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ANTHROPOLOGY 103
INTRODUCTION TO CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY
SAN DIEGO CITY COLLEGE
Fall 2017 - (CRN 08400)
Arnie Schoenberg - Adjunct Professor
Course Website: https://sdccd.blackboard.com
Additional Resources:
  Syllabus
http://arnieschoenberg.com/anth/syllabi/anth103.html
  Anthropology Announcements https://drive.google.com/folder-view?id=0B97zcFIRA_fPdnFlVEJuOE1RdGs
Days: Monday and Wednesday
Time:
2:20 - 3:45 pm
Room: MS 564
Office Hours: Monday & Wednesday 1:30pm - 2:10pm, Tuesday & Thursday 10:30am-11am, and by appointment No office hours 9/20, 10/2, 10/3, 11/15
Office Location: City College, MS 540D
Start Date: August 21, 2017
End Date: December 16, 2017
E-mail:
prof@arnieschoenberg.com (checked daily)

Advisory

You should have already passed ENGL 101 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent, or Assessment Skill Levels R6/W6. If you don't read and write well in English, this will be a difficult class. You must be able to understand the assigned texts, and write at a college level. If you don't feel comfortable with academic English, please consider taking more English classes before taking this class, and if you decide to stay in the class, adjust your schedule so you can devote extra time to reading, writing, come to office hours, and use the tutors at the English Center. There is no math requirement for this class. The class may seem hard because it is on the University of California Transfer Course List. This class includes online components. If you are reading this, you probably have enough computer skills for this class, but if you have any doubts, take the assessment survey.

Course Description

This course is a survey of cultural anthropology using a comparative, cross-cultural approach. Emphasis is placed on the study of how various peoples around the world have adapted to their environments and developed behaviors to meet their biological, economic, psychological, social and political needs. This course is intended for anthropology majors and all students interested in life and/or behavioral sciences. Associate Degree Credit & transfer to CSU. CSU General Education. IGETC. UC Transfer Course List.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Student will be able to define and distinguish between cultural anthropology, archaeology, linguistic anthropology, physical (biological) anthropology, and explain the applied aspects of each.
  2. Student will be able to think critically through data analysis, written reports, and classroom discussion.
  3. Student will be able to appreciate the diversity in human lifeways.
  4. Students will be able to develop the ability to recognize broad based themes of behavior through comparative studies of culture.

Student Learning Objectives

After completing this class you should be able to apply the basic interests, terms, concepts, history, debates, methods and theories important to contemporary anthropology to contemporary issues. You will learn by critically reading the textbook, by finding and critically reviewing articles and other media related to cultural anthropology, through a research project, and through online discussions about the concepts of cultural anthropology with your peers, mediated by the professor. You will be encouraged to develop an "anthropological imagination" that situates your own cultural background within a broad view of world culture, in an attempt to objectively view your own biases and to develop an awareness and sensitivity towards members of other cultures. Satisfactory completion of this course will provide you with the foundation necessary to successfully conduct upper division work in cultural anthropology at a four-year university as well as help you participate in a global society, and a multi-cultural San Diego.

Required Textbook/ "Perspectives"

Perspectives: An Open Invitation to Cultural Anthropology Edited by Nina Brown, Laura Tubelle de González, and Thomas McIlwraith. 2017. American Anthropological Association. http://perspectives.americananthro.org

This is a free electronic textbook. You download it, and then read it on some electronic device: like a tablet, laptop, desktop, even your phone (but it's so text heavy I don't recommend a phone for this book). The money you would have spent on a new textbook, can easily pay for a nice eBook reader.

Once you have a device or two, then you want to pick an application to read it with, and ideally one that will let you highlight it, take notes, read it outloud to you while you're driving, keep your place between devices, etc. The book is available in two file formats: eBook (.epub) or Chapters (.pdf). There are lots of apps that can handle eBooks, here's an article on .epub readers. For those of you who do a lot or work in the library on public computers I was thinking that Google Play might be a good option, you just log on to your gmail using a Chrome browser and all your notes and highlighting are automatically synced, but I haven't been able to get it to work with this book. If you spend a lot of time in the car, you want to set up a text to speech app so you can listen to the book. This book has so few pictures and hyperlinks that you could just print it all out and read a chapter, and then jump back online to check the links you missed. I expect you to bring some version to class.

I'm still experimenting with the best ways to use this book, so please let me know what is working, and what isn't.

When I talk about "Perspectives" I'm talking about this book. When citing an edited book in a bibliography, you need to cite the authors and title of the chapter, and the editors and title of the book; and it gets cumbersome. I will refer to the chapters by first author's last name, so for the first week you need to read Chapter 1. "The Development of Anthropological Idea" by Laura Nader, and I'll shorten this to, "read Chapter 1" or "read Nader".

Requirements

Reading

Reading a textbook is not like reading a novel. Read carefully and check yourself to make sure you understand everything. Study the "Learning Objectives" at the beginning of each chapter, and when you finish ask yourself the "Discussion Questions" and make sure you can think through an answer for each one. If you don't completely understand a term or a concept, consult the glossary at the end of the chapter, search for the term in other parts of the textbook, look it up, check another cultural anthropology textbook, or an internet search engine. Be careful if you use the internet or a college dictionary to define terms, because the same word may have many meanings, and how it is used in popular conversation may be very different from how we use it in cultural anthropology, so try to consult your textbook first. For concepts you don't completely understand very well, transform your confusion into the assignment below.

Online Component

This course is designed for students with a laptop and access to high-speed internet. You must be able to access the online textbook in class, complete the online quizzes on Blackboard, and submit parts of your tests to Blackboard. You will not pass this class without doing the online work. If you don't have a laptop or internet access, it is possible to use a tablet, a desktop at home, or a computer lab at the college or public libraries but you will need to adjust your schedule so you can do the work when they're open. The online quizzes are know to be buggy on a smart phone.

Please see me the first week of class if you know you will have difficulty with the online parts of this class so we can work out accommodations.

