Faces of Culture: An Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (Revision 13)
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Area of Study: Social Science
Precluded Course: ANTH 207. (ANTH 275 may not be taken for credit if credit has already been obtained for ANTH 207.)
ANTH 275 has a Challenge for Credit option.
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%|
|Assignment 2: Journal||20%|
|Telephone Quiz 3||5%|
|Assignment 3: Annotated Bibliography||20%|
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.
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.
All other course materials will be accessed online.
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.
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