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Administrative Unit: Psychology and Sociology
Course Prefix and Number: SOCI 112
Course Title: *General Anthropology
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

Anthropology is the comprehensive study of humanity. Focusing on the four subfields of this discipline (cultural anthropology, biological anthropology, linguistic anthropology, and archaeology), this course explores the diversity of the human condition both in the past and the present. G.E. Course meets Multicultural graduation requirement. Cross-listed with ANTH 112.

Course Rotation for Day Program:

Offered Fall

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

A minimum of two books is required. Choose one textbook and one reader/case study.

Human Evolution and Culture: Highlights of Anthropology
By Ember, Carol and Melvin Ember (Prentice Hall)
Category/Comments - Textbook
Anthropology: What Does it Mean to Be Human?
By Robert H. Lavenda and Emily A. Schultz (Oxford University Press)
Category/Comments - Textbook
Windows on Humanity
By Kottak, Conrad (McGraw Hill)
Category/Comments - Textbook
Anthropology: The Human Challenge
By Haviland, Prins, Walrath, and McBride (Cengage)
Category/Comments - Textbook
Only Hope: Coming of Age under China’s One-Child Policy
By Vanessa L. Fong (Stanford University Press)
Category/Comments - Reader/Case Study
Heartwood: The First Generation of Theravada Buddhism in the United States
By Cadge, Wendy (University of Chicago Press)
Category/Comments - Reader/Case Study
Veiled Sentiments: Honor and Poetry in a Bedouin Society
By Lila Abu-Lughod (University of California Press)
Category/Comments - Reader/Case Study
Sacred Rice: An Ethnography of Identity, Environment, and Development in Rural West Africa
By Joanna Davidson (Oxford University Press)
Category/Comments - Reader/Case Study
Death without Weeping: The Violence of Everyday Life in Brazil
By Nancy Scheper-Hughes (University of California Press)
Category/Comments - Reader/Case Study
Pathologies of Power: Health, Human Rights, and the New War on the Poor
By Paul Farmer (University of California Press)
Category/Comments - Reader/Case Study
Gangsters Without Borders: An Ethnography of a Salvadoran Street Gang
By T.W. Ward (Oxford University Press)
Category/Comments - Reader/Case Study
Ancient Cahokia and the Mississippians
By Timothy R. Pauketat (Cambridge University Press)
Category/Comments - Reader/Case Study
Ancient Inca
By Alan L. Kolata (Cambridge University Press)
Category/Comments - Reader/Case Study
The Ceren Site: An Ancient Village Buried by Volcanic Ash in Central America
By Payson Sheets (Wadsworth)
Category/Comments - Reader/Case Study
Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Describe and explain human evolution.
  2. Explain the central concept of culture in anthropology and how cultures are studied by anthropologists.
  3. Explain and analyze the role of language in human cultures and communications.
  4. Describe and explain cultural variations regarding topics such as religion, family, race, and gender.
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
  • Culture
  • Humans and primates
  • Language and communication
  • Human origins
  • Early farming communities
  • Ancient civilizations
  • Economic anthropology
  • Religion and worldview
  • Political anthropology
  • Families, kinship, and marriage
  • Gender and gender roles
  • Ethnicity and race
  • Globalization

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: November 29, 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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