Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines

Business and Social Sciences Division
4 hours lecture.4 Units

Total Quarter Learning Hours: 48 (Total of All Lecture, Lecture/Lab, and Lab hours X 12)
 Lecture Hours: 4 Lab Hours: Lecture/Lab:
 Note: If Lab hours are specified, see item 10. Lab Content below.

Repeatability -
Statement: Not Repeatable.

Status -
 Course Status: ActiveGrading: Letter Grade with P/NP option
 Degree Status: ApplicableCredit Status: Credit
 Degree or Certificate Requirement: AA Degree,   Foothill GE
 GE Status: Social & Behavioral Sciences

Articulation Office Information -
 Transferability: BothValidation: 05/09/2008; 12/13/10

1. 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.
Prerequisite: None
Co-requisite: None
Advisory: Not open to students with credit in ANTH 2AH.

2. 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.
3. Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
When taught as an online distance learning section, students and faculty need ongoing and continuous Internet and Email access.

4. 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
5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.
6. 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.
7. 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.

8. Disciplines -
9. Method of Instruction -
Lecture, Discussion, Cooperative learning exercises, Self-paced, Field work, Oral presentations.
10. Lab Content -
Not applicable.
11. Honors Description - No longer used. Integrated into main description section.
12. 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.
13. Need/Justification -
This course is a required core course for the AA degree in Anthroplogy.

Course status: Active
Last updated: 2015-03-09 13:37:21

Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines