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ANT-1010-VO01Y - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

Synonym: 186282
Location: Online
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Accelerated Section: This course has special meeting dates and times. See comments below or consult VSC Web Services - Search for Sections in the VSC portal for specific dates and times. If you have any questions call the site office offering the course.
Day/Times: Meets online
Semester Dates: 10-29-2019 to 12-16-2019
Last day to drop without a grade: 11-07-2019 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 11-26-2019 - Refund Policy
Faculty: Martha Lance | View Faculty Credentials
This course has started, please contact the offering academic center about registration
This section meets the following General Education Requirement(s):
Global Perspective/Sustainability
Human Behavior
  1. Many degree programs have specific general education recommendations. In order to avoid taking unnecessary classes, please consult with additional resources like your program evaluation, your academic program page, and your academic advisor.
  2. Courses may only be used to meet one General Education Requirement.

Course Description:

This course is a survey of basic issues, concepts, theories, and methods of cultural anthropology. Students think critically about the nature of culture and society from the perspective of the past and the present. Topics include social and political organization, gender, myth and religion, language, adaptation, and cultural change.

Essential Objectives:

1. Describe the origin and development of anthropology as a social science and as a humanities field, the subject matter it includes, and how anthropology is related to other disciplines.
2. Explain and apply key anthropological concepts, including culture, ethnocentrism, cultural relativism, adaptive strategies, agency, social stratification, magic, ritual, cultural change, and world-view.
3. Discuss the application of quantitative and qualitative anthropological methods to the study of human culture, and examine the relationship between method and theory.
4. Describe the development of anthropological theories such as cultural evolution, structural functionalism, cultural ecology, and symbolic interactionism, and understand how current theoretical approaches are used to explain cultural phenomena.
5. Examine the role and importance of fieldwork in cultural anthropology and discuss ethical conduct within the discipline.
6. Discuss the diversity of humans past and present by identifying differences, similarities, and interrelationships among individuals, cultures, and societies.
7. Apply basic anthropological concepts to better understand and respect the characteristics of unfamiliar cultures, and critically examine aspects of familiar cultures.
8. Describe the various roles that cultural anthropologists play in today's world, and give examples of current research questions and applied cultural anthropology in business, medicine, education, development, and advocacy.

Additional Instructor Pre-Assignments/Notes/Comments:

Course Overview

What is culture? Is culture something we are born into or is it something we learn? How might an understanding of culture enhance our individual and collective lives? These are the basic and important questions of this course.

We live in a world of many cultures. Globalization may be creating one type of unified world, but there is still war, violence, and misunderstanding. Can raising your own cultural consciousness have any influence in making the world a better place? Although we may not be able to restructure the global economy in order to accomplish fairness and equity for all, we can as individuals promote peace, accept the idea that another culture can be different without being defective, and solve global problems with humility, empathy and compassion.

This seminar is a growth challenge experience and an invitation to develop a cross-cultural and not culture bound self-identity. We will begin by exploring the notion of culture and examine ourselves as cultural beings with our own perceptions, attitudes, values, beliefs, and needs. After this self-exploration, we will cross into other cultures and new terrains that must be explored on their own terms. We will identify, understand, and appreciate other cultures so that we may build our own cultural understandings and uncover pathways that connect us with other humans.


The goals of this course are:

o To identify, examine and our personal cultural identity, perceptions, attitudes, values, beliefs and needs.

o To recognize and appreciate diversity and empathize with those belonging to other cultures.

o To engage in conscious and mindful communication while becoming sensitized to the elements of cross-cultural interaction.

The required text is Essentials of Cultural Anthropology: A Toolkit for a Global Age by Kenneth Guest. You can buy it at the CCV bookstore as an ebook, from the publisher or elsewhere.

We begin our class thinking about anthropology as a set of tools and by defining culture. What exactly is culture? Why is it worth studying? How do we best study culture? What challenges do we face when thinking about and studying culture? I will ask you to allow you classmates and me to get to know you “culturally” via a questionnaire and offer some suggestions about how to best “study” the materials of the class.

Topical Outline

Anthropology in a Global Age

What is culture?

Fieldwork and Ethnography


Race and Racism

Ethnicity and Nationalism



Kinship, Family and Marriage

Class and Inequality

The Global Economy

Politics and Power


Fall 2019 textbook data will be available on May 13. On that date a link will be available below that will take you to eCampus, CCV's bookstore. The information provided there will be for this course only. Please see this page for more information regarding the purchase of textbooks.

The last day to use a Financial Aid advance to purchase textbooks is the 3rd Tuesday of the semester. See your financial aid counselor at your academic center if you have any questions.

Contact Faculty:

Email: Martha Lance
Hiring Coordinator for this course: Katherine Maynard

Please note: In order to receive accommodations for disabilities in this course, students must make an appointment to see the Americans with Disabilities Coordinator in their site and bring documentation with them.

Academic Honesty: CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.

Course description details subject to change. Please refer to this document frequently.

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