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Cultural Anthropology: Cultures of World

Course Number: ATH 208
Transcript Title: Cult Ath: Cultures of World
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: Yes
Satisfies General Education requirement: Yes
Grading options: A-F (default), P-NP, audit


WR 115, RD 115, MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores

Course Description

Introduces ethnographic descriptions of a representative sample of the cultural variations among contemporary peoples. Compares various subsistence systems and levels of socio-political integration. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

  1. Master basic concepts in cultural anthropology in order to prepare for more advanced course work.
  2. Reflect on how personal and social values are shaped by culture.
  3. 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)
  • Quizzes
  • Term papers
  • Short papers or reports
  • Student presentations
  • Experiential exercises

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)


  • Comparative culture
  • Cultural diversity
  • Enculturation vs. acculturation


  • Cultural adaptation
  • Ethnocentrism
  • World view
  • Cultural relativism


  • Compare different cultures
  • Read and write at the college level
  • Participate in focus group exercises
  • Evaluate documentary films