Anth. 102  Cultural Anthropology

Ticket 1632  Spring  2014

Instructor:  Brad Rettele

Classroom: OC3101

Class Hours:  Tuesday 6:30-9:25 p.m.

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Cultural Anthropology is the study of humanity from a social perspective.  Central to these studies is the culture concept, but also includes studies of economics, religion, language, family structure, gender and gender relationships, political structure, globalization, and war, to name just a few.  Cultural Anthropology provides us with a way to understand the similarities and differences amongst cultures, the ways that cultural phenomena contribute to a society’s success and failure, the results of cultural collision, and models of society. 

A student in this class should endeavor to always keep an open, analytical mind, and be willing to question what they believe they know about themselves and others.  Students will get the most out of this class if they are willing to contribute their own knowledge and experiences to help our understanding of our own culture, and others. 

Course Student Learning Objectives:

1.Examine the concept of culture from an anthropological perspective. 

2.Explore methods of research in anthropology.

3.Analyze potential causes and consequences of cultural variation.

Required Textbooks

Annual Editions Anthropology 13/14 (Using an earlier edition of this book is fine.)

ISBN 9780078051319


Mirror for Humanity 8th edition (Using an earlier edition of this book is fine.)

Author: Kottak

ISBN 9780078034909


The World Until Yesterday (TWUY)

Author: Jared Diamond

ISBN: 9780670024810


Course Requirements, Grading Standards and Criteria

Annual Editions Exercises (11):5 pts. each/55 pts. total

Video Worksheets (9):5 pts. each/45 pts. Total

The World Until Yesterday Chapter Analyses (10):50 pts.

Quizzes (two):45 pts. each/90 pts. total

Midterm:90 pts.

Final Exam:90 pts.

Book Analysis:80 pts.

Total Points:           500

Grading Scale:

450-500 points-A

400-449 points-B

350-399 points-C

300-349 points-D

0-299     points-F

Student Grade Tracker

Annual Editions Ex.: 1__ 2__ 3__ 4__ 5__ 6__ 7__ 8__ 9__ 10__ 11__ Total ___/55

Video Worksheets: 1__ 2__ 3 __ 4__ 5__ 6__ 7__   8__ 9__Total ___/45

TWUYChap. Analyses: 1__ 2__ 3__ 4__ 5__ 6__ 7__ 8__ 9__ 10__Total ___/50

Quiz One: ____Total ___/45

Midterm: ____Total ___/90

Quiz Two: ____Total ___/45

Total ___/330

Course Outline/Schedule

(Note:  Assigned readings are to be completed by the day in which they are covered.)

1/14What is Anthropology?Chap. 1

Doing AnthropologyChap. 2

1/21CultureChap. 3

A.E. Ex. One: Doing Fieldwork among the Yanomamo Due

1/28Ethnicity and RaceChap. 11

A.E. Ex. Two: Body Ritual Among the Nacirema Due


2/4Language and CommunicationChap. 4

A.E. Ex. Three: When Cousins Do More than Kiss Due

A.E. Ex. Four: Last of Their Kind Due

TWUY: Chapter 10 Analysis Due


Making a LivingChap. 5

218Making a LivingChap. 5

A.E. Ex. Five: Eating Christmas in the Kalihari Due

TWUY: Chapter 1 Analysis Due

TWUY: Chapter 2 Analysis Due

2/25Political SystemsChap. 6

A.E. Ex. Six: Ties That Bind Due

A.E. Ex. Six: Too Many Bananas, Not Enough Pineapples…Due

TWUY: Chapters 3,4 Analysis Due



3/18Families, Kinship, and MarriageChap. 7

A.E. Ex.  Seven: When Brothers Share a Wife Due

A.E. Ex.  Seven: Arranging a Marriage in India Due

TWUY: Chapter 5 Analysis Due

3/25GenderChap. 8

A.E. Ex. Eight: The Berdache Tradition Due

A.E. Ex. Eight: Missing Girls Due

TWUY: Chapter 6 Analysis Due

4/1ReligionChap. 9

A.E. Ex. Nine: Shamanisms: Past and Present Due

A.E. Ex. Nine: The Secrets of Haiti’s Living Dead Due

TWUY: Chapter 9 Analysis Due


The World System and ColonialismChap. 10

4/15The World System and ColonialismChap. 10

A.E. Ex. Ten: Why Can’t People Feed Themselves? Due

TWUY: Chapter 7 Analysis Due

4/22The World System and ColonialismChap. 10

A.E. Ex. Eleven:  Being Indigenous in the 21st Century Due

TWUY: Chapter 8 Analysis Due

TWUY: Chapter 11 Analysis Due

4/29The World System and ColonialismChap. 10

TWUY: Chapter 11 Analysis Due



Class Policies

Attendance and Participation:  Students are expected to attend lectures, keep up with the assigned readings, and participate in classroom discussions and activities.

