05/29/2012 - 08/15/2012
No office hours have been entered for this term.
>DIL (Distance Learning) courses are one type of OPC courses (OPen Campus) offered at ACC. For this course you must have access to the Internet, and 1) access materials posted on ACC’s Blackboard site (acconline.austincc.edu), 2) read the required text, 3) view the programs of the series: “Our Diverse World”, and 4) take the 4 exams either online or at any of 10 campus testing centers. There are no regularly scheduled meeting times, so keep in touch with me by email or phone listed above, or meet with me during office hours or by appointment. Many students that are taking a DIL course for the first time assume that it will take less time than an in-class course. That is usually not the case. It takes self-discipline and very efficient use of time, but works well if you have an unpredictable schedule.
The course has four Units with four Unit Tests, with one optional Essay Final taken at the end of the semester. The score on the optional Essay Final will replace the lowest of your 4 Unit Test scores. Each Unit Test is 50 multiple choice questions. They can be taken online through Blackboard or can be taken at any of the 10 ACC Testing Centers. Go to www.austincc.edu/testctrfor their hours and locations. Note that only Northridge and Riverside currently have Testing Center hours on both Saturday and Sunday. There is also an optional Extra Credit Video Summary.
>The required text: You may use either the 1st or 2nd editions of Cultural Anthropology by Nancy Bonvillain, (1st edition: ISBN 0-13-045545-8, 2nd edition: ISBN 0-20-568509-9). The ACC Rio Grande Bookstore is the bookstore that typically stocks texts for all DIL courses, and is currently selling the 2nd edtion. If the ACC bookstore at the campus nearest you does not carry this text, you can request that it be sent to any ACC bookstore from the Rio Grande ACC bookstore. The Rio Grande ACC Bookstore is located at 817 W. 12th Street, on the west side of the Rio Grande Campus. Its telephone number is (512) 474-2704. You can order the text online through the ACC Bookstore by visiting http://austincc.bkstore.com. If you wish to try to find a used copy online, there is a long list of websites that sell used college texts posted in Blackboard. Select “Fast Shipping” if possible. There is also a copy of the 1st edition text for 2 hour room use on Reserve at the Rio Grande library.
> The required video series– “Our Diverse World” can be viewed in 2 ways:
1) View anytime, streamed online at: http://dl.austincc.edu/videos/dw.php
2) On campus, look on the shelves under Anthropology in the Media Areas of the 8 main ACC Libraries for the “Our Diverse World” DVD series. You may watch them on the TVs in the Media Areas, but cannot check them out. ACC Library Media Centers are at: Cypress Creek, Fredericksburg, Eastview, Northridge, Rio Grande, Riverside, Pinnacle, South Austin. (Make sure you are watching the DVD series: “Our Diverse World”, not the video tape series: “Faces of Culture”.)
Course Subjects:This course will introduce the basic concepts of cultural anthropology, trace the discipline’s development historically, and discuss anthropology’s basic theoretical perspectives. Supported by a variety of ethnographic videos and Internet resources, we will compare the ways different cultures solve the problems of survival and organize themselves to thrive socially, economically, and spiritually.
Since this course does not meet for lecture, please look at the following schedules for an overview of assignments and test dates.
Below are two schedules. Please be careful in reading these schedules. Deadlines are firm.
The first schedule lists the Text Chapters in each Unit with Test Deadlines.
The second schedule matches the “Our Diverse World” program with the Text Chapters.
First Schedule:Text Chapters in each Unit with Test Deadlines
Units and Assigned Chapters
Unit Text Chapters Chapter Titles
Unit I Chap 1 What is Anthropology?
Chap 2 The Nature of Culture
Chap 3 Studying Culture
Chap 4 Language and Culture
Chap 5 Learning One’s Culture
Unit II Chap 6 Making a Living
Chap 7 Economic Systems
Chap 8 Kinship and Descent
Chap 9 Marriage and Family
Chap 10 Gender
Unit III Chap 11 Equality and Inequality
Chap 12 Political Systems
Chap 13 Conflict and Conflict Resolution
Unit IV Chap 14 Religion
Chap 15 The Arts
Chap 16 Colonialism & Cultural Transformations
Chap 17 Living in a Global World
The deadlines for the Extra Credit Video Review and Optional Essay Final are at the end of the semester
“Our Diverse World” program titles matched with Text Chapters
Text Chapter Program Titles
1 1. Essence of Anthropology AND
17 Applied Anthropology
2 2. Characteristics of Culture
3 & 5 3. Becoming Human
4 4. Communication & Culture
5 5. Social Identity, Personality & Gender
(Chapter 10 will cover aspects of Gender
presented in this program)
6 6. Subsistence Systems
7 7. Economics Systems
8 10. Kinship & Descent
9 9. Marriage & Family AND
8. Sex & Marriage
10 5. Social Identity, Personality & Gender
11 11.Grouping by Gender, etc.
12 & 13 12. Politics, Power & Violence
14 13. Religion and Spirituality
15 14. The Arts
16 15. Process of Change
17 16. Global Challenges
Student Learning Outcomes/Learning Objectives
Students who complete this course will 1) have gained a broad cross-cultural background against which to view our culture as well as contemporary social problems, 2) be able to recognize similarities and differences in human cultures, 3) have discovered there are various valid cultural solutions to the problems of life, 4) be able to understand the factors involved in culture change, and 5) be able to understand some of the procedures used by anthropologists in studying cultures.
Mastery of these concepts will be reflected in your grade, which is achieved by the following scoring system. Your grade for the course depends on the total points you accumulate on 4 Unit Tests (4 x 100 points/test = 400 points) plus an optional Extra Credit Review (20 possible points). If you fail to take a test for a unit, it will result in a 0 for that unit, which can be replaced by the optional Essay Final at the end of the semester. The optional Essay Final can also be done to replace a low grade on a Unit Test. You must have a score for all 4 Unit Tests. There is no averaging of test scores, it is a simply point system with these cut-offs:
>90% of 400 total points or >360 pts = A
>80% of 400 total points or >320 pts = B
>70% of 400 total points or >280 pts = C
>60% of 400 total points or >240 pts = D
Test 1 - 100pts
Test 2 - 100pts
Test 3 - 100pts
Test 4 – 100pts
Optional Essay Final – 100pts
Optional Extra Credit Video Summary __________/20