Introduction to Cultural Anthropology


  2. A. Course Title: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
    B. Course Number: AN 123 - 30195
    C. Semester: Fall 2019
    D. Days/Time: Online
    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: 8:00:00 AM-10:00:00 AM (MST);1:00:00 PM-4:00:00 PM (MST);
    Tuesday: 12:15:00 PM-12:45:00 PM (MST);
    Wednesday: 8:00:00 AM-10:00:00 AM (MST);
    Thursday: 12:15:00 PM-12:45:00 PM (MST);
    Friday: 8:00:00 AM-10:00:00 AM (MST);
    Summer 2019 office schedule work phone , 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: Virtual

    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: 978-0-393-64001-4


    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.

    Evaluation Breakdown

    50% Exams
    20%- 10 Discussions
    20%- Assignments
    10%- Attendance
    Exams will be weekly. The material for examination will come from the textbook and the Lectures. While listening to the lecture, it is encouraged that the students should be prepared to take notes.Exams are worth 50 points each.

    These online discussions will be an opportunity for the students to communicate with each other. The Professor will give a topic that deals with the Anthropological ideas as well as current events that lends themselves to Anthropology. Each student will address the topic and them respond to the thoughts of at least three other students.Discussions and assignments are worth 25 pts. each.

    There will be periodic topics that will be given throughout the semester. The students will develop ideas on the topic and write no less than a page regarding the topic. All assignments will be headed with the following information:
    Topic, Course name, student's name, and Professor's name. Points will be deduced if this isn't accomplished.

    Attendance will be based on students logging in three times a week. This will be in order to engage in lecture and discussion and examination. Grading will also be determined by "quality Contribution." "QC" is determined by appropriate contribution by responding to other students and adding to the topic of discussion. 50 points at the beginning of the semester. if Student has not logged in three times a week. Adequate participation must be accomplished. Lack of attendance and participation will lead to 10 points being deduced for each absence.

    Student grades received will be according to the following general standard:
    59 or less=F

    Retrieving Grades from T-BirdWeb Portal
    Go to the New Mexico Junior College T-BirdWeb Portal login page. Please enter your User Identification Number (ID), which is your Banner ID, and your Personal Identification Number (PIN). When finished, click Login.

    Tips for Success in Online Courses:
    1. Log in to class regularly.
    2. Pay attention.
    3. Take notes.
    4. Keep up with readings and assignments.
    5. Ask questions when you do not understand something.
    6. Utilize your professor’s office hours and e-mail.
    7. Read the text.
    8. Adhere to the deadlines posted in the course outline.


    New Mexico Junior College’s 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:

    1. Introduce students to the basic concepts and research methods of cultural anthropology as one of the disciplines of social science, including fundamental concepts such as culture and society, which form the pillars of the discipline (e.g., cultural relativism, cultural persistence and change, world-view and enculturation.This also includes aspects of existential and psychological anthropology.)
    2. Comprehend the importance of studying cultural anthropology
    3. Demonstrate knowledge of the practice of anthropological research in the modern world that is increasingly multicultural,transnational, and globally interconnected (e.g. globalization and modern world system.)
    4. Demonstrate an awareness of how student's own culture shapes their experiences and the way they see the world, as well help them understand and interact with other cultures.
    5. Understand how beliefs, values and assumptions are influenced by culture, biology, history, economic, and social structures.
    6. Gain a sense of relationship with people possessing different experiences from their own.
    7. Gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for cultural anthropology as abroad discipline through learning about its practices, and differentiating cultural anthropology from other disciplines that study people.
    8. Become more sensitive and engaged global citizens from culturally relative perspectives.

  11. I. New Student Orientation Video Transcript

    II. Basic Computer Skills: How to use an email account, how to attach, upload, and download files. How to view, save, rename, and print files. Have basic word processing skills and are familiar with using different web browsers

    III. Canvas Technical Requirements

    IV. Technology Requirements for Students: A Desktop or Laptop that is no more than five years old, has at least Windows 7 or MAC OSX 10.6 with 1 GB of memory, 2.4 GHz Processor, has a webcam and a microphone. The Internet speed is between 5 to 10 Mbps per second.

