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Course Syllabus

Course: ANTH 1000

Division: Social and Behavioral Science
Department: Social Science
Title: Introduction to Anthropology

Semester Approved: Summer 2017
Five-Year Review Semester: Summer 2022
End Semester: Summer 2023

Catalog Description: This course introduces students to the four basic fields of Anthropology consisting of Physical Anthropology, Cultural Anthropology, Archaeology, and Linguistic Anthropology. Anthropologists seek to understand what it means to be human by examining the physical and cultural factors that have influenced the origin, development, and behavior of humankind. Both general education credit and variable credit may be earned. To fulfill Social Science general education requirements, the class must be taken for 3 credits; however, 1-2 variable elective credits are offered for exigent circumstances.

General Education Requirements: Social and Behavioral Science (SS)
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Credit/Time Requirement: Credit: 1-3; Lecture: 1-3; Lab: 0

Prerequisites: N/A

Corequisites: N/A


Justification: This course is designed to introduce students to physical, archaeological, linguistic, and cultural anthropological topics that will engage students and increase their awareness of the diverse nature of humanity. ANTH 1000 satisfies the Social Science (SS) requirement for General Education at Snow College and will transfer as general education or elective credit. Similar courses are offered at other USHE institutions. Students will develop understanding of the world around them through study of content and the processes used by social and behavioral scientists to discover, describe, explain, and/or predict human behavior and social systems. Students must understand the diversities and complexities of the cultural and social world, past and present, from a social scientist's perspective, and methodologies, and come to an informed sense of self and others.

General Education Outcomes:
1: A student who completes the GE curriculum will have a fundamental knowledge of human cultures and the natural world, with particular emphasis on American institutions, the social and behavioral sciences, the physical and life sciences, the humanities, the fine arts and personal wellness.  The threads unifying Anthropology are its focus on understanding human behavior, groups and cultures, as well as humanity's place in the natural world. Attention will be given to prehistoric, primitive, and modern human experiences as well as current ideas and research about human culture, origins and behavior. Students can expect to read class material and discuss these concepts, applying cultural knowledge and awareness to anthropological subjects and linking them to personal life experiences. Expression of this understanding and knowledge will be asked of students in essay projects, quizzes, and/or exams.


2: A student who completes the GE curriculum can read, retrieve, evaluate, interpret, and deliver information using a variety of traditional and electronic media. Class topics and subjects will be based on textbook readings and other source materials that are assigned to prompt critical thinking and student discussion. Student evaluation and interpretation of this content will established in class discussion, quizzes and exams. Additionally, essay work will provide students the chance to research anthropological sources and demonstrate their ability to connect this research to their own personal lives.

6: A student who completes the GE curriculum can reason analytically, critically, and creatively about nature, culture, facts, values, ethics, and civic policy. Anthropology asks students to think critically about their sense of global citizenship and seek to understand the basic cultural unity and interconnectedness of humanity in its past, present, and future form. Class discussion and relevant readings will provide the basis for exercises in anthropological analysis and will be evaluated in class discussion, essay projects, quizzes and/or exams.



Student Learning Outcomes:
Explain social institutions, structures, and processes across a broad range of historical periods and cultures from a social and behavioral science perspective.

Anthropological readings and class discussion will expose students to the long history and scope of human societal institutions and patterns that have created the cultural structure we see in today's world. Through class engagement, essay projects, quizzes and/or exams, students will be able to examine and demonstrate the contributions of human behavior and societies.
 

Develop and communicate hypothetical explanations for individual human behavior within the large-scale historical or social context.

Students will explore the global causes and consequences of past and present human actions through discussion and examination of case studies in each of the four basic fields of anthropology. Essay projects, quizzes, and/or exams will provide opportunities for students to demonstrate their knowledge and provide explanations for the complexity and patterns of human behavior.
 

Draw on the social and behavioral sciences to evaluate contemporary problems using social science research methodology.

By examining the diversity, history, and contemporary issues of global cultures, this course will allow students to identify and evaluate past, current, and practical uses of anthropological methods and perspectives in approaching real-world problems and solutions. Through class discussion, quizzes and/or exams, students will demonstrate their ability to think critically about local and global human challenges.
 

Describe and analytically compare social, political, economic, cultural, geographical, and historical settings and processes other than one's own.

With anthropology's holistic focus, students will be exposed in readings and class discussion to a variety of current and historical global human settings and human processes that will challenge their assumptions and experiences. Careful analysis of the diversity of human conditions will be displayed in student essay projects, quizzes and/or exams.
 

Explain and use the social-scientific method to test research questions and draw conclusions.

Students will explore anthropological theories and methodologies across sub-disciplines comparing human behavior cross culturally. Textbook study and additional readings will allow an examination of ethnographic data, case studies, and controversies in the field. Class discussion, quizzes and/or exams will provide students an opportunity to display their ability to synthesize anthropological findings into clear and well-reasoned arguments and conclusions.
 

Write effectively within the social science discipline, using correct disciplinary guidelines, to analyze, interpret, and communicate about social science phenomena.

Students will be able to understand anthropological perspectives and communicate their opinions, analysis, and research on these topics. Essay projects and written work assessed on quizzes and/or exams will demonstrate this competency.
 


Content:
ANTH 1000 is an introductory anthropology course that focuses on the four basic fields of Physical Anthropology, Cultural Anthropology, Archaeology, and Linguistic Anthropology. Through lecture, class discussion, writing assignments, quizzes and exams, these four fields will be examined through the sub-disciplines of these four fields. Topics will include evolutionary principles, human evolution, primatology, historical developments in human civilization, human diversity, characteristics of culture, communication and linguistics, identity, subsistence and exchange, family and kinship, politics and power, spirituality and religion, and global changes.

Key Performance Indicators:
Exams: 30-50% of final grade  

Quizzes: 10-20% of final grade  

Writing assignments (essay projects): 10-20% of final grade  

Discussion participation: 5-15% of final grade 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Representative Text and/or Supplies:
Texts will vary depending on instructor preference.
A textbook example would be Essence of Anthropology by Haviland, Prins, Walrath, & McBride (current edition).


Additional readings will vary on instructor preference. An example would be "Body Ritual of the Nacirema" by Horace Mitchell Miner


Pedagogy Statement:


Maximum Class Size: 50
Optimum Class Size: 40