ANTH 125G: INTRODUCTION TO WORLD CULTURES
9:30-10:20 a.m., Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
Room: 102 Science Hall
Professor: Dr. Lois Stanford
Office: 306 Breland, Office phone: 646-6092
Office hours: Monday and Wednesday, 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m., (or by appointment)
Drawing on the concept of culture, this class will examine culture’s role in shaping human behavior. We focus on how culture helps direct and explain peoples’ behavior, in particular looking at how this helps us understand what is going
on in the world today. We need to understand culture’s persistence in the modern world and in our own lives if we are to have any hope of solving world problems and creating positive change. Through the use of ethnographic examples, we explore a wide diversity of cultures, situations, and histories around the world. Yet, at each point, we return to apply anthropological understandings to our own experiences and culture. Through this class, exercises, readings, and films, students learn to use anthropological ideas to grapple with important issues facing our own and other cultures. We will apply anthropology to the realities of the world.
This course fulfils General Education requirements under the category, Part II: Establishing a Common Background, Section C: Human Thought and Behavior.
Havilland, William A., Robert Gordon, and Luis Vivanco, editors. 2006. Talking About People: Readings in
Contemporary Cultural Anthropology, Fourth Edition. McGraw-Hill.
Lenkeit, Robert Edwards. 2009. Introducing Cultural Anthropology, Fourth Edition. McGraw-Hill.
Course Outline and Reading Assignments:
8/19-20 What is Cultural Anthropology?
Reading assignment: Edwards Lenkeit, Chapter 1, Haviland, et. al., Chapter I, Numbers 1,2, and 4.
8/23-27 Culture and Meaning
Reading assignment: Edwards Lenkeit, Chapter 2, Haviland, et.al., Chapter II, Number 6. st8/27: Handout, 1 Project: Observing Culture.
8/30-9/03 Doing Cultural Anthropology
Reading assignment: Edwards Lenkeit, Chapter 3, Haviland, et. al., Chapter I, Number 3.
9/06-10 Culture and Language
Reading assignment: Edwards Lenkeit, Chapter 4, Haviland, et. al., Chapter III, Numbers 9, 10, and 11. 9/06: No class, Labor day st9/08: 1 Project: Observing Culture due in class. st9/10: 1 Exam.
9/13-17 Making a Living
Reading assignment: Edwards Lenkeit, Chapter 5, Haviland, et. al., Chapter V, Numbers 15 and 17. 9/15: (film) The Kayapo (Kayapo, Amazon, Brazil)
Reading assignment: Edwards Lenkeit, Chapter 6, Haviland, et. al., Chapter VI, Number 20.
9/22: (film) Ongka’s Big Moka (Kawelka, New Guinea)
9/27-10/01 Marriage and Family
Reading assignment: Edwards Lenkeit, Chapter 7, Haviland, et. al., Chapter VII, Numbers 25, 26, 27, and 28. nd9/27: Handrout 2 Project: Kinship and Family
10/04-08 Kinship and Descent
Reading assignment: Edwards Lenkeit, Chapter 8
10/08: (film) Masai Women (Masai, Kenya).
10/11-15 Gender and Culture
Reading assignment: Edwards Lenkeit, Chapter 9, Haviland, et. al., Chapter VII, Numbers 21, 23 and 24. nd10/11: 2 Project: Kinship and Family due in class nd10/15: 2 Exam.
10/18-22 Political Organization
Reading assignment: Edwards Lenkeit, Chapter 10, Haviland, et. al., Chapter X, Numbers 35, 36, 37, and 38.
10/25-29 Belief Systems and Religion
Reading assignment: Edwards Lenkeit, Chapter 11, Haviland, et. al., Numbers 39 and 42. rd10/25: Handout 3 Project: Ritual Practices and Culture
10/27: (film) Animecha Kejtsïtacua: Ofrenda para las ánimas (Purhépecha, Mexico)
11/01-05 Art and Culture
Reading assignment: Edwards Lenkeit, Chapter 12, Haviland, et. al., Number 41.
