A survey and introduction to the foundations of study in Social and Cultural Anthropology: the study of human cultures both past and present. Students will be exposed to the holistic anthropological perspective and methods employed by anthropologists to study the diverse cultures of the world.
Holism in anthropology
Ethnocentrism and cultural relativism
Historical development of the concept of culture
Ethics in research involving human subjects
the importance of language in human perception and communication
modes of production
modes of exchange
sex, gender and sexual expression
critiques of biological and cultural determinism
environment, ecology and culture
additional themes such as language endangerment and revival and race and racism may be undertaken by individual instructors
Methods of Instruction
Small Group Discussion
Large Class Discussion
Case Study Analysis
Means of Assessment
Assessment will be based on course objectives and will be carried out in accordance with Douglas College policy. The instructor will provide a written course outline with section specific criteria during the first week of classes.
An example of a possible assessment scheme:
Reflection/Response Papers 30% (3x10%)
Research Paper 25%
Students may conduct resarch with human participants as part of their coursework in this class. Instructors for the course are responsible for ensuring that student research projects comply with College policies on ethical conduct for research involving human subjects.
At the conclusion of the course, successful students will be able to:
1. Outline the major subfields of anthropology and the importance of social and cultural anthropology within the broader perspective on humanity offered by the discipline.
2. Define key terms and concepts in social and cultural anthropology and claim experience in applying them to discussions of historical and contemporary research in the discipline.
3. Discuss the core methods in social and cultural anthropology.
4. Identify and reflect upon the ethical obligations of pursuing research involving human subjects both living and deceased.
5. Develop and deepen an appreciation for human diversity.
Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.
Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system.
A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.
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