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ANT 102 - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

Credits: 3
3 Lecture Hours

Prerequisites: ENG 090  or placement

Cultural anthropology is the study of humans across the globe and looking into what makes us all tick. What makes groups different, and what similarities do we have? How is family defined? A major difference between anthropology and sociology is that anthropologists focus on non-industrialized or indigenous societies, while sociologists focus on the western world. The course deals with cultural variations among living populations of the present and recent past whose cultures have been described by ethnographic fieldworkers. Topics include language and communication (not always verbal or even among humans), ritual and religion, families, kinship and marriage and aspects of culture.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Distinguish concepts, methodologies and theoretical frameworks specific to cultural anthropology within the broader field of anthropology.
  2. Apply definitions of culture within anthropological contexts to evaluate and interpret social phenomena.
  3. Describe the interrelationship of culture and human biology.
  4. Differentiate between ethnography and ethnology.
  5. Discuss goals, techniques and problems of ethnographic field research.
  6. Explain the process of socio-cultural evolution.
Listed Topics
  1. General anthropology
  2. Cultural anthropology
  3. Culture
  4. Ethnography
  5. Ethnology
  6. Language and communication
  7. Families
  8. Kinship and marriage
  9. Ritual and religion
  10. Socio-cultural evolution
Reference Materials
Current text, ethnographic case studies, parallel reading, handouts, study guides, videos, computer-based learning resources, library resources and materials.
Students who successfully complete this course acquire general knowledge, skills and abilities that align with CCAC’s definition of an educated person. Specifically, this course fulfills these General Education Goals:
  • Critical Thinking & Problem Solving
  • Culture Society & Citizenship
Approved By: Dr. Quintin B. Bullock Date Approved: 04/12/2024
Last Reviewed: 04/12/2024

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