Course Outline: College of Alameda

COLLEGE OF ALAMEDA COURSE OUTLINE

COLLEGE: STATE APPROVAL DATE: 09/27/2010
ORIGINATOR: Jayne Smithson STATE CONTROL NUMBER: CCC000352698
BOARD OF TRUSTEES APPROVAL DATE: 09/18/2007
CURRICULUM COMMITTEE APPROVAL DATE:
CURRENT EFFECTIVE DATE:
 
DIVISION/DEPARTMENT:

1. REQUESTED CREDIT CLASSIFICATION:
  Credit - Degree Applicable
Course is not a basic skills course.
Program Applicable
2. DEPT/COURSE NO: 3. COURSE TITLE:
  ANTHR 003   Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology
4. COURSE: COA Course Changes only in Non-Catalog Info   TOP NO. 2202.00
5. UNITS: 3.000   HRS/WK LEC: 3.00 Total: 52.50
  HRS/WK LAB:

6. NO. OF TIMES OFFERED AS SELETED TOPIC:       AVERAGE ENROLLMENT:
7. JUSTIFICATION FOR COURSE:
  Cultural anthropology is one of the core subfields of anthropology.
8. COURSE/CATALOG DESCRIPTION
  Cross cultural analysis of social and cultural factors of human behavior in the recent past and present.
9. OTHER CATALOG INFORMATION
 
  1. Modular: No     If yes, how many modules:
  2. Open entry/open exit: No
  3. Grading Policy: Both Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass
  4. Eligible for credit by Exam: No
  5. Repeatable according to state guidelines: No
  6. Required for degree/certificate (specify):
    Existing - AA Anthropology AA/AS GE – Area 2
  7. Meets GE/Transfer requirements (specify):
    Acceptable for credit: UC/CSU. AA/AS area 2. CSU area D1. IGETC area 4A.
  8. C-ID Number: Anth 120 Expiration Date:

  9. Are there prerequisites/corequisites/recommended preparation for this course? Yes
  10. Acceptable for Credit: CSU/UC
10. LIST STUDENT PERFORMANCE OBJECTIVES (EXIT SKILLS): (Objectives must define the exit skills required of students and include criteria identified in Items 12, 14, and 15 - critical thinking, essay writing, problem solving, written/verbal communications, computational skills, working with others, workplace needs, SCANS competencies, all aspects of the industry, etc.)(See SCANS/All Aspects of Industry Worksheet.)

Students will be able to:
  1. Define the scope of anthropology and discuss the role of cultural anthropology within the discipline.
  2. Recognize the methods, theories and perspectives used to study and understand human cultures.
  3. Explain the importance of the ethnographic method in the study of culture.
  4. Employ the relativist perspective while discussing cultural variation.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of anthropological concepts including ethnicity, gender, political organization, economic systems, kinship, rituals and belief systems.
  6. Explain the interconnectedness of the economic, political and sociocultural forces of globalization amongst diverse cultural groups.
  7. Analyze and evaluate the ethical issues anthropologists encounter, and professional ethical obligations that must be met in the study of and application in cultural groups different from their own.
11A. COURSE CONTENT: List major topics to be covered. This section must be more than listing chapter headings from a textbook. Outline the course content, including essential topics, major subdivisions, and supporting details. It should include enough information so that a faculty member from any institution will have a clear understanding of the material taught in the course and the approximate length of time devoted to each. There should be congruence among the catalog description, lecture and/or lab content, student performance objectives, and the student learning outcomes. List percent of time spent on each topic; ensure percentages total 100%.

LECTURE CONTENT:

1. Anthropological theories, methods, perspectives and professional ethics  10%

2. Anthropological study of human cultures in comparative perspective  10%

3. Subsistence patterns  10%

4. Social, political and economic organizations  10% 

5. Language and communication  10%

6. Family and kinship  10%

7. Belief systems  10%

8. Art and expressive culture  10%

9. Ethnicity and race, Gender and sexuality  10%

10. Social inequality and colonialism, globalization, culture change and applied anthropology 10%

11B. LAB CONTENT:
N/A
12. METHODS OF INSTRUCTION (List methods used to present course content.)
  1. Projects
  2. Other (Specify)
  3. Discussion
  4. Lecture
  5. Distance Education
  6. Field Trips
  7. Observation and Demonstration

  8. Other Methods:
    1. In-class videos and discussion of cultural relativism and variation. 2. Lectures on anthropological concepts and methodology. 3. Discussion of the effects of globalization in and between diverse cultural groups. 4. Visit to local cultural events for comparative observations.
13. ASSIGNMENTS: 6.00 hours/week (List all assignments, including library assignments. Requires two (2) hours of independent work outside of class for each unit/weekly lecture hour. Outside assignments are not required for lab-only courses, although they can be given.)

Out-of-class Assignments:
1. Research paper on the importance of using relativist perspective while discussing cultural variation. 2. Group and individual projects in ethnographic methodology. 3. Written projects throughout the semester on the role of cultural anthropology in facilitating understanding of interconnected human societies around the world.


