Introduction to Sociocultural Anthropology
One of my favorites, this lower division course provides an introduction to the cultural side of Anthropology (with brief nods to Biological Anthropology and Archaeology).
This is a preliminary version of the syllabus. There may be changes to this document prior to the start of class. Be sure to check with me to make sure you have the correct, mut updated version.
Principles of Professional Responsibility: The ethical foundations of anthropological research as outlined by the American Anthropological Association (AAA)
The Aims of Anthropological Research by Franz Boas: A classic description of the goals of anthropology from the founder of American Cultural Anthropology
Body Ritual Among the Nacirema by Horace Miner: A classic ethnographic study of the strange rituals practiced by this primitive group.
Arranging a Marriage in India by Serena Nanda: An article covering courtship practices that may be different than those you are used to.
Baseball Magic by George Gmelch: Explore ritual in the everyday.
Racism's Sinister Word Games by Aaron Hanlon: a look at the use of language to perpetuate racism in America.
Chicago Style Guide: You will be required to use this format for citations in this, and all anthropology classes. For all assignments in my classes you are required to cite every source you use (quoted, paraphrased, referenced, or based upon). You MUST use Chicago inline Citation format in your papers. I require all written assignments to include a Works Cited page -- not a Bibliography or Reference page. If you do not know the difference, be sure to ask in class.
Any paper not including inline citations will receive a zero (0). Any paper not including a properly formatted Works Cited page will receive a zero (0).
Below you will find PDF files containing the slides from the PowerPoint presentations I use in lecture. In each case, the pages are laid out with three screens per page, with a space for notes next to the slide (the default 3/page format). You are free to bring these to class and use them for taking notes. Do not rely on these to replace attending lecture as there will be additional material presented and discussed. The larger lectures have been broken up to smaller files to accommodate slow download speeds.
The Beeb have produced an incredible audio series on the history of Anthropology. Each audio is 15 minutes long and brutally honest and wonderful. Please check it out.