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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 07
  • 3.0 Credits
  • 08/22/2012 to 12/31/2012
  • Modified 08/17/2012


All Syllabus information is subject to changes, additions, or amendments

Contact Information

Instructor: Candace G Johnston

Office Hours

  • Tuesday, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM, On-Line

On Campus By Appointment. See information below.

Meeting Times

This is an Internet Course. We do not meet regularly on campus.

For Internet Courses there are three avenues you may use to contact me

You may call my office phone any time and leave a message at 769-7800 and I will return your call as soon as possible.

You may also email me through the course email, or my general email address which is [email protected]

I keep an on-line virtual office hour which is on Tuesdays from 11Am to 12 Noon. Click on the live office hour link on the home page and it will open a message window where you may write your question. I will respond to you through the same window. 

NOTE that owing to irregular hours my campus office is for meeting by appointment only! Please use the on-line office hour or email.


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


Cultural Anthropology The Human Challenge

  • Author: Haviland, Prins, McBride, Walrath
  • Publisher: Wadsworth
  • Edition: Thirteenth (13)
  • ISBN: 13:978-0-495-81082-7
  • Availability: Campus Bookstore and Cengage Online for E Reader editions

No older editions are acceptable.


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.
3. Critically assess the theories and methods of cultural anthropology.
4. Demonstrate a broad overview of different cultures around the world and how they can be compared cross-culturally.
5. Analyze and demonstrate an understanding of the significance of cultural diversity.
6. 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.


Grade Format

The Attendance  formula is based on 16 weeks of attendance and participation in class.

The maximum points for attendance are

15 points total each week for discussion participation

(worth a total of 15 points each week) = Attendance and Discussion total of 240 points

Course total of 890 points

  •   Midterm exam maximum 100 points

  •   Final exam maximum 100 points

  •   Attendance and discussions 16 weeks/15 points per week = 240 points

  •   Weekly Homework Questions 14 weeks/25 points per week = 350points
  •   4 Review Sections (worth 25 points each) = 100 points

Total Points for the class is 890 Points




850 – 890 A

809 – 849 A-

768 – 808 B+

727 – 767 B

686 – 726 B-

645 – 685 C+

604 - 644 C

563 – 603 C-

481 - 562 D+

440 - 480 D

439 or Below = Failing


NOTE: This syllabus is subject to additions and amendments.

Course Policies

Hello Everyone! My name is Candace Johnston and I am pleased that I am your instructor this term. Together we have approximately sixteen weeks to accomplish this course. We will be covering about one chapter per week and additional topic specific reading which is on the internet. I may include interesting news articles that will give you some perspective on global events etc. The exam format will be discussed in class prior to each exam. You will also have an exam study guide that will outline the general topics that will be covered in the exam. For more information please refer to your regular class lessons structure. Under each week there will be several folders that you will access on your own time schedule. The only limitations are that the weekly discussions are limited to the week that they are open to discuss the reading and related matters for that week, and  there are due dates for turning in work on exams.

Based on the text readings and additional assignments we will endeavor to cover  all of the course material During the first week of the course you are responsible for being prepared to enter the introductory class discussion sections. owing to the collaborative nature of this course, after the first week the discussions will be based on lectures and the reading assigned for each week. Please be aware that you may be assigned writing assignments and other activities that are based on information in your text, class lecture, and your opinion.

Turning in assignments or exams late, or missing participation in the discussions will result in loss of attendance points and a lower final grade.
If you are aware that will need to reschedule an assignment due date or exam please notify me as soon as possible PRIOR to the due date.


On-Line Class Discussion Participation

NOTE THAT it is important to keep up with the pace of the class and due dates for the discussion participation. You are required to respond to me, your instructo, in all of our on-line class discussions. You are also required to respond to at least two entries of other class mates, for a minimum total of three entries per week. This is inclusive of your original comment and answer(s) to my questions,and two efforts that are in response to the contributions of other classmates.

I will introduce the topic and make a few comments each week in the Discussion section. You will then have the opportunity to directly comment and interact with me. After our first week, our week's discussions begin on Sunday of each week.. All initial comments will be due on the Wednesday of the same week.  Additional comments responding to classmates must be entered by Saturday of the same week that of assigned reading and lecture material.

Timeliness is important so that the discussions are an active part of the course. After the ending Saturday of each week  the discussion section for the week will be disabled and you will not have the opportunity to participate in them after they have closed.

Discussion Etiquette

Normally in an in-class setting it's easier for an instructor to moderate discussion. In this on-line class I want you as students to maintain a respectful approach to one another, and to me as the class leader.

Though our class discussions are casual please keep in mind that the course is intended to expand your knowledge and awareness.  I appreciate your thoughts but please keep them concise, because we have a lot of specifics and though your opinions do matter, your classmates shouldn't be overburdened. By maintaining focus you will be a more effective communicator in our discussions.

For the sake of clarity:

Verbal assaults containing inflammatory language and/or profanity will result in punitive measures that may include expulsion from the class, a failing "F" final grade, and other disciplinary measures that involve authority at NIC. Further, physical and verbal threats will absolutely not be tolerated for any reason. If you engage in threatening violence, or any other verbal or physical abuse, then I will block your access to the course and report your behavior to the appropriate authorities in administration and campus security at NIC.


Students please note that this Syllabus and Course schedule is SUBJECT TO CHANGE and AMENDMENTS.

The following is the Course Lecture and Reading Schedule. Please refer to Course Calendar for Discussion and other Written Assignments, and Exam Due Dates.

Week 1 8/27 - 9/01   Introduction and The Central Features of Anthropology
Week 2 9/02 - 9/08   Concepts and Characteristics of Culture
Week 3 9/09 - 9/15   Purpose of Ethnographic History, Pespective and Methods
Week 4 9/16 - 9/22   Our Origins and Diversity as a Species
Week 5 9/23 - 9/29   Sociolinguistics; Language and Communication
Week 6 9/30 - 10/06   Social and Cultural Constructions of Personality Gender 
Week 7 10/07 - 10/13   Adaptation, Evolution, Patterns of Subsistence
Week 8 10/14 - 10/20   Economic Systems, Production, Distribution and Reciprocity

Mid Term Week October 15 to October 19  Exam Day and Time Available TBA

Week  9 10/21 - 10/27   Social and Cultural Roles of Sex, Marriage, and Family
Week 10 10/28 - 11/03   The Importance of Kinship and Descent
Week 11 11/04 - 11/10   Social Groups by Interest, Economic Class, Gender, Age

Week 12  11/11 - 11/17  Aspects of Power in Politics and Violence
Week 13  11/18 - 11/24  The Role of Spirituality Religions and the Supernatural
Week 14  11/25 - 12/01  The Importance of Art and Music in Anthropology Studies
Week 15 &16 12/02 - 12/15  Chapters 15 & 16 PART ONE: The Processes of Globalization and Change PART TWO: Global Challenges

Final Exams December 17 - December 20  Exam time and days available TBA

Additional Items

This information is subject to changes and amendments.

The publishing company, Wadsworth/Cengage, has an E reader copy available if you prefer to purchase your text directly from them. They also have optional study guides and other materials available for a package fee with the E reader or for an additional nominal fee if you have hard copy of the course text.

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 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.