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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:

Introduction to the study of human physical and cultural evolution. Cross-listed as ANTH 112.  G.E. Course meets Multicultural graduation requirement.

Course Rotation for Day Program:

Occasional offering.

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

The Myth of the Noble Savage
By Ellingson, Ter (University of California Press)
Anthropology: A Brief Introduction
By Ember, Carol and Melvin Ember (Prentice Hall)
Classic Readings in Cultural Anthropology
By Ferraro, Gary (Thompson)
By Haviland, William (Wadsworth/Thompson)
Windows on Humanity
By Kottak, Conrad (McGraw Hill)
Introduction Anthropology
By Park, Michael Allan (McGraw Hill)
Thinking Anthropologically: A Practical Guide for Students
By Salzman, Philip and Patricia C. Rice (Prentice Hall)
Anthropology: A Global Perspective
By Scupin, Raymond and Christopher DeCourse (Prentice Hall)
Perspectives on Culture: A Critical Introduction to Theory in Cultural Anthropology
By Sidky, Homayun (Prentice Hall)
Biological Anthropology: The Natural History of Humankind
By Stanford, Craig and John Allen (Prentice Hall)
Adaptation and Human Behavior
By Cronk, Lee and Napoleon Chagnon (Aldien de Gruyter)
Category/Comments - Supplemental text
Indian Reservations in the United States: Territory, Sovereigntyand Socioeconomic Change
By Frantz, Klaus (University of Chicago Press)
Category/Comments - Supplemental text
Assault on Paradise
By Kottak, Conrad (McGraw Hill)
Category/Comments - Supplemental text
Exotic No More: Anthropology on the Front Lines
By MacClancy, Jeremy, ed. (University of Chicago Press)
Category/Comments - Supplemental text
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
Connections: Mind, Brain, and Culture in Social Anthropology
By Reyna, Stephen (Routledge)
Category/Comments - Supplemental text
Breastfeeding: Biocultural Perspectives
By Stuart-Macadam, Patricia and Katherine A. Dettwyler (Aldine de Gruyter)
Category/Comments - Supplemental text
Pathways of Power: Building an Anthropology of the Modern World
By Wolf, Eric R. (University of Chicago Press)
Category/Comments - Supplemental text
Course Objectives

  • To understand the major concepts, theories and methods in anthropology.
  • To study human physical and cultural evolution and human variation across time and place.
  • To recognize and apply the comparative anthropological perspective to the study of culture, social and political organization, marriage, family and kinship structure, religion and magic, social control, and social change in various cultures.
  • To engage in readings and discussions of specific cultures and cultural practices.
  • To examine personal values and actions in light of the anthropological perspective.

    Measurable Learning

  • Describe and explain physical and cultural evolutions and human variation.
  • Identify and explain the major concepts, theories, and methods in anthropology.
  • Apply the comparative anthropological perspective to the study of culture, social and political organization, marriage, family and kinship structures, religion and magic, social control and social change in various cultures.
  • Reflect on one’s own personal values and their cultural origins in light of anthropological understandings of culture and action.

    Topical Outline:
  • Human physical and cultural evolution
  • Human variation across time
  • Concept of culture
  • Schools of thought in cultural anthropology
  • Cultural variation in:
  • Economic institutions
  • Marriage, family and kinship structures
  • Social stratification systems (race, gender, class)
  • Religion and magic
  • Cultural practices
  • Cultural change

    Recommended maximum class size for this course: 35

    Library Resources:

    Online databases are available at You may access them from off-campus using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

    Prepared by: Graham Higgs 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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