Demonstrate basic understanding of key concepts in anthropology, including: culture, cultural relativism, and ethnographic research;
Identify the four fields of anthropology, major anthropologists and their major findings;
Discuss and apply anthropological perspectives on race, ethnicity, gender, kinship, environment, political organization, religion, and globalization in a variety of socio-cultural contexts;
Express critical thinking skills by examining some of the cultural assumptions we consider “normal” when we compare our ideas and practices to other groups of people.
- A reliable Internet connection
- Regular access to a laptop or desktop computer with an updated operating system and web browser
- Anti-virus software
- Adobe Acrobat Reader (Download Here)
- Microsoft PowerPoint
- Microsoft Word or similar word processor
- Required Browser Check for Blackboard Learn (our online learning platform)
- review the Getting Started information located in the course content;
- introduce yourself to the class during the first week in the Discussion Board;
- take the Practice Quiz to ensure that your computer is compatible with Blackboard software;
- pass the Syllabus Test with 100% and sign the Ethics Agreement in order to access the course content;
- interact online with instructor(s) and peers;
- review and follow the course calendar;
- log in to the course at least 3 times per week;
- produce essays and a Career Profile presentation;
- take bi-weekly quizzes and a final examination;
- engage in discussion forums by posting one commentary and responses;
- respond to discussion boards within 2 days;
- respond to Blackboard messages within 2 days; and
- submit assignments by the corresponding deadlines.
- log in to the course 7 times per week;
- respond to discussion boards, blogs and/or journal postings within 3 days;
- respond to Blackboard messages within 3 days; and
- grade assignments within 7 days of the assignment deadline.
In the Course Issues forum, you and the instructor can post any course issues, such as clarification of instructions, problems, issues, or interesting ways to use Blackboard. Students, please help one another by answering questions or issues when they are posted.
In the Open Discussion forum, you and the instructor can post interesting ideas you may have related to the course. This is an open discussion facilitating back and forth dialog. Something in the news related to the course? Find an interesting web site? How about your insights connecting things learned in the course, or new ways to implement anthropological concepts. Is there a campus/community event, TV program, or special place to see? This Forum is to liven up the course and facilitate interactions. (This forum is not for course points or a grade).
- The first will be the afternoon of Thursday, January 12 from 4 pm - 5 pm, ET
- The second meeting will be on Thursday, January 19 from 4 pm - 5 pm, ET.
- Disable any window pop-up blocker.
- Adobe Flash Player is required to successfully run your Adobe Connect meeting. You can test your computer to make sure your computer and network connections are properly configured to provide you with the best possible Adobe Connect meeting experience.
- Use of a combination headset and microphone with USB connection is recommended to ensure quality sound and reduce technical difficulties.
- Discussion topics will be available on Monday at 6:00 am, ET
- Post at least one commentary of 130-150 words by Wednesday at 11:59 pm, ET
- Post at least one response of 90-100 words by Sunday at 11:59 pm, ET
- Commentaries and responses posted after the deadline receive no points.
- Syllabus Test
- Self-introduction to the class
- Selection of first article using the library
- Course Feedback Survey
- Student/Teacher Evaluation
- Microsoft Word, double space using 1-inch top, bottom and side margins
- Times New Roman, 12-point font.
- Do not use footnotes.
- Do not use a separate cover page.
- Place topic of paper, student name,and date single-spaced on top of the first page.
- Name should appear on the top right of each page.
- Bottom center page numbers.
- Single-space the "References Cited" section which immediately follows the text.
- Library Home. Introduces the web page purpose, layout and lesson tabs.
- Library Lesson 1: Become Familiar with the Library. Learn to use the FIU electronic library to locate and access
books and journals.
- Library Lesson 2: Database Comparison. Learn to use the FIU electronic library to locate and access Anthropology publications using the databases AnthroSource and Anthropology Plus.
- Library Lesson 3: Human Organization. Shows how to locate and select article in the publication Human Organization.
