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Effective: Summer 2011

Advisory: Advisory: Not open to students with credit in ANTH 2AH.
Grade Type: Letter Grade, the student may select Pass/No Pass
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Social & Behavioral Sciences Transferable: CSU/UC
4 hours lecture. (48 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • Students will have tools to better understand and appreciate the diversity of human behavior in small-scale and more complex societies, including their own, through an ability to recognize and articulate the characteristics and elements of culture, and the ways in which anthropologists study and explain the diversity of human behavior around the world.
  • Students will expand their awareness of the peoples of the world, and the different ways of living and being in the world, through an exposure to a variety of ethnographic studies and cross-cultural explorations.
  • Students will have a new set of skills to better understand and address conflicts and social issues by learning to apply anthropological methods and principles, particularly holism, recognizing ethnocentric biases, and practicing cultural relativism, to solve human problems on the local, regional and world scales.
Description -
Introduction to the study of human culture and the concepts, theories, and methods used in the comparative study of sociocultural systems. Subjects include subsistence, political organization, language, kinship, religion, social inequality, ethnicity, gender, and culture change. Discussion of anthropological perspectives to contemporary issues.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. gain a heightened sense of cultural diversity in the world.
  2. gain a realization of human universals that exist in cultures world-wide.
  3. acquire a deeper understanding of the importance of human heritage.
  4. demonstrate a broadened knowledge of indigenous cultures.
  5. demonstrate an understanding of beliefs and practices foreign to the student.
  6. gain an understanding of modern theoretical approaches to the study of cultural anthropology.
  7. understand the history and development of cultural anthropology as a discipline.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
When taught as an online distance learning section, students and faculty need ongoing and continuous Internet and Email access.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Sub disciplines within anthropology
  2. In depth understanding of cultural anthropology
  3. Theoretical approaches and methods used in cultural anthropology
    1. Cultural Relativism
    2. Participant observation
    3. Historical particularism
    4. Cultural ecology
    5. Rights and issues concerning Indigenous cultures
    6. Ethics in Anthropology
    7. Applied Anthropology
  4. Characteristics of Culture
    1. Culture is learned
    2. Culture is shared
    3. Culture is based on symbols
    4. Culture is integrated
    5. Culture is dynamic
  5. Ethnographic research
    1. History of ethnography
    2. Practicing social science
    3. Objectivity versus Subjectivity
    4. Etic versus Emic perspectives
    5. Ethnographic methodology
    6. Chagnon example
    7. Ethnology
  6. Evolution of the first human cultures
    1. Bipedalism
    2. Homo habilis and Oldowan Tools
    3. Homo erectus and fire
    4. Primates and culture
    5. Bonobos
    6. Race as a Social Construct
  7. Language and Communication
    1. Descriptive linguistics
    2. Historical linguistics
    3. Sociolinguistics
    4. Linguistic relativism
    5. Origins of Language
  8. Social Identity, Personality and Gender
    1. Enculturation
    2. Personality
    3. Modal personality
    4. Core values
    5. Ethnic psychoses
  9. Patterns of subsistence
    1. Adaptation
    2. Food-foraging
    3. Agriculture
  10. Economic Systems
    1. Production
    2. Distribution
      1. Reciprocity
      2. Redistribution
      3. Market Exchange
    3. Globalization
  11. Marraige and Family
    1. Forms of marriage
    2. Family and household
  12. Kinship and Descent
    1. Descent groups
    2. Lineages
    3. Kin Groups and Clans
    4. Kinship terminologies
  13. Grouping by Gender, Age or Class
    1. Gender and Age groups
    2. Class and Social Rank
  14. Politics, Power and Violence
    1. Poltical systems
    2. Band, Tribe, Cheifdom and State
    3. Politics and religion
    4. Maintaining order through law
    5. Conflict and warfare
  15. Religion and the supernatural
    1. Anthropological approaches to religion
    2. Rituals and ceremonies
    3. Rites of passage
    4. Magic
    5. Witchcraft
    6. Functions of religion
    7. Religion and cultural change
  16. Arts
    1. Visual art
    2. Verbal art
      1. Myths and legends
      2. Folklore
      3. Music
    3. Functions of art
  17. Processes of Change
    1. Mechanisms of change
    2. Repressive Change
    3. Rebellion and revolution
  18. Globalization Challeges
    1. Acculturation examples
    2. Gauging the future
    3. Role of global corporations
    4. Pollution and climate change
    5. Overpopulation
    6. Role of applied anthropology
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Written assignments
    1. Five to eight page paper that covers field investigation.
  2. Oral presentations
    1. In class discussion
    2. Group presentations
  3. Midterm examination
  4. Final examination
  5. Research project
    1. Student required to conduct field investigation. Topics to include investigation of dietary patterns for 5 days with comparisons to other contemporary cultures, or detailed analysis of family kinship with comparisons to other contemporary cultures.
Representative Text(s) -
Haviland, William, Harald Prins, Dana Walrath,and Bunny McBride. Cultural Anthropology: The Human Challenge, 12th Edition. Belmont, Ca: Thomson Wadsworth, 2008.
Chagnon, Napoleon. Yanomamo. Belmont, Ca: Thomson Wadsworth, 1996.

Disciplines -
Method of Instruction -
Lecture, Discussion, Cooperative learning exercises, Self-paced, Field work, Oral presentations.
Lab Content -
Not applicable.
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Research project
  2. Student required to conduct field investigation. Topics to include investigation of dietary patterns for 5 days with comparisons to other contemporary cultures, or detailed analysis of family kinship with comparisons to other contemporary cultures.