ANTH105 syllabus.doc


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ANTHROPOLOGY 105 INTRODUCTION TO CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY PALOMAR COLLEGE – Spring 2013 MW 8:00 am – 9:20 am Class# 30920 Room: MD-304 Gulay Melissa Dinckan E-mail: [email protected] (This is the best way to reach me; ALWAYS note your school, class, class time in reference box of your e-mail. Also include your full name in your e-mail, not a nickname or other names you use.) Office Hours: by appointment only Required Text: Harris, Marvin, and Orna Johnson 2007 Cultural Anthropology (seventh edition) or earlier editions. Boston: Pearson Education, Inc. INTRODUCTION TO CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY Description: This course presents--at the introductory level--an overview of Cultural Anthropology. Using the comparative or cross-cultural approach, we will look at how various peoples around the world have adapted to their environments and developed behaviors to meet their biological, economic, psychological, social, and political needs among others. Objectives: You will learn the basic interests, terms, and concepts important in contemporary Anthropology through lectures, assigned readings and writing assignments, films, out-of-class activities, and discussions. In addition, you will learn some of the fundamental questions asked by anthropologists and various methods and theories used to answer these questions. You will be encouraged to develop an "Anthropological Perspective" in an attempt to objectively view your own cultural biases and to develop an awareness and sensitivity towards members of other cultures. Satisfactory completion of this course will provide you with the foundation necessary to successfully conduct upper division work in Cultural Anthropology at four-year schools as well as help build the foundation necessary to successfully participate in a global (cross-cultural) environment. Requirements : In addition to attending and actively participating class meetings, you should come to class prepared, having done the chapter readings. This is 3 unit class, like almost all 3 unit colleges across the U.S. (whether face-to-face or online) involves about 144 hours of work. In a regular 16 week semester, you are
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expected to do about 9 hours of work a week (3 hours attending class and 6 hours outside of class). This is s substantial amount of time. If you don’t have this much time to invest in the class, you should think seriously about dropping the course and taking another time. In addition to attending and actively participating in class, you will be able to demonstrate mastery of course materials through the following required activities: Attendance, Movies, Group Activity, Five Exams (The lowest chapter exam grade will be dropped) and a Comprehensive Final Exam. The five exams and the Final Exam will be mostly objective (i.e., multiple choice, matching, fill-in, true-false) with some short-answer essay questions.
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