Class Participation

The most important part of class participation is preparation. Come to class prepared and on time. Read the assigned sections BEFORE the class that they are assigned. Read carefully and check yourself to make sure you understand everything. If you don't completely understand a term or a concept, look it up, ask a fellow student, check another biological anthropology textbook that I have on reserve at the library, or an internet search engine.
If you don't completely understand something, make a note to yourself to ask a question in class. Try writing down the questions and bringing them to class. You must bring a version of your textbook to class with you every day, and refer to it when asking questions.
After you finish reading a chapter, do the online assignments for that section. This typically includes a journal entry, and extra credit opportunities of a glossary,. If you have questions about the assignments, ask them in class as we're discussing the material.
Classroom discussion should expand on the reading. Besides asking questions about material that you're not sure about, other good ways of participating in class are to question how the topic exemplifies cultural anthropology, and how it relates to your personal experiences. Discussion must be related to cultural anthropology.
The final grade in this class will be affected by active participation, including attendance. You must arrive on time and be prepared to answer questions based on the assigned reading for that day. If you arrive late or leave early you may lose points for that day.
You are graded on your performance in multiple activities, not on how smart you sound in class, so use the class time to resolve any problems that you're having: ask questions in class if you don't understand an anthropological idea or a class assignment.
I don't distinguish excused absences or tardies, so don't bother with doctor's notes, and don't bother letting me know when you can't make it to class or have to leave early. If you miss class you lose points. You can make up missing work by doing extra credit. Use the online discussion board or a telephone to ask your fellow students for notes if you miss a class. Get emails and phone numbers from fellow students during the beginning of the semester. Please don't ask professors what you missed. Office hours are the best place to discuss any personal problems you're having.
Absences are bad for your grade for many reasons: you get 10 points for just sitting in a chair, we occasionally have in-class quizzes which are usually worth up to 20 points, I announce extra credit opportunities, and I give tips on how to deal with class assignments. I don't need to hear your excuse if you miss a class, but if you're missing a lot of classes, or constantly coming in late or leaving early, I would like to know what's going on, so we can look for solutions, and make sure you complete the class.

Journal

I would like you to write about what you learned each week. Your journal may also include questions, such as something you didn't understand in the reading, or something related to the reading. You can use a physcal book, a three ringed-binder, or a word processor.

Your entries should be thorough, you should define any terms you used, and you must be correctly cite sources (usually the author and chapter number from Perspectives where you found the information, or a reference or link to an outside source). You may use informal English, but please make sure that vocabulary words from the class are used correctly. You will be graded mostly on the thoroughness of the ideas of your entries. Trying adding information, clarify, make things less confusing, add examples to illustrate the point, elaborate and go into more depth on issues.

Besides entires about ideas in the textbook chapters, you may also discuss other students' Critical Reviews of Articles or Anthropology Critique of Videos from that week.

If there is any doubt as to whether your entries are relevant to the chapter, you must explicitly relate them to a topic covered in the chapter. For example, if you mention for chapter 15: "I saw the new Planet of the Apes movie, and it was better than the new King Kong movie" you won't get credit. But if you ask, "Henninger-Rener says the human capacity for culture is due to natural selection, and that biocultural evolution is uniquely human (Chapter 15), but I wonder if humans and other apes are still evolving biologically?", you would get credit because you made the entry relevant to an idea found in the chapter.

I will collect your journals periodically to give feedback.

Critical Reviews

Critical reviews are a basic research tool for almost all sciences. I want you to practice extracting hypotheses, methods, and data from research articles and evaluating their reliability, so you can better apply these concepts to your own original research. Your textbook contains references to scientific articles related to the topics being discussed in that section, and more recent articles are available from the library, and online. You will choose at least one article to review for each week.

You should sign-up for the review on the Blackboard website in the appropriate Discussion section. Check to see that no one has already signed up for that article, and then post a message with subject as the title of the article you will review. The write-up should be typed and include the following sections: citation, introduction, hypothesis, background, method, data, and conclusion.

For this assignment you are required to find an article or resource that relates to the chapter, write a critical review comparing and contrasting the article with the textbook. Use this assignment as a chance to move away from the confines of the textbook and explore topics that interest you, the holistic nature of anthropology makes it easy to find articles that YOU want to read, but can still be connected to one or more of the chapters in the textbook.

Selecting a Resource

The best resource would be an article from a peer-reviewed journal mentioned in the chapter, or of the same topic or author mentioned in the chapter. Other resources could include other anthropology journal articles or a single chapter from a anthropology book. Other sources that will be more difficult to review include: reviews of articles, popular science magazine article, newspaper articles, internet blogs, Hollywood movies, television programs, interpretive dance performance, etc; finding the hypothesis and enough data to review can be tricky.

Any of the works cited in the chapter would be excellent sources, and the "Notes" section at the end is a good start. If you use an internet search, use Google Scholar for better results, there are many open source journals with excellent research. Anthropology in the News has recent news articles that might work, or at least point you towards recent original research.

The City College library has a few good resources. Try going straight to Articles & Databases, and for this class I recommend EBSCO (the top on on the list) and JSTOR (halfway down the list). Here are instructions for using the City College article databases. Here is another guide specific to Cultural Anthropology. If you have access to other college libraries, they have may bigger online catalogs that will give you the full text of an article for free. Friends at four-year universities are nice to have. Don't pay for articles, there are plenty of good ones for free.

If you feel overwhelmed at your screen and the eye strain has you seeing red, don't neglect the old-school technique of just walking into a library and browsing the periodical stacks.

If you have any doubt about the relevance of your article, please ask me.

Just putting a vocabulary word from the chapter into a search engine may give you all kinds of crap that you need to sort through. If you choose a source that is not from a peer reviewed journal, you will need to spend more time critically evaluating the reliability of the journal, author, and all of the author's ideas, and if you don't completely address the article's shortcomings, you run the risk of propagating bad science. Try to avoid blogs and lean towards scientific journals. If a blog talks about a newspaper article, go find the newspaper article. If the newspaper article talks about an article in a scientific journal, go find the journal article. Often the primary source is stuck behind a paywall, but not always, so make an effort to find it.

