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. Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester
2250 minutes
IV. Prerequisites
V. Other Pertinent Information
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
  1. Learning Goals:

    Course Specific

    The students will be able to:

    1. demonstrate knowledge of cultural anthropology within the larger context of general anthropology (the comparative study of Man and Culture).

    2. 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.

    3. demonstrate knowledge of the stages of cultural evolution (with examples from contemporary societies and cultures).

    4. develop the ability to ask fundamental questions about where we have been, the present and ultimately, the future.

    Core Learning Goals:
    Category III:
      Critical Thinking/Problem Solving:
      The students will be able to:
      1. understand and express the meaning and significance of a variety of communications (Interpretation).

      2. reason from what they know to form new knowledge or draw conclusions or solve problems or explain or decide, or predict. (Inductive and/or Deductive Reasoning Skills).

      International, Gender, and/or Minority Perspectives:
      The students will be able to:
      1. articulate similarities and differences in the various cultures of the world and demonstrate familiarity with the skills necessary to make informed judgments.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:

    1. Introduction
      1. Anthropology in perspective
      2. The discipline of anthropology

    2. Man, Society, and Culture in Evolutionary Perspective
      1. The structure and function of human societies
      2. Environmental limitation on the development of culture
      3. The evolution of society and culture

    3. Types and Varieties of Human Societies

    4. Hunting and Gathering Societies
      1. ethnology of hunting and gathering societies
      2. ethnography Pygmies of Africa
      3. ethnography Bushmen of Africa

    5. Horticultural Societies
      1. ethnology of horticultural societies
      2. ethnography Dugum Dani of New Guinea
      3. ethnography Yanomamo of Brazil and Venezuela

    6. Agrarian Societies
      1. ethnology of agrarian societies
      2. ethnography India

    7. Industrial Societies
      1. ethnology of industrial societies
      2. ethnography American society

    8. Modernization and Its Impact of Native Peoples
      1. ethnography modern Bushmen of Africa

    9. Retrospect
      1. looking back: Where have we been?
      2. looking ahead: "The law of evolutionary potential"
  3. Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:

    Category III:
    Critical Thinking/Problem Solving:

    Students will meet the Core Learning Goal of Critical Thinking and Problem Solving by completing an analysis paper that critically examines the environment and how it is related to the development of human societies.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:

    Text selected by individual instructors for each course section. Details are provided to the students by each instructor and included on the course format distributed to students.
VIII. Teaching Methods Employed
Lecture presentation, class discussion, film, computer-aided material, and writing and critical thinking exercises.

Review/Approval Date - 10/06; Revised 4/06