropology.
General Education Outcomes   
I. This course addresses the general education outcome relating to communications as follows:
  1. Students develop their reading comprehension skills by reading the textbook and assigned journal articles and/or handout materials.
  2. Students develop their listening and concentration skills through lecture and group problem solving.
  3. Students develop their writing skills through a variety of homework assignments, papers and field observation journals.
  4. Students develop their speaking skills through class discussion and by presenting oral reports on their research topics.

II. This course addresses the general education outcomes of recognition and application of scientific inquiry as follows:

  1. Students must apply the anthropological concepts of language and behavioral criterion from primate behavior to a field experience of observation.
  2. Students will develop their understanding of the scientific method by analyzing a peer- reviewed journal article.
  3. Students will develop their skills of inquiry by analyzing the use of the scientific method or some publication in the field.

III. This course addresses the general education outcomes of developing effective individual, and at times, group problem solving and critical thinking skills as applied to anthropology.

  1. Students will develop their ability to problem-solve and think critically by applying their acquired knowledge of biological anthropology to case studies of both past and present human issues and adaptations.
Course Content   
  1. Humanity, and Culture
  2. Theories and Methods of Cultural Anthropology
  3. Cultural Adaptation to Environment
  4. Exchange and Economic Adaptation
  5. Kinship and Family Consideration
  6. Political Organizational Structures
  7. Expressions of Values in Religion and Art
  8. Ethnicity in the Modern World
  9. Anthropology applied to World Problems
Assessment of Outcome Objectives   
  1. Homework, papers, and multiple-choice exams prepared by individual instructors will be used to determine primary course grades.
  2. The final exam, or unit tests, will contain objective questions that will assess the educational outcome objectives for this course. Each instructor must include these questions within their tests, either the final exam or the unit tests. Each instructor is responsible for tabulating the outcomes from these assessment questions.

This course will be assessed in the spring term every three years. Common questions will be included in the final exam. The construction of the assessment questions will be included in the final exam. The construction of the assessment questions will be the responsibility of the college-wide Anthropology faculty curriculum committee. The committee will meet every three years to review the course and to evaluate the results from the prior assessment.

The review of prior assessments will provide information from the re-evaluation of the assessment instrument, the course objectives, as well as the relationship of the course to the general education outcomes and modify any or all of these. From this review of the course, modification or changes to the curriculum will be proposed and or adopted if necessary.

Last Revised: Aug. 19, 2011
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