Signing up

After you find an article, but before you write your review, you must sign-up for the review on the Blackboard website in the appropriate Section thread. Check first to see that no one has already signed up for that article, and then post a message with subject as the title of the article you will review. If two people review the same article, the person who signed up first gets credit. This is especially important if you are reviewing articles mentioned in the textbook.

Content of Your Critical Review

First Read: How to Review a Scientific Article for My Class

The most important content of your critical review should be a comparison between the ideas presented in the textbook and similar ideas presented by the article you chose. You must situate the article in the context of cultural anthropology; compare and contrast your article with the chapter. How do the authors' presentations of the ideas differ? Do they emphasize different points? Do they disagree?

Your critical review must contain at least one citation of your textbook. The citation can be a paraphrase, a short quote, or a block quote. A paraphrase is where you take the information and rewrite it in your own words to better fit the point your trying to make; you must include the source (the Chapter in this case) where the information came from, usually right after the idea you borrowed from the author, but possibly at the end of your paragraph. A short quote is less than five lines, and the author's exact words are put in quotation marks and the chapter is given right after the close quote. A block quote is more than five lines of the authors exact words and the text is indented, single spaced, the font size reduced, no quotations marks are used, and the chapter is given in brackets after the quote. You must include the chapter for paraphrases, short quotes, and block quotes.

When citing other sources, also include the page number when available.

When including ideas from other authors you must frame the citation with your own words, introducing why the citation is relevant to the point you're trying to make, and after the citation, explaining to the reader what they were supposed to get out of the citation. The longer the citation (e.g. block quotes) the more framing you need to do.

Formatting

Your critical review should look like an extra-long annotated bibliography entry: citation (Chicago style is author, title, year, publisher, URL, access date) on the top -- instead of a title, and then the critical review below it. I have included links about how to format an annotated bibliography in the Academic Resources folder, and examples on the course home page.

Please use formal academic English for your reviews. This doesn't mean you have to use the biggest word possible, but try to use the most precise word. You must explain yourself clearly, thoroughly, and support your position with examples from the class. Assume that your reader has not taken this class, and define and explain any new vocabulary. Avoid lists and bullets. Use complete sentences. Organize your ideas with indented paragraphs and topic sentences. If you are not a strong writer, you should compensate by writing longer essays. Since this is not a writing class, I will grade you on the quality and quantity of your ideas. If you are not a strong writer, it will take more words to convey those ideas, so don't write skimpy essays. Try to expand rather than condense. Plan to write about 1 page for every 10-25 points depending on your writing style and what grade you want.

Your writing style for Questions and Answers and extra credit may be informal, but not for your Critical Reviews, or Research Project. Make sure to use the spell check and grammar check functions of your word processor for academic English. If you cite a website remember that they change, so you must include the date when you accessed the page along with any search terms you used to get to the information that might not show up in the URL. The reason you give a full citation is to make it easy for someone to read exactly the same thing you did.

Besides the one Critical Review a week, you may do up to five additional ones for extra credit, for a maximum of 19; no more than one per chapter. If you find several articles for a single chapter and can't decide on one, consider putting them together and making a Research Project out of it.

Anthropological Critiques of a Video

Visual anthropology is a subfield of cultural anthropology that deals both with how visual media helps us understand culture, and how we can use anthropological concepts to help understand visual media. I will assign you videos to watch, and you will look for some on your own.

For the videos I assign, just watch the video, write about it, and submit your write-up to the appropriate assignment.

For the weeks when you need to find a video, look for one that relates to a culture or topic mentioned in the chapters we're reading for that week. Videos can be found in the same way as mentioned above for articles for critical reviews. The City College library has a Media collection with several good films. You can just take a concept or culture from the chapter and put it in a search engine. For example, the cover of your textbook shows urban anthropology, if you search YouTube for "urban anthropology" you find about 7,500 videos. In the 1st Chapter, Laura Nader mentions Joseba Zulaika, a Basque anthropologist, who writes about terrorism, so if you search Vimeo for "Basque terrorism" you get 14 results, and most would work if you do some research into Basque history and culture and give enough background to explain the reasons for Basque terrorism, but it's also OK to focus on Basque culture, and not dwell on terrorism, so if you search Ted.com for "Basque culture" you get a demonstration of a hurdy-gurdy, which will also work if you explain music as a identity marker and the importance of cultural traditions and the range of how people react when their culture is threatened and that one of those reactions includes terrorism. It's not that important what video you choose, but just that you connect it to the ideas in the textbook.

Some videos can be reviewed exactly the same way as a critical review, in a very scientific way, but you may also decide to critique the video from other anthropological perspectives. The first two chapters gives you a partial list of anthropological theories, and each chapter in the book has its own style, and these provide a range of theoretical approaches to critique your video. I expect the Critical Reviews to be formal, but you have more flexibility with the Anthropological Critiques of a Video. The most important requirement is that you relate your video back to ideas mentioned in your textbook.

When you chose your own video you will post it the appropriate discussion folder. When posting the video, try to make it show up so other students can see the initial preview graphic and just click to start. You want to embed the video by copying the html. For YouTube, Vimeo, DailyMotion, Ted and most other online video services, when you click on Share, go to the Embed function (get the embed code) and copy the html code, it will look something like this:

<iframe width="420" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/-WeirdLetters&Numbers" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

Then go to Blackboard and Create/Reply to the post and you'll get a screen where you can type, but don't copy the code there, first click on the little "HTML" button which is up to the right of where you can type, just to the left of the "CSS' button, that will open a separate HTML window where you copy the embed code. When you save the HTML window, it will go back to the screen where you can type your post, and there will be a yellow box that marks the video. Copy the text of your Video Critique from your word processor to below the yellow box in Blackboard.

