Eligibility for ENGL 836.
UC/CSU (D3). CAN ANTH 4
This course helps to satisfy the social sciences requirement for
the AA degree, or for preparing students for transfer to a four-year
institution. This course will to provide students with some understanding
of different cultural practices regarding rituals, politics, subsistence,
and technology, among others. Students will be exposed to the
anthropological point of view—the concepts of cultural relativism
and the cultural “real and ideal”, an appreciation
of our human origins, cultural evolution, and societal variability.
This course also fulfills a requirement
for the International Studies Major
at Skyline College. For information, contact: Social Science Division
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Students are responsible for all information contained in the course syllabus and calendar
Course Description: Recommended eligibility for ENGL 100, 105 or equivalent. A comparative analysis of human cultures with an emphasis on core concepts such as kinship, religion, politics, technology, and an appreciation of our societal variability. NOTE: This section is designed primarily for students in the Honors Transfer Program, but is open to all students. All students enrolling in this section will be required to do Honors level work. Transfer: UC/CSU (D3) ANTH 4.
This course also fulfills a requirement for the International Studies Major.
- Cultural Anthropology, 10th ed., William Haviland, Harcourt Brace College Publishers, 2002.
- Conformity and Conflict: Readings in Cultural Anthropology, 11th ed., Spradley and McCurdy, editors, Allyn and Bacon, 2000.
- Nest in the Wind: Adventures in Anthroplogy on a Tropical Island, 2nd ed., Martha Ward, Waveland Press, 2005
There may be additional readings as assigned by the instructor.
Tests: There will be three exams each worth one hundred points. The format of the tests may vary.
Annotated Bibliography: Students will choose (and have approved by the instructor) an area of field research and develop an annotated bibliography specific to their topic. The details of this will be discussed in class. This out of class assignment is worth 100 points.
Field Research Proposal: Students will develop a field research proposal on their approved topic. The details of this assignment will be discussed in class. This out of class assignment is worth 50 points.
Reflections: Five one-full page reflections of your thoughts pertaining to the subject of cultural anthropology. These papers are un-graded but are worth ten points each. The instructor may assign refection topics. Due dates are posted in your syllabus.
Anthropology is a new subject
to many college students. Much of the material covered in the
various anthropology courses at Skyline College is useful both
in and out of class—concepts of race, ethnic diversity,
conflict resolution, and gender roles are some of the themes
covered that students find helpful in their personal and professional
lives. While there are topics that overlap into other fields
such as history, biology, geography, psychology, religion, et
cetera, anthropology addresses these in a unique way.
In this class you're expected
Learning Center (Skyline
Campus, Building 5) provides a broad range of tutorial services
free to students. I strongly encourage students to use this
excellent resource as soon as they anticipate the need.
Cultural Anthropology, 10th edition by Haviland
Conformity and Conflict: Readings in Cultural Anthropology, 11th
edition, by Spradley and McCurdy
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Grading Scale: Five hundred points are
available in each class.
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Attendance will be taken ONCE at the BEGINNING of each class session. Students who arrive to class after their name has been called will be marked absent. Repeated lateness is the equivalent of poor attendance. Likewise, students who routinely leave the class early will be considered absent. Students with poor attendance may be dropped from the course. CELL PHONES and PAGERS should NOT BE SEEN in CLASS and their use will not be tolerated unless it is a valid emergency. Out of courtesy to your classmates and instructor and to promote the best learning environment possible, cell phones and pagers must be kept inaudible. Thank you.
Lectures, class discussions and videos are as much a part of the course content as is the assigned reading and will be including in exam questions. Regular, punctual attendance is of vital importance since there is no way of making up the audiovisual materials or class discussions. Contact me if you miss a class due to illness, etc.
Making Up Missed Exams:
Students are expected to take exams on scheduled dates. Make-up exams are only given in the case of a valid and documented emergency and must be made up the following week of their return during my office hour. Do not schedule vacations, routine appointments or errands on exam dates. It is each student’s responsibility to arrange a make-up with the instructor. Students who wait longer than one week after their return to classes will not be permitted to take the test and will receive a zero on that assignment. Extra credit is not accepted from students who have missed an exam or any assignment.
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