Aug 22, 2019
ANTH& 206 - Cultural Anthropology 5 Credits
Introduces theories and methods used to understand the cultures and societies of non-Western and Western peoples. Comparative emphasis includes examination of political, religious, kinship and language systems.
Course Note Previously ANTHR 202.
Designed to Serve College transfer students interested in holistic examination of cultural diversity of various societies from around the world.
Active Date 2013-01-10
Grading System Decimal Grade
Class Limit 38
Contact Hours: Lecture 55 Lab 0 Worksite 0 Clinical 0 Other 0
Total Contact Hours 55
Degree Distributions: AA Diversity & Globalism, Social Science area II ProfTech Human Relations
The nature of cultural anthropology: history, methodology, subdisciplines
The nature of culture: definitions, acquisition, characteristics, functions, adaptation, and change
Language and communication: structure, use, change
Subsistence strategies: environmental adaptation, food acquisition
Kinship and marriage: kin groups and terminology, marriage customs, residence patterns,; gender relationships
Social organization: social groups, stratification based on gender, race & ethnicity
Economic systems: production, distribution and consumption
Political organization & societal control: political groups, leadership, dominant-subordinate relationships
Religion: functions, belief systems, organization, ritual
Modernization and change: modes of change (colonialism, tourism, urbanization, technology, world markets)
Applied anthropology: medical anthropology, public policy, advocacy
Student Learning Outcomes
Demonstrate knowledge of basic concepts and field terminology used by anthropologists.
Apply theories and methods used by anthropologists in the study of culture.
Demonstrate knowledge of diversity in terms of ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation cross culturally.
Demonstrate awareness of one’s own culture and the cultures of others; identify the difference between an ethnocentric point of view and a position of cultural relativism.
Demonstrate knowledge of factors involved in culture change, including the influence of globalism.
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