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.




Introduction to Anthropology


Subsistence Methods and Development of Farming

Formation of State Civilization

Methods of Anthropology

Language and Culture

Race and Ethnicity


Political Systems

Gender, Families, and Kinship, and Marriage


Applied Anthropology




20%    Homework and quizzes

20%    Discussions

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

Anthro Language
Anthropological related vocabulary is used consistently

Always an active participant, responds frequently to questions; routinely volunteers

Active Listening
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

Active Space
Positioned close enough to be part of the group.

Active Speaking
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


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