SOCI120: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Section: H01     (Hybrid)

About This Course

Semester and YearSpring 2018 / (15 weeks): Jan 17, 2018 to May 11, 2018
(See "Getting Started" below for details about orientation)


S. Charles Groth   Email:
Phone: 215-968-8146

Course Credits

3 credits

Time Requirements

Plan a minimum of 6 - 9 hours per week for your coursework. While online learning courses provide flexibility in time, geography, and travel, the work required for successful completion is identical to that for the face-to-face course.   Your instructor may specify additional time requirements in the "Other information" field below or during your orientation.

Delivery Mode

Classroom and Web-based instruction

Official College Course Description

The complete college course description can be viewed at:

Student Characteristics

Open to self-motivated, self-disciplined students who can handle college-level work and study independently.

Instructor Provided Course Syllabus

A sample Course Syllabus is typically available in WebAdvisor's "Search for Sections" results. A Course Syllabus explains how the instructor will conduct the class and may include: course policies, grading guidelines, assignment due dates, etc.

Student Requirements

This course has the following requirements for students:
  • Read the important instructor supplied information located at the end of this document

REQUIRED Campus Meetings

There are MANDATORY campus meetings or tests other than orientation. You should NOT register for this course if you are unavailable to attend these meetings.

This hybrid section meets Weekly

Dates/Locations of required meetings: Class meets weekly on Thursdays, 1:30-2:45

Getting Started With This Course


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Accessing Your Course

Canvas (by Instructure)

Your course is using Canvas. If you are new to Canvas, please visit the Canvas Basics course space to become familiar with Canvas prior to the start of your course. No login is required to access this space.

You will be able to login to Canvas about two weeks prior to the start of your class. However, your course becomes available as of 1 AM on the official course start date.

Logging In

Log in to your Canvas course space at

  • Username: Your username is the same for every system at Bucks.
  • Password: your Bucks Network password (used to log into any Bucks campus computer or to access any Bucks Library online database from off campus.)

If you do not know your Bucks Username, you can retrieve it by using the Find Your Username Form. Enter your Name, Birthday (mm/dd/yyyy) and either your 7 digit student ID number OR your social security number, then click Submit. Your Bucks username will display on the screen.

Note: Students are uploaded to Canvas several times a day. If you registered late, you won't be able to access Canvas until the next upload takes place.

Purchasing Your Books and Other Course Materials

While you may purchase your books and other course materials from the provider of your choice (using the ISBN number available through the course's academic department where applicable to ensure the correct version), both the campus bookstore and our online bookstore, guarantee that they stock the correct version for your course.

Approximately 3 weeks prior to the start of the session you can use the link below to see the list of books that have been selected by your instructor. If you have any questions about the course materials listed, please contact your instructor or the academic department directly.

Click this link to see the book list for your course.

Other Information about the Course

Welcome to Cultural Anthropology! In this course we will learn and explore concepts and techniques for understanding world cultures as well as our own cultures. The course includes learning about one culture significantly different from your own (your choice) and completing short, guided research assignments which together give a well-rounded understanding of that culture. Class time will be used for exercise and concept mastery, while on-line discussion is derived from discussion questions posed by class members. Extra credit opportunities include self-scheduled field trips.

Because this is a hybrid course with only half the usual face-to-face meetings, attendance is extremely important, as is the use of Canvas to participate in discussions, submit work, and read professor comments. Be sure to have all the glitches worked out for managing files, accessing the Internet, attending class on time, and submitting work on-line.

You will need a copy of the book and will read pretty much all of it, starting right away. Books in various formats can be purchased/rented from the Bookstore, which also offers a price match program. If you want to buy your book elsewhere, make arrangements at least 1-2 weeks before the course starts (and don't open the shrink wrap until you get to class, just in case you make a schedule change). If you wait until the course starts to buy your books, you should get them from the Bookstore, where you have immediate access.

Students generally report that this course is neither particularly easy nor particularly hard, but it is particularly interesting.