I. Course Description
Although it begins
with an introduction
to general anthropology and its major sub-divisions, this course primarily
focuses on the sub-field of cultural anthropology. After briefly
discussing applied anthropology and anthropological research methods,
the course focuses on a few of the major topics commonly
investigated by cultural anthropologists such as ethnicity, culture,
theory, economic life, religion, political systems, family, descent,
kinship, gender, world system, colonialism and cultural change.
Please be aware this is a demanding and rigorous course. College level reading and
writing skills are absolutely necessary for to succeed in the course. Students must be
self-motivated and self-disciplined, possess good time management skills, and have the
necessary computer skills and equipment to complete the course
The best strategy
is to plan to start
the course promptly and meet all the assignment deadlines from the very beginning of the
semester. That way, if you are sick or have an emergency later in the semester, you will
not have a problem.
II. Professor: Andrew Habermacher,
- Office: 2031 Marlboro Hall,
Prince George's Community College
301 Largo Road
Largo, Maryland 20774
- Office Phone: (301) 322-0548
- E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Fax: (301) 808-0418
Buy the following two (2) books at
P. G. C. C. Bookstore (301-322-0912) or online at http://www.pgccbookstore.com
, http://www.amazon.com .
- Kottak, C. P. 2006. Mirror for Humanity: A Concise Intro. to Cultural
Anthropology. Fifth Edition. McGraw-Hill. ISBN
- Angeloni, Elvio (editor)
Anthropology 2006/2007. Annual Editions. 28th Edition
McGraw-Hill/Dushkin. ISBN 0-07-351592-2
certain you get this exact editions. Kottak's book must be the 5th edition. Angeloni reedits his reader every year dropping some old articles and adding new ones.
Be sure to get the 28th edition with the dates 06/07 in title.
IV. EXPECTED COURSE OUTCOMES: Upon successful completion of this course,
students should be able to:
the focal interests and
primary research methods of anthropology and its subfields.
features and social
effects of the major modes of subsistence upon which human
societies have been based.
concepts such as grammar, phonology, phoneme, focal vocabulary,
syntax, semantics, morpheme, dialect, minimal pair, language
acquisition, sociolinguistics and historical linguistics.
among the four levels
(i.e., band, tribe, chiefdom, state) of political integration
generalized from the ethnographic and historical record.
gender issues found in
different types of societies by using such concepts as gender
role, gender stratification, the public/domestic dichotomy, gender
identity, gendered division of labor and gender inequality.
the various kinds of descent
groups, postmarital residence customs, mate selection norms,
economic aspects of marriage contracts, plural marriage customs,
and family forms.
among basic basic
concepts such as norm, value, culture shock, cultural relativism,
ethnocentrism, ethnicity, social race, enculturation (aka
socialization), acculturation, status, role and stratification.
such economic aspects of social life as reciprocity (general,
balanced & negative), market exchange, money (special &
general purpose), redistribution, mode of production and division
some religious causes of
social change (revitalization movements, cargo cults),
the purpose and stages of a rite of passage, the functions
(social, psychological, cognitive) of religion,
the types of religious organizations, and the logic and
uses of magic.
from assigned readings and describe in essay form any of the concepts,
ideas or theories listed in the foregoing (above) course
V. COURSE ELEMENTS &
A. General Comments
This is an online distance learning course.
Students must complete all course requirements in their appropriate sequence & in a
timely fashion. Please visit the Blackboard online classroom at least
every other day to
check the course calendar, read announcements and new discussion board postings,
take quizzes, submit written assignments and post discussion board messages.
Students are responsible for keeping up with and adhering to the due dates and other
instructions posted there in the course calendar and announcements areas of the Blackboard
Response time: Except for weekends, I will
normally respond to email and to questions posted in the Blackboard Discussion Board area
within 48 hours. Unless otherwise indicated, written assignments will be graded and returned
within 10 days of
their submission to Blackboard.
B. Blackboard Online Class Room
The Blackboard (Bb) online classroom web site
address (url) is http://pgcconline.blackboard.com
Browse to it and you will find logon instructions about how to gain entry into the online
course for which you have registered.
Once you successfully login to
Blackboard and enter the online classroom for Ant 103, you
can click on the various icons there to read announcements, use
the chat room, view a course calendar, take quizzes, see grades, view & post messages to
the discussion board, use email & consult other materials placed there by your
In the online classroom, click the Tools
button to find a manual explaining the various functionalities of
Blackboard. Please look it over and consult it when you have questions about how to use
the various Blackboard elements.
C. Blackboard Elements
Here are preliminary data about some
of the Bb elements you'll be using in this online course and some
instructions about how you are expected to use them.
Scheduled, required quizzes are taken on-line & must be completed during
their respective windows of
Quizzes usually consist
of multiple choice and/or true-false questions based on the reading assignments.
No make-up quizzes are given. Quiz grades are
added throughout the semester. If you
maximum number of points
allowed for quizzes in this course, any additional quiz points
you earn will not count toward your semester grade.
Take quizzes from a link placed in the Bb menu area during the days it
is available to be taken. Once you begin to take a
quiz, you must finish and submit it or you will be locked out of the
quiz and receive no grade. Feel free to use your books and notes when
taking the quiz. Take the quiz as quickly as you can to avoid being
automatically logged out by your internet service provider. If that
happens you will be locked out of retaking the quiz until the instructor
resets it. The instructor will clear any locked quizzes as he sees them or when you
notify him. But don't expect the unlocking to be done if you take the
quiz on the last day of its availability.
You are responsible for reading all announcements posted by the
instructor in the Bb announcements area. Check
announcements each time you login being sure to read all announcements posted since the
last time you logged in.
