AN177-100/Cultural Anthropology

Late Fall 2019

Course Information

Instructor: Dr. Linda Davis-Stephens

  • Days/Time: Online
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Prerequisite: None
  • Required Text: Cultural Anthropology Selected Materials
  • Instructor Email: linda.davis-stephens@colbycc.edu
  • Phone Number:785-460-5528 Office during academic year

CCC Mission

Challenge students to adapt to a diverse society. Create opportunities for student growth. Connect student learning with professional experiences.

Course Description

In this course the student makes a comparative study of past and present human societies and cultures. The student explores culture as the basis for human experience with the study of human diversity and universals. The student examines the worldviews of peoples and the areas where they live from an international and interdisciplinary perspective. The student utilizes theories and practices of anthropology in field research and in learning by practical experience, involvement and investigation.

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Course Objectives and Competencies

Objective 1: Demonstrate knowledge of several cultural traditions through exposure to ethnographic analysis

Upon completion of Objective 1, students will:

  • Recognize the ways in which environment, technology, economy, ideology, politics, and social organization interact within cultural systems.
  • Describe key anthropological methods, minimally: ethnography, fieldwork, and participant observation.

Objective 2: Distinguishing cultural anthropological theories and concepts

Upon completion of Objective 2, students will:

  • Identify and explain different anthropological perspectives on cultural change and continuity.
  • Identify and explain the different models of cultural variation and similarity.

  • Define the concept of culture and discuss specific examples of how it is learned, shared and transmitted through symbolic systems including language. 

Objective 3: Using the discipline of anthropology in ways relevant to the workplace and community

Upon completion of Objective 3, students will:

  • Describe and evaluate the effects of globalization on world cultures; the processes of globalization and the ways they shape, and are shaped by, different aspects of culture in human communities throughout the world.
  • Compare verbal/nonverbal and gender-specific characteristics of human communication.
  • Describe the role of anthropologists in the classroom, in fieldwork, and among their colleagues.
  • Practice applying anthropological techniques of interview, investigation, and reporting in local situations.
  • Exhibit evidence of scholarship showing the ability to discover and evaluate sources of information using them effectively.

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Course Policies

Assignments and Tests

When you first view your class, look over class requirements, assignments, and other class content to ensure that you wish to remain in the class. If you decide to drop the class, do NOT post in Canvas at all, as that counts as attendance per college policy, and you would be charged a portion of tuition for dropping after attending/posting.

Make-up Course Work

Students are responsible for quality and timeliness. Late work may not receive full credit. Please indicate your name and identify the lesson at the top of the assignment. Prior arrangements are preferable when missing coursework is unavoidable. Make-up work must be arranged with the instructor within one week of missed work. Missed make-up work may result in a failed score for that class work. Make-up examinations, when approved, are to be administered according to instructor discretion. Missed make-up examinations may result in a failed grade for that examination.

Official withdrawal should be submitted by the student to obtain refund and change enrollment status according to official deadlines.

CCC Policies

Attendance

Colby Community College views class attendance as a mandatory activity. However, if students must be absent, the students should make arrangements in advance with the instructors. Students absent as official college representatives (athletics, activities, or scholarship fulfillment) are not counted absent but MUST make advance arrangements with instructors to complete all course work. Punitive grades cannot and will not be assigned if the absence is excused by the college. It is always the student’s responsibility to notify instructors of any absence due to illness or any other reason.

Communication

Course communication will occur through Canvas Announcements, Canvas Inbox, and CCC student email accounts. Response to emails will occur within 24 hours during the week and 48 hours on the weekend.

Finals

In accordance with Colby Community College policy, students are required to be present for their final exam and/or complete any assessment during the time stated. If you have a conflict with this time, you must obtain written permission two weeks prior from the Executive Vice President and the instructor to schedule a make-up exam. Please note that vacations, previously purchased tickets or reservations, graduations, social events, misreading the final exam schedule, and oversleeping are not viable reasons for rescheduling a final.