- Library Lesson 4: Search Anthropology Publications. Illustrates the steps to locate articles on applied anthropology career topic from the Annals of Practicing Anthropology.
- Citation Help. Presents the American Anthropologist (AA) style of citations.
- Culture, Chapter 1: What is Anthropology?
- Exercise 1: Self Introduction in the Discussion Board due Sunday
- Discussion 1: Commentary due Wednesday; Response due Sunday
- Professor Meeting: via Adobe Connect on Thursday, Jan. 12 from 4 pm - 5 pm, ET
- Exercise 2: Syllabus Test: available Wednesday at 6 am; due Sunday.
Must score 100% correct to proceed in course.
- Culture, Chapter 2: Culture
- Article 1: Rapchan, E. S. 2011 "Culture: What can Anthropologists and Chimpanzees Teach Us?" Anthropologie 49 (1): 1-12.
- Library Lesson 1: Become Familiar with the Library
- Professor Meeting: via Adobe Connect on Thursday, Jan. 19 from 4 pm - 5 pm, ET
- Quiz 1: covers content from weeks 1-2; available Friday at 6 am, due Sunday
- Culture, Chapter 3: Doing Anthropology
- Article 2: Young, Michael W. 2015 What Did Malinowski Eat in Papua?
Anthropology Now 7(2):37-46.
- Article 3: Carson, Alexander. 2013 Informing Consent: Ethics and Immigrant Studies. Practicing Anthropology 35(4):46-48.
- Library Lesson 2: Compare Anthropology Library Databases
- Library Lesson 3: Search Anthropology Publications
- Exercise 3: Article Selection Forum; post by Wednesday
- Discussion 2: Commentary due Wednesday; Response due Sunday
- Ethics Agreement: must be completed to proceed in the course.
- Culture, Chapter 12: Applying Anthropology
- Article 4: Cook, Samuel, and Thomas Klatka. 2010 "Whose Blood, Sweat, and Tears": Reclaiming African History and Collaborative Anthropology in Virginia's New River Valley. Practicing Anthropology 32(4):35-39.
- Article 5: Schill, Beth. 2014 Forays of an Anthropologist in Management Consulting: How Anthropology Brings Needed Diversity of Thought to Companies and Clients. Practicing Anthropology 36(2):41-46.
- Quiz 2: covers content from weeks 3-4; available Friday at 6 am, due Sunday
- Culture: Chapter 4 – Language and Communication
- Article 6: Johnson, Amy. 2015 Twitter and Public Scholarship. Anthropology Now 7(1):70-79.
- Essay 1: Human Organization Article; due Wednesday, Feb. 8 in Blackboard Turnitin dropbox
- Exercise 4: Course Feedback Survey due Sunday
- Discussion 3: Commentary due Wednesday; Response due Sunday
- Culture: Chapter 5 - Making a Living
- Article 7: Daughters, Anton. 2015 Solidarity and Resistance on the Island of Llingua. Anthropology Now 7(1):1-10.
- Library Lesson 4: Search Anthropology Publications. Locate publication on applied anthropology career topic from Human Organization or Annals of Practicing Anthropology.
- Quiz 3: covers content from weeks 5-6; available Friday at 6 am, due Sunday
- Culture: Chapter 6 – Political Systems
- Article 8: Young, Brian. 2015 Living with the Brokpa: Economic, Political and Social Change in Bhutan. Anthropology Now 7(2):98-105.
- Discussion 4: Commentary due Wednesday; Response due Sunday
- Culture: Chapter 7 – Families, Kinship and Marriage
- Article 9: Lykes, M., Erin McDonald, and Cesar Boc. 2012 The Post-Deportation Human Rights Project: Participatory Action Research with Maya Transnational Families. Practicing Anthropology 34(1):22-26.
- Essay 2: Second Applied Anthropology Article; due Wednesday, Mar. 1 in Blackboard Turnitin dropbox. No instructor approval needed for article selection.
