Syllabus 2007-1

Syllabus 2007-1 - Cultural Anthropology Anth 0510-210-02...

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Unformatted text preview: Cultural Anthropology Anth 0510-210-02 Professor: Jason Younker Office: 01-3169 Office Hours: M/W Noon-2:00 or appt. Email: jtygla@rit.edu Office phone: 475-5549 Quarter: Spring 2007(1) Sec. 02 M/W 2-3:50 p.m. Building/Room 6-3201 Course Description: Cultural Anthropology is the study of individuals and groups within the context of culture. It examines the sociocultural, political, and economic lives of people and the interconnections among these. In this course we will examine many fundamental topics in cultural anthropology. We will, for example discuss gender, marriage, and sexuality; explore the relevance of economic and political practices; probe the ways in which culture impacts thinking in virtually all areas of life; look at the ways in which a person's physical and mental health relates to economics and politics; and discuss the ways in which globalization and the West, in particular, has affected cultures worldwide. Readings/Required Texts: Students will be expected to pre-read assigned readings for the week as these will be the subject of lectures and class discussions. Supplemental readings will be provided by the instructor and available in the Wallace Library. Schedule of readings are listed in table. Schultz, E., and Robert Lavenda 2005 Cultural Anthropology: A Perspective on the Human Condition, 6th ed. Oxford University Press: New York. Instructor's Objectives: 1) Provide a comfortable atmosphere where students can reflect upon and share their cultural experiences and compare the differences and similarities of other cultures from around the globe; 2) Provide students a broad introduction to the world of cultural anthropology--what anthropologists study, their theoretical positions, their fieldwork, and the global and local impacts anthropological study has made; 3) Provide examples how anthropological study can be an asset in business, technology, science and self-exploration; 4) Provide students an introduction to the instructor's personal research in Native American cultures and American anthropology. Methods of Instruction: Classroom sessions will include lecture, films, and active participation of students based on the required readings. Grading: 5% Extra credit: Attendance and Participation: Attendance will be taken every day. If you have more than two (2) absences you will receive no extra credit points for attendance and participation. Extra credit is worth 5 points. 30% Quizzes: Two (2) quizzes will be given during the course of the quarter and will cover material discussed in the preceding weeks; Sept 19th and Oct 31st. Quizzes can consist of all or a 1 combination of fill-in-the blank, multiple choice, and short answer essay questions. Each quiz is worth 15 points. 30% Mid-term exam: Exam is cumulative and covering material from Sept 3 to Sept 26. Exam consists of fill-in-the-blank and multiple choice questions. Mid-term exam is worth 30 points. 40% Final examination: Final exam will include fill-in-the-blank, multiple choices, and shortanswer questions from material primarily discussed from Oct 3 through Nov 7; however, several questions from the mid-term exam may be included at the discretion of the instructor. Final exams cannot be taken early unless our exam conflicts with other course exams (RIT policy). Final exam is worth 40 points. What Different Grades Mean: A=92-100 Completed all assignments, outstanding work (mastery of course materials, creative analyses, analyses substantiated with copious specific details, active and well prepared class discussion); B=83-91 Completed all assignments, and took work seriously; C=74-82 Completed all assignments, some work unsatisfactory, demonstrating a partial grasp of the readings and lectures, or work done hastily; D=65-73 Completed all assignments, but often unsatisfactorily; F=64-below Assignment(s) missing or work consistently done unsatisfactorily Please note: I will not round up grades at the end of the quarter. Your effort determines your grade. Policies: Email attachments: I do not accept assignments/papers as attached files. Tardiness: I often make important announcements at the beginning of class. If you are late you will miss these announcements, so make sure you network with fellow students so that you won't miss anything important. Communication: I respond to simple emails--not those that require lengthy responses. If you need to discuss course topics, please visit with me during my office hours. If you cannot make my office hours, I will be happy to schedule a time that is mutually convenient. For sensitive matters (such as late work, etc), please visit me during my office hours. Late Work: If you miss a quiz or the Mid-term due to an unexcused absence you need to make it up during the next class meeting. You will only receive 50% of the points possible. If you miss the quiz or exam because of an illness you must provide the professor a doctor's note from the student health center--you can retake the quiz/exam for full credit. You must hand in all assignments to receive a passing grade Academic Dishonesty: Any case of cheating or plagiarism will result in a "0" for that assignment and the course. Refer to RIT's Policy on Academic Dishonesty. Plagiarism is a form of academic dishonesty and is also a violation of intellectual property law. Make certain you understand what constitutes proper use of sources and what constitutes plagiarism (www.indiana.edu/%7Ewts/wts/plagiarism.html). 2 General Schedule Week Date Wk. 1 Wk. 2 Sep 3 Sep 5 Sep 10 Sep 12 Unit/Topic (1) Introduction (2) Holistic Science (3) Doing Anthropology (4) Anthropology as a Political tool; Language (5) Film: Dig for the Truth (6) Political Org and Leadership; Quiz #1 (7); Film: Promises; Quiz #1 returned (8) Finish Film: Promises; Subsistence and resource allocation; Mid-term prep (9) Mid-term exam (10) Film: Walking w/ Cavemen (11) Gender & Sexuality; Film: Female Circumcision; Mid-term returned (12) Marriage, family and residence; Film: Masai Manhood (13) Belief Systems (14) Film: Sacred Ceremonies (15) Human Expressions & Culture Change (16) Colonialism & Imperialism; Film: Trobriand Cricket (17) Applied Anthropology: Film The Age of Wal-Mart (18) Film: The Haunted History of Halloween; Quiz #2 (after film) (19) Fa'a Samoa Discuss Films (20) Class Wrap-up; Final Exam prep Semi-Cumulative Exam Lecture/PP# Reading PP#1--Intro PP#2 PP#3-- M&Ms PP#4 No PP PP#5; Quiz #1 None Chaps 1, 2 Chap 3, 5 Chap 5-8 None Chap 9 None PP#6 Take exam No PP PP#7 PP#8 PP#9 No PP PP#10 PP#11 PP#12 No PP; Quiz #2 No PP PP#13 None Chap 10 None None Chap 11 Chap 12 & 13 None None None Chap 15 None None None None None Notes Wk. 3 Sep 17 Sep 19 Sep 24 Sep 26 Quiz #1 Wk. 4 Wk. 5 Oct 1 Oct 3 Oct 8 Oct 10 Mid-term Wk. 6 Wk. 7 Wk. 8 Oct 15 Oct 17 Oct 22 Oct 24 Wk. 9 Oct 29 Oct 31 Quiz #2 Wk. 10 Finals Nov 5 Nov 7 TBA Final Exam 3 ...
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