Faces of Culture 



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This is an introductory course in Cultural Anthropology. Participants will become familiar with the concepts and theories about the past and present nature of human cultural systems. Through 26, thirty minute video programs and seven scheduled on-campus lecture seminars the course will survey such topics as ecological adaptation, the relationship between language and culture, development of personality, subsistence systems, economic relationships, marriage and kinship patterns, religion and magic, and the patterns of culture change.

Cultural Anthropology, 10th Edition, W. A. Haviland

(A limited number of earlier editions of this text, as well as a study guide, are available at the library from Instructor Reserve)



 Check course listings for specific broadcast days, times and channels at: http://www.edu/etv/

Click on: Course Information and select Broadcasts

If you need further assistance with the program broadcast schedule please call Educational Television 

at: (760) 744-1150, ext. 2431

For prerecorded broadcast information and updates call: (760) 744-1150, ext. 2435


Videotapes of the programs are available for check out from the LRC located in the lower level of the library on the San Marcos campus, and the Escondido, Fallbrook, Mt. Carmel, and Ramona College Centers.

Use this link to access information on how to view videos on-line: Message Board


All campus seminars will be held in room BE-1 on the following Saturdays from 9:00 am to 12:20 pm.


In class coverage of programs listed below is approximate for each meeting date. We may cover some program topics on different dates. For program air dates and times see the college schedule



June 28, 2003           Programs 1-3 Discussion and Participation
July 12, 2003            Programs 4-8 Discussion and Participation
Take Home Exam #1 Pick Up

July  19, 200           Programs 9-12 Take Home Exam #1 DUE by 9:00AM /IN-CLASS ESSAY & REVIEW

July  26, 2003            Programs 13-18 Discussion and Participation

August 02, 2003        Programs 19-26 Discussion and Participation Take Home Exam #2 Pick Up

August 09, 2003        Take Home Exam #2 DUE by 9:00AM /IN-CLASS ESSAY & REVIEW

The mid-term and final exams are a combination of take-home and in-class exams. The take home portion will consist of multiple-choice questions taken from the TV programs, text, and seminar lectures. This section of the mid-term and final exams will be given out in class and a due date and time will be announced in class. You must submit your answers to the multiple-choice questions on a Scantron Answer Form. These are available on campus; you will need two. 


The in-class portion of the exams requires you to write a short essay on the day you hand in the multiple-choice answers. You will be given the topic of the essay at the time you receive the multiple-choice portion, but you will have to write your answer in class. The instructor will provide the materials for the essay portion. 


The exam process requires you to be in class to sign out an exam copy, to complete the in-class essay, and participate in the review of your exam on the scheduled dates. These are graded activities that require full participation to receive point credit. The instruction/sign-out phase is valued at 5 points; the multiple-choice portion is valued at approximately 75 points; the essay portion is valued at approximately 75 points; the review phase is valued at 5 points. Total Point value for the course is 320. This is subject to change and modification.

Exams turned in late (more than 10 minutes), will be assessed a 10 point penalty, OR MAY NOT BE ACCEPTED, unless prior arrangements have been approved by the instructor. All make-up exams will be assessed a 10-point penalty. This is subject to change without prior announcement, and at the discretion of the instructor.


You must complete both exams to receive credit AND a course grade. Your course grade will be based on the scores you earn on the mid-term and final exams. This grade is determined by totaling the number of points possible from both exams and figuring the percentage you earned of that total: A= 90%, B = 80%, C = 70%, D = 59%, F = less than 59%. No Incomplete course grades will be given without a prior written request from the student.


On time attendance at every seminar is required and expected of every student. Exam due dates and times are announced in class only. STUDENTS MAY be dropped for excessive absence (two times) for tardiness, or leaving before class is dismissed (three times).


 Failure to submit an exam on the required date and time without prior instructor approval may result in a failing grade for the course. It is the responsibility of the student to be aware of the drop dates required by the college and initiate the appropriate action. 


Any exceptions to the above may be considered on a case-by-case basis, but must be agreed upon by both the instructor and student, and must be in writing. Please be mindful of the drop deadlines; avoid receiving a "walk away" (FW) grade for the course!


Important Dates to Remember
Last date to drop with No Notation on record:                               July 03, 2003
Last date to drop with W Grade: July 14, 2003


Any student found to be actively or passively engaged in cheating or any other form of academic dishonesty will be subject to a failing grade for the course and any other academic discipline as deemed appropriate by the college.


It is recommended that students with disabilities discuss academic accommodations with the instructor during the first two weeks of the class. An alternate format of this syllabus and handouts are available upon request. Alternate format refers to the translation of print into a format that a person with a disability can comprehend, e.g., tape, e-text or Braille for blind or visually impaired



1 The Nature of Anthropology

2 The Nature of Culture

3 How Cultures are Studied

4 Language and Communication

5 Psychological Anthropology

6 Alejandro Mamani: A Case Study in Psychological Anthropology

7 Patterns of Subsistence: Food Foragers & Pastoralists

8 Patterns of Subsistence: Food Producers

9 Economic Anthropology

10 The Highland Maya: A Case Study in Economic Anthropology

11 Sex and Marriage

12 Family and Household

13 The Yucatec Maya: A Case Study in Marriage and Family

14 Kinship and Descent I

15 Kinship and Descent II

16 Age, Common Interest, and Stratification

17 The Aymara: A Case Study in Social Stratification

18 Political Organization

19 Social Control

20 Religion and Magic

21 The Asmat of New Guinea: A Case Study in Religion and Magic

22 The Arts

23 New Orleans Black Indians: A Case Study in the Arts

24 Culture Change

25 Cricket the Trobriand Way: A Case Study in Culture Change

26 The Future of Humanity


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