- Quiz 4: covers content from weeks 7-8; available Friday at 6 am, due Sunday
- Culture: Chapter 8 - Gender
- Article 10: Brondo, Keri, Natalie Bown, and Laura Woods. 2011 Protecting Garifuna Territory for Whom? Gender, Power, and Ecotourism in the Cayos Cochinos Marine Protected Area. Practicing Anthropology 33(4):12-18.
- Discussion 5: Commentary due Wednesday; Response due Sunday
- Culture: Chapter 9 - Religion
- Article 11: Miner, Horace. 1956 Body Ritual among the Nacirema. American Anthropologist, 58: 503–507.
- Article 12: Wiedman, Dennis. 2012 Upholding Indigenous Freedoms of Religion and Medicine: Peyotists at the 1906-1908 Oklahoma Constitutional Convention and First Legislature. American Indian Quarterly 36(2):215-246.
- Quiz 5: covers content from weeks 9 and 11; available Friday at 6 am, due Sunday
- Culture: Chapter 10 – World System and Colonialism
- Article 13: Doane, Molly. 2011 Orphans in the Global System. Anthropology Now 3(2):17-27.
- Discussion 6: Commentary due Wednesday; Response due Sunday
- Culture: Chapter 11 – Ethnicity and Race
- Article 14: Montoya, Michael. 2012 Teaching Medical Students about Race. Anthropology Now 4(3):1-6.
- Career Profile Presentation: due Wednesday, Apr. 5 in Blackboard Turnitin dropbox
- Extra Credit: all recommended extra credit items are due Wednesday, Apr. 5
- Quiz 6: covers content from weeks 12 and 13; available Friday at 6 am, due Sunday
- Culture: Chapter 13 – Anthropology’s Role in a Globalizing World
- Article 15: Wiedman, Dennis. 2014 Chronicities of Modernity and the Contained Body as an Explanation for the Global Pandemic of Obesity, Diabetes and the Metabolic Syndrome. In Controversies in Obesity. David Haslam., Arya M. Sharma; and Carel W. le Roux, Eds. Springer Publishing Company.
- Career Profile Comments: due Wednesday
- Exercise 5: Student-Teacher Evaluation due Friday (administered by University; submit certificate)
- Discussion 7: Commentary due Wednesday; Response due Sunday
- Discussion Forum -Extra Credit: due Friday
- Prepare for Final Exam. The exam is cumulative of the entire course, including all readings, presentations, web materials and exercises. Greater emphasis on course materials since Quiz 2. Reserve two hours for this exam.
- Final Exam: available Friday, Apr. 21 at 6 am until Sunday, Apr. 23 at 11:59 pm, ET
Course Description and Purpose
In this introduction to Cultural Anthropology, we explore a variety of concepts and theories that help us to understand culture as the similarities, differences, connections and disconnections between people, places and their environment that shape societies and world communities (including our own). We also learn about the field of Anthropology, including the type of research anthropologists’ conduct, as well as the methods and ethics of their research. The purpose of this course is to engage students in critically thinking about diverse and global cultures, human rights and how anthropologists’ apply ethical research methods.
Major & Curriculum Objectives Targeted
For those who are pursuing the anthropology track for the BA in Anthropology/Sociology, this is a required course.
This is a Global Learning Foundations course that counts toward your Global Learning graduation requirement.
For this course, all of the materials and discussions will be conducted online using Blackboard Learn. Course content is based on textbook readings, PowerPoint presentations, discussion forums, web content and FIU electronic library sources. Rather than lectures, this course uses web content, primarily internet videos, to immerse the student in the primary concepts presented in the textbook and weekly readings. Videos range from a few minutes to an hour in length, from classic ethnographic films and current news, to short student YouTube videos.
Where traditional on-campus courses are three hours per week, this online course contains about two hours of web content. Exercises take students through the specific learning objectives and discussion forums enabling students to critically evaluate and communicate the information. Two individual essays and a Career Profile promote critical inquiry and an understanding of how anthropology can be used to solve human problems. Six quizzes and the final exam evaluate the student's overall comprehension.
