Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Examines processes of cultural growth and change, the development of contemporary anthropological theory and the rapidly growing fields within applied anthropology. Ethnographic techniques presented so students may use them to examine the changing culture of our complex society. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.  (For detailed information, see the Course Content and Outcome Guide ).

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27507 Web Canceled! Textbooks for CRN 27507
Instructor: STAFF
Tuition: credit Fees: $20.00
For information, contact the department at 971-722-4289.

Course details: CRN 27507

Course materials


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Proctored exams and activities:

There are no proctored exams and activities.

Other in-person and on-campus activities:

There are no other in-person and on-campus activities.


 (there will be films streamed during the course)

Instructor comments:

THIS DL CLASS FOCUSES ON THE CONCEPT AND REALITY OF CULTURE in its formal sense and how it changes positively (grows) or negatively (degrades). The events in the world today emphasize life-style, economics, consumption, globalization, individuality, media structures and information technology, to name a few; yet underlying them are core systems of value and belief, basic parts of what is identified in anthropology as culture. This includes public beliefs (e.g., patriotism), used systems (e.g., the market and free enterprise), and personals (e.g., religion), language and symbols. These are all learned, and they are expressions of the capacity of humans to generate systems of meaning. The course investigates this relatively hidden dimension and its characteristics, including that major dynamic in American culture, the focus and emphasis on change and the implicit belief that growth is inevitable and good.

The course uses a variety of person-promotive exercises: discussions, brief written statements, a short personal project, films and an interesting midterm and final. There are also streamed inputs by the instructor. Overall, progress in the course is grounded on individual understanding of the material. Attention is paid to the meaning and sense of your efforts; Scantron-type formats are not used; open book is. The bookstore has the selected texts available, new and used, and source information on used texts that are extremely reasonable, including abebooks.com, amazon.com. and powell's.com.

This course thus is immediate, timely and yet long-term. and it will help you to understand today's events, for example the deeper dynamics of highland life today in Papua New Guinea, the recent US election, Brexit or the exit of the U.K. from the European Union, the Developing World (with which the instructor has long familiarity), to mention a few: the dilemmas, seeming chaos and yet creativity around us, and overall "the bigger picture".

We hope to see you virtually!  Dr. K. J. Pataki

Web course information

No show policy
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Web Technical Requirements:
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Students with Disabilities:
Students with disabilities should notify their instructor if accommodations are needed to take this class. For information about technologies that help people with disabilities in taking Web based distance learning classes please visit the Office for Students with Disabilities website.
Web Prerequisite | Start Guide for Online Learning:
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