Don't freak out! This isn't a programing class, and I'm not asking to write code, you just need to copy from one box and paste it into another.

Include your review directly below the video in the same post. After copying the embed code of the video, just copy the text of your review. For the video critique, don't attach a file, just paste your text under the video.

Advanced Video Posting Tip: try to cue the video to where it supports what you're saying by adjusting the start and stop times.

Research Project

By the end of the course, you will produce a work of original research. The work will progress in stages.

One of the frustrations of an introductory class is that it skims over a large amount of material and doesn't leave enough time to delve into the subject. The goal of the project is to go into more detail about a single aspect of cultural anthropology. You may choose one of three projects: Ethnology, Participant Observation, or Applied Anthropology.
For all the options your grade will be determined by the quantity and quality of your written work. The project should answer the question: what is anthropological about these books or experience? You should locate the books or experiences in the relevant subfields of the larger discipline of cultural anthropology; explain how your text or experience fits into the chapter titles and headings in your textbook. You should demonstrate your ability to understand the anthropological issues discussed by the authors or observed. Try to always relate your observations to the topics covered in the textbook; try to find the spots in your textbook where it says something similar to what you're saying; it is a requirement that you must include citations (paraphrases or quotes) of your textbook.

The project should also demonstrate your command of academic English. The report must be printed on 8.5"x11" paper in a 12 point text font (Helvetica, Times, etc.) with 1" margins all around, double-spaced, with the title and your names on top of the first page, and a single bibliography or references cited at the end. The final version of the project should be 5 to 15 pages long. Start the text of your project on the first page about a third of the way down – do not bother with cover sheets or binders. Please staple everything that you hand in with a diagonal staple in the upper left hand corner. Use a writing style appropriate for readers of popular science magazines (National Geographic, Discovery, Nature, Archaeology, etc.) or cultural anthropology journals and consult their style guides if possible. Please don't risk losing credit for the entire assignment because of a careless mistake, and cite your sources correctly to avoid plagiarism (described below under "Plagiarism").

If the idea of a 15 page essay scares you, remember that the intro and conclusion will add about a page, also try to bring in concrete examples, with names and descriptions of actual people. A typical writing style in anthropology is to mix the statistics with personal narratives of ourselves and our informants. We want to put a human face on the numbers, and to support generalizations with specific examples. The qualitative research methods of anthropology push us towards this style.

Relate your data as much as possible to the topics covered in the textbook, and cite it often.

An important aspect of the writing process is the relationship between writer and editor. Prominent anthropological journals and books are peer reviewed; this means that several anthropologists read and criticize a work before it is published. You must include with your final project at least one draft of your project that has been proofread by a native English speaker who is a university graduate. Have the proofreader sign the top of your draft, and include their university and date of graduation, and attach the marked-up copy below your final version. Finish the draft with plenty of time to spare, proofread it yourself, spell-check and grammar-check, print-out or email a copy, have it proofread by someone else, and then incorporate the proofreader's recommendations into your final paper. Put the final version on top of the draft when you turn it in. After submitting your work on Blackboard, wait an hour and then go back to SafeAssign's Originality Report to check for plagiarism problems.

Sample Project Grading Rubric
what is anthropological about the book/experience 50
situate your work in the context of anthropological subfields/topics 50
incorporate appropriate textbook citations 20-50
use of academic English 50
complete peer review 50
quality and quantity of ideas ~10/page 50-150
updates 200
Total 500

All of the above apply to whichever of the following three projects you chose:

1) Ethnology Project

  Ethnology is the comparison of different cultures to explore universal patterns of culture. For this option you will choose two ethnographic monographs and compare and contrast them to each other and the ideas presented in your textbook. An ethnographic monograph is usually a short book that describes a specific culture at a specific time. It is sometimes called "an ethnography" for short because it is based on the field of ethnography, writing about a specific culture. This is like a book report, except you will be comparing and contrasting three books: two ethnographies and your textbook. I would be happy to suggest monographs that would be relevant to your interests. Several publishers have series of ethnographies: Cengage Case Studies in Cultural Anthropology, Oxford University Press Ethnography, Waveland Press (skip down to Selected Case Studies). Find ethnographies, not enthnologies; avoid broad encyclopedic descriptions of huge cultures. Avoid travel writing and other sources that glorify the exotic. Ethnography differs from other descriptions of cultures in that the primary method is participant-observation. There are many ethnographies that don't use "ethnography" in the title, and you need to check the research method to tell, but it's probably not ethnography if the primary method was analysis of census data, psychological experimentation, consultation of historical records, analysis of newsmedia, analysis of economic indicators, or the biography of an individual. Find sources where the scientist actually went and lived with the people they're writing about.

Be careful not to confuse ethnology and ethnography.
Ethnography is when an anthropologist describes a single culture after living with them. Ethnology is when you sit at a desk and mash together ethnographies that other people wrote.
For this project, I want you to do ethnology, but you need to find a couple of ethnographies to compare.
If you find good ethnologies, you can cite them in your project, and you can work backward, and use someone else's ethnology to find an ethnography to read yourself.

This is a chance to explore a topic and a pair of cultures in more depth. Consider choosing a topic that is relevant to your academic or professional career.
Your Week 6 Project Update should include the two ethnographies you plan to read. Your Week 9 Project Update should include summaries of each ethnography and themes for comparison.
If you don't want to be an armchair anthropologist, and you want to do your own fieldwork, read on...