Please review the FIU's Policies webpage. The policies webpage contains essential information regarding guidelines relevant to all courses at FIU, as well as additional information about acceptable netiquette for online courses.
Make-up quizzes and final exam will be given only to those students who present a written document from a physician, the FIU Clinic or comparable legitimate source. Make-ups may be different than the original format.
Technical Requirements & Skills
One of the greatest barriers to taking an online course is a lack of basic computer literacy. By computer literacy we mean being able to manage and organize computer files efficiently, and learning to use your computer's operating system and software quickly and easily. Keep in mind that this is not a computer literacy course; but students enrolled in online courses are expected to have moderate proficiency using a computer. Please go to the "What's Required" webpage to find out more information on this subject.
Technical course requirements include the following:
This course utilizes the following tools:
Please visit our Technical Requirements webpage for additional information.
If you encounter any technical problems while submitting an assignment or assessment, it is your responsibility to contact FIU Online Support Services immediately and take note of your case number for future reference. The phone number is 305-348-3630.
Accessibility And Accommodation
Academic Misconduct Statement
Florida International University is a community dedicated to generating and imparting knowledge through excellent teaching and research, the rigorous and respectful exchange of ideas and community service. All students should respect the right of others to have an equitable opportunity to learn and honestly to demonstrate the quality of their learning. Therefore, all students are expected to adhere to a standard of academic conduct, which demonstrates respect for themselves, their fellow students, and the educational mission of the University. All students are deemed by the University to understand that if they are found responsible for academic misconduct, they will be subject to the Academic Misconduct procedures and sanctions, as outlined in the Student Handbook.
Academic Misconduct includes: Cheating – The unauthorized use of books, notes, aids, electronic sources; or assistance from another person with respect to examinations, course assignments, field service reports, class recitations; or the unauthorized possession of examination papers or course materials, whether originally authorized or not. Plagiarism – The use and appropriation of another’s work without any indication of the source and the representation of such work as the student’s own. Any student who fails to give credit for ideas, expressions or materials taken from another source, including internet sources, is responsible for plagiarism.
You will be required to electronically sign an Ethics Agreement during one of the first few weeks of class in order to proceed with the course.
Other required readings will be selected articles, available on Blackboard or through the FIU library.
Expectations of this Course
This is an online course, which means most (if not all) of the course work will be conducted online. Expectations for performance in an online course are the same for a traditional course. In fact, online courses require a degree of self-motivation, self-discipline, and technology skills which can make these courses more demanding for some students.
As a student in this course, you are expected to:
I, the instructor, will:
Below is a summary of the primary methods to communicate in the class within Blackboard.
Announcements. Used when I need to communicate something to the whole class. It is important to read announcements as soon as they are posted.
Messages. Blackboard messages is the best method to communicate with me privately. Do not use regular email. Only students enrolled in the course, the instructors, and Blackboard technical support can view messages and discussions. Users must log on to the Blackboard system to send/receive/read messages. There are no notifications in Blackboard to inform users when a new message has been received; therefore it is recommended that you check your messages routinely to ensure up-to-date communication.
Discussion Forums. Be sure to regularly check the Course Issues and Open Discussion forums in the Discussion Board.
Visit our Writing Resources webpage for more information on professional writing and technical communication skills.
Professor Meetings Using Adobe Connect
Adobe Connect is an online meeting room where you can interact with your professor and fellow students by sharing screens, sharing files, chatting, broadcasting live audio, and taking part in other interactive online activities.
Professor meetings will take place at scheduled times only during the first two weeks:
Thereafter, meetings can be scheduled when there is student interest. Attendance is not required. Individual students can email the professor or teaching assistant at any time to make an appointment to talk about their concerns.
Requirements for using Adobe Connect:
Reference Adobe Connect (Tutorials & Help) to learn about the tool, how to access your meeting rooms and recordings.
