Introduction to Cultural Anthropology


  2. A. Course Title: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
    B. Course Number: AN 123 - 10155
    C. Semester: Spring 2019
    D. Days/Time: T Th 9:30:00 AM - 10:45:00 AM
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Reed, Kenneth
    G. Office: Heidel Hall (HH) 212
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: (575) 492-2810
    J. Office Hours: Monday: 9:00:00 AM-10:00:00 AM (MST); 12:00:00 PM-4:00:00 PM (MST);
    Tuesday: 8:00:00 AM-9:30:00 AM (MST);
    Wednesday: 9:00:00 AM-10:00:00 AM (MST);
    Thursday: 8:00:00 AM-9:30:00 AM (MST);
    Friday: 9:00:00 AM-10:00:00 AM (MST);
    Spring 2019 office schedule work phone 575-492-2810, C-575-441-4817 PLEASE leave a voice mail! as NMJC Student & canvas e-mail I will respond within a 24 hr period.
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s): None
    M. Corequisite(s): None
    N. Class Location: HH205

    This course is a brief history of the growth of the sciences of anthropology and archaeology. It examines in a holistic approach, the aspects of culture including technology, ecology, economics, family structure, political structure, religion, linguistics, the arts, and education. This is a three credit hour course.


    This course serves as an introduction to Cultural Anthropology. The class is designed for the student who is merely gaining knowledge of cultures. It also provides the basis for further study of cultures or a social science requirement for a student's degree program.

    This course is a general education course with transferability to New Mexico schools, but it is always advisable to check with the receiving four-year school.



    Author: Guest, Kenneth J.
    Text Book: Cultural Anthropology
    " A Toolkit for a Global age"
    Edition: 2nd
    Publisher: W.W Norton & Company
    ISBN: 978-0-393-26500-2


    Book: What is Existential Anthropology?
    Edited by: Jackson, Michael; Piette, Albert
    Publisher: Berghahn

    Author: Lindholm, Charles
    Textbook: Culture and Identity
    " The History, Theory, and Practice of Psychological Anthropology.
    Publisher: Oneworld Publications
    ISBN: 978-1-85168-528-8

    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.


    Students attending New Mexico Junior College will be evaluated according to the following grading scale:

    						90 - 100%	=	A
    						80 -  89%	=	B
    						70 -  79%	=	C
    						60 -  69%	=	D
    					 	 0 -  59%	=	F

    Class instruction will consist of informal lecture, class experiential learning, and class discussion. The course will use supplemental reading, class demonstrations, and films. Grading will be based on examinations, projects, short assignments, and class participation. The examinations will consist of subjective and objective formats.

    It is imperative that you come to class having read the assigned chapters. With such preparation, you will be able to relate to and/or identify any problem areas that need to be addressed.

    The instructor expects tolerance for different points of view that may be held by some members of the class.
    Evaluation Breakdown
    you will be "offered" 1000 points for the semester.
    500- 6 Exams
    450- 10 Discussions

    900+= A
    800-899= B
    Below 600= F

    The total number of points you "earn" will be your semester grade.

    This course is Web Enhanced. There will be course work to be done online.

    The instructor reserves the right to determine which of the exams will be on online/canvas and which ones will be presented in the classroom. There will be 5 exams including the final throughout the semester. These exams are taken from classroom lectures.Exams are worth 100 points each worth 500 points for the semester.

    There will be 10 pertinent topics throughout the semester that will be used for online and classroom discussion. Students will provide meaningful dialogue with one another through quality contribution that delivers more than mere agreement or disagreement but provides ideas, thoughts and perceptions that add to the discussion. For full credit, students will respond to the topic and then comment on at least two other student's remarks. Discussions are worth 45 points each worth 450 points for the semester.

    Each student starts the semester with 50 points for attendance. Points are deducted 5 points at a time for each absence. Roll sheet is signed each class period.


