SUFFOLK COMMUNITY COLLEGE

MICHAEL J.GRANT CAMPUS / EASTERN CAMPUS

Fall 2012

 

COURSE  OUTLINE

INSTRUCTOR: Jennifer Oksenhorn                 EMAIL: oksenhj@sunysuffolk.edu

CATALOG NO.: ANT101                                   COURSE TITLE: Cultural Anthropology

WEBSPACE:  www2.sunysuffolk.edu/oksenhj

                                               

                This is an introductory course studying a broad range of cultural similarities and differences among human populations.  Using ethnographic accounts as a database, initial focus is on non-Western cultures.  Comparisons with more technologically advanced cultures provide important insights into how culture works.  We will examine the ways which different societies solve similar problems.  In the process of understanding differences, we will be able to acquire a better idea of what it is to be human.  The main objective of this course is to provide you with the basic theoretical and methodological tools from the perspective of the social sciences, which will allow you to understand better your own society by comparing it to the rest of the peoples of this planet.  To achieve this goal we need to follow certain simple rules that will contribute to the smooth development of the course.

 

TEXTS

1.             Ferraro, Cultural Anthropology, 9th edition, West/Wadsworth Publishing 2011 (any edition)

 

Additional Reading

1.             Miner, Horace  Body Ritual Among the Nacirema  (JSTOR)

2.             Althaus, Francis A.  “Female Circumcision: Rite of Passage or Violation or Rights?”  (JSTOR)

3.             King, Robert D.  “Should English Be the Law?”  (on website)

4.             Maltz, Daniel and Ruth Borker “A Cultural Approach to Male-Female Miscommunication.” (on website)

E.C.         Gray and Wolfe  An Anthropological Look at Human Sexuality.” (on website)

 

COURSE OBJECTIVE

1.             Identify and describe the similarities and differences between the cultural practices of several Non-Western Cultures.

 

2.             Compare and contrast the cultural elements exhibited in Non-Western Cultures with those the Western World.

 

3.             Identify and describe the components, characteristics, and organizational structure of various cultures, which may include language, religion, family, society, economy and politics.

 

4.             Analyze and discuss the interplay between elements of culture, which may include language, religion, family, society, economy, and politics.

 

5.             Through class discussions and written examinations students will demonstrate the use of anthropological concepts in an application of cross-cultural settings.

 

6.             To provide the scientific method and to use it to evaluate cultural anthropology research and formulation.

 

7.             To provide an overview of cultural anthropology as well as a sound foundation for those who might continue in the field.

 

8.             To help students develop an understanding of the human problems to which cultural anthropologists address themselves.

 

 

PROCEDURES FOR ACCOMPLISHING THESE OBJECTIVES

 

1.             There will be lectures and class discussions.

2.             Films will be utilized where appropriate.

3.             Each student will complete 5 reaction papers for articles assigned.

4.             Students must complete four tests which reflect class lectures, texts, and films.

5.             Class participation is encouraged and is important in computing a final grade.

 

 

 

STUDENT REQUIREMENTS FOR COMPLETION OF THE COURSE

 

1.             Students must complete all assignments and examinations on time.  Late work will not be accepted without permission of instructor and permission must be granted BEFORE the assignment is due.

 

2.             Make-up examinations, in essay format, will be given only for good reason and with the permission of the instructor.  Be prepared to show documentation if applicable.  It is the responsibility of the student to notify the instructor on or before the day of the test if he or she is unable to take a scheduled examination and request a makeup.  If a makeup is granted the student then has one week to coordinate the make-up examination with the professor.

 

3.             Attendence is an important part of the student’s class participation grade, and students who miss more than four classes will lose all class participation points.  If a student has excessive absences they may be dropped from the course and receive a “No-Credit” if they fail to contact the instructor.

 

4.             Lateness can also result in an official absence.  Three latenesses will count as one official absence.  It is also the responsibility of the student to report his or her lateness to the instructor after class.  Failure to do so will result in a recorded absence.

 

5.             During class, ALL BEEPERS AND CELL PHONES MUST BE TURNED OFF.

 

6.             Cheating will not be tolerated.  SCCC has a strict policy regarding academic          integrity, which    can be found in the SCCC student handbook.  Any student who is caught cheating will be punished to the fullest extent of the college’s cheating policy.

        *Cheating includes:

                        - Copying from a fellow student during an exam or in a homework assignment. 

                        - Texting during an exam will be considered as a cheating attempt. 

                        - Plagarism: Presenting the words and ideas of others as your own is dishonest.  You must cite any source you use.  DO NOT utilize free or                        purchased essays from the internet.

 

 

 

 

FINAL GRADES

 

Will be computed as follows:

                Reaction Papers                                                   15%

                Class Participation                                                 5%

                (3) Exams                                                               60%

                Final Exam                                                             20%

 

 
REACTION PAPERS

For every article assigned, to be discussed in class, students need to bring a TYPED, double-spaced, reaction paper  (~ 2 pages).  The student will summarize the article in only1-2 paragraphs followed by a reaction section (what did you think after reading it? What were the points that most impressed/shocked you? Which points did you not agree with and why?).  These reaction papers are important to your final grade.  Make sure to remember that your opinion on the topic is most important, no matter if it is agreeing with, or opposing to, the topic discussed.  Remember, this is NOT a summary!

 

Article titles are listed in your additional reading list. Access those labeled (JSTOR) using directions below. Access those listed as (Website) from my website listed at the top of the syllabus.

 

OFFICE HOURS/ EXTRA HELP

Office Hours are by appointment only, contact me to set up a time.  Additional Extra help sessions outside of class time are usually run the week before an exam, see me for details if you are interested.

 

 

 

 

DATE

Class Title

Text Chapter

Due Dates

9/6

What is Anthropology?

1

 

 

Concept of Culture

2

 

 

 

 

 

9/13

Culture Con't

 

*Nacirema Reaction due

 

Anthropological Theory

4

 

 

 

 

 

9/20

Theory Con't

5

*Female Circ Reaction due

 

Methods in Cultural Anthropology

 

 

 

 

 

9/27

Methods Con't

 

 

 

 

 

 

10/4

Language and Culture

6

 

 

EXAM I

 

1,2,4,5

 

 

 

 

10/11

Communicating Culture/Structure

 

*Should English be Law Reaction due

 

Adaptive Strategies

7

 

 

 

 

 

10/18

Strategies Con't

 

 

 

Allocating Resources/Production

8

 

 

 

 

 

10/25

Mate Selection

9

 

 

EXAM II

 

6,7,8

 

 

 

 

11/1

Economics of Marriage/Residence

10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11/8

Kinship and Descent

 

 

 

 

 

 

11/15

Gender

11

*MF Miscommunication due

 

Social Stratification

13

 

 

 

 

 

11/22

NO CLASS- Thanksgiving

 

 

 

 

 

 

11/29

Political Organization

12

 

 

EXAM III

 

 

 

 

 

 

12/6

Supernatural Beliefs

14

*Kinship Project Due

 

REVIEW/Cultural Feast

 

 

 

 

 

 

12/13

FINAL EXAM

 

* Extra Credit Due