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Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology

I.     Course Prefix/Number: ANT 202

       Course Name: Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

None

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course introduces subfield of social and cultural anthropology, which studies living cultures. Content includes cultural behavior, language, kinship and social structure, political and economic anthropology, religion and world view, and topics related to applied anthropology and modern cultures.

IV.   Learning Objectives

The student will:
A. gather and analyze anthropological data using appropriate research methods and / or secondary analysis, and use theory to interpret these data.
B. critically read anthropological materials in order to compare and evaluate alternative explanations of cultural behavior.
C. communicate anthropological research and theory effectively in written assignments.

V.    Academic Integrity

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.
Details of the Code of Academic Conduct can be found in the Student Handbook.

VI.   Sequence of Topics

A. Theory and Method of Anthropology
B. Concept of Culture
C. Origins of Humans and Culture
D. Language and Culture
E. Psychological Anthropology: Culture and Personality
F. Subsistence Patterns
G. Economic Anthropology
H. Kinship and Family
I. Political Anthropology
J. Religion
K. Art and Expressive Culture
L. Culture Change
M. Applied Anthropology

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Methods include lecture, discussion, collaborative assignments, and case studies that foster critical thinking about the subject.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, media-based, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

This course relies on the student's ability to read and understand college-level text material. Students will be required to write for the class the equivalent of 12-15 typed pages of material that will be graded. This writing may take the form of a research or term paper, recording of observations, summaries of journal articles, and/or a series of shorter, analytical papers

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Grades will be given on the basis of a student's written work.

XI.   Other Course Information



If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.