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North Idaho College • Coeur d'Alene • Social & Behavioral Sciences • Anthropology

Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology ANTH-102

  • Fall 2012
  • Section 05
  • 3.0 Credits
  • 08/27/2012 to 12/20/2012
  • Modified 08/19/2012

Contact Information

Instructor: Dr. Ula L. Moody

Office Hours

  • Tuesday, Thursday, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Phone: 509 284-2711

Call my home for questions and answers at the times above.  Leave a message if I am away from my desk.  Talk slowly so I can understand your name and phone #.  Thanks.

Meeting Times

This is an Internet class.  All work is to be completed within the Blackboard course site.


ANTH 102 is a study of human culture which involves the information and techniques people use to survive and get along with each other. Included are examples from exotic peoples around the world in the areas of religion, magic, kinship, coming of age ceremonies, marriage rituals, economic activities, hunting techniques, etc. The course is desirable for students seeking a broad understanding of how human beings live, and how human customs vary throughout the world. This class satisfies a social science course requirement for the A.A. and A.S. degrees. Lecture: 3 hours per week


Required Materials

Cultural Anthropology, The Human Challenge, 13th Ed By: Haviland, Prins, Walrath and McBride
Thomson - Wadsworth Publishers, 2010
ISBN: 9780495810827
This text is available at the Mica Peak Exchange


By the end of the course the student should be able to:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of cultural and historical context for understanding people and their behaviors.
2. Demonstrate an understanding of anthropological terminology, concepts, principles, perspectives, theories, and methodologies of cultural anthroplogy. 
3. Demonstrate a broad overview of different cultures around the world and how they can be compared cross-culturally.
4. Analyze and demonstrate an understanding of the significance of cultural diversity.
5. Understand the rationale behind the concept that “studying other cultures can help us to better understand ourselves,” and that this understanding can help provide solutions to societal problems in our multi-cultural society.


Grading & Class Participation

Grading and Requirements Discussion Forum topics and responses
Exams (Midterm and Final)

New Policy for NIC:  I will take role each week on Sunday at noon.  You must participate before that time or you will be marked absent for the week.  That means you must complete all assignments by the due dates listed in the schedule found under Lectures.

Class Participation: This is an important component of this course. You are expected to respond and contribute to the Discussion postings of others. This doesn't mean responding to every single posting, but at least attempting to respond to five or more postings per assignment. Your responses don't have to be lengthy, just relevant. Please say more than, "I agree." Instead say why you agree or disagree, and support your answers with examples or with excerpts from your reading assignments. Your original post will be due on Thursday at 7PM, the answers to other students' posts will be due Sunday at noon.

Letter grades will be assigned based upon the following percentage of maximum points
93% to100% A 73% to 76% C
90% to 92% A- 70% to 72% C-
87% to 89% B+ 67% to 69% D+
83% to 86% B 63% to 66% D
80% to 82% B- Below 63% F
77% to 79% C+

Grading Table
Activity Points Possible Points Earned
Forum Topic Postings 320
Forum Topic Responses to Others 160
Student Bio 20
Exam 1 - Midterm Exam 100
Exam 2 - Final Exam 100
Total 700 

Exams There will be a total of two (2) exams; one will be available around mid-term and the other near the conclusion of the course.
Word Processor Since all written work is to be word processed and submitted electronically, access to a word processor and computer with Internet is required. No late papers will be accepted without penalty. Students will post their papers on the weekly forums.

Instead of attending a "bricks and mortar" classroom to discuss our learning, we will rely on an interactive discussion forum where you log on, respond to issues assigned, look at what others have written, and discuss by posting responses. Each Discussion Forum will be open a week before it has been assigned and will be available for the week it is due.
The Forum is open anytime for your access. That's the beauty of on-line courses - you can do your work at any time of the day or night, from anywhere with on-line Internet access.
The topics for each week will be listed under assignment numbers. Your original postings as assigned and your responses to others' postings are very important. Look at other student's ideas and give feedback whenever possible; look at instructor feedback/comments and respond whenever necessary, and try to be timely in your responses. Your responses need not be lengthy, but should not be simply statements such as "Well put!" or "I agree with you 100%". Such comments do little to let others know what you think and why.
Assistance and Behavior Assistance: Your instructor is more than willing to assist students on material not understood. If you don't feel like bringing something up for clarification in the Discussion Forum, please send me a private e-mail message through the course e-mail system. Or, you may post under the Questions for Dr. D Forum..

Course Policies

Protocol & Suggestions for Success in This Course

Every time you log on, check the course Announcements for messages, emails,suggestions, comments, etc...
Don't get behind on your assignments. The interactive component of this course relies on students staying on the same material on a week-by-week basis. Each discussion forum will be released one week ahead of time and will be available for during the due week. After that deadline, the forum will "evaporate" and will no longer be available. Treat assignments with the same rigor you would for on-campus classes. The assignments you turn in have the same level of expectations for spelling, grammar, etc.
Have a "B-Plan"! The Internet is sometimes prone to a number of problems. For example, a network at the college of at your Internet service provider may be having difficulties or may be operating slowly; this can cause frustration. You might also have problems with your home computer. Avoid last minute problems by getting assignments done and submitted before deadline. Locate another computer at a friend's home, a library, or school you might use if yours isn't working.
The keys to making Internet courses work well for you are to be flexible, have patience, and always have backups of your work. Also, you should let your instructor know if you are having difficulties, if you must be away from the course for more than a few days, or if you have found something in the course site not working. The main thing is to not get behind; Internet courses require a high degree of self-motivation and self-discipline.


