Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Summer 2009 – 6 week
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Welcome to Introductory to Cultural Anthropology. Cultural anthropology is a holistic
study of the human species. The central focus is the feature that is unique to humans –
our cultural behavior. Culture is the way we, as a species, deal with our world and with
one another, and our ability to create ideas, behaviors, and technologies.
Text: Cultural Anthropology. Marvin Harris & Orna Johnson, Seventh Edition (6th edition
can be used as well).
Course Requirements and Grading:
There are 5 critical thinking assignments worth 20 points each. Assignments are due
during the week stated under Course Schedule. They should be a minimum of two
pages, double spaced and 12 pt font. I cannot open files formatted in Word Perfect or
Microsoft Works, therefore, assignments must be formatted as either a WORD
document or Rich Text File. Be sure to save an electronic paper of all your work for the
entire semester in case your work is lost on the website. Please use a plain font such as
“Times New Roman” and do not use all caps because they are more difficult to read. It
is important that you read the Course Schedule carefully for assignment due dates.
There are 17 quizzes, worth 10 points each, which can be attempted twice, with the
highest score counted toward your final grade. Quizzes are available from June 22,
2009 until July 31, 2009. In addition, there will be two exams worth 50 points each and
one final exam worth 100 points. Exam 1 covers Chapters 1-6. Exam 2 covers Chapters
7-11. The Final is comprehensive. You will have 90 minutes to complete Exams 1 and
2, and two hours to complete the Final. Exams will be available during the week stated
under Course Schedule. Each of these exams will be available for two days, Thursday
and Friday of stated week (remember once you start a test your time begins) and no
make-up exams will be given.
Grade Points Percentage
A = 423-470 = 90%
B = 376-422 = 80%
C = 305-375 = 65%
D = 258-304 = 55%
Week of June 22:
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Nature of Culture
Chapter 3: Evolution of the Capacity for Culture
(Assignment 1 due)
Week of June 29:
Chapter 4: Language and Culture
Chapter 5: Production
Chapter 6: Reproduction
(Assignment 2 due)
Exam 1 (Chapters 1-6)
Week of July 6:
Chapter 7: Economic Organization
Chapter 8: Domestic Life
Chapter 9: Descent, Locality, and Kinship
(Assignment 3 due)
Week of July 13:
Chapter 10: Law, Order, and War in Nonstate Societies
Chapter 11: Origins of Chiefdoms and the State
(Assignment 4 due)
Exam 2 (Chapters 7-11)
Week of July 20:
Chapter 12: Class and Caste
Chapter 13: Ethnicity, Race, and Racism
Chapter 14: Sexuality and Gender Hierarchies
(Assignment 5 due)
Week of July 27:
Chapter 15: Psychological Anthropology
Chapter 16: Religion
Chapter 17: Art
Final Exam (Chapters 1-17)
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