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ANT102 - Cultural Anthropology
Catalog Description: Examines different levels of technological complexity of selected cultures and analyzes topics common to all societies such as religion, kinship, marriage, child-rearing practices, social structure, ecological relationships, linguistics, and other areas.
Lecture: 3 hrs.
Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs):
At the conclusion of the semester, students will be able to:
1. Differentiate through exam questions between the following sub-disciplines in anthropology: sociocultural, biological, archeology, linguistic anthropology and applied anthropology. *
2. Identify through exam questions a minimum of four ethnographic techniques (participant observation, structured and unstructured interviews, key consultants, life histories, the genealogical method, etc.) and a minimum of eight basic elements contained within the scientific method. *
3. Differentiate in extended writing, exam questions or classroom activities between a minimum of two of the following anthropological theoretical perspectives: Early Evolution, Diffusionism, Functionalism, Neo-Evolution, Cultural Materialism and Culture and Personality.
4. Identify through extended writing or exam questions a minimum of three characteristics of culture, identify at least four cultural universals including two functions of each, and differentiate between ethnocentrism and cultural relativism.
5. Analyze in extended writing, exam questions or classroom activities the nature of human language with an emphasis on such concepts as language acquisition, sociolinguistics, language structure, kinesics, focal vocabulary, displacement, code-switching, the Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis, and a comparison between human and nonhuman language.
6. Differentiate in extended writing or through exam questions between the following terms: ethnicity, race, discrimination, prejudice, phenotype, social race, assimilation and ethnic pluralism.
7. Compare and contrast through extended writing or exam questions a minimum of two of the following adaptive strategies: foraging, horticulture, agriculture, pastoralism and industrialism.
8. Differentiate through extended writing or exam questions between the following political systems: bands, tribes, chiefdoms, and states.
9. Compare and contrast through extended writing or exam questions the family structure in the United States to that of another culture in a minimum of three of the following areas: descent patterns, gender stratification, residence patterns, courting/dating patterns, marriage patterns, and child rearing practices.
10. Identify a minimum of three functions of religion and analyze this cultural universal with an emphasis on such concepts as animism, mana and taboo, magic and religion, rites of passage, and totemism.
11. Analyze through extended writing or exam questions the impact of globalization on a minimum of one indigenous society with an emphasis on such concepts as Westernization, hegemony, cultural imperialism, world system theory, acculturation and diffusion.
*This course objective has been identified as a student learning outcome that must be formally assessed as part of the College's Comprehensive Assessment Plan. All faculty teaching this course must collect the required data (see Assessing Student Learning Outcomes form) and submit the required analysis and documentation at the conclusion of the semester to the Office of Assessment and Special Projects.
Each instructor is required to cover the following content areas from the text. Other areas may be covered at the discretion of the instructor.
I. Introduction to Anthropology and sub-disciplines
II. Research Methods
III. Theoretical Approaches in Anthropology
V. Race and Ethnicity
VI. Subsistence Patterns
VII. Political Organizations
VIII. Kinship, Marriage, and Child-Rearing
IX. Religion and the Supernatural
X. Cultural Change
Effective Term: Spring 2004