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Introduction to Anthropology 1102

Course Description - Introduction to Anthropology is a “four-field” approach to the study of human beings. Using theory and data from Linguistics, Archaeology, Physical and Cultural Anthropology, we will critically examine material related to the diversity of human nature and culture. This course will introduce students to the comparative study of human societies, past and present, and their respective levels of technology, institutional arrangements, worldviews and symbolic representation.


Prerequisite(s): COMPASS Writing 60 and COMPASS Reading 74 or CPE - English Test 75 and CPE - Reading Test 75 or Semester System Undergraduate level ENGL 0099 Minimum Grade of C* and Semester System Undergraduate level READ 0099 Minimum Grade of C* or Undergraduate level ENGL 097 Minimum Grade of C* and Undergraduate level READ 096 Minimum Grade of C* or ACT English 17 or SAT Verbal 430 or Semester System Undergraduate level ENGL 1101 Minimum Grade of D_ or Undergraduate level ENGL 101 Minimum Grade of D_ or Post-Bac Student 99 or Transient Student 99.  

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Learning Outcomes

AMSC Course Outcomes for Anthropology:

  • To introduce anthropology as a holistic and systematic social science
  • To explore contemporary issues within the core concepts of anthropology
  • To make students aware of the anthropological approach to the study of humans
  • To develop the concept of culture while exploring human diversity
  • To analyze the effects of ethnocentrism as well as the concept of cultural relativity
  • To familiarize students with how anthropologists perform field work and data collection  

Course specific outcomes:

  • students will learn how to apply the scientific method in anthropology and the other social sciences
  • students will learn how the anthropological perspective can increase their ability to think critically  
  • students will learn strategies for evaluating and understanding cultural differences
  • students will be introduced to the four fields of Anthropology so they can intelligently pursue any of the fields as a career

Expected Results Upon completing Introduction to Anthropology students should be able to:

  • Describe the sub-discipline that studies the evolutions of humans and primates
  • Identify the new traits that emerged when primate evolution first began
  • To describe the basic terminology and concepts of all the subfields of anthropology
  • To examine the life ways, belief systems and perspectives of those in other cultures
  • To learn and evaluate the concepts of ethnocentrism and cultural relativism to improve their own life and to increase tolerance for alternative lifestyles  
  • To understand that modern Western sociocultural patterns are not the only way of life that can be good and satisfying, nor are they necessarily our future
  • To gain a broad cross-cultural background against which to view our own culture as well as contemporary social problems and to realize that many social patterns are NOT innate and unchangeable
  • To recognize the underlying structural similarities of social systems as well as the individual variability of human cultures


Course Requirements/Grading/ Class Policies There will be one final examination for this course (20%) and one midterm student presentation (25%). In addition, students will be required to complete in class quizzes  (10%) and discussions (20%), assignments  (15%),   project phases for in-class presentation (10%).  

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