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Anthro - 103 - Cultural Anthropology - Laurie Solis

Course:Cultural Anthropology
Professor:Laurie Solis
  • Online
Course Length:
  • 8 Week


The Art of Being Human



Welcome to Anthropology 103 - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology! I am happy to be facilitating your learning for the Fall 2021 Semester. Please be sure to read through this orientation letter so you know what is expected of you. While these courses are 8 week and 100% online, students are advised that it is important to stay on top of due dates and follow through the course modules sequentially (so you don't get overwhelmed!)

Cultural Anthropology is an exciting and interesting subject. You will have the opportunity to learn about many different cultures, religions, points of view, and life-ways. You will also  have the opportunity to explore new perspectives in anthropology (i.e. why some cultures do the things they do). Cultural Anthropology is an exploration of the human condition.

Some basic things you should know:

For this class, you will need reliable access to the internet, a computer with speaker and sound, chrome or firefox, pdf viewer, and likely a Word-type software. 

Class attendance  via  Canvas  is  vital  to  your success in the class. Communication with your instructor is essential. Do not hesitate to let me know of any technical issues or course challenges you may be experiencing. My goal is to help you succeed.  Since this is a survey course, class participation is vital.  If you do not attend two class meetings and/or complete two consecutive  assignments/discussions,  you  may  be  dropped.  When students go missing in action and fail to complete assignments, this can result in a ‘non attendance’ and you can be dropped.  Communicate with me if you are having challenges so that I can help you resolve them.

Please feel free to contact me via email if you have any questions:

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Course Description

Prerequisite: College level reading and writing ability recommended.

Catalog Description: 103 Cultural Anthropology, 3 units

Studies the nature of humankind, culture and society, including concepts and theories used for their analysis and understanding. Prehistory and cultural growth, social organization, family systems, politics and economics, war, religion, values, culture shock, and applied anthropology are examined. UC:SCU 54.0 hours lecture maximum

Please review the link below for assistance in 'Academic Discourse'. Understand what academic discourse means and why it is vital to your success in college.

Academic Discourse Help

What to Expect in this Course

Throughout the course students will

  • Complete assigned reading
  • Submit weekly reading assignments
  • Watch videos and films
  • Collaborate with their fellow students via weekly Discussion Board Posts
  • Explore and learn about many different cultures and lifeways to facilitate understanding of many different cultures and understand human differences.
  • Have the opportunity to expand their learning through extra credit opportunities.

Types of Assessments

Types of Assessments

  • Weekly Homework Assignments
  • Weekly Discussion Board Posts
  • Two Exams
  • Extra Credit Opportunities

Textbook Information

What do you need to succeed in this class: A TEXTBOOK! 

I'm not really too picky on which one you use, but some are more relevant to this class than others. Traditionally, this class follows the format of Haviland - The Human Challenge, Introduction to Cultural Anthropology. You may be able to pick up an old copy of this for very little. However, here are two FREE OER textbooks that would do just fine for this class. Please check them both out and see which one is right for you.



FREE TEXTBOOK OPTION 2 - The Art of Being Human - A Textbook for Cultural Anthropology

The Art of Being Human

Other Relevant Course Information

Need help and guidance with MLA and APA formatting guide for homework assignments? Please check out the following resources.

MLA Formatting and Style Guide // Purdue Writing Lab

General Format // Purdue Writing Lab

Also, here is a guide to "Academic Discourse" that is very useful for engaging in discussions with your professor and your classmates.


Academic Discourse Help

Additional Resources


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  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

The Learning Center (TLC)

The TLC provides FREE online tutoring resources to COC students!

Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

College of the Canyons AAC provides educational services and access for eligible students with documented disabilities who intend to pursue coursework at COC. A variety of programs and services are available which afford eligible students with disabilities the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of the college programs and activities through appropriate and reasonable accommodations. For more information on their services visit the Academic Accomodation Center website.

Online Counseling

The Counseling Department offers appointments online. You can schedule an appointment by visiting the Online Counseling website. Counselors can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration.

Management of Stress and Mental Health

Often the pressure on our students is very strong, involving academic commitments, relationships, outside jobs and family pressure to name a few. The staff and faculty of College of the Canyons are here to see you succeed academically and care about your emotional and physical health. You can learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including counseling and mental health services available on campus by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center in the Student Services Building (across from the bookstore). The phone number is 661-362-3259 that you can call 24/7. You can also e mail for an appointment at At the Canyon Country Campus the Health Center will be in the new Student Services Building.

Also, the National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline number is now 988. All students at COC are encouraged to enter that phone number in their cells. You can call it when you, or someone you know, is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress.

You can also now use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. Someone will get back to you immediately. Its free, 24/7, and confidential.

Veterans Resource Center

The College of the Canyons Veterans Resource Center is a department within the Student Services Division at the college, created to help veterans and veteran dependents with applying to College of the Canyons, enrolling in classes, and requesting VA Education or Vocational Benefits. For more information please visit the Veterans Resource Center website, email or phone (661) 362-3469.


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Last updated: 07/26/2021 Sub#: 421