Course Schedule

Activities and dates will be listed elsewhere on the course site. Please pay special attention to the due dates for each assignment.

Additional Items

Division Policies

For a complete explanation of the North Idaho College Statement on Academic Honesty & Academic Integrity please ferfer to Policy 5.06 & Procedure 5.06.01: 

Academic Dishonesty
Violations of academic integrity involve using or attempting to use any method that enables an individual to misrepresent the quality or integrity of his or her work at North Idaho College. These violations include the following:

Cheating: using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, or study in any academic exercise.
Fabrication: falsifying or inventing any information or citation in an academic exercise.
Plagiarism: knowingly representing the words or ideas of another as one’s own in an academic exercise.
Violation of Intellectual Property: stealing, altering, or destroying the academic work of other members of the community or the educational resources,materials, or official documents of the college. Facilitating Academic Dishonesty: knowingly helping another to attempt to violate any provisions of this policy.

Student Responsibility
As outlined in the Student Code of Conduct, all North Idaho College students have both rights and responsibilities: Please access www.nic.ferpa.StudentCode/index.htm for complete information that pertains to this subject.

North Idaho College, in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504/508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, provides both services and accommodations to students who meet the guidelines provided in these acts.  For a complete description, please see:

Please contact the North Idaho College Center for Educational Access in Seiter Hall, Room 100 for assistance.  Phone:  208-769-5947

To withdraw from all courses a student must obtain a college withdrawal form from the Registrar's Office, secure the signatures of those persons indicated on the form, and return the form to the Registrar's office. No student may withdraw from the college after the final date of withdrawal from courses except for compelling and extraordinary reasons. In such circumstances a student must petition the Admissions and Academic Standards Committee for late withdrawal from college using the college withdrawal form available in the Registrar's Office.


For complete information regarding student withdrawals, please see the North Idaho College Policy 5.04.01: 

Institutional Policies

Student Code of Conduct

The Student Code of Conduct applies to any student enrolled at North Idaho College.  This includes, but is not limited to, face-to-face classes and Internet classes.

Student Responsibilities

As students undertake to fulfill the obligations and duties outlined in this document, the college community of which they are a part undertakes to respect the basic freedoms of students. In recognition of students’ rights and dignity as members of the college, North Idaho College is committed to the principles found in the NIC Student Handbook.

Center for Educational Access/Disability Support Services

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504/508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, North Idaho College provides accommodations to eligible students who experience barriers in the educational setting due to learning, emotional / mental, physical, visual, or hearing disabilities.  Instructors will provide accommodations to students only after having received a Letter of Accommodation from the Center for Educational Access. 

If a student would like to request accommodations, he or she must contact the Center for Educational Access so that a Letter of Accommodation may be sent to the instructor.  Students requesting accommodations must contact the Center for Educational Access at the beginning of each semester.


By registering at North Idaho College, you agree to provide payment by the due dates. You also understand that collection costs and legal fees will be added if the services of a collection agency are utilized.

If you are registered for a class and do not attend, you will still be liable for the tuition unless you drop the class.


Last day for students to withdraw from semester-length classes:

Instructor-Initiated Withdrawal: Instructors have the right to withdraw students for academic reasons up until the same date; in doing so, instructors must notify students through NIC e-mail within 48 hours of submitting documentation to the Registrar's office, and students have the right to appeal the instructor's decision. For more information, see the NIC Procedure:

Financial Aid Satisfactory Progress Policy: All withdrawals, whether for individual classes, total withdrawal from school, or instructor-initiated are not considered to be satisfactory progress for financial aid.  See the Financial Aid Satisfactory Progress Policy:

Additional withdrawal information:


An incomplete is assigned only if the student has been in attendance and has done satisfactory work to within three weeks of the end of the semester (or proportional length of time for a course of less than a semester in length).  Incompletes are issued only in cases of extenuating circumstances, such as severe illness or injury.  Incompletes are not issued in cases in which the student is simply unable to complete his/her work within the specified semester or session.  If a final grade of "I" is recorded, the instructor will indicate in writing to the Registrar what the student must do to make up the deficiency.  The instructor will indicate in the written statement what permanent grade should be entered if the Incomplete is not removed by the deadline.

All incomplete grades must be removed within six weeks after the first class day of the following term, excluding the summer session.  If the Incomplete is not removed by that date, the grade reverts to the grade indicated by the instructor's written statement authorizing the incomplete.

Discrimination and Harassment

North Idaho College has a zero tolerance policy for any acts of discrimination or harassment of any kind.  For more information, please see the NIC Student Handbook, Code of Conduct Article III and Article VIII. Compliance efforts with respect to these laws and regulations are the responsibility of each member of the campus community and are under the direction of the Dean of Students Office for Student Issues (2nd floor, Edminster Student Union Building, (208) 676-7156) and the Human Resources Office (Sherman Administration Building, (208) 769-3304) for employee issues.

Institutional Statement

DROP FOR NON-PAYMENT:  By registering at North Idaho College, you agree to provide payment by the due dates. You will be dropped from classes if payment is not received by  5 p.m. Pacific Time on the third day of the semester. Students on the waitlist will be given the option to register for classes after students are dropped for non-payment.

REMOVAL FROM CLASS FOR NON-ATTENDANCE:  Attendance is based on your participation in this class. Failure to attend may result in your being removed from this class and may result in your financial aid award being reduced. You are responsible for confirming the accuracy of your attendance record.