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ASB 102 Cultural Anthropology
Credit Hours:  3
Effective Term: Fall 2010
SUN#: None
Credit Breakdown: 3 Lectures
Times for Credit: 1
Grading Option: A/F

Description: Principles and concepts of sociocultural anthropology and anthropological linguistics with illustrations from a variety of cultures around the world.

Prerequisites: RDG094

Corequisites: None

Recommendations: None

Measurable Student Learning Outcomes
1. (Knowledge level) Recall research methods and purposes in cultural anthropology and point out limitations of various research methods.
2. (Comprehension level) Contrast cultural relativism and ethnocentrism; discuss value of cultural relativism in fostering appreciation of diversity.
3. (Application level) Discuss and illustrate the characteristics of culture.
4. (Comprehension level) Discuss sociocultural systems, including language, economics, marriage and family, kinship and descent, subsistence, aesthetic systems, political organization, religion, health, and education, their variations across cultures, and the merits of such variations.
5. (Analysis level) Identify, analyze, and discuss issues concerning ethnicity, race, gender, and social stratification across cultures.
6. (Comprehension level) Identify, discuss, and contrast types of culture change and the impact of globalization.
7. (Application level) Demonstrate the value of diversity in cultural, ethnic-racial, and gender-based values and practices.
Internal/External Standards Accreditation
1. Identify research methods, purposes, and limitations in selected research examples.
2. In selected scenarios, identify instances of ethnocentrism and cultural relativism; illustrate uses of cultural relativism as a means of comprehending adaptive diversity across cultures.
3. Use a selected cultural group as an example and discuss seven characteristics of culture as human adaptation and contrast those to biological characteristics.
4. Identify universal sociocultural systems, describe variations of those systems in selected world cultures, and discuss how such variations have adaptive value for our species.
5. Analyze and then compare and contrast specific cultures with regard to a minimum of three issues concerning ethnic, race, gender, and social stratification.
6. Define and discuss selected types of culture change; then discuss changes with global implications or which have affected minority groups within cultures.
7. Compare and contrast two cultures with respect to the effect of different types of culture change on their sociocultural systems.
8. Provide a description of a cultural practice from the view point/perspective of an individual from a culture, gender, and ethnic/racial group different from the student.
9. Master the EthnoQuest simulation modules.