CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY: Anthropology 2 Anthropology 2 Cultural Anthropology (626) 585-7736/ C-320 Lauren Arenson Office Hours: M, W,Th 10:30-noon This course offers a general introduction to the subject of cultural anthropology. Anthropologists aim to understand the principles of diversity in human beliefs and behaviors and how such values affect the natural environment. In order to reach this goal, anthropologists engage in field research, which is intensive, on-site investigations into various societies around the world. Anthropologists use such data to explain observed patterns of behavior. Course Objective: In this course, we will be reviewing classical anthropological methods of interpreting and understanding human behavior in a host of societies. This information may assist with the process of understanding your own culture as well as the diversity represented in Los Angeles. Required Course Text: Arenson & Thayer-Miller, Cultures of the United States , 2nd edition Angeloni (ed), Annual Editions: Anthropology 2011/ 2012 MyAnthroLab (course compass) Online Component: All students are required to check for weekly postings. You will see a discussion board where you can learn ore about class assignments and post comments to fellow classmates. At this site you will find your, required readings, details on assignments, and your personal grade book. The best way to learn to navigate the program is just by using the system!! Best of all, you can't break it. Details on the website will be given in class. The web address is www.coursecompass.com Attendance: Students will be asked to sign in before each class meeting. After three missed classes, students may be dropped from the course. Please refer to the PCC policies of attendance for specific details. If you wish to drop the class, please do so through the PCC Registration website. Assignments: Exams: There will be 3 equally weighted exams for this course. No make-up exams will be given. The final exam will not be cumulative. Ethnography Paper: Students will be asked to choose a scholarly journal about a culture other than their own. A 3-5 page formal cross-cultural analysis will demonstrate the student’s knowledge and critical understanding of the reading material and class lectures. APA and MLA format is required. Further details will be given in class. Exams: (50 points each) Ethnography Paper: 150 points 50 points Total points: 200 points Grades: Grades are based upon the following percentages: A = 100-90% B = 89-80% C= 79-70% D= 69-55% F= 54% and below Extra Credit assignments may be offered throughout the course. This is at the discretion of the Instructor. Academic Dishonesty Policy: College study is the process of becoming an independent scholar. All students are expected to do their own work. Students found to be using unauthorized materials on exams, copying off other student papers, copying other written materials without proper credit to the original author or any other form of cheating will have that assignment marked F for failure and may receive a failing grade for the course, depending upon the seriousness of the violation. Incidents of academic dishonesty will be reported to the Vice President of Instruction and will become part of the student's permanent academic record. This document may require changes during the course of the semester, at the discretion of the professor. Students will be notified in advance of any changes. Student Learning Outcomes for Cultural Anthropology: Students will understand and articulate ethnographic facts and details about a breadth of cultures, including their beliefs and practices, with special emphasis on indigenous traditions Students will approach and analyze these traditions using an objective relativist framework whereby cultures and their religious beliefs are first understood on their own terms, as logical responses to the challenges facing all human societies Students will explain and evaluate the relationships between various aspects within individual cultures such as economics, politics, religion, gender, kinship and others. Students will conduct library and web-based ethnographic research on selected cultures across time and space Students will produce a well-developed, well-written essay effectively discussing issues covered in the class from a non-ethnocentric standpoint Weekly Readings in textbook and Lecture Schedule: This information will be posted to the coursecompass website.