A cultural anthropology and archaeology course for high school students.
This class studies a branch of anthropology that deals with the study of culture. The discipline uses the methods, concepts, and data of archaeology, ethnography, folklore, linguistics, and related fields in its descriptions and analyses of the diverse peoples of the world. Called social anthropology in Britain, its field of research was until the mid 20th century largely restricted to the small-scale (or “primitive”), non-Western societies that first began to be identified during the age of discovery. Today the field extends to all forms of human association, from village communities to corporate cultures to urban gangs. Two key perspectives used are those of holism (understanding society as a complex, interactive whole) and cultural relativism (the appreciation of cultural phenomena within their own context). Areas of study traditionally include social structure, law, politics, religion, magic, art, and technology.
20% Homework and quizzes
60% Projects and Tests
Discussion Participation and Behavior Expectations
Quality of Comments
Timely and appropriate comments, thoughtful, insightful, and reflective, provokes questions and comments
from the group
Anthropological related vocabulary is used consistently
Always an active participant, responds frequently to questions; routinely volunteers
Listens to others the entire time, stays focused on other’s comments, does not lose track of discussion. Shows consistency in responding to the comments of others
Positioned close enough to be part of the group.
Voice is clear and loud enough to be
heard by all.
Differing points of view are always acknowledged and valued.
Responds respectfully to other student’s remarks
Stays still and quiet in seat, so as not to distract others
DOES NOT ENGAGE IN SIDE CONVERSATIONS!
Books used in this course AHD: Anthropology- Appreciating Human Diversity 14e, Kottak AFD: Anthropology for Dummies, Smith TS: Taking Sides – Clashing Views in Anthropology, Welsch & Endicott STA: Strategies in Teaching Anthropology, Rice & McCurdy AE: Anthrpopology Explored, Selig & London & Kaupp TLA: Thinking Like an Anthropologist, Omohundro