ANTHRO-103 - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology - Laurie Rodriguez
|Course:||Introduction to Cultural Anthropology|
Anthropology is a broad field exploring all factors that help us understand this unusual bipedal, tool-creating, socially-complex primate we call "humans".
This course focuses specifically on the various aspects of human *culture*, from the early appearance of culture in human populations, to local aspects of kinship, marriage, subsistence, to broader concepts of politics, religion and artistic expression.
Upon completion of this course, a student should be capable of the following:
- Explain the anthropological definition of “culture” and be able to provide concrete examples of variations in cultures.
- Describe the differences between an ethnology and an ethnography and explain how these two tools are used to better understand cultures.
- Identify key cultural anthropologists and briefly describe their contributions to the field.
- Explain culture as an extension of biological adaptation and identify traits that demonstrate a mix of cultural and biological traits.
- Describe the role of kinship in cultures and outline the impact of kinship on other cultural /biological practices, such as social organization and classification, marriage, residence patterns, reproduction, and inheritance patterns.
- Recognize the cultural specificity of behaviors and practices.
- Outline the rise of political organization in human cultures and discuss its relationship with violence and war.
- Define the function of religion and art in human populations.
- Identify and discuss the causes and mechanisms of cultural change.
- Apply cultural concepts to current social and political events in our culture.
This course is designed to give students a comprehensive introduction to the field of Cultural Anthropology, providing instruction in all core foundational concepts as well as an overview of all major sub-fields.
What to Expect in this Course
- This course will be conducted 100% online. There will be no face-to-face component required or offered.
- The amount of material covered in this 5-week course is IDENTICAL to the amount covered in a 16-week traditional course.
- The amount of time you should expect to dedicate to this class/week will vary according to your individual abilities (such as reading comprehension skills and comfort with technology) but on average, you should expect to invest about 18 hours per week to successfully complete this course. This time will be distributed across reading assignments, online activities, taking part in discussion groups, submitting homework, and taking quizzes and tests.
- In order to do well in this course, you will need to complete all assignments (including exams) thoroughly and accurately and submit them to me before their deadline.
Types of Assessments
Each week, students will be asked to complete weekly readings, view videos, complete activities, and submit assignments. Assignments will include Canvas submissions as well as posts made to a personal blog each student will create for the class, allowing them to interact and discuss topics with other students. Assignments and quizzes will be evaluated and will contribute toward your final grade in this class. Videos and activities are tools to be used to help you better understand the material and to complete your assignments accurately. Quizzes will be given once a week. There will also be one exam for this course, a cumulative final exam in week 5.
Textbook Information / Link to ZTC Textbook
Textbook: Cultural Anthropology: The Human Challenge, 15th edition. Haviland, W.A., et al; Thomson Wadsworth (2017). ISBN-13: 978-1305633797
Other Relevant Course Information
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Last updated: 09/13/2022 Sub#: 1485