- Name: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
- Discipline: Anthropology
- Units (Credits): 3
- Transfer Information: (Courses with numbers 100 to 299) This course is designed to apply toward a WNC degree and/or transfer to other schools within the Nevada System of Higher Education, depending on the degree chosen and other courses completed. It may transfer to colleges and universities outside Nevada. For information about how this course can transfer and apply to your program of study, please contact a counselor.
- Academic Division: Liberal Arts
- Prerequisites: None
I: Catalog Course Description
Anthropology 101 introduces human culture and society. It provides an understanding of human diversity through a comparative study of politics, religion, economics and social organization.
This class provides an introduction to the scientific discipline of Anthropology. It examines the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, and research methods of cultural anthropology, with a brief examination of the sub-disciplines of anthropology. A major goal of the course is to provide an awareness of the wide spectrum of cultural and social variation throughout the world, while at the same time stressing those characteristics that are shared by all human beings. The class includes lectures, discussions, ethnographic films, and student presentations. Students will exercise academic skills in reading, writing, research, critical thinking, and oral communication.
II. Course Objectives and Linkage to General Education Program
The information in the parentheses after a course objective refers to the specific general education (GE) learning outcome that the objective meets. Objectives without this information are not linked to WNC’s general education program.
Upon successful completion of this course, students will have demonstrated they can:
- Exhibit factual knowledge of a broad range of cultures of the world. (GE 1).
- Examine cultural change through the lens of ethnographic and ethnologic research. (GE 4).
- Describe diverse positions on selected anthropological values or practices (GE 5).
- Demonstrate an appreciation of cultural diversity through an examination of cultural interaction from selected areas of the world (GE 5).
- Demonstrate analytical and critical thinking through substantially error-free prose suitable to the purpose of relating selected anthropological topics to personal experience and knowledge (GE 2, 6).