    V. Technical and Academic Support

    Call the 24/7 Canvas Help Desk at (575) 399-2199 for assistance and have your course CRN (ex. 10023) and your Username available.

    If you have not already received login information for Canvas/T-BirdWeb Portal/E-mail, you will need to contact the Enrollment Management office at (575) 492-2546.


    This class will be run in a lecture format, drawing from the readings, class exercises, videos, and presentations as well as the experiences and perspectives of the instructor and students. Assignments are to be read prior to the scheduled class time for that topic on the syllabus. Your questions, comments and reactions to the text can be important contributions to our class discussion.

    Chapter Quizzes: Quizzes will be administered at the end of each chapter. Quizzes will be taken on Canvas and will be multiple choice and/or short answer. All quizzes will be opened at the end of lecture for that chapter material. Once you open the exam in Canvas, be prepared to complete it. Quizzes will be open enough days that there should be no excuse for not taking the quiz on time. This class opens itself up to discussions and some students are hesitant to speak up and share their opinion in a classroom setting. Discussions allows all students to express their opinion. Discussions will be based on material and/or questions posed by the instructor. Students are required to respond to a minimum of two of their fellow students, but encouraged to “discuss” with more. Discussions should be posted by Wednesday of the week to allow students time to read posts and respond. This allows everyone the opportunity to express their opinion on topics and discussions are not limited to topics posed by the instructor. Discussions are graded and points may be deducted for not responding to a minimum of two classmates or not providing some depth in the response, either in your response or reply. We will remember that everyone is entitled to their opinion and be considerate of other’s opinions.

    Papers: This class opens itself up to many interesting topics. The instructor will post either a video, an article of interest or an assignment on the Canvas site. Students will be required to read/watch the information on their own time and then write a paper on the material presented. Papers will be a minimum of one page, a maximum of three pages. Guideline questions will be provided for each assignment. Papers will be uploaded to Canvas for grading. Papers will be double spaced, 12 pt. font, and sources are always cited in ASA (American Sociological Association) format. Links are provided on how to cite ASA. Papers should be written in Word in order to be uploaded to Canvas.

    “Turn It In” will be utilized for papers to ensure that there is no plagiarism. If a student has problems with writing skills, please utilize the Academic Success Center where a tutor will gladly review your written work, whether in discussions or a paper, to ensure it meets proper communication standards.
    In order to receive the best possible grade for all written work, refer to the rubric that is attached to each assignment. Grading will be done via the rubric in order to standardize grading.
    Attendance: As in a job setting, you are expected to attend class and notify the instructor if you are unable to attend class. Failure to attend regularly and participate has been shown to result in a lowering of your grade as well as affecting your financial aid eligibility. Attendance therefore is encouraged. Since attendance is 10% of the grade in this class, excessive absenteeism will affect your grade. Roll will be taken every class and attendance will also be maintained in Canvas where absences and tardy are tracked. Points are lost by being absent and tardy. A roll sheet is passed around each class period and failure to sign in could result in being counted absent.

    Module Zero: Please complete Module Zero in this class. Module Zero is designed to help you get an understanding on how to navigate Canvas. Module Zero is a requirement, but the scores will not count toward a grade. If you are a first time student at NMJC and have never worked in Canvas, this is a resource for you to learn many of the skills necessary to utilize Canvas and be a successful student.

    Communication Standards: Concerning the use of proper English, grammar, and spelling: In this class you are being taught skills to help you become a successful student and eventually a successful employee. The expectation at NMJC is that you turn in professional college level work. If there is work turned in with poor grammar, spelling, English, or text type language, you will lose points on a written assignment. There is a link in Canvas on the proper communication standards for this class as well as the grading rubric.