Syllabus Information Disclaimer

I reserve the right to change any information contained in this document, when necessary, with adequate notice given to the student. Notice shall be given in the classroom during class. No other notice is required. It is the students’ responsibility to stay current with any changes, modifications, adjustments or amendments that are made to this document. Students should adhere to the attendance, cell phone, assignment, test and grading policies in the course syllabus.

Academic Integrity

Colby Community College defines academic integrity as learning that leads to the development of knowledge and/or skills without any form of cheating or plagiarism. This learning requires respect for Colby’s institutional values of quality, service and integrity. All Colby Community College students, faculty, staff, and administrators are responsible for upholding academic integrity.

Cheating is giving, receiving, or using unauthorized help on individual and group academic exercises such as papers, quizzes, tests, and presentations through any delivery system in any learning environment. This includes impersonating another student, sharing content without authorization, fabricating data, and altering academic documents, including records, with or without the use of personal and college electronic devices.

Plagiarism is representing or turning in someone else’s work without proper citation of the source. This includes unacknowledged paraphrase, quotation, or complete use of someone else’s work in any form. It also includes citing work that is not used and taking credit for a group project without contributing to it.

The following procedure will be used for students who violate the policy for the Academic Integrity Policy begins with the notification of the first infraction and continues throughout the student’s tenure at Colby Community College:

  • First Offense — Student will receive a zero for the assignment and the student will be reported to the Executive Vice President.
  • Second Offense — The student will receive a failing grade in the class and be reported to the Executive Vice President and removed from the class in which the offense occurred.
  • Third Offense — The student will be reported to the Executive Vice President and dismissed from the college.

Any questions about this policy may be referred to the Executive Vice President.

Assessment

Colby Community College assesses student learning at several levels: general education, program, and course. The goal of these assessment activities is to improve student learning. As a student in this course, you will participate in various assessment activities. An example of your work, a paper, some test questions, a presentation, or other work may be selected for assessment. This process will not affect your grade, will not require you do additional work and your evaluation will be confidentially handled. Results of these activities will be used to improve teaching and learning at Colby Community College.

Tutoring

Free tutoring is available to all students at Colby Community College. The Comprehensive Learning Center (CLC), located in the Library, provides support services for all learners, on-campus and online. To schedule an appointment, visit https://hfdavismemoriallibrary.setmore.com/, email tutor@colbycc.edu or call 785-460-5480.

Tutoring is available in Student Support Services to eligible SSS participants. Please contact Student Support Services for qualifying program criteria at 785-460-5510, or by stopping by Student Support Services, located in the Student Union.

Online tutoring from ThinkingStorm is available to Colby Community College students 24/7 through their Canvas accounts. Every student can access up to 10 free hours of online tutoring each semester. For assistance with online tutoring, students may contact ThinkingStorm Support at care@thinkingstorm.com or by phone at 1-877-889-5996.

Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

According to the Americans Disabilities Act, it is the responsibility of each student with a disability to notify the college of his/her disability and to request accommodation. If a member of the class has a documented learning disability or a physical disability and is requesting special accommodations, he/she should contact disability services at disability@colbycc.edu.

Notice of Non-Discrimination

Colby Community College provides equality of opportunity to its applicants for admission, enrolled students, graduates, and employees. The College does not discriminate with respect to hiring, continuation of employment, promotion, tenure, other employment practices, application for admission or career services and placement on the basis of race, color, gender, age, disability, national origin or ancestry, sexual orientation or religion. For inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies, contact the Vice President of Student Affairs, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Colby Community College, 1255 S. Range Ave., Colby, KS 67701 (785) 460-5490).

Accreditation

Higher Learning Commission
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(800) 621-7440
FAX (312) 263-4162
https://www.hlcommission.org/

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Method of Evaluation

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Your grade will be based on the following:

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90 - 100
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80 - 89
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70 - 79
D
60 - 69
F
0 - 59

Course Timeline

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