Class discussions demonstrate your interest in the course, understanding of the materials, as well as critical thinking and verbal skills. You are required to participate in bi-weekly discussion forums based on readings, videos, and other online materials. The objective of these discussions is to provide the opportunity to present your perspectives on important topics and to ask questions. In this way, you are further immersed and engaged in the course materials and objectives.
Active, courteous and informed participation is highly desired. Keep in mind that forum discussions are open to everyone in the course. Care should be taken not to reveal sensitive personal information when posting.
In the discussion forum, you will be expected to contribute one (1) thoughtful "Commentary," and post at least one (1) "Response" to another student's Commentary.
Your Commentary must focus specifically on one of the weekly questions. Commentaries reflect on the topics drawn from your understanding of the course materials, your personal experiences and what you found interesting or surprising.
Responses to other student posts must provide an alternative perspective, a clarification, additional information, etc. Highest points are earned for multiple responses that add to the dialog and generate other student dialogs. Demonstrate that you read and viewed the required materials by citing the source page, PowerPoint slide, video title, etc.
To receive any points, you must directly refer to course materials, readings, presentations or videos. Additional information from other sources is highly valued. Multiple responses back and forth among students on critical issues are also highly desirable.
Forums are led and graded by the teaching assistant within one week after the discussion deadline. Discussion entries will be evaluated for thoughtfulness and evidence that you are engaging the course materials. A scoring rubric provides details on how weekly discussions are assessed and scored. Discussion forums are graded within one week.
NOTE: These discussions must NOT be used for the transmission of personal messages from a student to another, or from a student to the professor. For personal communications, use Blackboard Messages.
The quizzes and the final exam are primarily multiple choice, true/false, and matching-type questions.
Make-up quizzes and final exam will be given only to those students who present a written document from a physician, the FIU Clinic or comparable legitimate source. Make-ups may be different than the original format.
This test in the first week of the class is to ensure that you read and understand the course requirements and schedule. It also addresses common inquiries that you may have in the first weeks of the semester. You must pass the Syllabus Test with 100% in order to proceed in the course. Those who complete this test after 11:59 PM on Sunday night do not receive the one exercise point.
Six (6) quizzes cover material from the weekly readings, presentations, web materials and exercises. The quizzes will have 30-35 questions. They will be available from Friday at 6:00 am to Sunday at 11:59 pm, ET. Students will have 45 minutes to complete the quiz. Scores will be posted within a week.
The final exam is cumulative of the entire course including all readings, presentations, web materials and exercises. Reserve two hours for the exam that will be available from the morning of Friday, April 21 at 6:00 am to Sunday, April 23 at 11:59 pm, ET.
Use of Respondus LockDown Browser is mandatory. In order to mitigate any issues with your computer and online assessments, it is very important that you take the "Practice Quiz" from each computer you will be using to take your graded quizzes and exams. It is your responsibility to make sure your computer meets the minimum hardware requirements.
Assessments in this course are not compatible with mobile devices and should not be taken through a mobile phone or a tablet. If you need further assistance please contact FIU Online Support Services.
Two (2) individual essays and a career profile presentation build upon one another in a complimentary and integrated way, guiding you through the steps to do library research and report writing. You will demonstrate how anthropology concepts and methods are used to identify, assess and solve contemporary human problems while investigating the array of anthropology career opportunities.
Two essays will display your knowledge of anthropology and skills in critical analysis and writing. Each essay will require the formal writing of 250 to 500 words of narrative text followed by a References Cited section. The main question to be addressed is as follows: How does the author use anthropology concepts and methods to address a human problem or issue? The first essay must be based on one article published in the journal "Human Organization," and the second essay in the same career area must be based on an article published in the "Annals of Anthropological Practice" or "Human Organization."
Accessed through the FIU electronic library, you will select articles of interest published within the past seven years. The full citation of your first article selection must be posted in the Discussion Board and approved by the instructor. Your second article selection does not need to be posted or approved. More detailed instructions and an outline will be available in Blackboard.
