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.

There are no Prerequisites or Corequisites for this course.

Germano, Michael P.

President of the University
Full Time
B.S. (1959), University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; B.A. (1961), Ambassador University; M.A. (2000), Texas A&M University-College Station; M.S. (1966), Ed.D. (1968), University of Southern California; J.D. (1980), University of La Verne.
Subject Matter: 
Anthropology/Archaeology, Professional Education, Theology

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.

Course Credit: 
Three (3) semester credit hours
Instructional Objectives: 

A student who finishes this course has maintained active participation and has demonstrated that he or she is able:

  1. To identify and demonstrate the great cultural diversity of humankind;
  2. To identify, in spite of the many differences, in what ways humans are fundamentally similar;
  3. To demonstrate the effects of interactions between different peoples (i.e. reach an understanding of the process of globalization);
  4. To demonstrate the holistic nature of anthropology as an interdisciplinary field;
  5. To identify the diachronic perspective and the comparative approach of anthropology; and
  6. To state the definition of basic terms.
Required Texts: 

Scupin, Raymond. Cultural Anthropology: A Global Perspective. 7th ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2007. ISBN: 9780132301749.

Course Calendar: 



Lesson 1   Basic Concepts in Anthropology Reading Assignments
Opening Class none
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
Course Requirements: 

Due dates and extensions
Students must complete the course by the last official day of instruction as set forth in the academic calendar.

Reading assignments
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.

Course evaluation
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.

Extra Credit
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)

(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

Students With Disabilities
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities have a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. Students having a disability requiring an accommodation should inform the instructor by email (on the “Course Info” page click on the instructor’s name and then select “Send Email”).

Technology Access
This course requires web access and the student has to have an established e-mail account. The Adobe Acrobat Reader is necessary to view documents that are PDF files. One can download the reader free at

Course Evaluation
Student input is welcome for improving this course. Making suggestions by e-mail is helpful. Our goal in this course is to facilitate the successful achievement of all instructional objectives by all students. At the end of the course students have the opportunity of assessing the course. We want to make e-learning courses as effective as we can. We may also ask some other questions concerning a student’s experience in distance learning to help us improve our program. We appreciate students letting us know how we can improve our products and services for them and other distance learners.

Withdrawing From or Dropping This Course
It is the responsibility of a student to drop a course if he or she cannot meet the requirements of the course. Any student who stops attending a course without officially withdrawing from it risks receiving a punitive grade for that course. Withdrawal requests may be conveyed in any manner to the course professor, Registrar, or Vice President of Academic Affairs. This action is sufficient for ensuring any refund owed you. Please note the following: If a student drops a course on or before the “Last day to withdraw from a course without a grade penalty” as published in the University Academic Calendar, even if his or her work is not of a passing grade, then a “W” is recorded. If a course is dropped after that date, but before the last 21 calendar days of the semester, then the instructor determines the grade. The faculty member will at this time record a grade of “W” if passing (not computed in GPA) or “WF” if failing (computed in GPA). Students who drop a course, yet remain in one or more other courses during the last 18 calendar days of the semester, will receive a grade of “WF.” Students who completely withdraw from the University at any time during the semester may be given a grade of “W” on all courses. If students do not initiate the withdrawal process, the instructor is required to initiate the administrative process and to record a grade of “W” or “WF” for the course depending on the date the faculty member drops the student from the course. Students who register for a course as an audit, but then withdraw will be assigned a grade of “W” for the course.