SOCI120 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Department of Social & Behavioral Science: Sociology
- I. Course Number and Title
- SOCI120 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
- II. Number of Credits
- 3 credits
- III. Number of Instructional Minutes
- IV. Prerequisites
- V. Other Pertinent Information
- This course meets the Diversity, Critical Thinking, and Social Sciences General Education requirements.
- VI. Catalog Course Description
- This course examines human culture and its role in the determination of man's behavior. The relationship of kinship, political structure, economics, and religious institutions within a variety of cultural systems will be considered.
- VII. Required Course Content and Direction
Course Learning Goals
The students will be able to:
- demonstrate knowledge of cultural anthropology within the larger context of general anthropology (the comparative study of Man and Culture) [Social Sciences];
- demonstrate knowledge of theory of cultural evolution as a means of understanding the variety of human societies and cultures from the "Dawn of Man" to the present and, ultimately, the future [Social Sciences];
- demonstrate knowledge of the stages of cultural evolution (with examples from contemporary societies and cultures);
- develop the ability to ask fundamental questions about where we have been, the present and ultimately, the future;
- articulate similarities and differences in the various cultures of the world and demonstrate familiarity with the skills necessary to make informed judgments [Diversity]; and
- read critically, analyze and interpret information, and construct logical, well-supported positions regarding culture [Critical Thinking].
Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities
- Anthropology in perspective
- The discipline of anthropology
- Man, Society, and Culture in Evolutionary Perspective
- The structure and function of human societies
- Environmental limitation on the development of culture
- The evolution of society and culture
- Types and Varieties of Human Societies
- Hunting and Gathering Societies
- ethnology of hunting and gathering societies
- ethnography - Pygmies of Africa
- ethnography - Bushmen of Africa
- Horticultural Societies
- ethnology of horticultural societies
- ethnography - Dugum Dani of New Guinea
- ethnography - Yanomamo of Brazil and Venezuela
- Agrarian Societies
- ethnology of agrarian societies
- ethnography - India
- Industrial Societies
- ethnology of industrial societies
- ethnography - American society
- Modernization and Its Impact of Native Peoples
- ethnography - modern Bushmen of Africa
- looking back: Where have we been?
- looking ahead: "The law of evolutionary potential"
Assessment Methods for Course Learning GoalsAssessment methods may include but are not limited to essays, research papers and/or portfolios, tests and quiz questions, short writing assignments, and oral presentations.
Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:Lecture presentation, class discussion, film, computer-aided material, and writing and critical thinking exercises.
Review/Approval Date - 10/06; Revised 4/06; New Core 8/2015