Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
ATH 210
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Selected Topics Ethnology:
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Course Description

Introduces life styles and interactions with their environments of peoples in a selected part of the world. Uses ethnographic and other information for concentrated study of the cultural diversity and environmental adaptations of those peoples. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

1. Critically analyze the culture of different societies in a specific ethnographic area.

2. Reflect on how culture shapes personal and social values at the local and global level.

3. Use an understanding of cross-cultural research and methods to examine the features of different cultures

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Assessment strategies may include any of the following:

  • exams (take home or in class) 
  • quizzes
  • student presentations
  • term papers
  • short papers or reports
  • experiential exercises

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)


* culture as a concept

* cultures in a specific ethnographic area

* cross-cultural research


*  comparison of cultural similarities and differences in a specific ethnographic area

* effect of enculturation and acculturation on different cultures


* cross-cultural comparison

*  identication of different cultural features such as  ideology, social organization or technology and economics


* read and write at the college level

* discuss various cultures

* evaluate cross- cultural research