Punctuality:  Get to class on time.  Arriving late is disruptive to the entire class.

Cell Phones:  Turn them off.  Do not text message in class.  Keep your phone in your bag or pocket during quizzes and tests. DO NOT TEXT MESSAGE IN CLASS

Plagiarism:  The use of someone else’s work is a major infraction of the Mira Costa College Academic Honor Code.  Plagiarized work will be given a failing grade.

Cheating:  You will receive an ‘F’ grade on any quizzes, tests, or assignments that you are caught cheating on. 

Absence/Drop Policy:  It is the student’s responsibility to withdraw officially from a course.  However, because of enrollment demand a student will be dropped by the instructor when not appearing at the first class meeting.  A student may also be dropped for excessive absences when the total hours of absence exceed 10% of the total scheduled hours of the class.

Make-Up Exams/Assignments:  Missed exams or other assignments cannot be made-up.  Annual Editions exercises are due the first ten minutes of class.  After this time they will be considered late.  Annual Editions exercises can be turned in one class meeting late for reduced credit.

Student Concerns:  Please feel-free to contact or speak with me if you are having any difficulties or concerns with the course, materials, concepts, or any other pertinent issues you may have.

Extra-Credit:  Opportunities for extra credit may be offered during the semester and will be announced.

Accommodations for Disabilities: Students with verifiable disabilities who want to request accommodations are responsible for notifying their instructor and Disabled Students Programs and Services as early as possible to make appropriate arrangements.

Student Rights and Responsibilities:  Please refer to the “students rights and responsibilities” section of your student handbook or college catalogue and refer to your school’s code of student conduct.

Note:  Each student is expected to stay up to date with all readings and assignments.  If you do not understand something, please feel free to speak with me.  Points will be deducted from late assignments, make-up exams will be given only in the most extraordinary of circumstances and will receive point deductions.

DISABILITY ACCOMMODATIONS:  Students with disabilities, whether physical, learning, or
psychological, who believe that they may need accommodations in this
class, are encouraged to contact Disabled Students Programs & Services
as soon as possible to ensure that such accommodations are implemented
in a timely manner. Their phone number is 795-6658 and they are
located in Building 3000-Student Services, Room 3009, adjacent to
Parking lot 3C.

Cultural Anthropology Book Analysis Instructions:

Assignment: A 6-8 page (12 point, Times New Roman font, double-spaced) research analysis of The World Until Yesterday (Author: Jared Diamond).

The focus of your paper should be analysis of the assigned book (The World Until Yesterday) rather than a report.  The main difference between a report and analysis is the differing emphasis on the narrative of the book; what happened in the book.  In reports, students typically reiterate the narrative of the book.  In this analysis I expect you to apply concepts from book that are applicable to the central questions presented to you, and sections of the book that apply to the course material. 

Central Questions:  What can we learn from traditional societies? What are the advantages of living in a WEIRD society?

Requirements and Details: 

The author’s exact words must be placed within quotation marks, or set off from the text by indentation and single spacing. A citation must be placed near the beginning or at the end of the quotation, so that it is clear from where that quote was derived.

Note: when you put somebody’s words inside quotation marks, be sure to quote exactly—spelling, grammatical errors—everything must be just as it is in the original.

Do not plagiarize from any source.  Any occasions of plagiarism will result in an F grade on the research paper.

You may use any writing style with which you are familiar (M.L.A., A.P.A.), but be consistent in using that style.

Questions, problems, don’t where to start, research, or how to cite sources? 

Come see me in my office hours before class or stay after class to talk to me.  I’m glad to help you out with your questions.  In fact, it’s my job. 

**Turn in both a printed copy of your paper (on the due date) and submit a copy as a Microsoft Word attachment to my email address.  Submit this attachment via email as: Your Name Research Project Submission.