11/08-12 Culture Change and Globalization
Reading assignment: Edwards Lenkeit, Chapter 13, Haviland, et. al., Chapter XII, Numbers 43, 45, and 46.
11/08: No class.
11/08: Stephen Fadden, invited lecture. rd11/10: 3 Project: Ritual Practices and Culture due in class. th11/10: Handout 4 Project: Ethnic Identity
11/12: (film) Mirrors of the Heart: Ethnic Identity (Aymara, Bolivia, and Afro-Caribbean, Dominican Republic)
11/15-19 Ethnicity in the Modern World rd11/19: 3 Exam.
11/22-26 Thanksgiving Break
11/29-12/03 Applying Anthropology to the Modern World
Reading Assignment: Edwards Lenkeit, Chapter 14, Haviland, et. al., Chapter XIII, Number 49. th12/03: 4 Project: Ethnic Identity due in class.
12/06-10 Finals Week
Final Exam: Monday, December 6, 8:00-10:00 a.m.
The final grade is based on three midterm exams, one final exam, four project assignments, and class attendance. The exams will cover equally material from lectures, assigned reading, and films. The 3 exams will be multiple choice exams. Each exam will be worth 100 points, i.e., 50 multiple choice questions worth 2 points each. The final exam is cumulative; it covers material from the earlier exams and from the final week. The final exam will be multiple choice and is worth 200 points, i.e., 100 multiple choice questions worth 2 points each. Do not make travel arrangements to depart
before this date, since no earlier final exams will be given. If a student does not attend the final exam, he/she will receive a grade based on points earned to date.
Each student will write 4 written projects (5-6 pages) that apply cultural anthropology. These projects include: (1) observing culture; (2) kinship and family; (3) ritual and culture, and (4) ethnic identity. Written assignments will be graded for spelling and grammatical errors, content material, and thought. Written essays must be typed, 1 inch margin on all sides, and double-spaced (with no double spacing between paragraphs). Students may not submit work done for other classes; work should be original. Written assignments are due in class on the dates indicated. Late assignments will have points deducted.
The assignment due dates and points possible are as follows:
Assignment Dates Points possible % of Final Grade st1 project 9/06 100 10% st1 exam 9/10 100 10% nd2 project 10/11 100 10% nd2 exam 10/15 100 10% rd3 project 11/10 100 10% rd3 exam 11/19 100 10% th4 project 12/03 100 10%
Final exam 12/06 200 20%
attendance all classes 100 10%
Total points 1000 100
Class attendance will comprise 10% of the final grade as well. Class attendance will be taken at each class. Students who attend at least 90% of the classes will receive full credit (100 points), while students who attend at least 80% of the class will receive 90 points, and those who attend at least 70% of classes will receive 80 points, etc. As well, students who miss a class the day an assignment is due are responsible for turning the assignment in on time, or points will be deducted.
It is not the professor's responsibility to automatically withdraw students from the class for non-attendance in the beginning of the semester. Withdrawal is the student's responsibility.
The exam policy is that students unable to attend an exam must notify the professor or leave a message with the departmental secretary before the exam. Telephoning after the exam has already started does not constitute prior
notification. The student must provide a doctor's note. If the student does not notify the professor, then the student loses the opportunity to make up the exam. Make-up exams are always essay exams and are more difficult.
With regards to cheating on exams, if the professor or graduate assistant observes a student cheating, the exam will be taken, and the student will receive a 0 on the exam. Since each exam comprises 10% of the final grade, this will drop the student's final grade 1 letter grade. Cheating on the final exam will result in a drop of 20% of the final grade, i.e., 2 letter
With regards to the written assignments, both intended and unintended plagiarism constitutes cheating. If the student uses information from another's research, the student must include full citations. This is true no matter where the material comes from, including the internet, other student’s work, unpublished materials, or oral sources. If no citation is given, then borrowing words, material, all or part of an existing paper, graphs, and/or other illustration constitutes plagiarism. If the student directly quotes these sources, the student must so indicate. The professor does not accept papers containing plagiarized material. The paper will not be graded, and the student will receive a 0 for the essay. Since each essay