Anthropology 102 - Cultural Anthropology
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology #10555 T/Th 3:05pm to 4:30pm Rm #212 Prof. Gary Rodgers
Interesting Links to Anthropology Web sites
A Visual Tour of Amazonian Tribes
A Visual Tour of Ladakh and the Pastoral Changpas
Syllabus for Anthropology 102
A study of culture and its relationships to biology and to natural environment. Stresses the origin and evolution of culture, and the part that culture assumed in human biological maintenance. Examines types of social organizations and economic systems, religions and arts.
1. To identify characteristics of culture and explain its holistic form as anthropologists developed it.
2. To trace the evolution of hominids and the development of culture.
3. To explain the systems of communication, subsistence and economics.
4. Provide the opportunity for you to demonstrate an awareness for the nature of cultural change and how changes of values influence culture.
Student Learning Outcomes:
Institutional Student Learning Outcomes: Students who complete a degree or certificate at Imperial Valley College will demonstrate competency in these five areas: communication skills, critical thinking skills, personal responsibililty, information literacy, and global awareness.
In this class, the Mid-term/Final Examinations assess student learning outcomes.S
Competency includes the student applying the rules of scientific method and empirical analysis in understanding global cultural diversity.
Competency includes the student analyzing the concept of culture and identifying the components of culture.
Competency includes the student describing the features of human language and analysis of the origin and structure of human language.
Three (3) units
Ember, Melvin. Cultural Anthropology . Thriteenth Ed. New Jersey, Prentice Hall, 2011.
Your grade in this course is based on the accumulation of percentage points generated from the following:
1. Quiz Average 33% (of total grade)
2. Mid-Term Examination 33% (of total grade)
3. Final Examination 33% (of total grade)
Grades will be based on the following percentages:
90 - 100% - A
80 - 89% - B
70 - 79% - C
60 - 69% - D
00 - 59% - F
*During the determination of a Student's Quiz Average, the lowest quiz (1) (percentage score) will be dropped and not counted as part of the quiz average.Students should be advised that make-up test will not be given for missed chapter quizzes.
*Note that internet assignments may be counted as quiz grades.
The IVC General Catalog states:
"Regular attendance in all classes is expected of all students enrolled. Instructors are expected to take a student's attendance record into account in computing grades. A student may be excluded from further attendance in a class during any semester when absences after the close of registration have exceeded the number of class hours which the class meets per week."
This policy will be taken into consideration during the semester concerning a student's continued participation in the class.
Disabled Student Programs and Services:
Any student with a documented disability who may need educational accommodations should notify the instructor or the Disabled Student Programs and Services (DSP&S) office as soon as possible. The DSP&S office is located in Room #2117, Health Sciences Building, (760) 355-6312.
Tentative Assignment & Test Schedule: (Subject to change)
Week 1. Ch.1 - What is Anthropology Week 9. Ch. 9 - Marriage & Family
Week 2. Ch.2 - Concept of Culture, Quiz Week 10. Ch.10 - Kinship, Quiz
Week 3. Ch.3 - Theory & Evidence Week 11. Ch.11 - Assoc. & Groups
Week 4. Ch.4 - Communication & Language Week 12. Ch.12 - Political Life, Quiz
Week 5. Ch.5 - Getting Food, Quiz Week 13. Ch.13 - Psych. & Culture
Week 6. Ch.6 - Economic Systems Week 14. Ch.14 - Religion & Magic
Week 7. Ch.7 - Social Stratification Week 15. Ch. 15 - The Arts, Quiz
Week 8. Mid-Term Examination Week 16. Final Examination
*Please note that dates of chapter quizzes and internet assignments will be announced in class.