    New Mexico Junior Collegeís institutional student learning outcomes represent the knowledge and abilities developed by students attending New Mexico Junior College. Upon completion students should achieve the following learning outcomes along with specific curriculum outcomes for respective areas of study:


    New Mexico Junior College's Social/Behavioral Sciences Department endorses the Core Competencies as established by the State of New Mexico. Within our respective fields, as appropriate, students should:

    * A. identify, describe, and explain human behaviors and how they are influenced by social structures, institutions, and processes within the contexts of complex and diverse communities.
    (Critical Thinking)

    B. articulate how beliefs, assumptions, and values are influenced by factors such as politics, geography, economics, culture, biology, history, and social institutions.

    C. describe ongoing reciprocal interactions among self, society, and the environment.

    * D. apply the knowledge base of the social and behavioral sciences to identify, describe, explain, and critically evaluate relevant issues, ethical dilemmas, and arguments. (Critical Thinking)

    Those General Course Objectives marked with an asterisk satisfy the Institutional Outcome of Critical Thinking within the Department of Social/Behavioral Sciences. Data will be collected by the department to support this institutional outcome.

    Selected Specific Competencies will be used to demonstrate mastery of the above.


    After completing this course the student should be able to:

    --Define and apply the following terms: anthropology, physical and cultural anthropology, forensic anthropology, culture-bound, archaeology, linguistic anthropology, ethnology, ethnography, field work or participant observation, holistic perspective, cultural relativism, and ethno-history.

    --Define the major divisions of anthropology.

    --Identify the goals of Cultural Anthropology.

    --Define and apply the various terms used in Cultural Anthropology.

    --Analyze the power of language and the factors that determine personality.

    --Demonstrate knowledge of the relationship between cultural and abnormal behavior.

    --Define the concepts of cultural personality, national character, and group personality.

    --Define the correlation between culture and mental illness.

    --Demonstrate knowledge of the universal basis for the incest taboo.

    --Explain the reasons why polygamy is a common form of marriage.

    --Demonstrate knowledge of the functions of marriage and family across cultures.

    --Identify the functions and significance of family, kinship, and descent.

    --Demonstrate knowledge of the impact of AIDs on

    --Demonstrate knowledge of various naming systems.

    --Describe the major theories in relation to religions.

    --Demonstrate knowledge of the ways humankind interacts with the supernatural.

    --Define the common aspects found in religions.

    --Define and apply the following terms, giving purposes of: art expressive culture, folklore, folkloristics, myth, rock art, legend, epic, tale, motif, ethnomusicology, and body adornment.

    --Define and apply the terms genocide and cultural pluralism.

    --Describe the classification of nations.

    --Synthesize available information to answer the question, "Will humankind survive?"


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    Building Heidel Hall Classroom #205 Time/Days 9:30-10:45 Tues-Thur.
    Week 1 Chapter 1 "The Essence of Anthropology" Existential Psychology What is it and why is it the starting point?
    Week 2 Chapter 2 "Characteristics of Culture"
    Week 3 Exam I Chapters1&2 Feb 2
    Chapter 3 " Ethnographic Research"
    Week 4 Chapter 4 "Language"
    Week 5 Chapter 5 " Human Origins"
    Week 6 Exam II Social Identity, personality & Psychological Anthropology.
    Chapter 6 "Race and Racism"
    Week 7 Chapter 7 "Ethnicity/Nationalism"
    Week 8 Chapter 8 "Gender"
    Week 9 Exam III 6,7,8
    Chapter 9 "Sex and the Global perspective"
    Week 10 Chapter 10 "Kinship. family, and marriage"
    Week 11 Chapter 11 " Social Status, class systems"
    Exam IV 9,10,11
    Spring break March 25-29
    Week 13 Chapter 12 "Politics: power
    and peace."
    Week 14 Chapter 13 "Spirituality and Religion: An Anthropology perspective."
    Chapter 14-"The human and body and its health"
    Week 15 Exam IV, Chapters 12,13,14
    Week 15 Chapter 15 "Processes of Change and its effects"
    Week 16 Chapter 16 "Global Challenges, Local Responses, and the Role of Anthropology"
    Final (May 6-8)