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Course Outline (syllabus)

Course Outline (syllabus) - UNIVERSITY OF WINDSOR...

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UNIVERSITY OF WINDSOR DEPARTMENT OF SOCIOLOGY AND ANTHROPOLOGY 49-112 (30) CULTURE IN COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVE FALL TERM 2007 Instructor: Dr. Jack Kapac Office: CHS 256-2 Phone: 253-3000 (3974) Office Hours: Tues. 5 – 6:30 pm. Thurs. 12:30 – 1:30 pm. Email: [email protected] Class Times: Tuesdays 7 – 9:50 pm. Classroom: 202 Toldo Cultures in Comparative Perspective is an introduction to the variety of human cultures in the contemporary world. The course is an introductory survey of sociocultural anthropology and the ways in which anthropology examines this global diversity. We will be looking at anthropological perspectives in such areas as language, economics, marriage and family, gender, cultural identities and religion. We will also be looking at important anthropological concepts like “culture” to help us understand other people as well as ourselves. REQUIRED TEXTS Conrad Kottak Mirror for Humanity (5 th edition) James Spradley and David McCurdy Conformity and Conflict: Readings in Cultural Anthropology (12 th edition) Both texts are available in the Bookstore. Students are required to do their weekly readings as preparation for lectures and the test/exam. Earlier editions of the texts are not appropriate because they contain different material. COURSE REQUIREMENTS Course requirements are a term test, a final exam and a short essay. The test and exam will be multiple choice questions covering material from the lectures, readings and films. Approximately ½ of the questions will be from the lectures and ½ from the readings. Term Test 30% October 30, 2007 in class (material from weeks 1 – 7) Final Exam 40% Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2007 (material from weeks 7 - 13) Essay 30% due in class November 27, 2007 1
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The Essay is a short (5 pages) assignment based on the Spradley book readings. Details are given below. The last day to withdraw from the course is November 7, 2007. Test and exam results will be posted in the corridor between the Sociology/Anthropology and Psychology Departments (Chrysler Hall South) as soon as they are available. GRADING SCHEME A+ 93-100 B+ 77-79.9 C+ 67-69.9 D+ 57-59.9 A 86-92.9 B 73-76.9 C 63-66.9 D 53-56.9 A- 80-85.9 B- 70-72.9 C- 60-62.9 D- 50-52.9 F 35-49.9 F- 0-34.9 According to University regulations, the average grade in high enrolment 100 and 200 level courses is within the ‘C’ range. Generally, no more than 50% of the final grades should be ‘As’ and ‘Bs’ (taken together). For this reason, there is a possibility of curving or adjustment of final grades. CLASS CONDUCT Disruptive behavior such as talking during a lecture is rude and interferes with other students’ rights to learn and benefit from course material. Disruptive behavior during lectures is a violation of University of Windsor regulations (Policy S6 – Student Code of Conduct). Disruptive students will be asked to leave the class. If the problem persists, they will be referred to the Dean’s Office. It is also disruptive to simply get up and walk out of a lecture except in cases of unexpected illness. If you must leave, do so discretely or during the break. It is common courtesy to turn off cellphones during a class.
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