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
  1. Course Learning Goals

    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) [Social Sciences];
    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 [Social Sciences];
    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;
    5. articulate similarities and differences in the various cultures of the world and demonstrate familiarity with the skills necessary to make informed judgments [Diversity]; and
    6. read critically, analyze and interpret information, and construct logical, well-supported positions regarding culture [Critical Thinking].
  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 Course Learning Goals

    Assessment methods may include but are not limited to essays, research papers and/or portfolios, tests and quiz questions, short writing assignments, and oral presentations.
  4. 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