2) Mini-ethnography Project

The best way to understand the methods of ethnography is to experience it yourself. Another option for your project is to complete a mini-ethnography project outside of class. The mini-ethnography project has five components, which must be completed in this order: (1) proposal, (2) fieldwork, (3) write-up, (4) peer review, and (5) final version.
The proposal consists of a one-page description of your proposed project. It should focus on who you plan to observe and interview, and what you expect to learn. Ideally, this should be an outsider-ethnography, studying a culture that is not your own. The more cultural shock, the easier you will find the assignment, so chose a cultural experience that you are NOT familiar with; e.g. if you listen to punk rock, go to an opera, if you are a fundamentalist Christian, observe a Wicca service, etc. The proposal must address any ethical issues that might arise during fieldwork, e.g. include a statement that you will protect the confidentiality of your informants so that they won't be hurt by anything that you say about them. The proposal should also state your preconceptions about the culture you will observe, and your theoretical approach to the fieldwork, e.g. do you plan to merely describe the cultural experience in detail, or do you plan to test a hypothesis, such as how your observation will relate to the concepts mentioned in the class and in your textbook. Because your fieldwork in this mini-ethnography is limited to a maximum of three hours, please limit the scope of your project. Find a situation where you can observe patterns of people interacting. Don't try to be profound, think of it as an exercise, and keep it simple! Before you begin fieldwork you MUST obtain my approval on the proposal. This proposal should be submitted before or as the Week 6 Project Update.
The fieldwork consists of one to three hours of participant-observation, and one ten-minute interview with a member of the culture being observed after the observation. Notice the emphasis on observation. This is a not a life history assignment where you would emphasize the interview. For this project, the interview is a just a quick way to get an emic perspective on your observations. The observation must take place in a public area. You must inform the interviewee of your purpose before beginning the interview. I would prefer that you only use written notes, and not use cameras or other electronic recording devices. There are several projects where this is not feasible, but you should address this in your proposal. You may make sketches or diagrams if useful. Plan time to flesh-out your notes immediately after the observation and interview while it is still fresh in your mind. Your Week 9 Project Update should include your field notes, the sections of textbook you will be comparing to, and an annotated bibliography of any other sources you want to include.
The write-up should present your data in a logical form using academic English. Week 12 Project Update should be a draft of your write up.
The packet you turn in on week 15 should include the following components, in order from new to old: (1) final revised version in the front, (2) peer-review version corrected and signed by reviewer, (3) original field notes, (4) proposal approved by me at the back.

3) Applied Anthropology Project

Many anthropologists consider applied anthropology a fifth subfield. You will follow all the guidelines for the mini-ethnography except that your observations will be made based on 5-10 hours of volunteer work with a community organization, and the format for your written work will be a journal of the cultural observations you made during your volunteer work, and a 1-3 page report on how you think the community organization could improve their organizational culture. Your audience (client) for the report is the administration of the community organization. The service learning option requires you to be very self-motivated. To help decide on a project, you might ask yourself what item your professional resume is missing, or what career you would like to explore. Your Week 6 Project Update should include permission from the group you wish to volunteer with, as well as your research goals. Your Week 9 Project Update should include the raw data from your journal, possible comparisons to textbook, and an annotated bibliography that includes at least one source on organizational culture or business anthropology. Your Week 12 Project Update should be a draft of your report and more complete journal.

For all projects:

So by week 3 you need to read the above carefully, skim the table of contents of the textbook, and find three topics that interest you.

For your Week 4 Project Update, you are required to read through other students' project ideas and find at least three that you are interested in, just mention the names and ideas of the other ideas. Please consider contacting them as well.

The requirments for the rest of the Project Updates depend on which of the three Projects you choose.

Extra Credit

I offer a smörgåsbord of activities to apply the anthropological concepts you learn from your textbook, and compensate for problems you have have with the regular course work or missed deadlines. In general, I give more points to regular course work than extra credit, so the easiest way to get an A is to just do the regular coursework on time. But, I don't really care how you learn anthropology, you just have produce enough stuff to show me that you did. Typical extra credit includes:

The most important element in all extra credit is to compare and contrast your event or experience with what it says in your textbook.

Honor's Contract

Honor's contracts are a great way for the kind of self-motivated student who ends up doing twice as much work as the rest of the class to get the brownie points they deserve. I need to see your plan by the end of the first week of class, and the Honor's Program needs the signed proposal by the end of the second week. All work is due by the second-to-last week of class. One popular option is to just do a second project, another is an annotated bibliography, which entails a total of 10 critical reviews (5 for your grade; 5 for the contract), formatted as an annotated bibliography.

Plagiarism

Students are expected to be honest and ethical at all times in their pursuit of academic goals. I take plagiarism seriously. On the first occurrence of plagiarism you will be prosecuted to the maximum extent allowed by Policy 3100 of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Administrative Due Process. As soon as I detect plagiarism I will arrange an informal office conference to present you with my evidence, and allow you to respond. This conference may take the form of an exchange of emails. If I confirm the plagiarism before the withdrawal-date, I will give you two options: you can withdraw yourself from the class, or I will proceed with academic and administrative sanctions. If I confirm the plagiarism after the withdrawal-date then I will proceed with academic and administrative sanctions. Academic sanctions are limited by State Chancellor's Legal Opinion 7-12 to receiving a zero for the entire assignment where plagiarism occurred. Administrate sanctions will be determined by the Disciplinary Officer appointed by the Dean of Student Affairs, and range from Admonition to Expulsion. You may appeal both the academic and administrative sanctions by petitioning the Dean of Student Affairs.

Plagiarism: The act of incorporating ideas, words, or specific substance on another, whether purchased, borrowed, or otherwise obtained, and submitting the same as one's own work to fulfill academic requirements without giving credit to the appropriate source. Examples of plagiarism include but are not limited to the following:
1) Submitting work, either in part or in whole, completed by another;
2) Omitting footnotes for ideas, statements, facts or conclusions which belong to another;
3) Omitting quotation marks when quoting directly from another, whether it be a paragraph, sentence, or part thereof;
4) Close and lengthy paraphrasing of the writing or work or another, with or without acknowledgment;
5) Submitting artistic works, such as musical compositions, photographs, paintings, drawings, and sculpting, or another;
6) And submitting papers purchased from research companies (or downloaded from electronic source) as one's own work.
[Honest Academic Conduct. January 16, 2009. San Diego Community College District Administrative Procedure 3100.3 1. b.]

