Maricopa Community Colleges  ASB102   19956-99999 

Official Course Description: MCCCD Approval: 4-25-1995

ASB102  1995 Fall - 9999

LEC  3.0 Credit(s)  3.0 Period(s)  3.0 Load  Acad

Introduction to Cultural and Social Anthropology

Principles of cultural and social anthropology, with illustrative materials from a variety of cultures. The nature of culture; social, political, and economic systems; religion, aesthetics and language.

Prerequisites: None.


Course Attribute(s):

General Education Designation: Global Awareness - [G]

General Education Designation: Social and Behavioral Sciences - [SB]

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MCCCD Official Course Competencies:


ASB102  1995 Fall - 9999

Introduction to Cultural and Social Anthropology



Define anthropology as a discipline. (I)


Define culture. (II)


Define and contrast ethnocentrism and cultural relativity. (II)


Explain the relationship between cultural areas and natural environment. (III)


Define elements of an economic system in relation to societal types. (IV)


Define politics and the basic mechanisms of social control. (V)


Define the concepts of social organization and its parts. (VI)


Explain the relationship of kinship to descent. (VII)


Analyze the defining characteristics of marriage. (VIII)


Identify gender issues as they relate to culture. (IX)


Contrast nonverbal communication and language, and describe the structural components of language. (X)


Explain the functions of religion in culture. (XI)


Explain the impact of culture on the individual personality. (XII)


Describe the relationship of art and culture. (XIII)


Explain the ways in which cultural change occurs and the principles of cultural evolution. (XIV)


Compare and contrast developed and underdeveloped societies. (XIV)

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MCCCD Official Course Outline:


ASB102  1995 Fall - 9999

Introduction to Cultural and Social Anthropology


I. Definition of Anthropology

A. The breadth of anthropology

B. Kinds of anthropology

C. Methods of anthropological research

D. History of socioculture anthropology

II. Culture

A. Definition of culture

B. Ideology

C. Cultural differences

D. Anthropological approaches to explaining culture

III. Environment, Adaptation, and Subsistence

A. Environment diversity

B. Biological and cultural adaptation

C. Subsistence adaptations and the environment

IV. Economics

A. Definition of economic systems

B. Production: the control and use of resources

C. Distribution

D. Consumption

E. Social agents of economic control

V. Politics

A. Types of political orders

B. Gender and politics

C. Social control: the imposition of order

D. The resolution of external conflict

E. The resolution of internal conflict

VI. Social Organization and Life Cycle

A. Organizational patterns

B. Biological traits and social statuses

C. The life cycle

VII. Kinship and Descent

A. Kinship

B. Descent rules

C. Descent groups

D. Kinship terminology

E. Fictive kinship

VIII. Marriage and the Family

A. Marriage

B. Marriage choice

C. Negotiating marriage

D. Post marital residence

E. Family

IX. Gender

A. Sex and gender

B. Diversity in male and female roles

C. Gender and religion

X. Language and Culture

A. Human communication

B. Nonverbal communication

C. Language

D. The structure of language

E. Linguistic relativity

F. Changes in language

G. Language families

H. Language politics

XI. Religion

A. The definition of religion

B. Ideology in religion

C. Ritual in religion

D. The social organization of religion

E. Religious change

F. Why people are religious

XII. Culture and Personality

A. Culture and personality

B. Status and role deviance

XIII. Aesthetics and Culture

A. The relativity of aesthetics

B. The aesthetic experience and expressive culture

C. Art forms

D. The functions of art

XIV. Cultural Evolution and the Contemporary World

A. The process of change

B. Cultural evolutionary theory

C. The vanishing of non-state societies

D. The effects of industrialization

E. Peasant cultures


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