Topics in Anthropology
I. Course Prefix/Number: ANT 290
Course Name: Topics in Anthropology
Credits: 1-4 (0-4 lecture; 0-4 lab)
III. Course (Catalog) Description
IV. Learning Objectives
V. Academic Integrity and Student Conduct
• 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.
Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at
VI. Sequence of Topics
Primate Studies: An in-depth study of non-human primates including social behavior and language studies, looking at issues such as: Can apes learn sign language? How close is our relationship to other primates? Are scientific experiments on non-human primates unethical?
Race and Gender Issues: A cross-cultural comparison of race and gender issues. Includes discussions on issues such as: inequality in American culture, Female Genital Mutilation, Veiling, and gender asylum.
Classic Ethnographies: A survey of early anthropological writings from some of the first anthropologists to do fieldwork. How has studying cultures changed? Will there be any native cultures to study in the future? What new topics will anthropologists study?
Anthropology Through Film: A critical review of the presentation of other cultures through ethnographic and popular films. What biases do films have? How can we critically review films through time?
Religion and Myth: A review of rituals and myths used by indigenous peoples from several cultures such as the Maya, the Hopi, the Yanomamo and others who still practice their traditional ways.
Civilizations: The rise and fall of classic early civilizations including Mesopotamia, Indus and Maya. How were early states formed and how did they function? Why did early civilizations "collapse"? What problems did early states have that we have today?
VII. Methods of Instruction
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
IX. Instructional Materials
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
XI. Other Course Information
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Resources and support for
- pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
- victims of sexual misconduct
Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.