So falling into plagiarism can be as dangerous as leaving off a few little quotation marks, but avoiding plagiarism is really easy! You just need to tell the reader where you got your information from. You must cite your sources for all assignments. If you copy text word-for-word then you need to put it in "quotes" or format it as a block quote. If you use material from the textbook, even if it is not in quotes, you still need to include the page number where you found the information. If you use other sources, please include a full bibliography at the end of the assignment. If you consult websites, include the URL, and any search terms that I would need to get to see the same information you saw, and include the date that you looked at the webpage.

One aspect of science is that it must be reproducible. While defending your position, you need to make it easy for someone to come to the same conclusions that you did. You're not expected to reinvent the wheel, or come up with every thing from scratch; in an introductory class like this most of your writing should be regurgitation, and you just need to practice the fundamental academic skill of incorporating an outside source into their own work, which Isaac Newton immortalized: "If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants".

If you want practice avoiding plagiarism, I have a "Scientific Writing Exercise" posted on Blackboard for extra credit. If you have problems with plagiarism, this becomes mandatory.

Group Work

The Research Project, and many extra credit assignments may be done in groups. There is no penalty for working in groups, and assignments will be graded as if written by a single author, and all the authors in a group will be given the same grade. Likewise; each member of the group is also responsible for the entire submission. If there is a problem with plagiarism, all members of the group suffer equally.

For your Week 4 Project Update, you are required to read through other students' project proposals and find at least three that you are interested in. You are encouraged to contact them, but you are not required to follow through and actually make a group.

This class is not graded on a curve, so there is no advantage to hoarding information or obstructing your classmates, but you have no obligation to join a group if you don't want to, or to accept group members just because they are desperate.

To define a group you just need to put the names of all the co-authors on the top of the first page of the assignment. You may not be in more than one group per assignment; if you helped another group, then make sure that the group states that you helped the group but are not a co-author. All members of the group should contribute to editing all parts of an assignment, and the assignment must have a uniform format. You may not use different font styles or citation formats for different questions. If you use personal pronouns (I, me, my, mine), you must put in parentheses which author you are referring to.

Many word processing programs have a feature that allows comments from different authors to show up on your writing, such as the Review or Track Changes function of MS Word, and I will use this function to correct your written work, and I recommend that you use something similar for group work.

You are legally responsible for anything that gets turned-in to me with your name on it. Don't put your name on something you didn't do, don't put someone else's name on something they didn't do.

Academic Accommodations

If you have any disabilities that I need to be aware of, or need academic accommodations please let me know during the first week of classes. There are very simple alternatives for most of the required coursework. If you find yourself having problems with the requirements, keeping up with the reading, or understanding the material, talk to me as soon as you see a problem so we can find solutions, don't wait until the end of the class when it will too.

Problems

If you have an unresolved conflict during the class, you must first contact the course instructor in an attempt to resolve the problem. If the results are unsatisfactory, you should next contact the Department Chairperson. If the results are still unsatisfactory, you should contact the School Dean.

Student Responsibilities

Please refer to the "Student Rights and Responsibilities" section of the Student Handbook or College Catalog (see Policy 3100 and Procedure 3100.2). Students are responsible for officially withdrawing from classes they are no longer attending. Do not assume that the instructor will do this for you.

Grades

I determine your final grade based on your performance in the following activities:

Activity Possible Points my points
Class Participation (30 @ 10 points) 300  
Journal (15 @ 20 points) 300  
In class Quizzes (5 @ 20 points) 100  
Critical Reviews (6 @ 50 points) 300  
Video Critique (5 @ 50 points) 250  
Project 500  
TOTAL 1750  

A = 1650 points and above
B = between 1500 and 1649 points
C = between 1200 and 1499 points
D = between 950 and 1199 points
F = 949 points and below

If you want to figure out how much work you need to do to get the grade you want, add up all the points you have so far, and figure out which assignments will get you the points you need.


IMPORTANT ADMINISTRATIVE DEADLINES

Add:............................................. September 1st
Drop without "W":................... September 1st
Withdrawal:................................ October 27th

 

Schedule

NOTE: The following schedule and list of topics is TENTATIVE and subject to change.

Week

Monday

Wednesday

1

August 21

Introduction to the Class

 

August 23

    Read the syllabus

    Explore Blackboard

    Download the textbook

    Read the Table of Contents

2

August 28

BEFORE class: read Chapter 1. "The Development of Anthropological Ideas" Laura Nader

September 1

Last day to add and pay, or drop without a "W"

August 30

Movie: Franz Boas: Shackles of Tradition

Turn in at least one Critical Review worksheet.

3

September 4

NO school

September 6

2. "The Culture Concept" Emily Cowall

3. "Doing Fieldwork: Methods in Cultural Anthropology" Katie Nelson

Week 3 Research Project Update due

4

September 11

4. "Language" Linda Light

 

September 13

linguistics continued

Week 4 Project Update due

5

September 18

5. "Subsistence" Isaac Shearn

Tuesday September 19

Museum of Man Free day 10am-4:00pm, resident ID

September 20

Special Archaeology Lecture:

Edith Ortiz Díaz “Gold and Technology in Ancient Oaxaca”
2:20pm to 3:45pm, City College MS-564

6

September 25

subsistence continued

September 27

6. "Economics" Sarah Lyon

 

Week 6 Research Project Update due

Friday, September 29

CARTA at UCSD, 1-5pm. Cellular and Molecular Explorations of Anthropogeny

7

October 2

video: Malinowski: Off the Veranda

October 4

7. "Political Anthropology: A Cross-Cultural Comparison" Paul McDowell

8

October 9

8. "Family and Marriage" Mary Kay Gilliland

October 11

9. "Race and Ethnicity" Justin Garcia

9

October 16

Video Understanding Race. 2007. Discovery Channel

Tuesday October 17
Museum of Man Free day 10am-4:00pm, resident ID

October 18

10. "Gender and Sexuality" Carol Mukhopadhyay, Tami Blumenfield, Susan Harper, Abby Gondek

