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2023-2024 College Catalog 
2023-2024 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

ANT 112 - Exploring Non-Western Cultures

3 Credits, 3 Contact Hours
3 lecture periods 0 lab periods

Anthropological survey of non-Western cultures, globally, including in the U.S. Includes major terms and concepts used in sociocultural anthropology, research methods, and relevant theories of the field. Also includes major cultural characteristics of pre-colonial, non-Western, subsistence cultures; cross-cultural comparisons and contrasts with the post-colonial era; and considering a global context.

Prerequisite(s): WRT 101 WRT 101HC WRT 101S , or WRT 101SE  
Information: Students will have writing assignments that require college level skills, and writing quality will be graded.
Gen-Ed: Meets AGEC - HUM or SBS and I, C, G; Meets CTE - A&H or SBS and C, G.

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Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Recognize major terms and concepts in sociocultural anthropology.
  2. Explain relevant methods and theories which address culture, ethnocentrism, cross-cultural communication, equity and justice.
  3. Identify major cultural characteristics of pre-colonial, non-Western, and subsistence cultures, globally, including in the U.S.
  4. Compare and contrast post-colonial non-Western cultures in the United States to others in a global context.

  1. Intensive Writing and Critical Inquiry
    1. Producing written discourse in more than one assignment through papers, reports, quizzes, tests, etc., which includes a minimum word standard of 3000 words.
    2. Written assignments emphasize critical inquiry which includes the gathering, interpreting, and evaluating of evidence.
    3. Includes a formal out of class paper of at least 1,500 words which requires critical inquiry and where the writer develops and supports a main idea.  
    4. Explicit writing instruction with timely feedback to help students improve their writing and critical inquiry skills is part of the course’s content.
    5. The evaluation of written assignments must include the overall quality of written work and critical inquiry, as measured by a rubric.
    6. At least 50% of the student’s grade must be based on the written work and critical inquiry assignments.
  2. Major Terms and Concepts in Sociocultural Anthropology
    1. Major terms and concepts used in sociocultural anthropology
    2. Definition of culture
    3. The Non-Western versus Western dichotomy
  3. Research Methods and Theories of Sociocultural Anthropology
    1. Ethnographic methods
      1. Participant observation
      2. Interviewing
        1. Structured
        2. Unstructured
      3. Fieldwork in the electronic age
    2. Theoretical perspectives in sociocultural anthropology
  4. Pre-colonial, Non-Western, and Subsistence Cultures in the United States, and in a Global Context.
    1. Characteristics of pre-colonial, Non-Western, and subsistence cultures
    2. Case studies
  5. Post-Colonial, Non-Western Cultures in the United States and the Global Context
    1. Characteristics of post-colonial, Non-Western cultures
    2. Cross-cultural comparisons and contrasts in the post-colonial era, in the United States, and in a global context
    3. Resistance and self-determination among post-colonial, non-Western cultures in the United States, and in a global context.
    4. Case studies of historically marginalized groups globally and in the United States.

Effective Term:
Full Academic Year 2021/2022