|Student Learning Outcomes -|
- Students will practice cultural relativism and apply understandings of global diversity to investigations of current society.
- Students will critically analyze and interpret ethnographic data acquired as part of in-depth field research.
- Students will apply anthropological principles for solving human problems on the local, regional and world scales.
|Description - |
|Comparative study of patterns in culture. Introduction to ethnographic research and applications of different methods and theories for studying and interpreting societies.|
|Course Objectives - |
|The student will be able to: |
- acquire a broad perspective of human behavior.
- construct a view of culture that will add to an understanding of our own culture.
- gain an insight into the meaning of science, the scientific method, and anthropology as a science.
- gain a sense of the cultural diversity existing throughout the world.
- reduce bias and prejudice.
- understand and apply current anthropological methods and theories.
|Special Facilities and/or Equipment - |
- When taught face-to-face, no special facilities or equipment is needed.
- When taught as an online distance learning section, students and faculty need ongoing and continuous Internet and Email access.
|Course Content (Body of knowledge) - |
- Explanation of anthropological theory and methods.
- Survey of selected societies.
- Concepts of anthropology, including
- Culture and Ethnography
- Examples of Ethnography and Cultural Analysis.
- Eating Christmas in the Kalahari.
- Shakespeare in the Bush.
- Fieldwork on Prostitution in the Era of AIDS.
- Lessons from the Field.
- Language and communication.
- The Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis: Worlds Shaped by Words.
- How To Ask For a Drink.
- Body Art as Visual Language.
- Conversation Styles.
- Ecology and subsistence.
- The Hunters: Scarce Resources in the Kalahari.
- Adaptive Failure: Easter's End.
- Forest Development The Indian Way.
- Economic systems.
- Reciprocity and the Power of Giving.
- Cocaine and the Economic Deterioration of Bolivia.
- Office Work and the Crack Alternative.
- Kinship and family.
- Mother's Love: Death Without Weeping.
- Family and Kinship in Village India.
- Life Without Fathers Of Husbands.
- Uterine Families and the Women's Community.
- Identity, roles, and groups.
- Symbolizing Roles: Behind the Veil.
- Society and Sex Roles.
- A Woman's Curse?
- Mixed Blood.
- Law and politics.
- Cross-Cultural Law: The Case of the Gypsy Offender.
- Notes From an Expert Witness
- Life Without Chiefs.
- Religion, magic, and world view.
- Taraka's Ghost.
- Baseball Magic.
- Run For The Wall: An American Pilgrimage.
- Cargo Beliefs and Religious Experience.
- Applied anthropology.
- New Americans: The Road To Refugee Resettlement.
- Men's Pleasure, Women's Labor: Tourism For Sex.
- Japanese Hip-Hop And The Globalization Of Popular Culture.
- The Kayapo Resistance.
- Medical Anthropology: Improving Nutrition in Malawi.
- Using Anthropology.
- Career Advice for Anthropology Undergraduates.
|Methods of Evaluation - |
- Class discussion.
- Written examinations.
- Field investigation.
- In-depth ethnographic study of current day culture in the region consisting of research steps, such as informant interviews.
- Student will set up research questions, work with others in the class, do field research, and analyze data collected.
- Research paper.
- 10-15 page paper covering the field investigation.
- Oral reports.
|Representative Text(s) - |
|Spradley, James and David McCurdy. Conformity and Conflict: Readings in Cultural Anthropology. Boston: Pearson, 2008. |
|Disciplines - |
|Method of Instruction - |
|Lecture, Discussion, Cooperative learning exercises, Field work, Oral presentations. |
|Lab Content - |
|Not applicable. |
|Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments - |
|Application of anthropological theory and methodology via a ethnography field project that covers a cultural group in the region. Research results and conclusions presented orally to the class. |