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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 world view, kinship and gender relations.  G.E. Course meets Multicultural graduation requirement.

 
Course Rotation for Day Program:

Offered Fall.

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

Most current editions of the following:



The Myth of the Noble Savage
By Ellingson, Ter (University of California Press)
Recommended
Classic Readings in Cultural Anthropology
By Ferraro, Gary (Thompson)
Recommended
Broccoli and Desire: Global Connections and Maya Struggles in Postwar Guatemala
By Fischer, Edward F. and Benson, Peter (Stanford University Press)
Recommended
Indian Reservations in the United States: Territory, Sovereignty and Socioeconomic Change
By Frantz, Klaus (University of Chicago Press)
Recommended
Assault on Paradise
By Kottak, Conrad (McGraw-Hill)
Recommended
Cultural Anthropology: Appreciating Cultural Diversity
By Kottak, Conrad (McGraw-Hill)
Recommended
The Dobe Ju/'Hoansi
By Lee, Richard B. (Wadsworth)
Recommended
Exotic No More: Anthropology on the Front Lines
By MacClancy, Jeremy, ed (University of Chicago Press)
Recommended
Ambivalent Europeans: Ritual, Memory and the Public Sphere in malta
By Mitchell, John P. (Routledge)
Recommended
Anthropology of Love and Anger
By Overing, Joanna and Alan Passes (Routledge)
Recommended
Perspectives on Culture: A Critical Introduction to Theory in Cultural Anthropology
By Sidky, Homayun (Prentice Hall)
Recommended
Conformity and Conflict: Readings in Cultural Anthropology
By Spradley, James and McCurdy, David W. (Prentice Hall)
Recommended
In Sorcery's Shadow: A Memoir of Apprenticeship Among the Songhay of Niger
By Stoller, Paul (University of Chicago Press)
Recommended
Pathways of Power: Building an Anthropology of the Modern World
By Wolf, Eric R. (University of Chicago Press)
Recommended
Core Concepts in Cultural Anthropology
By Lavenda, Robert and Schultz, Emily (McGraw-Hill)
Recommended
 
Course Objectives
  • To understand the major concepts, theories and methods in cultural anthropology.
  • To recognize and apply a comparative anthropological perspective to the study of economic and political organizations, marriage, family and kinship structures, religion and magic, social reproduction, and social change in various cultures and societies.
  • To engage in readings and discussions about cultural practices and cultural change.
  • To examine personal values and actions in light of anthropological knowledge and perspectives.
 
Measurable Learning
Outcomes:
  • Identify and explain the major concepts, theories and methods in cultural anthropology.
  • Apply a comparative anthropological perspective to the study of economic and political organization, marriage, family and kinship structures, religion and magic, social reproduction, and social change in various cultures.
  • Reflect on one's own personal values, beliefs, and ideas in light of anthropological understandings of culture and action.
 
Topical Outline:
  • Concepts of culture and society
  • Schools of thought in social and cultural anthropology
  • Ethnographic research
  • Cultural and social variation
  • Language
  • Economic institutions
  • Political systems
  • Marriage, family and kinship structures
  • Social stratification systems (race, cast, gender, class)
  • Religion, magic and belief systems
  • Cultural and social practices
  • Cultural and social change

 

 

Recommended maximum class size for this course: 35

 
Library Resources:

Online databases are available at http://www.ccis.edu/offices/library/index.asp. You may access them from off-campus using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

 
Prepared by: Yngve Digernes Date: August 22, 2011
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 objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. 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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