Week 9 Research Project Update due

10

October 23

gender and sexuality continued

October 25

video: "Margaret Mead: Coming of Age"

October 27

Last Day to drop with a W

11

October 30

11. "Religion" Sashur Henninger-Rener

November 1

12. "Globalization" Lauren Miller Griffith, Jonathan S. Marion

12

November 6

13. "Culture and Sustainability" Christian Palmer

November 8

14. "Performance" Lauren Miller Griffith, Jonathan S. Marion

Week 12 Research Project Update due

13

November 13

15. "Health and Medicine" Sashur Henninger-Rener

November 15

class meets in the Black Box Theater at 3pm

Special Ethnomusicology concert
3:00 - 4:00pm City College Black Box Theater
"Contrastes" Latin American folk music

no school next week, work on your project

Tuesday, November 21

Museum of Man Free day 10am-4:00pm, resident ID

14

November 27

16. "Seeing Like an Anthropologist: Anthropology in Practice" Logan Cochrane

November 29

17. "Media Anthropology: Meaning, Embodiment, Infrastructure, and Activism" Bryce Peake

15

December 4

18. "Public Anthropology" Robert Borofsky

 

December 6

Final Research Project due

16

December 11

Project Presentations

December 13

Project Presentations

all extra credit due in class

 

Diversity and Equity

We are firmly committed to diversity and equity whereby barriers are removed to create space for all individuals to fully engage in all areas of campus life. Each student’s voice has something of value to contribute and students are therefore encouraged to communicate and participate during class meetings. We must take care to respect the individual backgrounds, personal identities, intellectual approaches, and demographics expressed by everyone. Individual differences can deepen our understanding of one another and the world around us, thus making us global citizens. We strongly adhere to the San Diego Community College District Non-Discrimination policy and reserve our classroom as a safe space for unique and meaningful dialogue. Remember to keep confidential all issues of a personal or professional nature that are discussed in class. We also strongly encourage you to utilize the campus resources that City has to offer you.

Resources on Campus
Disability Support Program & Services (DSPS): 619-388-3513, L-206
Students with disabilities who may need academic accommodations are encouraged to discuss their authorized accommodations from Disability Support Programs and Services (DSPS) with the professors early in the semester so that accommodations may be implemented as soon as possible. Please notify your professor & DSPS counselor of any barriers you encounter to accessing course content.

Mental Health Counseling: 619-388-3539, BT-105
The mission of the MHCC is to help students benefit fully from the college experience by supporting personal, social, and emotional well-being. Services offered include confidential and culturally sensitive counseling and referrals for individuals, couples and groups.

Student Health Clinic: 619-388-3450, E Building East
Did you know that your health is covered here at City by the $19 fee that you pay upon registering for classes? You can receive excellent medical care right here at City.

UMOJA: 619-388-3796, E Building
The Umoja Community is a learning community that seeks to engage, connect, educate, support, and encourage students through a program & activities that focus on African-American culture, literature, and experiences.

PUENTE: 619-388-3540, E Building
The Puente Project is a learning community that seeks to engage, connect, educate, support, and encourage students through a program & activities that focus on Latino(a)/Chicano(a) culture, literature, and experiences.

Veterans Service Center (VRC): 619-388-3698, L-206
The mission of the VRC is to provide a welcoming environment for all veterans. The VSC provides services in three primary areas: academics, community & wellness and is designed to serve from military transition to the completion of their academic goals.

Extended Opportunities Programs & Services (EOPS): 619-388-3209, L-117
EOPS provides academic and financial support to community college students whose educational and socioeconomic backgrounds may deter them from successfully attending college and completing their educational goals.

CalWORKs: 619-388-3797, L-121
The City College CalWORKs “Believe Program” offers support services to students who receive TANF/CalWORKs benefits. As an integral partner in the state’s welfare system, the community colleges’ 113 CalWORKs programs are instrumental in providing critical education, training, support services, and job opportunities to assist families living in poverty to reach their educational/employment goals and achieve economic self-sufficiency.

English Center: 619-388-3633, L-209
We provide a community-based learning environment to help City College students become more effective, confident and independent readers, writers and critical thinkers.  In support of this mission, the English Center offers assistance for all disciplines through:

Math Center: 619-388-3580, L-208
Our mission is to provide a flexible learning-centered environment in which students are able to complete their college math requirements. Whether you are here, to complete a Math Center course, to receive general math tutoring, to take a make-up test, to study or complete homework assignments, the Math Center strives to provide resources in an environment that is conducive for learning.

Tutorial Center/Learning Center: 619-388-3685, L-205
The Tutorial/Learning Center (TLC) staff serves San Diego City College and ECC students and helps them achieve their academic goals.  Come to the TLC for a place to study, to do homework assignment, receive academic assistance and support, meet with study groups, and attend study skills workshops.

Independent Learning Center: 619-388-3265, R-105
The Independent Learning Center (ILC) comprises three computer labs that provide currently-enrolled students with approximately 120 Internet-enabled computer stations as well as audio/video viewing stations for other media. Students may use the labs and the media collections to complete assignments for many of their courses.

