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Anthropology 2202

Introduction to Cultural Anthropology


Credit hours: 3
GEC categories: Diversity: Global Studies and Social Science: Individuals and Groups
Prerequisites: None The textbook is recommended but not mandatory. The Zip Packet is mandatory, however, and is only available through the OSU-Mansfield Bookstore.

Text Books:

Title Author(s) Publisher ISBN
Zip Packet Various authors Zip Publishing bookstore only
Humanity, 7th edition or later Peoples & Bailey Wadsworth 978-0-495-59736-0

Example Syllabus: cultural_syllabus_autumn_2013.doc
Website: http://anthropology.osu.edu/faculty/pages/kitchen.php

Course Objectives: 1. To understand the theories and methods of the science of cultural anthropology as applied to the studies of individuals, groups, organizations, and societies. Students will learn the tools used to study peoples of traditional and contemporary societies in several culture regions. Students will use these tools to acquire an understanding of political, economic, cultural, physical, and social differences among the nations of the world, including a specific examination of non-Western culture. 2. To understand human differences and similarities in various psychological, social, cultural, economic, geographic, and political contexts. This is the essence of the course; through multiple examples from various regions, students will master the concept of culture and its significance for understanding the diversity of the human condition. In doing so, students will develop abilities to comprehend and assess individual and social values, and recognize their importance in social problem solving and policymaking.

Course Content: Cultural anthropologists study the diversity of human societies around the world. The purpose of anthropological analysis is to bring a holistic, objective, and cross-cultural approach to understanding how human beings respond to the challenges of living in their social and physical environment. In this course we will “visit” other cultures using lectures, readings, activities, discussions and film. I plan to make the unfamiliar familiar to you, but also hope to make your own culture seem more exotic when examined with a fresh perspective.

Method of Presentation: PowerPoint driven lectures, videos, small and large group discussions.

Method of Evaluation: ~1/4 grade based on assignments and quizzes and 3/4 of grade based on 3 exams (not cumulative). All exams are a mix of multiple choice and short answer.


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