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ANTHRO-103 - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology - Oscar Hernandez

Course:Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Professor:Oscar Hernandez
  • Online
Course Length:
  • 5 Week


Hello class, welcome to Cultural Anthropology. I would like to just mention a few educational goals that I strive to achieve in all my classes. We will spend some time in the beginning of class reviewing and discussing the following concepts/ideas


  • Critical Thinking
  • Skeptical Thinking
  • Evidence
  • What is truth?
  • Most reliable way to find a truth?
  • Why is this important to this class, anthropology, education, and life?

In case you’re interested, my main interests in anthropology surround themes of digital cultures and society. I am interested in how social media, digital media, and online cultures influence the ideology of our culture campuses.  

My other interests, and specific to this class, include artificial intelligence and its impact on culture (either in real life or in movies/fiction). I am also interested in the evolution of morality, objective morality, and free will or lack of free will. 

Lastly, I have recently been deeply interested in issues of free speech and how citizens perceive or think of “hate speech” and censorship. 

Course Description

Presents the nature of humankind, culture, and society, including the 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.

What to Expect in this Course

Glad you can join us for this class. Looking very forward to learning with you. The class is asynchronous, meaning that we will not have any live meetings. However, I do have weekly office/student drop in hours and everyone is welcomed and encouraged to join if you have any questions or need any help. 

The class will be structured on modules that will open on a weekly basis - so in a way, it is sort of working at your own pace. However, since this class is so short, each week will have substantial work. Quizzes will be based on assignments and lectures I post on a weekly basis. 

Types of Assessments

2 Quizzes
1 Final Exam
Final Project
Forum Discussions

Textbook Information

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Last updated: 10/26/2021 Sub#: 1112