Announcements are automatically shown to you on entry to the Bb online classroom. Some are
permanent and always show. Others only show during the day they are posted. To see the
previously posted nonpermanent announcements, select one of the tabs (last seven days,
last month, etc) and use the scroll bar on the right of the screen.
- Weekly Assignments
Weekly assignments are available from the Bb menu by clicking
on the button titled Assignments, and clicking on the assignment with
the current week's date. Each weekly assignment has a checklist that indicates the topics, reading assignments, essays, conferences,
quizzes and any other activities that must be completed during the
After you write an essay assignment, you will submit it in its
appropriate week as indicated there. All
written assignments you submit to Bb must be Rich Text (.rtf) files. Essay work submitted in other
file formats will not be graded and will receive no credit. Rich text
files (.rtf) can be created and read by any word processing program.
Consult the help section of your word processor to learn how to create
a rich text file.
Once your essay has been graded and the grade appears in the online
grade book, you can click on the grade to read any comments the
instructor may have made about your essay.
Participation in discussions is required and graded. The discussion
board conferences are asynchronous and have definite start and finish
dates indicated in the instructions for each conference and in the
course calendar. The purpose of the discussions is to stimulate study
of the course material in each
I have established the following rules and guidelines for participation in the
make at least two types of contributions to each discussion board topic posted by the
instructor, new threads and replies. New Threads
(or primary postings) must respond to the discussion board assignment.
Replies (or secondary postings) respond to the
new threads other students.
Conferences, unless otherwise
indicated, last 9 days. New thread (primary) postings made during the last
48 hours of a
conference will not count, but Reply postings made any time during the
conference period will count. Late postings
to conferences will NOT be graded.
No credit can be earned in a conference for reply postings unless a
new thread is also posted.
board conference participation are cumulative. Once the full number of points
allotted for discussion board contributions has been reached, any additional
points will not be counted toward the semester grade.
(called Collaboration in the Bb Communications area)
A few on-line
chats may be conducted during the semester as indicated in the course calendar.
They serve as online office hours held by the professor. They are
optional and participation in them will earn no points. Chat times will vary.
D. On Campus Responsibilities:
- Although there is NO required
on-campus orientation for this class, PGCC students are encouraged to
attend the general on-campus distance learning orientation at the Largo
Campus. Check college website/distance learning page for dates.
Students from colleges other than PGCC have NO scheduled
orientation for this course on their campuses..
- For the online
class, examinations (i.e., mid semester, end semester, final exam
parts 01 & 02) are the only other activities that may require you
to come to campus during the course. However, they can usually be
taken online. If, for
technical reasons, it becomes necessary for you to come to campus for an
exam, PGCC students will take the exam on campus at the Student Assessment
Center. Students from other colleges will take the exam at their respective
campuses at times and places announced by the instructor about a week
prior to the exam.
- The course assignments are
explained in weekly assignment checklists. Click "Assignments"
in the Blackboard menu to view them.
The first item posted in every assignment folder is a list of all the topics
and tasks for that week. From these weekly assignment folders, you will be
able to submit analytical essays and internet essays when they are due.
participate in a required Bb discussion board conference, click "Communication"
in the Bb menu and then select "Discussion Board"
- To take a required quiz or
examination, click "Quizzes" in the Bb menu.
- Due dates for assignments are indicated in
the weekly assignment folders.
- Please Note:
there are more earnable points available in quizzes
and discussion board conference assignments than you can actually use toward your semester grade, there are
provisions for making up work which is missed in those areas.
Also since you may do more than the required number of analytical
essays and internet essays (the best ones count and the poor
grades are discarded), there are no make ups for
those either. Budget your time carefully.
VII. Course Requirements and
A. The Meaning of Letter Grades.
- "A" is given only for
- "B" is awarded for good work.
- "C" is fair or satisfactory work.
- "D" is given
for poor work.
- "F" is unsatisfactory or failing.
A student who shows an "excellent, good, fair, poor or
understanding of the content demonstrates this by an "excellent, good, fair, poor or
of reading material & ideas (concepts, topics) through their performance in
discussions, quizzes, chats,
essays & exams.
B. How much are the various assignments worth?
Due 1st week.
1 @ 10 pts ea
have 4 chances (with deadlines) to write 2 analytical essays. If you
write more than 2 essays, then the highest 2 grades are used. No
make-ups are allowed.
|2 @ 100
have 5 chances (with deadlines) to write 3 internet essays.
write more than 3, then the highest 3 grades are used. No
make-ups are allowed.
(required; there will be 10)
Board conference grades accumulate until you reach the maximum
usable points or finish all quizzes whichever
comes first. If you earn more than 205 pts., only 205 may be used
toward your course grade.
10 @ 24 pts ea
(required; 13 chapter quizzes)
accumulate until you earn the maximum usable points or finish all quizzes whichever
comes first. If you
earn more than 150 pts., only 150 may be used toward your course
are based on Kottak's Mirror for Humanity chapters. No make-ups.
13 @ 13 pts ea
during final week of course.
1 @ 10 pts ea
Final Exam Parts 01 & 02.
You will have a
chance to take final exam part 01 twice - once as the mid semester
exam and once during finals week. You will also have a chance to take
final exam part 02 twice - once as the end semester exam and once
during finals week. If you take the mid semester and part 01, then the
highest grade counts toward your semester grade; same goes for the end
semester exam and part 02 of the final exam. Unless technical require
that you come to the campus testing center, you will take them online.
@100 pts ea
USABLE POINTS IN THIS COURSE =
Your grade will be based on your
performance on the course
requirements. Points are earned based on the values for each course requirement
C. What is the grade scale used in this course?