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Course Description

Someone sitting above some ancient ruins and sketching them

This course deals with humankind from a broad historical and cross-cultural perspective. Theoretical models, case studies and specific methods will be presented. Course topics may include the origin and transformations of human society, the relationship between biological and cultural traits, human language, variation in family structure and religion, the economic and political aspects of human society.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the learner should be able to:

  1. Explain the core concepts that distinguish anthropology from other academic disciplines;
  2. Discuss how anthropologists view the world; be aware of some differences of opinion and viewpoints among anthropologists;
  3. Describe the main technical terms and concepts used by anthropologists;
  4. Explain the differences between the four main sub-disciplines of Anthropology and how each contributes to a holistic understanding of Homo Sapiens as a species;
  5. Explain how anthropologists use and define the word culture in the context of human belief and behaviour;
  6. State the impact of cultural differences, as well as the more universal aspects of human cultural uniformity and be able to identify ethnocentrism, the value of cultural relativism, and strategies to overcome their own cultural biases;
  7. Distinguish between an anthropological and a non-anthropological perspective on a wide range of issues that flow from being human, ranging from biological diversity, religion, politics, family, race, ethnic relations among other topics, as well as examine the relevant cultural elements of any society from an anthropological perspective; and
  8. State how culture has shaped the development of human societies and appreciate its role in shaping human history.

Course Topics

  • What is Anthropology?
  • The Nature of Culture
  • Language and Culture
  • Subsistence or Making a Living
  • Economic Systems
  • Gender
  • Kinship Descent
  • Marriage and The Family
  • Equality and Inequality
  • Political Systems and Order
  • Religion and the Supernatural
  • Colonialism and Cultural Transformations

Assessment

Assessment Item Weight Learning Outcomes
Quizzes 20% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6
Short Paper 25% 5 and 8
Discussions 25% 2, 5 and 7
Online Final Exam 30% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 ,7 and 8
Total 100% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8

Note:

Additional Technical Requirements

This course will use the Respondus tool to invigilate one or more exams. In order to use Respondus LockDown Browser and Monitor, you must meet the following technical requirements:

  1. Operating Systems: Windows 10, 8, 7; Mac OS X 10.10 or higher.
  2. Memory: Windows 2 GB RAM; Mac 512 MB RAM.
  3. For Mac users: Safari must function properly on the computer.
  4. Mac users must have Adobe Flash Player installed to Safari, even if a different browser is normally used.
  5. A broadband Internet connection. It is recommended that you access the Internet via a wired connection.

This course uses Zoom as a video communication tool. A Webcam, a microphone to record video, and headphones/speakers to play back the recording are also needed. In order to use Zoom, you must meet the following technical requirements:

  1. An internet connection – broadband wired or wireless (3G or 4G/LTE)
  2. Speakers and a microphone – built-in or USB plug-in or wireless Bluetooth
  3. A webcam or HD webcam - built-in or USB plug-in

Technical Requirements

You are responsible for ensuring that your computer system meets the necessary system requirements. Use the browser check tool to ensure your browser settings are compatible and up to date (results will be displayed in a new browser window).

*Course details are subject to change.

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