SS 214D-ED 544D Cultural Anthropology

Instructor: Jon Hood

Semesters: Summer

Course Description 

A study of the basic principles of cultural anthropology and its application for successful interpersonal relationships, and ministry in multicultural environment.  The course provides a basis for understanding and appreciating other peoples and their cultures so that one can identify more closely with them, adjust more readily and serve more effectively in our ever-increasing multicultural world.

Required Textbooks 

·         Grunlan, Stephen A.; Mayers, Marvin K. Cultural Anthropology: A Christian Perspective(2nd edition).  Grand Rapids:  Zondervan Publishing House, 1988.

Course Schedule

Unit

Topic

Learning Objectives

1

Introduction

·         Students will introduce themselves to the class.

·         Students will develop an understanding of their own culture in relation to other individuals in this course.

2

Anthropology & Missions

·         Through this discussion question, the students will evaluate and expand on the topic of cross-cultural mixing with a researched and well thought response.

·         Through the chapter question, the student will articulate on the topic of culture shock.

3

Humanity, Culture, & Society

·         Through the chapter question, the student will articulate on the topic of Malinowski’s seven basic needs.

·         Through this discussion question, the students will evaluate and expand on the topic of sub-cultures with a researched and well thought response.

·         The student will consider the important topics in cultural differences through crafting an interview question list.

4

Enculturation & Acculturation

·         Through this discussion question, the students will evaluate and expand on the topic of assimilation with a researched and well thought response.

·         Through the chapter question, the student will articulate on the topics of acculturation and assimilation.

·         Through this discussion question, the students will evaluate and expand on the topic of assimilation with a researched and well thought response.

5

Verbal & Nonverbal Communication

·         Through this discussion question, the students will evaluate and expand on the topic of language with a researched and well thought response.

·         Through the chapter question, the student will articulate on the topic of language.

6

Economy & Technology

·         Through this discussion question, the students will evaluate and expand on the topic of cultural evolution with a researched and well thought response.

·         Through the chapter question, the student will articulate on the topic of technology.

·         Through this interview and learning paper, the student will explore other cultures and comment on their differences.

·         Through this discussion question, the students will evaluate and expand on the topic of economic factors with a researched and well thought response.

7

Role, Status, & Stratification

·         Through this discussion question, the students will evaluate and expand on the topic of stratification with a researched and well thought response.

·         Through the midterm exam, students will demonstrate their knowledge of the course.

·         Through the chapter question, the student will articulate on the topic of role conflict.

·         Through this discussion question, the students will evaluate and expand on the topic of culture roles with a researched and well thought response.

8

Marriage & Family

·         Through this discussion question, the students will evaluate and expand on the topic of marriage with a researched and well thought response.

·         Through the chapter question, the student will articulate on the topic of untraditional marriages.

·         Through this learning paper, students will examine and expound upon the cultural dimensions of marriage.

·         Through this discussion question, the students will evaluate and expand on the topic of dowries with a researched and well thought response.

9

Kinship

·         Through this discussion question, the students will evaluate and expand on the topic of bloodlines with a researched and well thought response.

·         Through the chapter question, the student will articulate on the topic of kinship.

·         Through this interview and learning paper, the student will explore other cultures and comment on their differences.

10

Groups & Communities

·         Through this discussion question, the students will evaluate and expand on the topic of groups with a researched and well thought response.

·         Through the chapter question, the student will articulate on the topic of church groups.

·         Through this discussion question, the students will evaluate and expand on the topic of groups with a researched and well thought response.

11

Social Control & Government

·         Through this discussion question, the students will evaluate and expand on the topic of deviancy with a researched and well thought response.

·         Through the chapter question, the student will articulate on the topic of familial government.

12

Religion

·         Through this discussion question, the students will evaluate and expand on the topic of taboos with a researched and well thought response.

·         Through the chapter question, the student will articulate on the topic of rituals.

·         Through this interview and learning paper, the student will explore other cultures and comment on their differences.

13

Bible, Theology, & Anthropology

·         Through this discussion question, the students will evaluate and expand on the “Permanent or Temporary” worksheet with a researched and well thought response.

·         Through the chapter question, the student will articulate on the topic of faith in culture.

·         Through this discussion question, the students will evaluate and expand on the topic of the “7 month baby” with a researched and well thought response.

14

Portfolio Project

·         Students will explore, define, and apply the topic of cultural anthropology to their lives with the aid of the assigned reading and will demonstrate complete understanding by crafting a portfolio project.