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ANT 101 CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY

ANT 101 – Cultural Anthropology

Course Outline

Course Number & Name:  ANT 101 Cultural Anthropology

Credit Hours:  3.0             Contact Hours:  3.0          Lecture:  3.0       Lab:  N/A             Other:  N/A

Prerequisites:  Grades of “C” or better in ENG 096 and RDG 096 or placement

Co-requisites:  None                                                      Concurrent Courses:  None

Course Description: This course examines the behavior and customs of all human groups.  It describes human universals, as well as how and why human societies differ, drawing on fieldwork performed in a wide variety of tribal, village, and urban societies.  Topics covered include kinship and other social systems; the supernatural and sacred; language and nonverbal communication; beliefs and behavior regarding health and curing; myth, art, and music.

General Education Goals: ANT 101 is affirmed in the following General Education Foundation Categories:  Society and Human Behavior and Global and Cultural Awareness of Diversity.  The corresponding General Education Goals are respectively as follows: Students will use social science theories and concepts to analyze human behavior and social and political institutions and to act as responsible citizens; and Students will understand the importance of global perspective and culturally diverse peoples.   ANT 101 also addresses the General Education Integrated Course Goals: Ethical Reasoning and Action and Information Literacy, which are respectively as follows: Students will understand ethical issues and situations; and Students will address an information need by locating, evaluating, and effectively using information.

Course Goals: Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to do the following:

  1. demonstrate knowledge of the different ways that human groups maintain systems of belief, behavior, thought, custom, and material culture;
  2. describe how anthropologists define and study human cultures;
  3. discuss the artistic and musical systems of societies other than one’s own;
  4. explain culture as a continually changing, comprehensive life style; and
  5. implement an enhanced cultural competency and sensitivity in one’s workplace and other social settings.