Course Abstract Details

ANTH-201, Anthropology of American Culture

Credits: 3

This is a General Education Course

Course Description

ANTH-201, Anthropology of American Culture, is the study of American culture and its social institutions utilizing an anthropological perspective and methodology. Topics include an examination of the patterns of American culture as an integrated, functional and holistic explanation of culture traits including language, arts, religion, human ecology, global connections and influence, political structure, economic patterns, technology and culture change. Particular emphasis will be given to problems of multiculturalism and diversity within the U.S. population. Content is based on the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. Prerequisite: exemption/completion ENGL-101. Three hours lecture each week. Three credits. Three billable hours. DIVERSITY/WORLD VIEW. GENERAL EDUCATION

Course Objectives and Grading Information

Course Objectives: Carroll Community College attempts, wherever possible, to incorporate the major General Education Core Competencies requirements of the college into its courses. Students should anticipate class activities which also reflect the Core Competencies, i.e., Technological Applications, Information Literacy, Oral Communications, Written Communications, Mathematics, Reading, Metacognition, Reasoning and Problem Solving, and Social and Cultural Awareness. The student will: 

1. compare and analyze different cultural groups within and between different societies over time to explain the way groups, societies and, thus, cultures , address human needs and concerns and adapt as needed to new ideas and norms (GE1, GE2, GE6, GE7, PG 1-4). 

2. analyze and explain the ways family, sexuality, ethnicity, ?race?, religion, gender, nationality, socioeconomic status and other group and cultural influences contribute to the development of a sense of identity within the context of a multi-cultural society (GE1, GE2, GE5, Ge6, Ge7, PG 1-4). 

3. visit a museum, describe its purpose and exhibits and analyze its functions to explain how and why it disseminates culture to citizens within the United States (GE1, GE2, GE4, GE7, PG 1-4). 

4. examine and evaluate how and why social institutions form, what controls and influences them, and how they influence culture, groups and individual people, within the United States and how institutions within the United States are effected by institutions of other cultures beyond the borders (GE1, GE2, GE7, PG1, PG2, PG4). 

5. analyze the social problems of multiculturalism and diversity, within the United States by demonstrating the value of cultural diversity, as well as cohesion, with and across groups, and by interpreting patterns of behavior reflecting values and attitudes that contribute or pose obstacles to cross-cultural understanding (GE1, GE2, GE3, GE4, GE6, GE7, PG 1-4). 

6. explain and apply ideas and modes of inquiry drawn from behavioral science and social theory in an analysis of the experiences of immigrants in the United States and how immigration contributes to a global outlook for all citizens (GE1, GE2, GE3, GE4, GE6, GE7, PG 1-4). 

7. examine and explain how the physical landscape can influence cultural patterns by comparing and analyzing the regional cultural differences within the United States including concepts of time and space (GE1, GE2, PG 1-4).

Learning Goals

The abbreviations in parentheses represent Learning Goals which have been identified for this course and program of study:

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