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ANT 205 - Traditional Cultures of the World

3 credit hours - Three hours weekly; one term.
Learn about culture as expressed by a cross-section of world traditional cultures. Using a cross-cultural perspective, review contemporary and historical case material from specific traditional cultures in detail, comparing the lifestyles of each group. Lectures cover hunters and gatherers, tribes, chiefdoms and pre-industrial groups from diverse parts of the earth.

Prerequisite(s): SOC 111  or SOC 121  or ANT 121  or permission of department chair.

Crosslisted: Also offered as SOC 205 ; credit is not given for both ANT 205 and SOC 205 .

Course Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Apply an ethnological (scientific) approach to the understanding of human behavior in cross cultural settings
    • Distinguish between and among ethnological and other biological, psychological, sociological and anthropological perspectives
    • Identify and discuss the four fields of anthropology and how archaeological, linguistic and physical anthropological, in addition to ethnological studies, impact on ethnography
    • Apply the fundamental ethnological perspectives to daily sociocultural life
    • Compare and contrast diverse ethnographic case histories
  • Evaluate the methodology, results and conclusions of ethnographic research
    • Describe quantitative and qualitative research designs and strategies of data collection in the field
    • Evaluate the quantitative and qualitative research designs in the analysis of daily cultural life in addition to the seasonal round
    • Demonstrate the fundamental quantitative and qualitative analysis strategies
    • Compare and contrast data presented in a cross section of monographs
    • Communicate an understanding of independent literature review
  • Explain the social structure and social interaction in an institutional framework within a cross-section of diverse ethnic peoples
    • Determine family, political, economic, religious and educational structures of diverse social entities in cross-cultural perspective
    • Compare and contrast similarities and differences among and between diverse human social institutions
    • Apply institutional structure to a sample of world’s indigenous cultures
    • Characterize government to government interaction in a social change context within diverse indigenous groups
    • Communicate familial, religious, economic, political and educational, structural and functional interaction patterns within four indigenous groups in as many continents
  • Discuss adaptive cultural mechanisms necessary for survival and subsistence in cross-cultural context
    • Describe the culture area ethnographic approach to human adaptation
    • Analyze samples of subsistence patterns from diverse geographical regions
    • Compare and contrast similarities and differences between and among hunters and gatherers, horticulturalists, pastoralists and agriculturalists
    • Utilize the recognition of environmental limitations of human adaptation in a cross-cultural context
    • Demonstrate awareness of world culture areas
  • Apply ethnographic principles and skills to participant observation in the field, for logical, rational problem-solving
    • Employ ethnographic understanding and ethnological perspective to investigate daily life and life cycle activities in a cross-cultural setting
    • Integrate and apply ethnological perspective and ethnographic skills into further understanding of daily life, seasonal round and life-cycle activities in a cross cultural setting
    • Explain the added value of participant observation techniques in the analysis of diverse ethnic communities, from cross-sectional and longitudinal perspective
    • Compare and contrast ethnographic understanding with four-fields perspectives, in addition to biological, psychological and sociological perspectives
  • Apply ethnological principles to the understanding of cultural change
    • Employ various biological, psychological, sociological and anthropological theoretical paradigms utilized in understanding culture change
    • Utilize ethnological principles in understanding vanishing societies
    • Explore economic and political dominance of core society’s role in human and environmental exploitation
    • Compare and contrast past and present diverse ethnic peoples regarding cultural change
    • Explain the biological, psychological, sociological and anthropological perspectives in understanding cultural change
    • Indicate the social impact of cultural change regarding human interaction
  • Explain the nature of culture and society
    • Describe the process of enculturation
    • Ascertain the nature of the enculturation processes within lineage, clan, phratry and moiety
    • Assess the impact of the enculturation process on ethnically diverse human social outcomes
    • Apply various adaptive participant observation models to the understanding of the interaction between society and culture
    • Appraise the components of culture and society
    • Distinguish between the components culture and society to understand human behavior
  • Interpret the nature of social institutions and their impact as adaptive mechanisms within specific cultural settings
    • Explain institutional adaptive behavior
    • Summarize functions of family, religion, education, economy and government in ethnically diverse communities
    • Describe various institutional structures in cross-cultural context
    • Demonstrate understanding of the vanishing nature of bands, tribes and chiefdoms
    • Discuss state control
    • Understand mono-culture
Core Competencies
Core 1 Communication Core 6 Scientific Reasoning Core 8 Social and Civic Responsibility Core 9 Global Perspective Core 10 Innovative and Critical Thinking