AN102 - Mohawk Valley Community College

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MOHAWK VALLEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE
UTICA AND ROME, NEW YORK
Center for Social Sciences, Business and Information Sciences
COURSE OUTLINE
AN 102 Cultural Anthropology
C-3, P-0, Cr-3
Course Description:
This course examines the cultural evolution of humans in a cross-cultural perspective. It
includes the study of kinship, marriage, family, political and economic organization, the arts, and
the individual in society. It covers the historical background of development of the discipline,
research methods and concepts proposed by various schools of anthropological thought.
Student Learning Outcomes:
Students will be able to:
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Identify research methods and variables involved in the examination of cultural
diversity.
Discuss the impact of the environment on human cultural development.
Discuss the impact of technology on human cultural development.
Outline ethnographical variables such as kinship, marriage, family, political and
economic systems among several different cultural systems.
Identify factors that influence cultural change.
Examine and discuss the role of culture in their own lives.
Major Topics:
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Research methods and ethnographic techniques.
Human cultural diversity.
The impact of environment and technology on cultural development.
Kinship, marriage, family, political and economic systems, and subsistence patterns.
Cultural change.
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