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ANTHRO-103 - Cultural Anthropology - Nora Vlaszof

Course:Cultural Anthropology
Professor:Nora Vlaszof
  • Online
Course Length:
  • 8 Week


Cultural Anthropology also known as social or sociocultural anthropology.  The study of customary patterns in human behavior, thought, and feelings. It focuses on humans as culture producing and culture reproducing creatures.This course presents the nature of humankind, culture, and society, including the concepts and theories used for their analysis and understanding. It examines cultural growth, social organization, family systems, politics and economics, war, religion, values, culture shock, and applied anthropology.

Course Description

This course is an examination of the diverse cultural life ways that contribute to the greater global picture. Analogies are drawn from small-scale to large-scale societies. Topics include: culture, language and society, ethnicity, multiculturalism, kinship and marriage, religion and political organization and culture change and globalization.

What to Expect in this Course

An online course requires the ability to independently take responsibility for completing your assignments within a designated time-frame. When you are engaging in discussions with your classmates, they depend upon you to respond within 24-48 hours. This course is both online and short-term. We are covering 18 weeks of information in 8 weeks.

Types of Assessments

Quizzes and Exams

Textbook Information

Introduction to Cultural Anthropology The Essentials of Cultural Anthropology - Kenneth J. Guest, 3rd Edition ISBNs Paperback: 978-0-393-42014-2; Ebook registration card: 978-0-393-42015-9, 
All of the above options include access to the ebook, InQuizitive, Practicing Ethnography, activities, and videos. Students can also purchase access directly from Norton at

Other Relevant Course Information

You will be expected to read weekly reading  assignments, watch videos, post discussions and collaborate with your fellow students. You will have the opportunity to explore and learn about many different cultures and life-ways to facilitate your understanding of many different cultures and understand human differences.

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

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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: 10/26/2021 Sub#: 1110