Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Course Number: ATH 103
Transcript Title: Intro to Cultural Anthropology
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: December 19, 2014
Total Credits: 4
Lecture Hours: 40
Lecture / Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 0
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: Yes
Grading options: A-F (default), P-NP, audit
Examines modern human cultures. Analyzes a variety of ethnographic examples from various world societies to understand the diverse aspects of language, technology, economy, social structure, governance, religion, world views and expressive aspects of life. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.
- Master basic concepts in cultural anthropology in order to prepare for more advanced course work.
- Reflect on how personal and social values are shaped by culture.
- Examine the role ethnocentrism plays in promoting cultural misunderstanding and intolerance at the local and global level.
Outcome Assessment Strategies
Assessment strategies may include any of the following:
- Exams (in class or take home)
- Student presentations
- Experiential exercises
- Term papers
- Short papers or reports
Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)
- Cross cultural research
- Cultural relativism
- Cultural adaptation
- Cultural institutions
- World view
- Read and write at the college level
- Participate in focus group exercises
- Understand the concept of culture
- Recognize ethnocentrism
This course will focus on at least two different cultures. Students are expected to read and write at the college level.