Anthropology 102 
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                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


Anthropological Theory

bulletAnthro. in the News
bulletApplied Anthropology
bullet Anthropology Dictionary
bulletKinship&Social Organ.

Anthro.& Archaeology


Fact Book


Society & Culture

bullet  Dying Languages
bullet World Languages
bulletChapter Notes
bullet Chapter One
bullet Chapter Two
bullet Chapter Three
bullet Chapter Five
bullet Chapter Six
bullet Chapter Seven
bullet Chapter Eight
bullet Chapter Nine
bullet Chapter Ten
bullet Chapter Eleven



A Visual Tour of Amazonian Tribes

bulletJaminawa Tribe
bulletPiraha Tribe
bulletSuruwaha Tribe

A Visual Tour of Ladakh and the Pastoral Changpas




Anthropology 102 Assignments

Cultural Anthropology

For classes meeting between:

Specific assignments relating to my online lecture will be given to you in class prior to assignment date. If you were undable to acquire the assignment sheet, please cotact Ms. Maria Sell, Division Office #802A for a copy.

The chapter lecture relating to for example,Getting Food (Means of Subsistence), can be accessed at:

On the left side of your screen, you will see Mediasite Catalog. Click on G. Rodgers and it will present you with a second page. Select Anthropology 102 for the online lecture relating to Getting Food. Again, specific assignments relating to this lecture will be given to you in class.







                                             Syllabus for Anthropology 102

Course Description:

    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.

Course Objectives:

    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.

Unit Value:

Three (3) units

Required Textbook:

Ember, Melvin.  Cultural Anthropology .  Thriteenth Ed. New Jersey, Prentice Hall, 2011.   

Evaluation Methodology:

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.

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