Anthropology 100 (Section 03): Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Department of Anthropology, SUNY Geneseo
Instructor: Candie Kington
Class Meeting: Wednesdays & Fridays 8:30 am - 9:45 am
Office: Bailey 107
Office hours: By appointment or by email
This course is an introduction to the field of cultural anthropology, which is the study of human diversity and the application of that knowledge. We will be looking not only at what anthropologists do, but how they do it with a focus on acquiring ethnographic skills. We will explore a broad range of topics including language, race, gender, kinship, social structure, politics, religion and health. This course will also examine the processes of cultural transmission and change, including colonization and globalization, and the issues that arise with these changes, such as social inequity and global health disparities.
- Student mastery of the data of the field, particularly in regard to learning about the ways of life of the living peoples of the world, will be tested in examinations and on the required terms paper, and confirmed in a Final Examination.
- Student proficiency regarding the development of Cultural Anthropology is demonstrated on exams.
- Students acquisition of knowledge of the practice of the field of Cultural Anthropology will be demonstrated both on examinations and by means of a five page term paper.
SUNY Geneseo will make reasonable accommodations for persons with documented physical, emotional or learning disabilities. Students should consult with the Director in the Office of Disability Services (Tabitha Buggie-Hunt, 105D Erwin, firstname.lastname@example.org) and their individual faculty regarding any needed accommodations as early as possible in the semester.
Academic Honesty Policy
Plagiarism, cheating and other forms of academic dishonesty will not be tolerated and will be dealt with on a case by case basis. Please refer to the Undergraduate Bulletin (pgs. 373-375) regarding SUNY Geneseo policies (available through the college webpage).
Required Textbook (available at the bookstore):
- Kenneth J. Guest. Cultural Anthropology: A Toolkit for a Global Age. WW. Norton & Company, Inc.
- Additional Reading Assignments will be posted to myCourses
Readings (complete prior to the beginning of each class)
The assigned readings listed below are mandatory. Students should be prepared to discuss these assignments in class and in exams and quizzes.
Participation will include not only class attendance, but discussion of reading assignments and participation in in-class activities. These activities may include small-group discussions, debates, and other exercises.
Exam #1 (02/17)
This exam will be a mixture of multiple choice and short response. It will cover the material from weeks 1 through 4.
Ethnography Assignment (03/11)
The assignment will be due by the beginning of class. Students will be asked to perform a critical analysis of an ethnographic work. List of accepted ethnographies and assignment requirements will be distributed on February 5th.
Exam #2 (04/01)
This exam will be a mixture of multiple choice and short response. It will cover the material from weeks 5 through 11.
Final Exam (05/06)
This exam will be a mixture of multiple choice and short response. It will cover the material from weeks 12 through 15.
Exam 1 25%
Exam 2 25%
Ethnography Assignment 15%
Final Exam 25%
01/20 - Course Goals & Texts
What is Anthropology?
01/22 - Four Fields & Globalization
Reading: Chapter 01 “Anthropology in a Global Age”, pp 4-29
01/27 - Defining “Culture”
Reading: Chapter 02 “Culture”, pp 30-61
01/29 - Creation and Transformation of Culture
02/03 - What is Fieldwork?
Reading: Chapter 3 “Fieldwork and Ethnography”, pp 62-91
02/05 - What is Ethnography?
Ethnography Assignment handed out
02/10 - Language and Linguistics
Reading: Chapter 4 “Language”, pp 92-117
02/12 - Language Variation
02/17 - Exam #1
02/19 - The Construction of Race and Racism
Reading: Chapter 5 “Race and Racism”, pp 120-151
02/24 - Ethnicity as Identity
Reading: Chapter 6 “Ethnicity and Nationalism”, pp 152-175
02/26 - Ethnicity, Nationalism, and Imagined Communities
03/02 - Gender and Sex
Reading: Chapter 7 “Gender”, pp 176-203
03/04 - Gender and Power
03/09 - Construction of Sexuality
Reading: Chapter 8 “Sexuality”, pp 204-233
03/11 - Sex and Power
Assignment: Ethnography Assignment Due
03/16 & 03/18 - No Class (Spring Break)
03/23 - Kinship and Family
Reading: Chapter 9 “Kinship, Family and Marriage”, pp 234-262
03/25 - Class, Inequality, and Poverty
Reading: Chapter 10 “Class and Inequality”, pp 262-293
03/30 - Exam Review
04/01 - Exam #2
04/06 - What is Economy?
Reading: Chapter 11 “The Global Economy”, pp 296-331
04/08 - Economy and Migration
04/13 - What is the State?
Reading: Chapter 12 “Politics and Power”, pp 332-359
04/15 - War and Migration
04/20 - What is Religion?
Reading: Chapter 13 “Religion”, pp 360-391
04/22 - Religious Migration and New Religions
Week 15 (04/27 & 04/29)
04/27 - Culture and Medicine
Reading: Chapter 14 “Health & Illness”, pp 392-419
04/29 - Exam Review
Final Exam - May 6th, 8-10:30 am