ASSIGNMENTS ARE: (See definition of college level):
Primarily College Level
14. STUDENT ASSESSMENT: (Grades are based on):
ESSAY (Includes "blue book" exams and any written assignment of sufficient length and complexity to require students to select and organize ideas, to explain and support the ideas, and to demonstrate critical thinking skills.)
MULTIPLE CHOICE
NON-COMPUTATIONAL PROBLEM SOLVING (Critical thinking should be demonstrated by solving unfamiliar problems via various strategies.)
OTHER (Describe):
1. Objective tests on understanding of anthropological concepts in culture. 2. Discussion of cultural relativism verses ethnocentric perspective. 3. Presentation demonstrating understanding of ethnicity, gender and social inequality. 4. Essay responses to critical thinking about the role of cultural anthropology in a globalized economic structure.
15. TEXTS, READINGS, AND MATERIALS
  A. Textbooks:
 
  • Guest, Kenneth. 2016. Cultural Anthropology: A Tool-Kit for A Global Age 2. W.W. Norton
    Rationale: -
  • Haviland, W.A., Prins, H., McBride, B., Walrath, D., . 2017. Cultural Anthropology - The Human Challenge 15. Wadsworth/Cengage
  • Miller, B.. 2016. Cultural Anthropology in a Globalizing World 4. Pearson
  • Robbins, R.H. and Dowty, R.. 2017. Cultural Anthropology: A Problem-Solving Approach 7. Wadsworth/Cengage
 

*Date is required: Transfer institutions require current publication date(s) within 5 years of outline addition/update.

  B. Additional Resources:
 
  • Library/LRC Materials and Services:

    The instructor, in consultation with a librarian, has reviewed the materials and services of the College Library/LRC in the subject areas related to the proposed new course
  • Are print materials adequate?     Yes
  • Are nonprint materials adequate?     Yes
  • Are electronic/online resources available?     Yes
  • Are services adequate?     Yes
  • Specific materials and/or services needed have been identified and discussed. Librarian comments:
    Discussed Library reserve & recommended reference and circulation materials
  C. Readings listed in A and B above are: (See definition of college level):
 

Primarily college level

16. DESIGNATE OCCUPATIONAL CODE:
E - Non-Occupational
17. LEVEL BELOW TRANSFER:
Y - Not Applicable
18. CALIFORNIA CLASSIFICATION CODE:
Y - Credit Course
19. NON CREDIT COURSE CATEGORY:
Y - Not Applicable
20. FUNDING AGENCY CATEGORY:
Not Applicable - Not Applicable
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1a. Prerequisites/Corequisites/Recommended Preparation:
    RECOMMENDED PREPARATION:
  • ENGL 001A: Composition and Reading
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STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES
  1. Outcome: Define and analyze the concept of culture.
    This outcome maps to the following Institution Outcomes:
    • • Accept personal, civic, social and environmental responsibility in order to become a productive local and global community member.
    • • Exhibit aesthetic reflection to promote, participate and contribute to human development, expression, creativity, and curiosity.
    • • Engage in respectful interpersonal communications, acknowledging ideas and values of diverse individuals that represent different ethnic, racial, cultural, and gender expressions.

    Assessment: Discussion, exam and project paper

  2. Outcome: Apply holistic perspective to understand local and global communities.
    This outcome maps to the following Institution Outcomes:
    • • Solve problems and make decisions in life and work using critical thinking, quantitative reasoning, community resources, and civil engagement.
    • • Exhibit aesthetic reflection to promote, participate and contribute to human development, expression, creativity, and curiosity.
    • • Engage in respectful interpersonal communications, acknowledging ideas and values of diverse individuals that represent different ethnic, racial, cultural, and gender expressions.
    • • Accept personal, civic, social and environmental responsibility in order to become a productive local and global community member.

    Assessment: Discussion, exam and project paper

  3. Outcome: Demonstrate the awareness of ethnocentric bias and appreciate the cultivation of tolerance.
    This outcome maps to the following Institution Outcomes:
    • • Solve problems and make decisions in life and work using critical thinking, quantitative reasoning, community resources, and civil engagement.
    • • Exhibit aesthetic reflection to promote, participate and contribute to human development, expression, creativity, and curiosity.
    • • Engage in respectful interpersonal communications, acknowledging ideas and values of diverse individuals that represent different ethnic, racial, cultural, and gender expressions.
    • • Accept personal, civic, social and environmental responsibility in order to become a productive local and global community member.
    • • Use technology and written and oral communication to discover, develop, and relate critical ideas in multiple environments.

    Assessment: Discussion, exam and presentation

  4. Outcome: Critically assess anthropological techniques and their application to pressing contemporary problems.
    This outcome maps to the following Institution Outcomes:
    • • Solve problems and make decisions in life and work using critical thinking, quantitative reasoning, community resources, and civil engagement.
    • • Engage in respectful interpersonal communications, acknowledging ideas and values of diverse individuals that represent different ethnic, racial, cultural, and gender expressions.
    • • Accept personal, civic, social and environmental responsibility in order to become a productive local and global community member.
    • • Use technology and written and oral communication to discover, develop, and relate critical ideas in multiple environments.

    Assessment: Presentation, exam and project paper