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PLEASE READ CLOSELY AND RETAIN FOR FUTURE REFERENCE NORTHWEST MISSOURI STATE UNIVERSITY

Anthropology Professor: Roger Neustadter
Sociology 108 Colden 2380
Spring 2013 Office Hours MWF 2:00-3:00
TT:9:30-11:00 Office Phone: 562 l765

Texts: Haviland, Prins, Walrath & McBride Anthropology
Readings will be on e companion

Purpose

Anthropology is the comparative study of human societies and cultures. The aim of anthropology is to describe, analyze, and explain the different ways of life, or cultures, through which human groups, or societies, have adapted to their environments. The task of cultural anthropology is to study the range of human societies that are found throughout the world. Only by the study of humanity in its total variety can we understand the origins and development of our species. The purpose of this course is to examine what anthropology is, what anthropologists do, and anthropologists contributions to our understanding of other cultures.

Objectives:

--To examine the beginnings of human societies
--To examine archaeological evidence of early human societies --To examine the history and methods of cultural anthropology --To examine the meaning of "culture"
--To examine the development of human societies
--To examine the relationship between personality and culture --To examine the family, power, economies, religion, language, art, and social stratification in cross cultural perspective --To serve as a springboard to more abstract thinking about society and societies --To examine samples of ethnographic writing and through them to encounter the problems and issues of ethnographic studies --To contribute to the overall education of students by developing skills in written and oral communication and the ability to do critical thinking and a taste for reading --To serve as a springboard to more interest and consideration of anthropology

Procedures

The course outline provides a schedule of reading assignments. Class discussions will be based on the assigned reading for the week listed below. The assignments should be read before the week scheduled so that participation and discussions are more meaningful. Class periods will be heavily oriented toward lecture/discussion. Lectures will both clarify difficult readings, and provide supplementary material not included in the readings. There will be a number of documentary films (with a very high substantive content) shown in class. They are an integral part of the course content, providing illustrative information. These documentaries cannot be borrowed. If you miss this important material the only way to “recover” it is through the notes or memory of other students. (This class is not HBO on Demand.) If you miss the material in class it is your responsibility to attain the information from another source. The best way to avoid missing this vital material is to attend class regularly. Simply put, it is difficult to know, understand and be familiar with material that you have neither seen nor heard. Class attendance is important for learning and of course for your grade, if you are not here, you will miss important material and it will negatively affect your performance in this class. Students who attend class and are actively engaged, learn more, earn better grades, and are better members of their university community.

Electronic devices in the Classroom

During lectures students are increasingly using laptop computers and cell phones for activities that are not class related. These devices have proven to be major distractions to me and often interfere with the learning experience of other students. For that reason no cell phones maybe out during the class period. Those students who prefer to use their laptops for note taking or who...
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