This course introduces the nature of human culture from a global perspective. Emphasis is on cultural theory, methods of fieldwork, and cross-cultural comparisons in the areas of ethnology, language, religion, and the cultural past to produce a holistic and global perspective of humanity. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate enhanced global awareness including an understanding of basic cultural processes and the methodologies involved in the collection and analysis of cultural data. Pictured is a scene of the 19th century forced relocation of Native Americans from southeastern states.
The focus of this introductory course is the study of human culture from a global perspective grounded in the belief that an enhanced global awareness is essential for people preparing to successfully take their place in the fast-paced, increasingly interconnected world of the twenty-first century. The course draws upon classic and recent research in biological, cultural, linguistic, social, economic, and political anthropology, and religion to produce a holistic and global perspective of humanity. The design of the course focuses students in assigned readings, conceptualization activities, vocabulary building, and upon leading issues.
Dr. Germano brings over forty years of professional experience in educational leadership, teaching, corporate and business law, entrepreneurship, and institutional advancement initiatives to the LU presidency. He is a member of the California State Bar and was admitted to practice in the federal district courts of Southern California and East Texas. He taught business law at West Coast University (Los Angeles) and at Ambassador University (Big Sandy, Texas). Affiliated with Ambassador University (formerly Ambassador College) since 1959, he served as chief academic officer at two of its campuses. He left Ambassador as a professor emeritus in 1997 and completed a master's degree in archaeology/anthropology at Texas A&M in 2000. He then left retirement to serve several years as the chief academic officer at Haywood Community College at Clyde, North Carolina. He held responsibilities in AU's involvement in archaeological excavations at Jerusalem's south Temple Mount directed by Benjamin Mazar, the Jordan Umm el-Jimal Project directed by Bert de Vries, the Syria Mozan Expedition directed by Giorgio Buccellati and Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati, and the northern Israel Hazor Excavations in memory of Yigael Yadin directed by Amnon Ben-Tor. Ordained in 1983, Dr. Germano is an elder in the Living Church of God.
A student who finishes this course has maintained active participation and has demonstrated that he or she is able:
- To identify and demonstrate the great cultural diversity of humankind;
- To identify, in spite of the many differences, in what ways humans are fundamentally similar;
- To demonstrate the effects of interactions between different peoples (i.e. reach an understanding of the process of globalization);
- To demonstrate the holistic nature of anthropology as an interdisciplinary field;
- To identify the diachronic perspective and the comparative approach of anthropology; and
- To state the definition of basic terms.
Scupin, Raymond. Cultural Anthropology: A Global Perspective. 7th ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2007. ISBN: 9780132301749.
|Lesson 1 Basic Concepts in Anthropology||Reading Assignments|
|Topic 1 Introduction to Anthropology||Scupin Ch. 1|
|Topic 2 Human Genetics||Scupin Ch. 2|
|Lesson 2 Basic Concepts of Culture and Society||Reading Assignments|
|Topic 1 The Nature of Culture||Scupin Ch. 3|
|Topic 2 Language||Scupin Ch. 5|
|Topic 3 Anthropological Explanations||Scupin Ch. 6|
|Topic 4 Analyzing Sociocultural Systems||Scupin Ch. 7|
|Lesson 3 Prestate Societies||Reading Assignments|
|Topic 1 Band Societies||Scupin Ch. 8|
|Topic 2 Tribes||Scupin Ch. 9|
|Topic 3 Chiefdoms||Scupin Ch. 10|
|Lesson 4 State Societies||Reading Assignments|
|Topic 1 Agricultural States||Scupin Ch. 11|
|Topic 2 Industrial States||Scupin Ch. 12|
|Lesson 5 Globalization and Its Impact||Reading Assignments|
|Topic 1 Globalization and Culture||Scupin Ch. 13|
|Topic 2 Globalization in Latin America, Africa, and the Caribbean||Scupin Ch. 14|
|Topic 3 Globalization in the Middle East and Asia||Scupin Ch. 15|
|Topic 4 Race and Ethnicity||Scupin Ch. 16|
|Topic 5 Contemporary Global Trends||Scupin Ch. 17|
Due dates and extensions
Students must complete the course by the last official day of instruction as set forth in the academic calendar.
Specific assignments and due dates are set forth in each published lesson.
Each of the five lessons has an associated online exam of 20 multiple choice questions and 1 matching vocabulary question. They are closed book exams. Under no circumstances are students to print the exam. Students are allowed sixty (60) minutes to complete each exam. Exams are made up of objective questions covering lectures, readings, and vocabulary words. A proctor is required for Exam 5.
To officially begin this course you must complete an icebreaker assignment by which you introduce yourself to your classmates through posting a short autobiography on the course Discussion Forum.
At the end of the course students have the opportunity of assessing the course. We may also ask some other questions concerning a student’s experience in distance learning to help us improve our program.
There are five (5) extra credit assignments available in this course.
A course grade will be determined based on the number of points a student has earned over the semester as follows:
- Icebreaker Assignment (30 points)
- Exams (five, each worth 88 points, for a total of 440 points) [online, closed book, only exam 5 to be proctored]
- Course Evaluation (30 points)
TOTAL POINTS: 500
(100 extra credit points can be earned in this course in five assignments each worth 20 points.)
Grades are assigned by points as follows:
A 450-500 points
B 400-449 points
C 350-399 points
D 300-349 points
F Below 299 points