Please note that this course requires the use of Turnitin to submit your assignments. Be sure to review the detailed Turnitin Instructions on how to submit your assignments and how to review the Grademark comments (feedback) from your professor.
Career Profile Presentation
Combining information from the two essays and additional information about the career area, you will produce a PowerPoint slide presentation. Comparing the articles analyzed in the individual essays, what are the commonalities in concepts and methodological approaches of anthropologists working in this career area? Additionally, what training is necessary and what professional organizations that support this employment sector?
The presentation should be of a length that is presentable in ten minutes. Instructor-selected presentations will be posted for viewing and comments by all the class members. Detailed instructions and an outline will be available in Blackboard: Course Materials. You must complete the two essays and Career Presentation to pass the course.
Each learning activity below is worth 1 point, for a total of 5 points:
Style And Format
All written assignments must be in the format and style used by the American Anthropologist Association. Style guidelines are available in Blackboard, "Writing Papers in the Style of the American Anthropologist."
These inform you of course essay assignments and provide ways to learn more about anthropology. Four lessons contained in a web page designed for this course by the online librarian Sarah Hamill guide you through the use of the FIU library to locate anthropology books, journals, databases and AA citation style: ANT2000 Library Page.
Opportunities to earn extra credit will be made available during the semester. The following is a way to earn extra credit points.
Recommend an Internet video or item that could be used within one of the weekly lessons. Justify your selection with a narrative why it is of value for students to view, and how it specifically contributes to a better understanding of the learning objectives for that lesson. What makes this interesting? Are you recommending that it replace a current web content item, or would it add a topic not yet covered? Include the web address, title of the video, and viewing minutes. Other students will have the opportunity to comment on them. These are accepted any time during the semester up to Wednesday, April 5 at 11:59 pm, ET.
You can earn up to 5 extra points for all of your recommendations, usually ONE point for each video recommended.
Final grades are not negotiable. Letter grades are assigned based on the points earned.
|Course Requirements||Number of Items||Points for Each||Total Points|
|Career Profile and Presentation||1||8||8|
|Letter||Range (%)||Letter||Range (%)||Letter||Range (%)|
|A||95 - 100||B||83 - 86||C||70 - 76|
|A-||90 - 94||B-||80 - 82||D||60 - 69|
|B+||87 - 89||C+||77 - 79||F||0 - 59|
In Course Content by Week there are modules containing the learning objectives followed by the required learning materials including presentations, web content videos, and web pages. All the content of these should be reviewed during their scheduled dates. The below is a quick reference guide to when lessons, activities, quizzes, exercises and meetings are scheduled or due.
You are expected to log into the course at least 3 times per week to review weekly content. Be sure to check the Course Issues and Open Discussion forums in the Discussion Board.
All activities are due at 11:59 pm, ET on their respective due dates, except for live professor meetings scheduled.
|Module 1: Anthropology, Culture and Methodology|
Presentation: Chapter 1: Introduction to Anthropology and Race
Presentation: Chapter 2: Culture
|Module 2: Ethics, Methods and Applying Anthropology|
Presentation: Chapter 3: Doing Anthropology
Presentation: Chapter 12: Applying Anthropology
|Module 3: Language, Communication and Making a Living|
Presentation: Ch. 4 Language and Communication
Presentation: Ch. 5 Making a Living
|Module 4: Political Systems, Kinship and Marriage|
Presentation: Ch. 6 Political Systems
Presentation: Ch. 7 Family, Kinship & Marriage
|Module 5: Gender, Religion, and World Systems and Colonialism|
Presentation: Ch. 8 Gender
Spring Break. No class.
Presentation: Ch. 9 Religion
Presentation: Ch. 10 World System & Colonialism
|Module 6: Ethnicity and Race and Anthropology's Role in a Globalizing World|
Presentation: Ch. 11 Ethnicity & Race
Presentation: Ch. 13 Anthropology in a Globalizing World