    The recommended programs to use on your computer when working on Canvas is Firefox or Google Chrome. The software that is most compatible when writing papers is Microsoft Word or Google Docs. Consider downloading Office 365 if you need this software or please use a NMJC computer or convert your work prior to submission. Uploading assignments via your phone or tablet may not be compatible with Canvas. There is a link on Canvas on how to use Office 365 and download it for free onto your computer if you are a student at NMJC and need those programs.

    The Canvas Help Desk is the resource when needing help with any issues that arise with Canvas. The phone is manned 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Leave a message if no immediate answer. If you call the help line, give them your name, class you are having problems with, your A number and the CRN of the class you are calling about. The CRN can be located at the top of your online class and is a five digit number. The Canvas Help Desk phone number is 399-2199.

    If you have a smart phone, consider downloading the Canvas app. This will enable you to see notices and changes that are made to Canvas assignments. Make checking Canvas a regular habit as the Instructor will send messages and notices via Canvas. Mobile and tablet devices are for viewing the courses only and not for submitting assignments.

    Your grades are maintained in Canvas so that you can easily track your progress. If assignments are not graded in a timely manner, please contact the instructor to make sure your assignment was uploaded correctly.

    The first week of class, review the course information module. This will familiarize you with Canvas and NMJC resources for being a successful student. Then complete Module Zero on Canvas. This will familiarize you with Canvas as well as completing a variety of assignments that will help you to get comfortable with Canvas


    Students will be held responsible for the information on these pages.

    Academic Honesty
    Each student is expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty and integrity in online academic and professional matters. The College reserves the right to take disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, against any student who is found guilty of academic dishonesty or otherwise fails to meet these standards. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, dishonesty in quizzes, tests, or assignments; claiming credit for work not done or done by others; and nondisclosure or misrepresentation in filling out applications or other College records. Cheating or gaining illegal information for any type of graded work is considered dishonest and will be dealt with accordingly.

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    Attendance Policy and Participation Expectations
    It is expected that you regularly log into class at least three times weekly and check your Canvas mail to ensure you have not missed any changes/updates. Students are expected to complete discussions/quizzes/tests/ assignments before deadlines expire.

    Canvas Help
    If you experience difficulty with Canvas you may reach the Canvas Helpdesk at, or by calling the 24 hour helpdesk phone at (575) 399-2199.

    The professor is responsible for monitoring and evaluating student conduct and student behavior within the Canvas course. By registering for this class, the student is assumed to have entered into an agreement with New Mexico Junior College and the professor to log into the class regularly and to behave in an appropriate manner at all times. Disruptive behavior may result in the student being removed from the class and dropped for the semester. For comprehensive information on the common rules of netiquette and other online issues, please review the NMJC Online Student Handbook.

    Online Learning Environment
    By participating in an online class, you undertake responsibility for your own progress and time management.

    Offering the work of another as one’s own, without proper acknowledgment, is plagiarism; therefore, any student who fails to give credit for quotations or essentially identical expression of material taken from books, encyclopedias, magazines and other reference works, or from the themes, reports, or other writings of a fellow student, is guilty of plagiarism. Plagiarism violates the academic honesty policy and is considered cheating.

    Tutoring Assistance
    Free tutoring services are available to all NMJC students through Brainfuse or the Academic Success Center. Brainfuse is an online tutoring service that can be accessed from your course navigation menu in Canvas and there is no need to create an account. The Academic Success Center is located at the Pannell Library on the 1st floor.

    Withdrawal Policy
    The instructor has the right to drop any student who has failed to log on to Canvas for two weeks or more, but it is not guaranteed that the instructor will drop you. If the student chooses to stop attending a class, he/she should withdraw from the class by accessing your student account in the T-Bird Web Portal at, or submitting the required paperwork to the Registrar’s Office by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 19, 2019. Failure to withdraw yourself from a course by this date may result in your receiving an “F” in the course. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.