GPC Common Course Outlines
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|This is an archive of the Common Course Outlines prior to fall 2011. The current Common Course Outlines can be found at http://www.gpc.edu/programs/Common-Course-Outlines.|
|Course Title||Introduction To Anthropology|
|Prerequisite(s)||Exit or exemption from Learning Support reading or all ESL requirements except ENSL 0091.|
This course provides a holistic study of humanity in all its diversity including basic biological, cultural, historical and societal aspects of humanity.
|Expected Educational Results|
As a result of completing this course the student will be able to:
1. Define anthropology and differentiate the major fields of anthropology.
2. Describe the scientific methods and the research methods that may be used in the fields of anthropology.
3. Apply concepts from the text to selected journal articles.
4. Discuss the major principles of evolution and natural selection.
5. Identify behavioral and/or ancestral correlates between various primate groups.
6. Explain how archaeologists use artifacts from past cultures to reconstruct a culture.
7. Discuss the concept of race and evaluate the relationships between physical and cultural variations.
8. Define culture and discuss the main theories which explain cultural diversity.
9. Define ethnocentrism and cultural relativism.
10. Compare and contrast the lifestyles of hunter-gatherers, horticulturalists, pastoralists and intensive agriculturalists.
11. Describe the relationships between language and culture.
12. Explain the differences between egalitarian, ranked and class societies and the factors leading to the development of each.
13. Analyze the reasons for the diversity of male and female activities, personalities, social roles, and sexual behaviors in different societies.
14. Discuss the primary purposes and types of marriage.
15. Explain the function of kinship in traditional societies.
16. Explain some of the ways societies make political decisions and resolve conflicts.
17. Discuss the psychological traits that are least/most likely to vary from one culture to another and how diverse child rearing practices impact them.
18. Explain the major theories regarding the universality of religion.
19. Explain how and why religious practices may vary.
20. Discuss how and why culture change.
21. Discuss the roles anthropologists could/should play in instituting planned change.
|General Education Outcomes|
I. This course addresses the general education outcome relating to communications as follows:
A. Students develop their reading comprehension skills by reading the textbook and assigned journal articles or handout materials.
B. Students develop their listening skills through lecture and group problem solving.
C. Students develop their writing skills through a variety of homework assignments, papers and field observation journals.
D. Students develop their speaking skills through class discussion and by presenting oral reports on their research topics.
II. This course addresses the general education outcomes of recognition and application of scientific inquiry as follows:
A. Students must apply the anthropological concepts of language and behavioral criterion from primate behavior to a field experience of observation.
B. Students will develop their participant observation skills through involvement in some interactive assignments.
C. Students will develop their skills of inquiry by analyzing the use of the scientific method or some publication in the field.
III. This course addresses the general education outcomes of developing effective individual, and at times, group problem solving and critical thinking skills as applied to anthropology.
A. Students will develop their ability to problem-solve and think critically by applying their acquired knowledge of anthropology to culture case studies of both past and present human issues and adaptations.
1. Humanity, Culture and Language
2. Theories and Methods of Anthropology
3. Adaptation to Environment
4. Exchange and Economic Adaptation
5. Kinship and Family Consideration
6. Political Organizational Structures
7. Expressions of Values in Religion and Art
8. Ethnicity in the Modern World
9. Anthropology applied to World Problems
|Assessment of Outcome Objectives|
I. COURSE GRADE
A. Homework, papers, and multiple-choice exams prepared by individual instructors will be used to determine primary course grades.
B. The final exam, or unit tests, will contain objective questions that will assess the educational outcome objectives for this course. Each instructor must include these questions within their tests, either the final exam or the unit tests. Each instructor is responsible for tabulating the outcomes from these assessment questions.
II. DEPARTMENT ASSESSMENT
This course will be assessed in the spring term every three years. Common questions will be included in the final exam. The construction of the assessment questions will be included in the final exam. The construction of the assessment questions will be the responsibility of the college-wide Anthropology faculty curriculum committee. The committee will meet every three years to review the course and to evaluate the results from the prior assessment.
III. USE OF ASSESSMENT FINDINGS
The review of prior assessments will provide information from the re-evaluation of the assessment instrument, the course objectives, as well as the relationship of the course to the general education outcomes and modify any or all of these. From this review of the course, modification or changes to the curriculum will be proposed and or adopted if necessary.
Revised June 8, 2005
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