Course at a Glance
Anthropology is the study of human biological and cultural diversity, as set within rich and complex real-life contexts. As such, anthropology is holistic, studying the human condition from every possible direction, not just from one focused perspective. Within the broader discipline of anthropology, cultural anthropology focuses on cultures, comparing the broad range of human lifeways, beliefs and traditions to show both the similarities and differences inherent in the human behaviors called "culture."
This course explores the origins and diversity of human cultures, to better understand ourselves and others and to enable us to function in and contribute to an increasingly interconnected, multicultural society and world. Recent surveys of employers show job seekers need to be skilled in communication and able to work in diverse groups, making Anthropology 171 a good foundation for those pursuing careers in:
- applied social sciences
- health sciences
- and more
By the end of the course students should be able to
- Understand and use concepts like culture, diversity, ethnicity and race.
- Understand the comparative, holistic and integrative nature of anthropology.
- Use an anthropological perspective to apply critical thinking and comparative analyses to anthropological and globalization issues.
- Appreciate human cultural diversity, as well as how and why it changes over time.
- Grapple with ethical problems encountered in researching cultural issues.
Additionally, students will have a chance to sharpen their communication skills and broaden their knowledge base. For example, students will use class concepts such as institutional racism, class, caste and ethnic identity to evaluate how these concepts explain and provide solutions to recent world problems. Students will also do cross cultural analysis of other issues such as circumcision, gender issues, climate change and how these play out in recent news events.
Required Textbooks & Materials
Cultural Anthropology in a Globalizing World by Barbara Miller (3rd edition, 2011) published by Pearson (ISBN-13: 978-0205786367)
Lessons & Exams
You have 3 to 9 months from your enrollment date to complete:
- 10 Lessons
- 3 Proctored Exams
Each assignment consists of a short narrative, a chapter reading, and a number of review questions. You will be required to complete and submit the questions for each lesson. Each exam will cover seven lessons and will consist of multiple-choice, true/false, fill-in-the-blank, and essay questions.
*Course information, including tuition, technology requirements, textbooks, lessons and exams, is subject to change without notice.
• $289.42 per Credit
• Independent Study
• 3 to 9 Months to Complete