SS-111 Cultural Anthropology

Course Description: 
The course is aimed at studying different patterns of life, through human adaptations to their environments.  The students in the course will familiarize themselves with the different individual groups and their societies. The students will compare and contrast the cultures studied to their own. The concept to be aware of is that cultures are different but there is no one culture superior than another. The students will also relate how cultural anthropology is related to other sciences.

  • Prerequisite Courses:   EN110

A. PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES (PLOs):
The student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a fundamental knowledge of world geography.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of the major cultural issues of a person's own culture as well as other cultures.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of major historical events affecting one's culture and other cultures.
  4. Demonstrate familiarity with contemporary global issues.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of major ethical concerns.

B.  STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES (SLOs) – GENERAL:
The student will be able to:

  1. The student will discuss the general overview of cultural anthropology and its relationship to other disciplines
  2. The student will define the nature of culture in terms of its components and how it has evolved, and compare similarities in cultures studied
  3. The student will describe the formation and functions of social, political, and religious groups in different societies
  4. The student will be able to discuss the causes of change in cultures, languages, customs, and religion using the holistic perspective.
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C.  STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES (SLOS) – SPECIFIC:
      The student will be able to:

General SLO 1: The students will discuss the general overview cultural anthropology and its relationship to other disciplines.     


Student Learning Outcomes

Assessment Strategies

1.1 Define anthropology, describe how anthropology is related to other social sciences

Group discussion-students will be tasked to explain how they know anthropology through discussions and presentation.

1.2 Explain the importance of research and ethics in anthropology

Quiz

1.3 Explain how anthropology is important to everyday life.

Quiz

1.4 Explain the challenges anthropologists face in the studies

Test

General SLO 2: The student will define the nature of culture in terms of its components and how it has evolved, and compare similarities in cultures studied.

Student Learning Outcomes

Assessment Strategies

2.1 Define culture and identify concepts of culture and ethical issues that underlie studying culture

Quiz

2.2 List and describe the different aspects of cultures. Compare and contrast traditional and western cultures

Group assignment/discussion-students will do an assignment on assigned culture to compare and contrast culture to their own culture.

2.3 Define evolution and describe how man is related to other apes by means of culture

Quiz

2.4 Discuss the significant roles of both verbal and nonverbal language as part of culture

Quiz

2.5 Discuss how culture influences personality development

Quiz

2.6 Identify the different patterns of subsistence and adaptation

Test

2.7 Describe the distribution and exchange of resources in different societies

Test

General SLO 3: The student will describe the formation and functions of social, political, and religious groups in different societies.


Student Learning Outcomes

Assessment Strategies

3.1 Discuss the types of marriage and their cultural and social functions

Assignment/class work-students will do an assignment on assigned culture to do this.

3.2 Identify types of families, their functions and why they change over time

Quiz

3.3 List and explain the principles used in kinship, clan and marriage that are used to organize people within societies

Quiz

3.5 Identify and  the common-interest associations and their roles in society

Quiz

3.6 Explain the functions of political organizations and their means of social control

Assignment/class work-students will do an assignment on assigned culture to do this.

3.7 Explain the relationship between science and religion and their functions

Test

General SLO 4: The student will be able to discuss the causes and consequences of change in cultures, languages, customs, and religion using the holistic perspective.


Student Learning Outcomes

Assessment Strategies

4.1 Explain what cause social movements to occur in society

Group presentation-students will conduct research and present their findings as a group to do this. Two rubrics will be used to assess this.

 

4.2 Identify the different kinds of social movements

Quiz

 

4.3 Explain how cultural context provides the means for innovation to occur

Quiz

 

4.4 Identify the cause and consequences of culture loss and acculturation

Quiz

 

4.5 Cite examples of ethnic resurgence from both traditional and western societies

Quiz

 

4.6 Give examples of how misunderstandings can be a cause and consequences to structural violence in society

Test

D. COURSE CONTENT

  1. Unit I- Anthropology and the study of culture
    The nature of Anthropology
    The Nature of culture
    The beginnings of Human Culture
  2. Unit II-Culture and Survival: Communicating, raising children, and staying alive
    Language and Communication
    Growing up Human
    Patterns of subsistence
    Economic Systems
  3. Unit III- The formation of groups: Solving the problem of cooperation
    Sex and Marriage
    Family and Household
    Kinship and Descent
    Grouping by sex, age, common interest, and class
    Political control and Social Control
    Unit IV- Understanding differences in Culture
    Religion and the Supernatural
    The Arts
    Culture change
    The future of Humanity

E. METHODS OF INSTRUCTION
None

F.  REQURIED TEXT(S) AND COURSE MATERIALS
Haviland, W.A., Prins, H.,Walrath, D., & McBride, B. (2008). Cultural Anthropology; The
human Challenge (12th ed.). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth, Cencage learning. (or most recent edition)

G. REFERENCE MATERIALS
None

H.  INSTRUCTIONAL COSTS
None

I.   EVALUATION
None

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