Course Description


4 Units, Lecture, 3 hours; discussion, 1 hour. Explores the basic contributions of anthropology to the understanding of human behavior and culture and the explanation of similarities and differences among human societies. Addresses the relevance of materials drawn from tribal and peasant culture to problems of the modern world. Stresses the application of anthropological methods to research problems. Credit is awarded for one of the following ANTH 001, ANTH 001H, or ANTH 001W.

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Credit: 4 quarter units / 2.67 semester units credit
UC Riverside, Anthropology

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Course Overview

Who are we? Where did we come from? What does it mean to be human and alive? What is culture and how is it related to humanity and globalization? What are the similarities and differences among societies and cultures around the world? What is (cultural) anthropology? What do anthropologists do and how do they do it? Using a global framework, this course examines these fundamental and other related questions; and introduces students to methods, key concepts, and debates in cultural anthropology. The course explores how life is lived, why individuals behave the way they do; and how people are both products and creators of their cultures. Further, we will explore structures of power and wealth, paying attention to patterns of (global) inequalities (by race, gender, class, disability, sexuality, religion, ethnicity, nation, and region).

You will read a textbook that presents diverse ethnographies from different regions of the world, covers various topics in cultural anthropology, and spans the globe. This will be supplemented by a fieldwork journal that helps students apply their newly gained insights and skills to new situations and self-understanding; additional relevant articles/chapters (posted on the course Canvas website); a wide range of ethnographic videos; Hallway Conversations; Discussion Board forums; and online anthropological resources. Lecture topics, course content, and other course activities for each week are indicated in the course syllabus and respective modules. Lectures will be delivered synchronously, which will be reinforced through polleverywhere comprehension quizzes and mid-lecture discussions based on students’ questions. Recorded lecture videos, slides, and additional required readings will be posted on the course Canvas website under weekly modules organized by topics but note that this will not substitute active learning (attending live zoom lectures, using Students’ Hours to discuss the course materials, reading/taking notes, participating in various section-specific activities, Hallway Conversations, and Discussion Board forums). You should expect to be recorded during synchronous zoom lectures, Students Hours, and Discussion section meetings. I reserve the right to disable your audio and video. Please expect to spend 12 hours per week on course activities.

Required Reading
Kenneth J. Guest. 2019. Essentials of Cultural Anthropology: A Toolkit for a Global Age. Third Edition. New York: W.W. Norton and Company. eBook and paperback. Textbook comes with formative inquisitive, an interactive learning tool.

Kenneth J. Guest. 2019. Cultural Anthropology: FIELDWORK JOURNAL. Third Edition. New York: W.W. Norton and Company. eBook and paperback. A companion of the textbook, the Journal contains exercises that help you to apply anthropological tools to reflect on your own cultures, identities, and lived experiences.

If you prefer the physical copies of the textbook and the Journal, please feel free to purchase them but they will cost you about $107.50 for the textbook and $26.75 for the Journal, a total of $134.25.

But please note that I negotiated with Norton, the Publisher, a digital bundle that includes all 3 required items (the eBook for textbook, the eBook for the Fieldwork, and the Inquizitive) for $35 directly and instantly from Norton with the links that are provided in the course eLearn/Canvas website under “Course Orientation” module, “Course Materials” tab. You can purchase access for $35 either through the eBook link in Canvas or the InQuizitive link in Canvas (they are the different links, but the purchasing capability is the same) by using the following step by step instructions below.

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Worku Nida
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