LRC/Library: 619-388-3421, R-Bldg
The Library offers an extensive collection of scholarly books, e-books, periodicals, and a robust selection of reference and periodical databases available on site, via wireless and remotely to currently enrolled students. San Diego City College students find help with their research and information needs at the Library’s Information Center (reference desk), by phone, email, or 24/7 online chat. Students may enroll in a transferable one-unit course, Information Literacy and Research Skills (LIBS 101). Scheduled tours, instructor requested research sessions, access to reserves, circulation services, group study rooms and inter-library loan services between district colleges are also offered.
For a comprehensive list of campus resources go to: http://www.sdcity.edu/CollegeServices/StudentSupportResources.aspx

 

· The San Diego Community College District does not discriminate in its programs and activities on the basis of national origin, religion, age, gender, gender identity, gender expression, race or ethnicity, color, medical condition, genetic information, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, or military and veteran status, or because they are perceived to have one or more of the foregoing characteristics, or based on association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. Complaints of discrimination or harassment based on protected class, other than sex/gender, may be filed with the Site Compliance Officer (SCO) on your campus. For more information on how to file a complaint and/or to contact your SCO, please refer to the following link: http://hr.sdccd.edu/eeo/eeocomplaint.cfm

· Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination based on sex in any educational institution that receives federal funding. The San Diego Community College District does not tolerate discrimination based on sex, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation, including: sexual misconduct, sexual harassment, sexual violence, relationship or intimate partner violence, and stalking. Students are asked to immediately report incidents to the Title IX Coordinator at (619) 388-6805 or by using the online reporting form available on the Title IX webpage: http://www.sdccd.edu/titleix Students may also report incidents to an instructor, faculty member, staff member, or member of the College Police Department, all of whom are required by law to notify the Title IX Coordinator of the contents of the report. If a student wishes to keep the information confidential, the student may speak with a campus mental health counselor or with health services provider. Information for contacting these resources is available at http://www.sdccd.edu/titleix/titleix_resourceguide_web.pdf

San Diego Community College District

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR SYLLABI

Please include the following information in your syllabi:

Attendance/Absences

  • It is the student’s responsibility to drop all classes in which he/she is no longer participating (for online classes).

  • It is the student’s responsibility to drop all classes in which he/she is no longer attending (for on campus classes).

  • It is the instructor’s discretion to withdraw a student after the add/drop deadline (include date) due to excessive absences.

Students who remain enrolled in a class beyond the published withdrawal deadline, as stated in the class schedule, will receive an evaluative letter grade in this class (A, B, C, D, F).

Attendance: If the final grade in a class is affected by attendance (active participation in the class), it must be stated in the class syllabus as follows:

The final grade in this class will be affected by active participation, including attendance, as follows: (Instructor to define specifically how attendance, including participation, will affect final grade in the class)

Remember that attendance cannot be one of the standards for class grades, however participation can include the corresponding class points for participation.

Advisory for Faculty

When establishing expectations for participation/attendance it is strongly recommended that the “reasonableness” test be applied. In other words, if the classroom expectations for participation were challenged by a student, how would a jury of peers respond? It is also important that expectations are applied consistently and fairly for all students.

Examples of questionable practices:
Marking a student absent for being less than 5 minutes late (any number of unforeseen circumstances could have happened)
If the class total for participation points is 5 points, then marking off 2 points for being late for one class period is not reasonable. The standard should be spread out over the total number of class meetings in a reasonable manner.
Marking a student absent for leaving class to take a call on their cell phone (we don’t know the nature of the call)
Marking a student absent for not bringing a textbook to class

If you have any questions regarding expectations for class participation please consult your dean.

Courses Requiring Strenuous Physical Activity

This course requires students to participate in strenuous activities including heavy lifting and climbing. If you have a medical condition that may limit your participation in strenuous activity please bring it to the attention of the instructor immediately to discuss possible accommodations.

Cheating/Plagiarism

Students are expected to be honest and ethical at all times in the pursuit of academic goals. Students who are found to be in violation of Administrative Procedure 3100.3 Honest Academic Conduct, will receive a grade of zero on the assignment, quiz, or exam in question and may be referred for disciplinary action in accordance with Administrative Procedure 3100.2, Student Disciplinary Procedures.

Student Code of Conduct

  • Students are expected to adhere to the Student Code of Conduct at all times. Students who violate the Student Code of Conduct may be removed from class by the faculty for the class meeting in which the behavior occurred, and the next class meeting.

    For online classes: Student access to class is removed for one week (5 instructional days).

  • Acceptance of make-up work during the removal.

    [Specify whether you will or will not accept make up work, since it is at the discretion of the instructor].

  • Incidents involving removal of a student from class will be reported to the college disciplinary officer for

    follow up.

  • The Student Code of Conduct can be found in Board of Trustees Policy, BP 3100, Student Rights, Responsibilities, Campus Safety and Administrative Due Process posted on the District website at: http://www.sdccd.edu/public/district/policies/index.shtml

    Students with disabilities who may need academic accommodations are encouraged to discuss their authorized accommodations from Disability Support Programs and Services (DSPS) with their professors early in the semester so that accommodations may be implemented as soon as possible.

The faculty member will work with the DSPS Office to ensure that proper accommodations are made for each student. By law, it is up to the DSPS Office, through the interactive process with the student, to determine which accommodations are appropriate, not the instructor. This includes accommodations in a clinical setting.

Accommodating Students with Disabilities:

For an online or hybrid course, consider this statement in your syllabus – “I have made every effort to make this course accessible to all students, including students with disabilities. If you encounter a problem accessing anything in this course, please contact me immediately by email and also contact the college’s Disability Support Programs and Services (DSPS) Office.”

For a face-to-face course, include these statements in your syllabus:

Students that need evacuation assistance during campus emergencies should also meet with the instructor as soon as possible to assure the health and safety of all students.

Instructors may contact DSPS if they have any questions related to authorized accommodations in their classroom.

In accordance with Title IX, absences due to pregnancy or related conditions, including recovery from childbirth, shall be excused for as long as the student’s doctor deems the absences to be medically necessary. Students must notify the instructor in a timely manner and shall be afforded the opportunity to establish make up work or other alternative arrangements. If a student elects to withdraw from the course on or after census, a “W” shall be assigned and the district will work with the student to ensure that the W is not considered in progress probation and dismissal calculations.

For more information, you may contact the DSPS Office on your campus or the website at http://dsps.sdccd.edu/ or refer to Administrative Procedure, AP 3105.1 Academic Accommodations and Disability Discrimination for Students with Disabilities.

Prepared by Student Services: August 2016