Anthropology (ANTH) 275

Faces of Culture: An Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (Revision 13)

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online. Video component*

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Social Science

Prerequisite: None

Precluded Course: ANTH 207. (ANTH 275 may not be taken for credit if credit has already been obtained for ANTH 207.)

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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ANTH 275 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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*Note: Overseas students, please contact the Athabasca University Library before registering in a course that has an audio/visual component.


ANTH 275 focuses on the cross-cultural study of human diversity. Study topics include patterns of social organization, the family, economics, politics, religion, the arts, and language.


The course consists of the following eight units.

Unit 1: Anthropology and the Study of Culture

Unit 2: The Study of Human Ecology

Unit 3: Personality, Identity, and Kinship

Unit 4: Social Groups, Social Stratification

Unit 5: Economics and Politics

Unit 6: Communication and Expressive Culture

Unit 7: Worldview: Religion and Healing Systems

Unit 8: Globalization and Anthropology


To receive credit ANTH 275, you must achieve a minimum grade of “D” (50 percent) on both the mid-term and final examinations, and an overall grade of “D” (50 percent) for the entire course. The weighting of the composite grade is as follows:

Telephone Quiz 1 5%
Telephone Quiz 2 5%
Assignment 1: Short Essay 15%
Midterm Exam 15%
Assignment 2: Journal 20%
Telephone Quiz 3 5%
Assignment 3: Annotated Bibliography 20%
Final Exam 15%
Total 100%

The midterm and final examinations for this course must be taken online with an AU approved exam invigilator at an approved invigilation centre. It is your responsibility to ensure your chosen invigilation centre can accommodate online exams. For a list of invigilators that can accommodate online exams, visit the Exam Invigilation Network.

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials


Miller, Barbara D., Penny Van Esterik, and John Van Esterik. 2010. Cultural Anthropology. 4th Canadian Edition. Toronto: Pearson Education Canada, Inc.

Robinson, Angela. 2005. Ta'n Teli-ktlamsitasit (Ways of Believing): Mi'kmaw Religion in Eskasoni, Nova Scotia Canadian Ethnography Series Volume 3. Toronto: Pearson Education Canada.

Additional Course Components

To successfully complete this course you are required to watch the ten video programs that comprise the series, Millennium: Tribal Wisdom in the Modern World. Edmonton, AB: ACCESS-The Education Station. 1992. All ten video programs are available from the Athabasca University Library.

Other Materials

All other course materials will be accessed online.

Challenge for Credit Course Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university level course.

Full information for the Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for the ANTH 275 challenge registration, you must achieve a grade of at least “D” (50 per cent) on the examination.

Paper Exam (3 hours)

Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 13, September 11, 2013.

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Updated March 16 2016 by Student & Academic Services