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Areas of Study | | ANTH103 syllabus

COURSE TITLE:Anthropology
DIVISION:Liberal Arts
IAI CODE(S): S1 900N
DELIVERY MODE: One online section offered Fall semester only

Introduction to the nature of the human race, its development and relationship to the physical and social environment today and in the past; a 4 fields survey of the universal and variable elements in biological and cultural anthropology, archaeology, and linguistics.

Place into ENGL101.


From this course three primary outcomes will be anticipated:
1. Students will demonstrate a basic understanding of the methods, theories, and applications that comprise the field of anthropology, along with a sense of the value of anthropology to interpreting the dynamic world we live in. This will be done through readings and assessing textual and visual course-specific content. Students will be expected to demonstrate their evolving understanding through essay writing, and quizzes and exams.
2. Students will demonstrate a richer understanding and appreciation of where we came from, and the diversity of human cultures and peoples, past and present. This will be expressed through the written assessment and in-class discussion opportunities.
3. Course work will require the development of written and analytical skills as demonstrated through the written evaluation of multimedia source materials.
Week One: Introduction; Cultures
Week Two: Applied anthropology; An introduction to physical anthropology and archaeology
Week Three: Evolution and genetics
Week Four: Human variation and adaptation; The Primates
Week Five: Early hominins
Week Six: The Genus Homo
Week Seven: Domestication and the first farmers
Week Eight: Early Cities and States
Week Nine: Cultural anthropology; Language and communication
Week Ten: Ethnicity and race; Making a living
Week Eleven: Political systems; Gender
Weeks Twelve and Thirteen: Families, kinship, and descent; Marriage
Weeks Fourteen and Fifteen: Religion; Art, media, and sports
Week Sixteen: The world system and colonialism; Global issues today
Kottak, Conrad, Anthropology, Boston: McGraw-Hill, 14th edition, 2011.
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Exams (30%) Two exams are given during the semester: a mid-semester exam covering biological and archaeological anthropology; and a final exam covering linguistic and cultural anthropology. Each exam is worth 15% and comprises a combination of multiple-choice, matching, short answer, and essay questions. The exams test knowledge of course material from the textbook, assigned readings, and additional course material presented during the semester.

Quizzes 15% Six quizzes are given during the semester, composed of multiple-choice questions, and each is worth 3% of the final grade. They assess the knowledge of course material and provide review for the exams. The top five are used in calculating the final grade.

Book Review 15% The book review is based on a book selected from an approved list of anthropology-related books. The student will demonstrate knowledge gained from the class by critically evaluating the book. The review is expected to be about five pages in length, clearly written in a style that accurately represents the content of the book, provides a critical evaluation of the work, and represent the student's own views.

Written Assignments 35% Each of the eight written assignment (at a length of 300-400 words) complement the readings from the textbook. They involve reading and interpreting a webpage, article or online content, and answering specific questions related to this content. Each assignment is worth 5% of the final grade and the top seven assignments are used toward the final grade.

Class Discussions 5% Class participation during the semester is important to bring students together in the online environment to simulate in-class discussion. The participation grade is based on reacting to course-related discussion topics through the online environment.

450-500 (90%) A
400-449 (80%) B
350-399 (70%) C
300-349 (60%) D
299 or below  F

REQUIRED WRITING AND READING:This course requires approximately 40 pages of reading per week. A minimum of 30 pages of college level writing is required in this course. Writing assignments include papers of various lengths, essay exams, and various projects as deemed appropriate by the instructor.

Membership in the DACC community brings both rights and responsibility. As a student at DACC, you are expected to exhibit conduct compatible with the educational mission of the College. Academic dishonesty, including but not limited to, cheating and plagiarism, is not tolerated. A DACC student is also required to abide by the acceptable use policies of copyright and peer-to-peer file sharing. It is the student’s responsibility to become familiar with and adhere to the Student Code of Conduct as contained in the DACC Student Handbook. The Student Handbook is available in the Information Office in Vermilion Hall and online at:

Any student who feels s/he may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact the Testing & Academic Services Center at 217-443-8708 (TTY 217-443-8701) or stop by Cannon Hall Room 103. Please speak with your instructor privately to discuss your specific accommodation needs in this course.

Fall 2012

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