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Administrative Unit: Psychology and Sociology
Course Prefix and Number: ANTH 212
Course Title: Cultural Anthropology
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

Introduction to the diversity of cultures and societies. Taking a comparative approach based on case studies from different regions of the world, the course explores some of the major themes of cultural anthropology, including economic and political systems, language, art, religion and worldview, kinship and gender relations. Course meets Multicultural graduation requirement.

Course Rotation for Day Program:

Offered even Spring.

Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

The Myth of the Noble Savage
By Ellingson, Ter (University of California Press)
Classic Readings in Cultural Anthropology
By Ferraro, Gary (Thompson)
Broccoli and Desire: Global Connections and Maya Struggles in Postwar Guatemala
By Fischer, Edward F. and Benson, Peter (Stanford University Press)
Category/Comments - Supplemental text
Indian Reservations in the United States: Territory, Sovereignty and Socioeconomic Change
By Frantz, Klaus (University of Chicago Press)
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Assault on Paradise
By Kottak, Conrad (McGraw-Hill)
Category/Comments - Supplemental text
Cultural Anthropology: Appreciating Cultural Diversity
By Kottak, Conrad (McGraw-Hill)
The Dobe Ju/'Hoansi
By Lee, Richard B. (Wadsworth)
Category/Comments - Supplemental text
Exotic No More: Anthropology on the Front Lines
By MacClancy, Jeremy, ed (University of Chicago Press)
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Ambivalent Europeans: Ritual, Memory and the Public Sphere in malta
By Mitchell, John P. (Routledge)
Category/Comments - Supplemental text
Anthropology of Love and Anger
By Overing, Joanna and Alan Passes (Routledge)
Category/Comments - Supplemental text
Perspectives on Culture: A Critical Introduction to Theory in Cultural Anthropology
By Sidky, Homayun (Prentice Hall)
Conformity and Conflict: Readings in Cultural Anthropology
By Spradley, James and McCurdy, David W. (Prentice Hall)
In Sorcery's Shadow: A Memoir of Apprenticeship Among the Songhay of Niger
By Stoller, Paul (University of Chicago Press)
Category/Comments - Supplemental text
Pathways of Power: Building an Anthropology of the Modern World
By Wolf, Eric R. (University of Chicago Press)
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Core Concepts in Cultural Anthropology
By Lavenda, Robert and Schultz, Emily (McGraw-Hill)
The River Between
By Wa Thiong’o, Ngugi (Heinemann)
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Cultural Anthropology: A Problem Based Approach
By Robbins, Richard H. (Cengage)
Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Identify and explain the major concepts, theories, and methods in cultural anthropology.
  2. Explain the cultural construction of reality, identity, and social hierarchy.
  3. Explain the relevance of cultural anthropology in an increasingly globally connected world.
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
  • Theories and methods in cultural anthropology
  • The history of cultural anthropology
  • Language and communication
  • Ecology and subsistence
  • Economic and political systems
  • The social construction of reality, family relations, identity, and social hierarchy
  • The cultural consequences of globalization and neoliberalism
  • Applied anthropology

Recommended maximum class size for this course: 35

Library Resources:

Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

Prepared by: Aurelien Mauxion Date: February 11, 2016
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course learning outcomes and cover the subjects listed in the Major Topics/Skills to be Covered section. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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