Course Summary
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14 weeks (75 hours)
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Lower-Division Baccalaureate 3 cultural anthropology


The course objective is to introduce students to a theoretical and practical introduction to cultural anthropology to provide insight into cultural forces which affect the human way of life. Special consideration will be made to the lively history of anthropology. Topics include the study of material culture, technology, religion, and language. Social and economic systems are emphasized. Focus is also given to contemporary or applied issues of anthropology including the status of women, gender issues, and globalization.

Learning Outcomes:

  • examine the scope and evolution of anthropology through its subfields and transition through modernism and postmodernism
  • evaluate the different approaches to anthropology and apply the concept of ethics to the gathering and analysis of data
  • illustrate how ethnocentrism and contemporary ideas have influenced culture in anthropology
  • assess the growth, development, and effects of communication and language on culture and thought
  • elaborate on the different dimensions of social organization and relate the concepts of tolerance, accommodation, and conflict to ethnicity
  • examine the subsistence strategies and the economics, methods, and principles that govern distribution, exchange, and consumption of goods and services
  • understand the connection between power, authority, and politics and relate them to social control, nationalism, and external relations
  • assess the reasons for the development of belief systems and analyze the changes that occurred over time
  • differentiate between various types of descent groups and review the debate of kinship over biology
  • examine the rules and forms of marriages and relate the evolution of the family to social and economic changes
  • measure the impact of gender on the roles of men and women, and examine the different perspectives on human sexual behavior
  • analyze the formation and impact of economic and social classes during industrialization and evaluate the world-system perspective
  • assess the impact of colonialism on societies around the world
  • examine the effects of contact and globalization on culture in various societies.

General Course Topics:

  • Relevant anthropological theories
  • Ethnocentrism and culture
  • Language and communication
  • Race and ethnicity
  • Economic and political systems
  • Religion and belief systems
  • Kinship and descent
  • Marriage and family
  • Gender and sexuality
  • The effects of colonialism and industrialization
  • Globalization
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials
  • Computer Based Training

Methods of Assessment:

  • Examinations
  • Quizzes

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