Course Content and Outcome Guide for ATH 103 Effective Fall 2015

Course Number:
ATH 103
Course Title:
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
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Course Description

Examines modern human cultures. Analyzes a variety of ethnographic examples from various world societies to understand the diverse aspects of language, technology, economy, social structure, governance, religion, world views and expressive aspects of life. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

This course will focus on at least two different cultures. Students are expected to read and write at the college level.

Intended Outcomes for the course

1.  Master basic concepts in cultural anthropology in order to prepare for more advanced course work.

2. Reflect on how personal and social values are shaped by culture.

3. Examine the role ethnocentrism plays in promoting cultural misunderstanding and intolerance at the local and global level.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Assessment strategies may include any of the following:

* exams (in class or take home)

* quizzes

* student presentations

* experiential exercises

* term papers

* short papers or reports

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)


  • cross cultural research
  • ethnocentrism
  • enculturation


  • cultural relativism
  • ethnocentrism


  • cultural adaptation
  • cultural institutions
  • world view
  • kinship
  • marriage
  • politics
  • economics
  • technology


  • read and write at the college level
  • participate in focus group exercises
  • understand the concept of culture
  • recognize ethnocentrism