2023-2024 Yavapai College Catalog 
    Jun 24, 2024  
2023-2024 Yavapai College Catalog [PREVIOUS CATALOG YEAR]

ANT 102 - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

Description: Survey of anthropological principles with emphasis on concept of culture and nature of man as a social animal.

General Education Competency: Diversity; Critical Thinking

Credits: 3
Lecture: 3
Course Content:
  1. Introduction to anthropology, its method and development 
  2. Language, communication and culture 
  3. Subsistence efficiency and cultural ecology 
  4. Comparative economic systems 
  5. Kinship systems: marriage and the family 
  6. Levels of social organization and political systems 
  7. Race, gender and ethnicity 
  8. Ideology, magic and religion 
  9. Culture and personality 
  10. Culture change 
  11. Global society and applied anthropology 

Learning Outcomes:
  1. Examine and critically analyze significant perspectives, methodologies and theories which guide research in anthropology. (1-6, 11)
  2. Develop an awareness of the role played by culture on the behavior of individuals and groups in diverse societal settings. (2, 3, 8-10)
  3. Develop curiosity and empathy for cultural diversity which is based on ethnic, race and gender differences. (5, 6, 11)
  4. Foster a classroom environment where questioning of ethnocentric attitudes and the clarification of racially, ethnically and gender-based values are allowed to challenge traditional western notions. (7)
  5. Develop those social science insights that are desirable for all educated persons. (1-3, 8-11)
  6. Develop critical thinking skills in relation to anthropological scientific concepts. (3-6)
  7. Enhance competence and performance of critical reading and independent thinking in anthropological knowledge. (4-11)
  8. Employ critical reasoning, and analytical discourse through assigned writing tasks, essay examinations, journals, and/or research papers. (1-11)

Required Assessment:
  1. Demonstrate thoughtful and precise writing skills by completing at least 1500 words of monitored writing.