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ANTH202 - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

Course Details

Course Code: ANTH202 Course ID: 3737 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course is designed to acquaint the novice anthropology student with anthropology and its various sub-fields, examining cross-cultural, global, comparative, and critical perspectives on human behavior and culture, as well as the diversity of human cultures from hunter-gatherers to industrialized city dwellers. The implications of socio-cultural analysis of economic, social, symbolic, and religious systems are also considered.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
03/30/20 - 09/04/20 09/07/20 - 11/01/20 Summer 2020 Session D 8 Week session
05/25/20 - 10/30/20 11/02/20 - 12/27/20 Fall 2020 Session I 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After you have completed this course, you should be able to:

CO1- Define cultural anthropology as one of anthropology’s four subfields

CO2- Describe what is meant by ethnocentrism and cultural relativism

CO3- Explain the methodology of and purpose for conducting anthropological fieldwork

CO4- State what is meant by culture and examine the processes of cultural change

CO5- Differentiate language and communication in both human and non-human primates

CO6- Classify the structure of language using terms such as: morphology, phonology, syntax, and semantics

CO7- Discuss how culture is learned, cross-culturally, by describing various practices including male and female initiation rites, differences in childrearing, and third genders

CO8- Recall differences in marriage and kinship systems, cross culturally

CO9- Appraise the various subsistence patterns across the world, explaining how resources are allocated in non-western societies

CO10- Compare western and nonwestern artwork and religious practices and beliefs


Participation in classroom dialogue on threaded Forums is required in some weeks. Forums are found in the Forums tab in the classroom. Initial posts must demonstrate comprehension of the course materials, the ability to apply that knowledge in the real world. Learners will engage with the instructor and peers throughout the learning week. Initial Forum posts are due Thursdays, peer responses are due Sundays. To motivate engaged discussion, posts are expected to be on time with regular interaction throughout the week. All posts should demonstrate college level writing skills. To promote vibrant discussion as we would in a face to face classroom, formatted citations and references are not required. Quotes should not be used at all, or used sparingly. If you quote a source quotation marks should be used and an APA formatted citation and reference provided. Specific instructions and the grading rubric are located on each Forum.

This course includes four Assignments. Instructions and specific grading rubrics are found under the Assignments tab in our classroom.

Extra Credit:

Extra credit is not offered in this course.

NameGrade %
Forums 40.00 %
Forum 1 5.00 %
Forum 2 5.00 %
Forum 3 5.00 %
Forum 4 5.00 %
Forum 5 5.00 %
Forum 6 5.00 %
Forum 7 5.00 %
Forum 8 5.00 %
Assignments 60.00 %
Assignment 1: Cultural reflection 15.00 %
Assignment 2: Construction of gender 15.00 %
Assignment 3: Power in human relationships 15.00 %
Assignment 4: Health and culture 15.00 %
Book Title: Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*
Publication Info:

Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.