a203-11f-syllabus - Syllabus Sonoma State University...

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Syllabus Sonoma State University Anthropology 203 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology Section 1, Fall 2011 Instructor: Bruce Owen Office Location: Stevenson 2054H Telephone: (707) 664-2181 (I do not check messages.) Email: [email protected] (This is the best way to reach me.) Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday 2:30-3:30, Thursday 11:30-12:30 Class Days/Time: Tuesday and Thursday 5:25-6:40 Classroom: Stevenson 1002 GE/SSU Studies Category: D1 (Individual and Society) Course Description Course description from the course catalog: Examination of the anthropological approach to the study of human behavior. Exploration of human dependence on learned, socially transmitted behavior through consideration of ways of life in a broad range of societies. Course description specifically for this section: Cultural anthropology is the study of people in terms of their culture: the ideas about the world and behavior that are learned and shared in common with others. Culture structures how people understand themselves and the world, and from there, how they behave, relate to each other, and organize as groups. Anthropology is based on learning what people do and think by first-hand experience with them. Over a century of anthropologists’ first-hand experience has shown that very little about culture is universal. A lot of what we grow up thinking is just “the way it is”, isn’t. The range of ways that people live, think, and act is vast. Our way is just one of many. Yet we are increasingly tied together by a global web of interactions, for better and for worse. To understand the world and work successfully in it, as individuals, groups, businesses, and nations, we have to set aside the preconceptions of our own native culture and open our eyes to understanding other ways of thinking. Doing so also gives us insights into our own culture and society. Anthropology helps us recognize some of our preconceptions, and shows us other ways of living and conceptualizing the world. In this course, you will get a taste of some of the
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wide range of issues that anthropologists study, the concepts that anthropologists have developed to help to comprehend those issues, and many examples of different cultures, viewpoints, stories, and studies that illustrate them. Some of these subjects are controversial, and many have to do with how we as individuals, a society, and a nation view and respond to real, current problems. Course Goals and Student Learning Objectives Official description of GE Area D The social sciences concentrate on the description and explanation of organization, variation and change in social practices and institutions. Courses in this area examine the diversity, variety and complexity of human life at every scale from the individual to the global. Courses instill an appreciation of the multiple perspectives and methodologies that social science disciplines offer for understanding the human experience. Official Learning Outcomes (LO) for all GE Area D courses
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